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

Citizen Science Month: Flowering Plants and Pollinators

April 2021
Partner Event

Throughout April, which is Earth Month and Citizen Science Month, the ASU community and the entire state of Arizona is invited to participate in a citizen science project to help document flowering plants and pollinators on ASU’s Phoenix-area campuses.

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April EcoQuest: Lookin’ Sharp

April 2021
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Find and map as many cactus as possible. Which plants are associated with the desert more than cactus? These prickly icons can be found all over metro Phoenix, from parks to street medians. This EcoQuest is in collaboration with the Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society and scientist Tania Hernandez at Desert Botanical Garden.

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City Nature Challenge 2021

Apr 30 - May 3, 2021
Partner Event

A global effort to observe and document as much urban biodiversity as possible using iNaturalist. Anyone can get involved and share their observations anywhere from neighborhoods to local parks. This is the first year the Greater Phoenix Area will participate in the challenge, join us!

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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.