Steward Programs Offer Diverse Opportunities
McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Stewards support 8 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.
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.
The Conservancy’s core education program encompasses the Natural and Human History of the Preserve. It is designed to inform stewards and the public, and enhance awareness and a greater understanding of the Preserve.
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.
Stewards provide the community opportunities to learn about the value, significance, and wonders of the Preserve through interactive tours and trailside learning opportunities.
PastFinders connect the community to the Conservancy and the Preserve by researching, preserving and protecting the historical heritage of the McDowell Mountain region. They focus on educating Stewards and the public about human activities, ancient to modern, through publications, lectures, and informational hikes.
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.