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!

Doing Art in the Name of Science!

In school, you've probably written stories, read books, and created art. But have you ever done these things in the name of science? Some of the most important scientists and explorers in history--such as Charles Darwin, John Muir, and Jane Goodall--used things like drawing, painting, and writing to better understand nature. Art and science work together to help us learn about the incredible world we live in.
Art and Science

The Joy of Nature Journaling

We know we can use art to do science, but what does that look like? Nature journaling is an awesome way to release your creative juices while enjoying nature. Join Julia as she shows us how to use nature journaling to explore the world around us!

Nature Journaling

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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 nicole@mcdowellsonoran.org.

Julia Colbert, Education Manager, Arizona Sustainability Alliance

Julia is a sustainability and environmental education educator, leader, and advocate. She recently graduated from the Arizona State University School of Sustainability with a Master of Arts in Sustainability. Her master’s research explored increasing sustainability literacy through nature journaling in school gardens. She collaborates with students, educators, and schools to bring sustainability solutions to their communities.

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.

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!"