School Groups and Youth

Family Fun

Demonstration at Family Sonoran Sunday.  Photo by Michael Brace.

One of our "Special Friends" grabbing a snack at Family Sonoran Sunday!

Family Fun in the Preserve

What better way to enjoy your family fun and fitness time than by discovering nature together! Get your family outdoors to get some fresh air with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.  Round up your kids for guided hikes, interactive learning and outdoor fun!  We have a variety of programs for everyone in your home!  

Family Passport:

When you’re looking for things to do in Scottsdale, our Family Passport will enhance your visit to the Preserve by teaching you and your children about the flora, fauna and geology of the McDowell Mountains. 

You’ll search for animal tracks and special rocks.  Maybe you’ll find signs of a Gila woodpecker’s presence in a saguaro and if you look carefully, you may discover a special attraction at Lost Dog Wash Trailhead.  The scavenger hunt items in the passport will have you observing nature in ways you haven’t in the past.  Get your own passport from a Conservancy volunteer Pathfinder or at any of the Natue Guide events and start exploring. 

Visit four Preserve trailheads – Gateway, Brown's Ranch, Lost Dog, and Toms Thumb - and get your passport stamped by a Conservancy Pathfinder.  When you have traveled all the way around the Preserve, your four stamps earn you a Preserve bandana.

Special thanks to APS for support of this program!

Family Sonoran Sundays: Fundays!

Bring the whole family out to see these exciting, interactive programs, where you will experience nature up close and discover the unique wildlife of the Sonoran Desert.  You never know what might happen when our crawling, slithering, flying or furry guests show up.  "Special times and special guests" is the best way to describe Family Sonoran Sundays.  On the first Sunday of the month at Gateway Trailhead and the third Sunday at Brown's Ranch Trailhead from October 2 to April 23, 2017 join the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Nature Guides for Family Sonoran Sundays.  Start Time is 3:00 pm.  These programs are designed for children ages 6 and up and our "special guests" have included raptors, coyotes and bobcats to name a few.

The Gateway Access Area Amphitheater is located at 18333 N. Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale.

Brown's Ranch Area Amphitheater is at 30301 N. Alma School Parkway in Scottsdale.

Bring the whole family out to see these exciting, interactive programs, where you will experience nature up close and discover the unique wildlife of the Sonoran Desert.  You never know what might happen when our crawling, slithering, flying or cuddly guests show up.  Special times and special guests is the best way to describe Family Sonoran Sundays.  On the first Sunday of the month at Gateway Trailhead and the third Sunday at Brown's Ranch Trailhead from October 2 to April 23, 2017 join the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Nature Guides for Family Sonoran Sundays.  Start Time is 3:00 pm.  These programs are designed for children ages 6 and up and our "special guests" have included raptors, coyotes and bobcats to name a few.

The Gateway Access Area Amphitheater is located at 18333 N. Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale

Brown's Ranch Area Amphitheater is at 30301 N. Alma School Parkway in Scottsdale. 

- See more at: http://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/content/pages/familyFunPassport#sthash.wzRTMq6Q.dpuf

Bring the whole family out to see these exciting, interactive programs, where you will experience nature up close and discover the unique wildlife of the Sonoran Desert.  You never know what might happen when our crawling, slithering, flying or cuddly guests show up.  Special times and special guests is the best way to describe Family Sonoran Sundays.  On the first Sunday of the month at Gateway Trailhead and the third Sunday at Brown's Ranch Trailhead from October 2 to April 23, 2017 join the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Nature Guides for Family Sonoran Sundays.  Start Time is 3:00 pm.  These programs are designed for children ages 6 and up and our "special guests" have included raptors, coyotes and bobcats to name a few.

The Gateway Access Area Amphitheater is located at 18333 N. Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale

Brown's Ranch Area Amphitheater is at 30301 N. Alma School Parkway in Scottsdale. 

- See more at: http://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/content/pages/familyFunPassport#sthash.wzRTMq6Q.dpuf

Bring the whole family out to see these exciting, interactive programs, where you will experience nature up close and discover the unique wildlife of the Sonoran Desert.  You never know what might happen when our crawling, slithering, flying or cuddly guests show up.  Special times and special guests is the best way to describe Family Sonoran Sundays.  On the first Sunday of the month at Gateway Trailhead and the third Sunday at Brown's Ranch Trailhead from October 2 to April 23, 2017 join the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Nature Guides for Family Sonoran Sundays.  Start Time is 3:00 pm.  These programs are designed for children ages 6 and up and our "special guests" have included raptors, coyotes and bobcats to name a few.

The Gateway Access Area Amphitheater is located at 18333 N. Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale

Brown's Ranch Area Amphitheater is at 30301 N. Alma School Parkway in Scottsdale. 

- See more at: http://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/content/pages/familyFunPassport#sthash.wzRTMq6Q.dpuf