McDowell Sonoran Conservancy (Scottsdale)

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is a non-profit organization that champions the sustainability of the largest urban preserve in North America. More than 30,500 protected acres, known as Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, are enjoyed by 750,000 hikers, mountain bikers and equestrian riders each year. As stewards, we connect the community to the Preserve through education, research, advocacy, partnerships and respectful access. McDowell Sonoran Conservancy offers programs for grade school, high school, higher education, citizen science and more.

NEEF | Environmental Literacy Report 2015

Environmental educators have an unprecedented opportunity to create a more environmentally literate citizenry — a citizenry equipped with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to tackle the environmental, social, and economic challenges that we face today and in the future.

USA National Phenology Network and Nature’s Notebook Citizen Science Program

Observing phenology, or plant and animal life cycle events, through Nature’s Notebook citizen science program from the USA National Phenology Network offers place-based, hands-on learning opportunities, provides a collaborative platform for site-based educators, and promotes cross-subject engagement while addressing standards of learning.  Their formal and non-formal education resources can be used to help students of all ages plug into real-world scientific research questions addressed by many researchers, natural resource, land manager and educational groups. Phenology is an excellent lens for teaching about the natural world.

Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (Tucson)

The primary mission of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research is to remain in the forefront of world dendrochronology through the use of tree rings as natural chronometers and recorders of change in the environment with which human society is inescapably linked. The Laboratory makes significant contributions to understanding natural environmental variability in climatic, hydrologic, geomorphic, and ecological systems.

They are committed to promoting public awareness (and understanding) of science and making informal contributions to science education. As part of their Outreach program, they strive to inspire new connections and nurture existing connections among our community, which includes visitors to and residents of Tucson, and the K-12 educators and students communities.

Arizona State University | School of Sustainability (Statewide)

Established in 2006, the School of Sustainability’s mission is to educate a new generation of scholars and practitioners and create innovative modes of scholarship by bringing together leaders, stakeholders, and people from multiple disciplines to develop practical solutions to the most pressing sustainability challenges.

Online Sustainability Degree

Willow Bend Environmental Education Center (Flagstaff)

The mission of the Willow Bend Environmental Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, is to provide education outreach services that build environmental awareness and an ethic of responsible stewardship of our natural and cultural resources.

The Cooper Center for Environmental Learning (Tucson)

The Cooper Center for Environmental Learning is an organization that provides adventurous and hands-on learning experiences in the Sonoran Desert. They achieve this through a partnership between the Tucson Unified School District, who owns and maintains the facilities, and the University of Arizona’s College of Education, who facilitates educational programming for learners of all ages.

Phoenix Zoo (Phoenix)

A visit to the Phoenix Zoo opens a wondrous world of curiosity, imagination and discovery. For more than half a century, the Zoo and its animals have amazed guests from across Phoenix and around the globe. Whether you are on the lookout for awe-inspiring Asian elephants, on safari to spot the great Sumatran tiger or seeking towering giraffes roaming the Savanna — a day at the Phoenix Zoo offers adventures like no other place in the Valley of the Sun.

The Phoenix Zoo is home to more than 1,400 animals, including 30 species that are endangered or threatened. There is so much to be learned about the animals that live here, and we encourage you to explore!

In addition to learning from a visit to the Phoenix Zoo— they also offer animal fact sheets, camps, and other programs that offer opportunities for further onsite learning and fun! The animals that live at the Phoenix Zoo and in the wild are endlessly intriguing and inspiring, and will leave you with a greater understanding and care for the natural world.

Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix)

For nearly 80 years, Desert Botanical Garden has been teaching and inspiring visitors from the local community and around the world, providing research, exhibits and more designed to help us understand, protect and preserve the desert’s natural beauty.