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!

Using Our Senses to Explore

Our five senses are our best scientific tools! As scientists, we can use them to make important observations about the world around us--what it looks like, how it smells, what we hear, how things feel, what stuff tastes like (be careful with this one!). All of these observations expand our understanding of how the world works and our place in it. Today, we're going to use our sense of SMELL to discover nature hidden right around your home!

Luke Smells Creosote!

Luke Smells Creosote!

Let's be a scientist!

Let’s use our sense of SMELL. We can use our nose to make discoveries about our natural surroundings. Head outside to discover the smells in your environment. Write down what you smell and use your senses of sight and hearing to explore even further. Check out the video and lesson plan below!

Luke Uses His Sense of Smell

See you next time!

Catch us next time where Luke gives us tips to be prepared and stay safe when exploring the outdoors.


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Contact us

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

Have questions about the Sonoran Desert? Want a lesson on a specific topic? Email us at

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.

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!"