Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (Scottsdale)

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) rescues and rehabilitates wildlife that has been injured, displaced, and orphaned.

Once rehabilitated, they are returned to the wild. Sanctuary is provided to animals that cannot be released back to the wild.

Educational and humane scientific research opportunities are offered in the field of conservation medicine, including advice on living with wildlife and the importance of native wildlife to healthy ecosystems.

Gilbert Riparian Preserve (Gilbert)

Providing tours, camping, an observatory, field trips, this 110-acre wetland, wildlife sanctuary even includes a orienteering course.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum (Superior)

As you approach the Arboretum on Highway 60, you will see towering Picketpost Mountain dominating the southern horizon. The Arboretum brings together plants from the planet’s many varied deserts and dry lands displaying them alongside unspoiled examples of the native Sonoran Desert vegetation.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (Tucson)

Inspiring people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. Programming includes learning for all ages.

Zero Waste Team (Phoenix)

In order to reach Phoenix’s zero waste goal by 2050, the Zero Waste team provides education and community outreach to teach the community about waste diversion. These methods include group tours of the city’s North Gateway Transfer Station and Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), educational presentations to schools, neighborhood and community meetings and hosting informational booths at community events.

Now, they are delivering recycling education directly to your homes through their new page Recycle+ created to keep the interest and education on waste diversion ongoing – in your homes, in schools, in the car or wherever there is wifi. The team hopes that Recycle+ motivates you to take the extra step to recycle right and recycle more, so that 40% of Phoenix’s waste material is reused and reimagined as new products.

Watershed Map

Click on the map and find the watershed/drainage are for that spot. List all tributaries (you can sort them by length etc) allows for upstream/downstream navigation. Also shows the way the water takes to the sea. Search by address or river name as well. Overlay additional resources like snow, reservoirs, water diversions, watershed importance to drinking water supply etc. It’s possible to embed in websites, share via URL and use on a mobile device in the field.

Full instructions here:
https://watershedmap.org/instructions

Santa Cruz River above Tucson:
https://watershedmap.org/?position=-110.985405558742%2C32.234026924926

 

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.

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.

Gardens for Humanity (Sedona)

Founded in 1996, Gardens for Humanity works for ecological education to help give our children and all members of our community the values, tools and experiences needed to seek and regain balance with the natural world.

Current projects include assisting in the development of home and community gardens, school gardens, art and environmental education and being a resource for the development of local agriculture and sustainable food systems.