Love & Support

Build champions and the constituency of support and action for Sonoran Desert conservation by raising awareness and connecting people with nature.

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This goal aims to bring our communities into the process of managing and protecting natural, open spaces in Arizona. To do this, we want to raise awareness about the challenges and opportunities facing the Sonoran Desert, help get people into nature, and empower community members to turn their hopes for open space in Arizona into a reality.


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Desert Defenders

Invasive species are one of the biggest threats to the health of local habitats by crowding out native species, decreasing biodiversity and increasing wildfire risk. Desert Defenders is a citizen science program focused on finding, mapping and removing invasive species at local parks and preserves using a map-based smartphone app. Join the new Desert Defenders program to help us find and remove these plants!

Protect Your Open Spaces

Desert Defender January Removals

Jan 21, 2021
Partner Event

Join the Desert Defender program on January 21 for a removal event at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. Register today and help protect our open spaces!

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Speaker Series: A Study of Stinknet

Jan 26, 2021

Join our first speaker series of 2021 with Michael Chamberland from the Maricopa Cooperative Extension Office as we explore this noxious weed. Participate to get updates on our current understanding of stinknet, including fire effects during 2020 and potential treatment options for residents!

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January EcoQuest: Seize the Cheese

January 1 - 31, 2021

Find and map as many cheeseweed plants (Malva Parviflora) as possible. An ambiguous leafy green plant, cheeseweed can be found all over metro Phoenix. Growing in January help find this naturalized “weed” with both uses and drawbacks.

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Together we can build a strong future for our environment and protect the natural beauty of Central Arizona.

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Sustain & Restore

Coordinate & Elevate

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!