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.

Reid Park Zoo (Tucson)

Reid Park Zoo’s mission is “to encourage commitment to the conservation of biological diversity and to provide educational and fun experiences for visitors of all ages.”

The Reid Park Zoo—founded in 1965 with a collection of birds, prairie dogs, farm animals, and a few squirrel monkeys—has expanded to a 24-acre campus that houses hundreds of animals in naturalistic exhibits and annually hosts over 600,000 visitors. Reid Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

To be accredited, zoos must undergo a thorough investigation to ensure that they have met, and will continue to meet ever-rising standards. These standards encompass animal care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years.

Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center (Phoenix)

Discover the magic of birds with us! Audubon Arizona is the state office of National Audubon and is housed at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in South Phoenix. The free-admission center offers standards-aligned educational programs for all ages and organizes monthly conservation projects that benefit birds and the community.

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.