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Special Events

Volunteer Events


Southwest Wildlife Tour

08/16/2016 - 08:00AM

Location: Southwest Wildlife @ 27026 N. 156th Street in Scottsdale

The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center has been approved for their special use permit so let's do a special tour for McDowell Sonoran Conservancy stewards at the refuge center to help celebrate! It will be a unique opportunity to learn more about our magnificent native wildlife.  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...

Partners in Preservation: Desert Foothills Land Trust

09/27/2016 - 05:30PM

Location: Mustang Library Auditorium

Formed in 1991 and located in Cave Creek, the Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT) has been working tirelessly to protect more than 600 acres within 23 preserves in central Arizona. Learn how DFLT “connects people to nature by working with communities and partners to conserve and steward sensitive lands and species for the survival of our fragile Sonoran Desert.”  Read more...

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