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Special Events

Volunteer Events


Discovery Hike - Bird Walk

02/28/2017 - 08:00AM

Location: Quartz Trailhead

In addition to seeing our year-round residents, expect to see some birds that migrate here for the fall and winter. Possible sightings include the phainopepla, Wilson’s warbler, ruby-crowned kinglet, and American kestrel. Audubon Society expert Kathe Anderson will lead the hike.  Read more...

The Story of the Brown Family and the Brown’s Ranch Headquarters Site

02/28/2017 - 05:30PM

Location: Scottsdale Mustang Library

Learn about the largest cattle ranching operation in and around the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale and about the prominent members of the Brown family behind DC Ranch/Brown’s Ranch.  Read more...

Discovery Hike - Lifecycle of the Saguaro

03/01/2017 - 08:00AM

Location: Granite Mountain Trailhead

Native only to the Sonoran Desert, these giant cacti are a sight to see! Hiking near Granite Mountain, we will follow the growth of a Saguaro from seed to skeleton and view multi-armed, old Saguaros. Allow 3 hours for this 4-mile round-trip with minimal elevation gain. Please arrive at the Granite Mtn. Trailhead by 7:45 am.  Read more...

Geology/Desert Ecology in Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve - NH Lecture

03/04/2017 - 08:00AM

Location: SCC - Classroom SB187

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...

Trailside Station - Desert Superstore!

03/04/2017 - 09:00AM

Location: Gateway Trailhead

Stop by our Trailside Naturalist Station between 9:00 and 11:00am to learn what the earliest native people in the Sonoran Desert used for food, utensils, band- aids, sunscreen, shampoo, paint, brushes, rope, glue, and more. We'll show you the desert plants that provided life's everyday necessities.  Read more...

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