We can now count the issues of Conservancy Kids on one hand! Issue #5

That's right - we're at our first Conservancy Kids milestone with this fifth issue!  Let's talk about our friends...Pokey Cacti!  Exploring local cactus (carefully of course) can lead you to understand more about our Sonoran Desert.  This week we highlight vocabulary words, too!  There's also a short video on being prepared in the desert, something

2020-04-16T16:38:41-07:00April 17th, 2020|Conservancy Kids, Education, News, Online Learning|

Extra Extra! Conservancy Kids #4 is Out Now!

Wow!   We keep learning so much from Ranger Luke and Ranger Nicole!  Here's issue #4 of Conservancy Kids.  This issue, we're using our sense of smell!  Check it out at this link!

2020-04-17T10:27:44-07:00April 15th, 2020|Conservancy Kids, Education, News, Online Learning|

How Does The McDowell Sonoran Preserve Get Its Water?

With less than a foot of rain annually and summer temperatures routinely exceeding 104 degrees, you might wonder how any plant or animal gets enough moisture to survive. And yet any visitor to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve can readily find evidence of a thriving ecosystem (over 2,000 flowering plants alone). So how does the Preserve

2020-04-03T16:57:41-07:00April 10th, 2020|News, Science|

Parsons Field Institute Citizen Science News – April 9, 2020

Dear Parsons Field Institute and Citizen Science Friends, Spring is our busiest time of year for field work. This year, we've faced plenty of challenges - both from rain and the global health crisis. BUT - Thanks to our hard-working and enthusiastic Stewards and partners, we developed ways to maintain social distancing and continue our

2020-05-11T10:11:21-07:00April 9th, 2020|News, Publications, Science|

Now Launching! Conservancy Kids Online Learning!

Join Ranger Luke and Ranger Nicole on an adventure in the Sonoran Desert where you'll use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) to discover the wonders found here and your place within this amazing ecosystem. Follow along as we deliver lessons, videos, and more periodically each week.  You'll Find Conservancy Kids Issue #1 HERE! 

2020-04-17T10:31:17-07:00April 6th, 2020|Conservancy Kids, Education, News, Online Learning|

Best Places in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve For Wildflower Photography

It’s that time of the year when wildflowers cover the Sonoran Desert. Those splashes of color attract many visitors to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. And many have their cellphone camera ready to preserve the moment. Take your best shot with this advice on where to find the Preserve’s choicest wildflower spots.

2020-05-27T13:39:49-07:00April 3rd, 2020|News, Visiting|

Mountain Lines – Spring 2020

Our Spring 2020 Mountain Lines, magazine of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, is available now. Check out our web edition to learn about the Northern Arizona University and the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Partnership, Instagram Hotspots, A New Approach to Youth Education and so much more. Read more

2020-05-14T21:57:56-07:00April 3rd, 2020|Mountain Lines, News, Publications|

Conservancy Receives First PhenoChampion Award

It happened again. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy received another award, further establishing itself as a global destination for research and data on the Sonoran Desert. This time it was from the USA National Phenology Network (NPN) which presented their first PhenoChampion Award to the Conservancy’s Parsons Field Institute (PFI). What does that mean for the

2020-04-03T16:57:58-07:00March 26th, 2020|News, Science|