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!

Secret Desert Pollinators

You know about our daytime desert pollinators--bees, birds, butterflies--but did you know we have secret nighttime pollinators as well? One of our overlooked nocturnal pollinators is the moth. Similar to butterflies, moths drink nectar from various flowers, continuing the important job of pollination once the sun sets.
Secret Desert Pollinators

Nighttime Pollinators are Neat!

While we're asleep, moths are hard at work pollinating our plants. Since it's dark, moths rely more on a flower's scent than it's color to find tasty nectar. Join Luke as he explores a special moth-attracting plant in his backyard and teaches us about these secret pollinators.
Nighttime Pollinators are Neat!


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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.

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!"

Luke Challis

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.