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USDA Forest Service, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
American Conservation Experience is a Non-Profit Conservation Corps based in Flagstaff, AZ and Santa Cruz, CA, comprised of a diverse mix of young adults from the US and 40 countries who participate in 3-month long volunteer positions. Crews perform a wide range of environmental conservation projects including trail work and stone masonry, environmental protection and restoration, and wildlife habitat and fisheries restoration for National Parks, National Forests, and other land management agencies. ACE offers the opportunity for volunteers to build their outdoor resumes and increase their professional network in the natural resources field.
A non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of pronghorn antelope. The Foundation’s Mission is to actively seek to increase pronghorn populations in Arizona through habitat improvements, habitat acquisition, the trans-location of animals to historic range, and public comment on activities affecting pronghorn and their habitat.
Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) provides young adults with challenging service and educational opportunities. AZCC is part of Conservation Legacy, founded in 1998 to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s. AZCC offers opportunities throughout the full calendar year from offices located in the White Mountains, Flagstaff and Tucson, AZ. AZCC operates a continuum of programs from community-based initiatives for younger teens to residential camping crews for high school and college-aged individuals along with leadership programs for college graduates and job training programs specifically for current era veterans. Programs are operated in partnership with public land management agencies and AmeriCorps.
Arizona Conservation Partners organizes and empowers a statewide network of advocates, stewards, and evangelists for Arizona's National Conservation Lands. We work with a variety of local and regional groups as part of the Arizona Friends Network and help promote their volunteer events.
The Arizona Elk Society is a wildlife organization specializing in raising funds for the restoration of Elk habitat in Arizona. Partnering with other groups and agencies helps us accomplish our mission and work with AZ youth to pass on our hunting heritage and responsibility to preserve and improve wildlife habitat.

Each year we have numerous projects for volunteers in the woods to improve wildlife habitat and hope we can recruit new volunteers to get more work done.
The Arizona Native Plant Society is a statewide nonprofit organization devoted to Arizona's native plants. Its mission is to promote knowledge, appreciation, conservation, and restoration of Arizona native plants and their habitats.
Arizona State Parks protects and preserves 30 State Parks and Natural Areas. The agency also includes the State Trails Program, outdoor-related Grants Program, the State Historic Preservation Office, as well as the Off-Highway Vehicle Program, and more.

Mission Statement: Managing and conserving Arizona’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partners.

Vision Statement: Arizona State Parks is indispensable to the economies, communities, and environments of Arizona.
The Arizona Trail Association is a membership organization, seeking active supporters of the Arizona Trail, coordinating volunteers, and providing other essential services to the Arizona Trail project.

The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a continuous, 800+ mile trail across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, communities and people.

The Arizona Trail Association's mission is simple: build, maintain, promote, protect and sustain the Arizona National Scenic Trail as a unique encounter with the land.
Arizona Wilderness Coalition works to permanently protect and restore Wilderness and other wild lands and waters in Arizona for the enjoyment of all citizens and to ensure that Arizona's native plants and animals have a lasting home in wild nature.
The Arizona Wildlife Federation is an all-volunteer, statewide, non-profit association of individuals, groups, and professionals interested in the present and future well-being of Arizona's wildlife, wildlife habitat, and natural systems. The AWF is the state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation and is the oldest conservation group in Arizona. It sponsors the Becoming An Outdoor Woman Program, publishes a quarterly magazine and a monthly enews-letter, and works with traditional and non-traditional partners to build consensus based solutions to natural resource issues and concerns. It also offers opportunities to be part of on-the-ground projects, events and activities within the conservation community and works with wildlife/land managment agencies for the protection and restoration of native wildlife and critical habitat throughout Arizona.
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Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA) is a highly motivated, expertly trained, technical rescue team dedicated to saving lives through: -Search and Rescue Operations -Wilderness Emergency Medical Services -Outdoor Safety Education CAMRA provides the technical Search and Rescue services to Maricopa County (9336 square miles) Members of CAMRA operate anywhere, anytime, in any weather. The team is a fully accredited member of the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA).
The Community Services Department mission is "We are dedicated to enriching quality of life, managing natural resources and creating memorable experiences for all generations." The Community Services Department consists of parks, recreation, library, and special events.
The long-term goal on Casa Grande Mountain Park includes continuation of design and construction of trails finishing with a variety of choices including long or short loop trails, easy to challenging experiences, short and long range views, and views of the city and of the desert. The Casa Grande Mountain Park Trail System promises to be a spectacular local and regional attraction for trail enthusiasts, wildlife watchers, and those looking for a natural respite from the City’s growing urban environment.
The City of Peoria provides excellent municipal services by anticipating community needs, creating partnerships, promoting sustainability and embracing diversity.
CopperState 4-Wheelers was formed and incorporated March 31, 1972 by a group of families to promote safe, enjoyable, and responsible family-style 4 wheeling. We operate as a non-profit dues paying club with elected officers and democratic participation by all members families. Our club meets at 7:00 PM on the second Thursday of every month at Discover Classic Cars at 7224 E. McDowell road, Scottsdale, Az 85257, on the NE corner of Scottsdale Rd and McDowell to carry out the routine club business, plan activities, and develop or discuss new ideas. At least one club sponsored trip is available each month. The time and date of these trips are discussed at our monthly meetings and will be posted on the calender page.

