Sustain & Restore

Engage best practices in land management and restoration to sustain native biodiversity, positive recreational experiences and benefits connected with the Sonoran Desert.

Current Progress

This goal includes a variety of initiatives, including research about the impact of using desert parks, research about effective invasive species control and removal and working to return native plants to the landscape.


Active Initiatives


Total Initiatives


Parks Involved in Invasive Species Mapping

Science in the Desert


Advancing milkweed research and education in Central Arizona

Monarch butterfly populations have declined as much as 90% over the last two decades. Great Milkweed Grow Out is a Desert Botanical Garden initiative that supports monarch conservation by creating habitat at schools and community centers, propagating native milkweeds, and conducting innovative research on monarchs and milkweed.

Protect Your Open Spaces

Speaker Series: Arizona Water Blueprint

Jan 20, 2022

The Kyl Center for Water Policy will be presenting the Arizona Water Blueprint: A Roadmap to Good Stewardship. This signature project is an innovative interactive map of the state’s water resources and infrastructure.

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Speaker Series: An FQA for Maricopa County

Mar 24, 2022

Join us to learn how Maricopa County Parks and Recreation and the Desert Botanical Garden teamed up to develop and bring an amazing program to our region, a Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA). Learn what this is and how it can be used locally.

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Seed Summit 2022

Apr 5, 2022

Join us for this event as we come together to strategize for future of native plant material development in Central Arizona. Participate with other land managers, botanists, conservation organizations and community stakeholders to collaborate as we work to ensure a reliable supply of appropriate genetic materials for restoration.

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Technical Leads

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

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Protect & Connect

Love & Support

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!