McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Nature Guides provide interactive opportunities for the community to learn about the value, significance and wonder of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Nature Guides offer visitors of all abilities a menu of educational opportunities that will help connect them to the natural and cultural resources of the Preserve through their senses.
Imagine the delight in observing an insect taking a pollen bath inside a cactus flower, smelling the Creosote bush when it’s wet, holding a nest from a Saguaro in your hands or listening to the ‘engine starting’ call of the Cactus Wren.
Find Nature Guides at the Trailside Naturalist Station on some Saturday Mornings at Gateway or Brown's Ranch, or enjoy our Family Sonoran Sundays.
McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Trailside Naturalists are volunteer experts who answer questions at trailside stations and share items that allow Preserve visitors to touch, hear, and even taste things to enhance their Preserve experience. Check the Event Schedule to find the schedules for Brown's Ranch Trailhead and Gateway Trailhead Trailside Naturalists.