Conservancy Kids programs provide opportunities for youth and their families to learn about the value, significance, and wonder of the Sonoran Desert through fun and engaging outdoor activities.
Family Sonoran Sundays
Family Sonoran Sundays engage the whole family in exploring and learning about the Sonoran Desert. We invite partner organizations to bring and talk about native live animals, geology, history, and more. Friends and family, young and old – join us on select Sunday afternoons from 3:00–3:45 p.m. to learn about the Sonoran Desert and its wild and wonderful inhabitants. Suitable for ages 6+.
SONORAN FAMILY HIKE
Bring the whole family for a learning adventure in the Sonoran Desert! Join an experienced guide on select Sundays from 2–4 p.m. for a short, informative walk at one of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve nature trails. Each hike features a different topic, such as sensing the desert, local birds, and native storytelling. Suitable for ages 6+.
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Ready for some hands-on fun? Learn about reptiles, arthropods, animal signs in the desert, our mighty saguaro, and more! We set up brief educational programs featuring interactive, hands-on props, pictures, and fun activities. These activities will enhance your experience in the Sonoran Desert. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to join us on most Saturdays at Gateway Trailhead, throughout the season (October through March). Drop in and chat with us! Suitable for ages 3+.
JUNIOR CITIZEN SCIENCE FESTIVAL
Ready to be a scientist? Kids, bring your family out for an adventure that provides a look into the mysteries of the Sonoran Desert and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve! Learn how scientists study the environment and how you, as a citizen scientist, can take an active part in increasing knowledge of our natural world. This festival features more than 15 hands-on, interactive learning stations that immerse you in the wonders of our natural world.
Save the date: March 2019. More details coming soon.
Video of March 2018 Festival: Junior Citizen Science Festival March 2018 Video
SONORAN FIELD TRIPS
FOR SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE GROUPS BY RESERVATION ONLY
Enhance your desert experience and learn about the wonders and hidden treasures of the Preserve. Children can connect to the natural and cultural resources of the Preserve’s Sonoran Desert on private field trips for families, school groups, Scout groups, and more. These visits to the Preserve meet Next Generation and Arizona science and heritage curriculum standards, giving children the opportunity to touch, hear, and even smell things that will enhance their understanding of our natural world.
These 60–90 minute field trips are suitable for ages 6–12 and are guided by specially trained volunteers. Private groups can include 10 to 40 people. These field trips are offered from early October through March and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact us to schedule your tour at least 3–4 weeks in advance. Suggested Donation: $10.00 per adult, $5.00 per child.
For more information on Sonoran Field Trips and scheduling, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.