Central Arizona Conservation Alliance

We support organizations and the people of Arizona to protect and care for natural, open spaces that serve our communities and protect the habitat of the Sonoran Desert in Central Arizona.

Discover Our Strategy

Why Are Open Spaces Important?

Maricopa County open spaces are at the heart of what makes the Valley special, drawing visitors to our small businesses, providing locals and tourists with places to explore and enjoy, while elevating the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. As the region grows, we are actively finding ways for these spaces to expand to serve more people and maintain healthy desert habitats for future generations. 

Our Campaign Goals

Protect & Connect

Protect & Connect

Create a holistic network of desert plant and animal habitats while providing people with safe, connected and thriving open spaces to enjoy.

Sustain & Restore

Sustain & Restore

Ensure protected and non-protected lands are managed, promote biodiversity, sustainable recreation and future growth.

Love & Support

Love & Support

Build strong relationships and a network of advocacy by connecting people with the beauty and importance of the Sonoran Desert.

Coordinate & Elevate

Coordinate & Elevate

Ensure and amplify regional open space collaboration, coordination, management and conservation success.

Upcoming Events

National Public Lands Day

Sep 25, 2021

CAZCA and the Metro Phoenix EcoFlora are celebrating National Public Lands Day! Take part in a casual and fun hike at South Mountain with us as we enjoy and connect with nature. Join us to learn more about the public lands and wilderness areas we have in Arizona.

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Field Maps Training Session

Sep 29, 2021
Partner Event

Part of the Desert Defenders initiative, join Friends of the Tonto as they work with Tonto NF and neighboring communities to identify, map and remove non-native plants. In this training session you'll learn how to use the free Esri Field Maps app to collect data on non-native plants.

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Desert Defenders on iNaturalist

All Year

Help us find and map the top noxious weeds (invasive plant species) of concern for Central Arizona region using iNaturalist. We need you help! Join the Desert Defenders project.

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Our work would not be possible without the generous support of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. We are deeply grateful for their long-standing commitment to CAZCA and our mission.

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Get Involved

Whether you love to hike or just want to smell the desert roses, CAZCA has a way for you to get involved in the preservation of the Sonoran Desert.

CAZCA is an initiative of Desert Botanical Garden. Any donations made to CAZCA must be made through Desert Botanical Garden. You will now be taken to their website to complete this transaction. Thank you!
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