Collaborating with the Scottsdale Public Art program, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy staff and steward volunteers filled a public art journal from September 2011 through January 2012. our journal is now on display at the Gallery@the Library, located at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, until the end of the summer. More than 100 journals began their travels throughout the Valley to collect contributions from anyone who crossed their path – notes, collages, drawings, doodles, poems and more. Together, these journals create a community self- portrait.

Conservancy volunteers carried the journal to events and activities around the community, and also shared the journal with visitors to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. our journal was open to everyone. Kids doodled about their experiences in the Preserve; other visitors shared love letters and poems about, and drawings and photos of, the Preserve and the Conservancy volunteers who make the community’s experience in the Preserve special.