Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.

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.

Maricopa County Parks

Apart from hiking and other outdoor activities, many parks have education centers. 

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.

Project Wet (Statewide)

Arizona Project WET (APW) develops water stewardship and STEM literacy by providing teacher professional development that evolves instructional practice and deepens content knowledge, direct student outreach that delivers or extends classroom learning, and community engagement.

Environmental Education Exchange (Tucson)

The Environmental Education Exchange is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established to increase environmental literacy. Since 1991, E3 has developed a wide variety of environmental education (conservation, history, safety) programs and materials. Topics and themes for programs have included water conservation, recycling and waste reduction, renewable energy, biodiversity, endangered species, land use, commercialism and the environment, air quality, Sonoran Desert ecology, mining and minerals, science literacy, pedestrian and bicycle safety, living history, multicultural/border programs, and more. The majority of resulting programs and materials are available free to educators or other intended audiences.

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.

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.