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!
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What is a science notebook?

All great scientists carry a field notebook with them—to write down the cool stuff they find so they can remember it later. Each person's notebook will look different. There's no right or wrong way to use your notebook. Some helpful information you can include are the date, drawings of what you see, text, maps, weather, and location. Put down anything that helps you remember what you saw and discovered. Let's make our own scientific notebook so we're ready to do science anywhere!

Make your own science notebook!

Make a Science Notebook!

Let's be a scientist!

Scientists are really good at observing the world around them, asking questions about what they see, and investigating in order to understand things better. Now that you have your science notebook, let's investigate how water moves over difference surfaces and use what we see to help us understand water movement in the natural world. Check out the video and lesson plan below!
Exploration!--Water Movement

See you next time!

Catch us next time where we use our sense of sight to explore the world around us and develop questions about what we notice.


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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 studied 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!"