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!

What's the Buzz About?

More than 1/3 of the plants we eat rely on bees for pollination! The most well-known bees are honey bees because they produce the tasty honey we love. But there are over 16,000 species of bees in the entire world and you can find bees on every content, except Antarctica! We have as many as 1,000 bee species in the Sonoran Desert. That's pretty neat!

Nicole Loves Native Bees!

Native Bees are Neat!

Let's be a scientist!

We love our desert bees , so let's make bee house to create a nice place for some of our solitary native bees to live. Check out the video and instructions below!

Make a Bee House!

See you next time!

Catch us next time where Luke teaches us about some Sonoran Desert reptiles and helps us stay snake smart when hiking.


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Contact us

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

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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!"