We truly believe the Preserve is worth the investment because the Preserve is the gift we are giving to future generations.

Working with partners, Conservancy citizen scientists complete a baseline assessment of the Preserve.

About the Field Institute

The Field Institute is the research center of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Through our research we help guide the conservation of Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Citizen scientists are our backbone. They are trained volunteers who work arm-in-arm with our subject-matter experts—called principal investigators—to collect data that helps guide land-management efforts by the City of Scottsdale.

We partner with scientists from the academic community and experts from other conservation organizations, historical associations, the City of Scottsdale, Arizona Geological Survey, the Desert Botanical Garden, and Arizona Game and Fish Department to gather data about the Preserve's flora, fauna, geology, and human history.

Our work is guided by the McDowell Sonoran Field Institute Science Advisory Committee; a group of 11 scientists and subject-matter experts from Arizona State University, Arizona Game and Fish Department, the Audubon Society, the Arizona Geological Survey, and EPG (Environmental Planning Group) who meet twice per year to review and advise research plans.

With these resources the Field Institute is moving forward with new studies in geology, ecology, and history, that will help us monitor the ecological integrity of the Preserve so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come.