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

Superstition Mountain Grass Removal

Oct 23, 2021
Partner Event

Join Friends of the Tonto National Forest to remove non-native fountain & buffel grasses from Lost Dutchman State Park, as part of the Desert Defenders program.

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Speaker Series: White Tanks Connectivity Initiative Series 2

Oct 27, 2021
Partner Event

Join experts for a detailed look at planned urban growth within the Connectivity Initiative's focal area and the reason the connectivity imperative exists. This session will begin with the broad context of west valley growth, as it relates to economic development and quality of life in the region.

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October EcoQuest: Gander at Grasses

October 2021

For the month of October join the EcoQuest to find and map fountain grass (Cenchrus setaceus) and native grass alternatives.

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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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