Steward Programs Offer Diverse Opportunities
McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Stewards support 9 programs ranging from rugged outdoor work to public outreach, all of which enable Stewards to learn and participate in a variety of Preserve Programs. The list below offers a general overview of the options available, but each volunteer brings unique personal contributions to these experiences, ensuring these activities are successful in supporting and sustaining the Preserve's mission and vision.
Volunteers participate in research, fieldwork, or program support activities that focus on the Preserve's natural resources.
Stewards have four different teams to participate in, including: Conservancy Women, a ‘friend-raising’ group interested in learning more about our local culture and environment; Community Outreach events; PastFinders who collect, preserve and share the historical heritage of the McDowell Mountain Region; and Public Speakers Bureau.
Construction and Maintenance
Crews perform trail and trailhead maintenance, land restoration activities, and other work necessary to keep the Preserve open for everyone to enjoy.
Guided Hike & Bike
Volunteers serve as leaders or assistants to ensure that visitors can enjoy and learn about the natural resources of the Preserve in a safe manner while hiking or riding mountain bikes.
These trailhead hosts and ambassadors welcome visitors to the Preserve and inform them about its trails, biology and conservation value.
Volunteers monitor hundreds of miles on foot, mountain bike, or horseback, providing information about trail conditions for both safety and sustainability.
Stewards provide the community opportunities to learn about the value, significance, and wonders of the Preserve through interactive tours and trailside learning.
These Stewards educate fellow volunteers in a classroom setting beginning with New Steward Orientation and continuing with a variety of courses oriented toward natural resources, history and other features of the Preserve.
Through Steward Retreats and other activities, this team facilitates the sense of common values, ‘connections’ and shared purpose that unite the Steward community.