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.
The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is dedicated to effecting global preservation efforts through science and research at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the surrounding Sonoran Desert.
We equip a collective of volunteer stewards with tools and structure to discover, learn and ultimately teach. 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! 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 uses scientific approaches to inform the management of the Sonoran Desert’s diverse animals, plants, and other natural resources. As leaders in research and citizen science, our team advances regional invasive species control, ecological restoration, conservation of native species, and long-term monitoring and preservation projects.