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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Showing Love and Support


Volunteer With Us

Do you have an interest or passion for the outdoors? Or working in collaboration with amazing organizations in the region? We need your help.

We are currently recruiting for several volunteer positions to help us with our key programs and initatives. Join us!


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

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

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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Technical Leads

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

desert botanical garden

Sustain & Restore

Coordinate & Elevate