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!

The Hidden Desert

Take a look at the two pictures below. Which one shows the desert? The first picture was taken in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, AZ (pc: Lynne Janney Russell). The second overlooks downtown Phoenix, AZ (pc: unknown). These places look pretty different. But guess what? Both are a part of the Sonoran Desert! So whether you live near wild, open space or in the heart of Phoenix, you are living in the Sonoran Desert--sometimes you just have to look closely.
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Where's the Desert?

Where's the Desert?

Let's be a scientist!

Even in urban cities, you can find evidence of the hidden desert. Next time you're outside, whether walking the dog, going to the grocery store, or exploring during the cooler mornings and evenings, look around for evidence of the hidden desert wherever you live. Don't forget your science notebook!

Luke Discovers the Hidden Desert


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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!"