CopperState 4-Wheelers is dedicated to the premise that out environment and our outdoor heritage must be protected; therefore the willful distruction of private or public property or the needless disfigurement of our land will not be tolerated. Guests as well as members are expected to be conscientious in this respect leaving nothing on a trip but a few tire tracks.
National Forest
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The Dolan Springs Trail System committee was formed in 2003 to create a trail system in Dolan Springs (Section 30). Mohave County has received a 10-year lease on this property and to expedite the trail system, and the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) gave the County right-of-ways on the proposed trails. The purpose of the Trail System committee is to open, clear, improve and maintain a place for all to explore and enjoy a portion of the desert here in Dolan Springs.
Ducks Unlimited is a wetlands conservation organization that was formed in 1937. Each year we have fundraising events in cities across our state.
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USDA Forest Service, Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District Conducts many volunteer projects related to recreation, trails, and wilderness
Friends of Northern Arizona Forests is dedicated to assisting the United States Forest Service in maintaining, protecting, and restoring the natural and cultural resources and the scenic beauty of our forest lands for the enjoyment and use of present and future generations. We are a solution-oriented volunteer group that works in partnership with the Forest Service to assist the Service in tasks it does not have the staff or the funds to accomplish on its own. In addition, we seek to connect the community and the Forest Service to the benefit of both parties and of the forest itself.
The Friends of Pinnacle Peak Park are a group of local residents whose Mission is to assist in maintaining the wonderful character of the Park and to support improvements and educational activities through fund raising activities. Thus the objectives of the Friends organization are: Provide support for Park environmental education programs and printed materials that recognize the nature and fragility of the Sonoran Desert . We fund on-sight lectures open to the public. Support the development of educational materials for distribution to the public. Enhance the training opportunities and recognition of the park volunteers. Produce a quarterly newsletter that addresses environmental and educational topics. Include Friends activities and identify upcoming Park activities. Maintain a website (www.pinnaclepeakpark.com ) which includes: highlights and a calendar of Park activities, pictures of the park, safety tips for hikers, a PDF file of the newsletter, volunteer opportunities for the Park and the Friends, and site to make donations to the Friends organization.
Environmental Advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the natural and cultural resources of the Sonoran Desert National Monument.
Friends of the Tonto National Forest is a group of volunteers who assist the Forest in its critical mission of natural and cultural resource management. We promote public understanding of the Tonto National Forest's policies, programs and projects through community outreach, projects, and outings.
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Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent leadership development organization dedicated to helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. GSSoAz serves over 14,000 girls in Southern Arizona and includes over 1,500 adult volunteers. Girls participating in GSSoAz programs are exposed to and develop an appreciation of the outdoors. They grow an awareness and understanding of the environment and its challenges, with an emphasis on personal responsibility and an overarching vision that girls become committed to being environmental stewards.
Grand Canyon Trust is a regional nonprofit conservation organization working to protect and restore the Colorado Plateau
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The Highlands Center for Natural History helps adults and children discover the wonders of nature and to become wise caretakers of the land. We believe that everyone has a fundamental need to connect with the natural world. This connection is fostered by the Center through outdoor-science education based on observation and discovery of the Central Arizona Highlands. The Highlands Center for Natural History is an environmental education organization, which features quality outdoor science education, reaching over 10,000 children and adults each year.
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Arizona Clean & Beautiful, founded in 1985, is a nonprofit, volunteer driven organization dedicated to preserving, maintaining, and enhancing the beauty and environmental quality of Arizona through research, education and the Arizona Affiliate Network.
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One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun,” this northwest Valley park is one of busiestoffers many activities, such as free interpretive programs, camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and nature viewing. The park hosts several events throughout the year including fishing tournaments, triathlons, wakeboarding competitivions, scuba events, sailboat regattas, cook-offs, and more. The park encompasses approximately 23,662 acres of land and 10,000 surface acres of water.
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Mesa Ranger District is one of the busiest recreation districts in the Forest Service with responsibility for managing over 444,000 acres including the Superstition Wilderness, Four Peaks Wilderness, a portion of the Mazatzal, the lower Salt River, and Canyon and Saguaro Lakes.
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are part of the North Central Arizona Monuments run by the National Park Service. Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot are located in the Verde Valley, part of the Sonoran Desert ecosystem. Montezuma Well, a unique water source fed by underground springs, is also part of Montezuma Castle.
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Natural Restorations is a non-profit organization sponsored by the Arizona Trail Association. We remove trash, graffiti and anything foreign to the environment from natural areas. We provide hands-on service learning opportunities for youth and communities across Arizona. We target Central and Southern Arizona during the fall, winter, and spring. In the summer, we focus our efforts in Northern Arizona. We are launching a full-time, dedicated restoration team to make a greater impact by going into remote areas, areas that see constant dumping, and areas where the conditions are unsafe for volunteers.
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Prescott Creeks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to promote, protect and celebrate the ecological integrity of riparian systems and associated wetlands in the central Arizona watersheds through conservation, restoration and education.

