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Special Events

Volunteer Events


The McDowell Mountains: A Geologist's Perspective

07/20/2016 - 05:30PM

Location: Mustang Library Auditorium

Summer Survivor Series: Scottsdale's landmark backdrop and what the McDowells mean to a geologist. A geologist's analysis of the McDowells. Learn the parts of the McDowell Mountains that are the most interesting and unique. Discover what is special about these mountains and how they formed the way they did.  Read more...

Partners in Preservation: McDowell Mountain Preservation Commission

07/26/2016 - 05:30PM

Location: Mustang Library Auditorium

Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve forged a partnership with this commission, whose aim is to maintain the Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve. This partnership led to building the Andrew Kinsey Trail that joins both preserves. Commission Chair Bill Myers will discuss how a land swap between both communities resulted in Scottsdale acquiring 300 acres for its preserve. Learn about the commission’s other efforts aimed at developing connectivity with McDowell Mountain Regional Park.  Read more...

Introduction to Geology and Desert Ecology of McDowell Sonran Preserve

08/17/2016 - 05:30PM

Location: Mustang Library

Explore volcanic formations, exquisite quartz outcrops, and granite boulders millions of years old. Learn about the mighty forces that formed the Preserve and how the land we see today changed over geologic time. Then find out how plants and animals adapted to this changing, sometimes explosive, environment to become the saguaros, Gila monsters, and other organisms that thrive in the Sonoran Desert.  Read more...

Partners in Preservation: Phoenix Mountain Preserves - Pastfinders Lecture

08/23/2016 - 05:30PM

Location: Mustang Library Auditorium

Decades before Scottsdale began to plan and acquire land for its McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the city of Phoenix was already ahead of the game with its early preservation of South Mountain Park and Camelback Mountain. Today Phoenix has 200 miles of trails through more than 41,000 acres of desert and mountain parks. Hear Claire Miller, park ranger in northern Phoenix, talk about Phoenix’s early efforts in preservation and how the parks evolved over time.  Read more...

Butterfly Identification Workshop

09/07/2016 - 05:30PM


Join Dr. Ron Rutowski, butterfly expert and professor at ASU, to learn how to identify and count butterflies common to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This workshop, presented by the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy's Field Institute, is designed to prepare volunteers to participate in the Preserve butterfly count, but all are welcomed to come and learn! For more information or to register, contact citizen_science@mcdowellsonoran.org  Read more...

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