Through a unique partnership with the City of Scottsdale we help ensure all
visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is dedicated to effecting global preservation efforts through science and research at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and surrounding Sonoran desert. We equip a unique collective of volunteer stewards with tools and structure to discover, learn and ultimately teach. Because we believe in empowering awareness through knowledge to transform citizens into stewards of their land, more than 700 Steward volunteers provide their time and talents to help residents and visitors experience, enjoy and learn from the Sonoran Desert.
Explore a living treasure and make memories for a lifetime! The Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve includes more than 30,500 contiguous acres and more than 200 miles of trails. The Preserve is open from sunrise to sunset and there is no charge for parking or access.
PARSONS FIELD INSTITUTE
The Parsons Field Institute at the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy partners with scientists and actively involves volunteers in research as citizen scientists. We use research results to build best practices for long-term resource management and detect change in plant and animal communities and contribute to the broader scientific knowledge of natural areas.