Simply put, we protect, restore, and celebrate riparian ecosystems byproviding people with meaningful interactions with the creeks.
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Enormous cacti, silhouetted by the setting sun, for most of us the Giant Saguaro is the universal symbol of the American West. And yet, these majestic plants are only found in a small portion of the United States. Saguaro National Park protects some of the most impressive forests of these sub-tropical giants, on the edge of the modern City of Tucson.
The Sierra Club was formed in 1892 by John Muir. Our Mission is: To explore, enjoy and protect the planet. To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out those objectives. The Grand Canyon (Arizona) Chapter was started in 1966 as a way to help focus attention on stopping dams in Grand Canyon. The work to protect the Colorado River and Grand Canyon National Park continue today. The Grand Canyon Chapter helped win designation of four million acres of wilderness in Arizona, stopped numerous old growth logging proposals, helped restore and protect Fossil Creek, and continues to work to protect the Verde and San Pedro Rivers. We have won passage of key environmental legislation including the Environmental Quality Act, which protects our air and water, and the Heritage Fund, which provides funding for parks and wildlife, and have helped defeat legislation that would undercut environmental protections. Our chapter has helped promote clean renewable energy and energy efficiency programs as well as measures to improve air quality by supporting mass transit and a Clean Car standards.
Sky Island Alliance is a grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the rich natural heritage of native species and habitats in the Sky Island region of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. We work with volunteers, scientists, land owners, public officials, and government agencies to establish protected areas, restore healthy landscapes, and promote public appreciation of the region's unique biological diversity.
We protect people’s lives, homes, jobs and quality of life by working to control the spread of buffelgrass, an invasive grass with the astonishing potential to destroy much of what the world treasures and values about Arizona and the Southwest. Our methods are based in scientific research and are collaborative, inclusive of participation from members of the community. We firmly believe in educating and supporting residents about buffelgrass and brushfire issues: we continually offer presentations, hands-on trainings, removal projects, and other public outreach efforts.
Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) is a non-profit employment, job training and education organization with locations in Durango and Salaida, Colorado; and Tucson, Arizona. SCC’s mission is to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. SCC accomplishes this mission in two ways: 1. SCC employs and trains a diverse group of young women and men. In 2010 SCC engaged over 1,000 young people in residential and day service programs providing them with paid work, job training, education, life skills and the opportunity to make a difference. 2. SCC completes conservation projects for the public benefit. In 2010 SCC completed over 300,000 hours of service maintaining recreational trails and open space, protecting communities from wildfire, and safeguarding wildlife. Our goal is to raise awareness about recreational opportunities on public lands, educate the community about natural resources, and encourage them to be active proponents of preservation efforts. We want to involve community members in volunteer activities that enhance our city, protect our public lands, and encourage an active lifestyle outdoors.
The Southwest Monarch Study is a citizens science research project dedicated to learning about monarch butterflies in Arizona and the Southwestern United States. Mission
1. To identify and describe the migration behavior of Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus) as they travel through the Southwestern United States each fall.
2. To provide a meaningful research project for citizen scientists of all ages throughout Arizona.
3. To encourage and monitor Monarch Butterfly conservation activities in Arizona.


