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Journey Through the Sonoran Desert with Us!

For the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, education plays a critical role in inspiring people to have a positive impact on the environment. Learning about the Preserve – including its flora, fauna, geology and history – enhances the enjoyment of visiting and reveals the significance of this living treasure.

With a wide variety of in-person or online and virtual programs, the connection to open space is a key component to building optimal mental, emotional, social and physical health for every person visiting the Preserve. Look below for programs structured for kids, adults, families and teachers and start your journey!

Kids

The education of our children is a critical component of the Conservancy’s mission to sustain the Sonoran Desert for future generations.

Expedition Days Online

Free online educational units that engage kids in scientific exploration and discovery.

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Kids Online Learning

A multimedia experience focused on the Sonoran Desert that broadens kids’ knowledge of the diverse Sonoran Desert environment and deepens their understanding of how they, too, are a part of this complex ecosystem.

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Expedition Days

An in-person multi-day event held in the Preserve and organized as a field trip for 3rd grade classrooms.

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Expedition Days Event

In the spring, join your classmates for a day of exciting, interactive learning about the Sonoran Desert ecosystem and your place in it. Bring back your entire family on the final day of the event and share information learned on your field trip.

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Welcome to Conservancy Kids, a weekly summer video newsletter that blends science with outdoor-based learning and exploration for elementary school kids and parents.

Adults

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy offers opportunities for adults to expand their knowledge of the Preserve and Sonoran Desert, past and present.

Lectures

Free public lectures presented by subject matter experts


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Lectures

Our free public lectures provide in-depth information about various Sonoran Desert topics and are presented by seasoned content experts.

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Educational Hikes

Make the Sonoran Desert your classroom with free educational hikes in the Preserve
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Educational Hikes

Our educational hikes utilize the McDowell Sonoran Preserve as a classroom for the Sonoran Desert, covering topics such as human history, flora, fauna, and geology.

September-April

Speaker's Bureau

Subject matter experts are available to speak to your group.


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Arrange a Presentation

The Conservancy can provide your organization with expert speakers on Sonoran Desert topics.

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Online Learning

Learn about the Sonoran Desert anytime, anywhere through our virtual educational library.
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Online Learning

Enhance your knowledge of the flora, fauna, geology and human history of the Sonoran Desert and the Preserve.

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Family

The Conservancy provides opportunities for families to explore and learn together about natural, open spaces in the Sonoran Desert.

Sonoran Sunday

Scheduled trailhead presentations by our amazing external partners give families an up-close learning experience.


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Sonoran Sunday

Join the Conservancy for trailhead presentations by our partners covering Sonoran Desert topics including geology, birds of prey, Hohokam culture, and more.

September-April

Trailside Naturalist Stations

Stop by the Gateway Trailhead on scheduled Saturday mornings to learn more about the Sonoran Desert with interactive tables.

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Trailside Stations

Conservancy Stewards and partners provide an opportunity for visitors of all ages to explore some of the remarkable plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert through interactive trailside stations.

September-April

Expedition Days

Dive into the wonders of the Sonoran Desert though hands-on learning that will engage participants of all ages.


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Expedition Days - Families

In the spring, bring the entire family to the Preserve for a day of exciting, interactive learning about the Sonoran Desert ecosystem and your place in it.

More to Come

Teachers

The Conservancy supports Arizona teachers and students with standards-based, interactive learning both in and out of the classroom.


Expedition Days Online


Journey through the Sonoran Desert with fun and engaging online units that deepen your students’ understanding of the desert and their place in the natural world.

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Expedition Days Online

Curriculum supports multiple 3rd grade standards, integrates inquiry and exploration into student learning, fits both in-person and virtual teaching formats, and is customizable to the needs of your classroom.

For more information, contact Nicole Kallman, nicole@mcdowellsonoran.org or at (480) 998-7971 x107.

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Expedition Days

Bring your students to the Preserve for a field trip filled with standards-based, interactive learning centered around the amazing Sonoran Desert ecosystem.


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Expedition Days

This free field trip event engages students in place-based learning through fun, educational lessons about the Sonoran Desert that meet 3rd grade state standards and fit into the Expedition Days Online unit.

For more information, contact Nicole Kallman, nicole@mcdowellsonoran.org or at (480) 998-7971 x107.

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