Conservancy Kids

We bring the Sonoran Desert to you!

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Welcome to Conservancy Kids!

We are so excited to have you with us on this virtual journey of inquiry and place-based learning! Right now we may be social distancing, but we're all connected by the awesomeness of science. We're junior scientists, exploring the natural world, asking questions, and making discoveries. Join us for an adventure that will take you outdoors, around the house, and into the incredible Sonoran Desert. Welcome to Conservancy Kids! We're excited to see you!

Geology Rocks!

When you stand outside, what do you think is under your feet? Rocks! Lots of rocks! If you look around your home and the Sonoran Desert, you'll find lots of cool rocks and formations that tell us about the natural history of this environment. Join Luke as he explores the geology of the Sonoran Desert!

Luke Loves Rocks!

Luke Loves Rocks!

Let's be a scientist!

Geologists study the earth--what it's made of and how it was (and continues to be) formed. There are a lot of cool rocks to discover in the Sonoran Desert, even around our urban homes! Join Mike as he explores the rocks outside and become a geologist yourself with the video and lesson plan below!

Mike Discovers Geology!

See you next time!

Catch us next time where Luke and Rich teach us about the Giant Hairy Scorpion and how we can explore the bugs around our own homes.


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Contact us

We're socially distanced but still connected by the awesomeness of science!

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You can also connect by tagging us on Facebook or Instagram @mcdowellsonoranconservancy. We would love to see your science notebooks or learn what teaching resources you're using.

Mike Nolan, Geologist

Mike loves being outdoors in nature. He’s especially interested in geology, and in watching birds and their behavior. He enjoys introducing people to the natural wonders they can find right outside their door.

Luke Challis, Program Manager

Luke loves science and being out and about in nature! He studies a lot about biology, ways of thinking, and philosophy. Luke also loves to teach and encourage kids and adults to always keep learning.

Nicole Kallman, Education Coordinator

Nicole loves science and exploration. In college, she studied physics and biology. Now, she shares her excitement about science with others, encouraging everyone to follow in the footsteps of Miss Frizzle: "take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!"