How do we do this?
1. Tagging Monarch Butterflies throughout Arizona especially from August through November.
2. Monitoring milkweed populations and habitats throughout the state.
3. Searching for new habitats that attract Monarch Butterflies in the Southwest.
4. Providing education about the importance of monarch butterfly conservation.
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Mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
The Tonto National Forest is nearly 3 million acres of public land in central Arizona. Situated to the north and east of the Phoenix metro area, it extends from the Sonoran desert in the Cave Creek, Globe, Mesa, and Tonto Basin Ranger Districts to ponderosa pine and Douglas fir on the Pleasant Valley Ranger District and in the Mogollon Rim country of the Payson Ranger District. Six reservoirs and miles of river on the Salt and Verde Rivers, a wide array of campgrounds, trails, and roads of various driving difficulty levels are available for the recreating public. Commodity uses such as fuelwood cutting and grazing are permitted. In contrast, remote Wilderness areas on the Tonto provide undeveloped opportunities for solitude and non-motorized forms of recreation. The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Tucson Audubon Society connects people to birds and the places they live. Focusing on birds and other wildlife, we inspire and motivate people to conserve natural resources in southern Arizona for use and enjoyment by all. Founded in 1949, Tucson Audubon is southern Arizona's leading non-profit engaging people in the conservation of birds and their habitats. We involve people through recreational birding, extend their horizons through education programs, and engage them in conservation actions from planting trees and counting birds, to working with local, state, and national policy makers.
Tucson Clean and Beautiful is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and improve our environment, conserve natural resources, and enhance the quality of life in the City of Tucson and eastern Pima County. Programs include recycling education and outreach, Trees for Tucson shade tree planting, Adopt-a-Park & Public Areas volunteer litter cleanup, special Children's Memorial and Commemorative Tree park sites, landscape maintenance training for at-risk youth, and much more.
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The mission of Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona is to involve all Arizonans in environmental stewardship through participation and support of outdoor volunteer work that preserves, protects and enhances native habitat. VOAz conducts a variety of trail and habitat projects on public and private protected lands around the state. The OutdoorVolunteer.org program of VOAz was implemented in 2008 to further its mission.

VOAz provides leadership development opportunities for a variety of roles including trail and habitat work crew leading with volunteers, event planning and management, and food service.

I had a great time thanks to the impressive organization of VOAz as well as the dedication of the crew leaders. I was struck by the amount of thought and energy that goes into a project, with specific concern for the safety and enjoyment of all participants. Thanks for a memorable experience.
Jaimie Brown, Tucson Audubon Society, Volunteer



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