Through website content and images, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy lets you experience Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve from your computer!

Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a living ecological treasure.

Online Learning

The digital learning pages introduce you to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the Sonoran desert.  Here you can find information about the plants and animals of the Preserve, its unique geology, human history, where and when to find desert wildflowers, download a list of birds, and much more.  There is also extensive information about the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and the important work our volunteer Stewards provide to maintain the Preserve.

Discover how this landscape evolved and why it is so important.  Make the most out of any visit to the Preserve by spending time to learn about it before you come.  Let your interests and your pace guide you as you explore all that the Preserve has to offer.