A Place to Learn-Engage-Connect focusing on Sonoran Desert Biodiversity, Education, and Conservation.

Help support our Center by purchasing our home grown cactus, succulants and other plants at our plant sale fundraiser.

Where: SCC Greenhouse on north end of campus next to Film Hub

When: Wednesday Oct 11, 10-2 Thursday October 12, 10-2

The Center for Native and Urban Wildlife (CNUW) was developed by the College’s Life Science faculty in 2000. CNUW was built into the framework of the Biology Department to pursue a mission of:

  1. Educating people about the importance of conserving desert habitats and its biodiversity.
  2. Maintaining, enhancing and restoring public and private open spaces to benefit native and urban plants and animals.
  3. Providing opportunities for individuals and groups to contribute to the recovery, preservation and study of the Sonoran Desert

What we Do! The Center has been involved in a variety of projects throughout our history. A few include restoration of native Mesquite and Pala Verde trees at Brown’s Ranch in Scottsdale.

We have a greenhouse and propagation yard on site which we grow all kinds of native cacti, succulents, and trees for our semi-annual plant sale fundraiser. 

We host about 25 half-day biodiversity tours for elementary school students each year here on campus.

Students also participate in research projects like studying solitary bees, native trees and helping in bird and butterfly surveys.

The Center for Native & Urban Wildlife is here for students to gain knowledge outside the classroom and help provide opportunities to work with other non-profit organizations involved in conservation and education here in the Sonoran Desert.  

SCC has added a couple new projects for students to observe biodiversity on campus. Become a member of eBird and iNaturalist and start to observe and record the amazing wildlife and plants that are on campus. Citizen Science is an important way to help research and protect the biodiversity that exists here on campus and around the globe. Be Part of the Solution!

eBird   iNaturalist 

How to Help!
CNUW has created a wealth of hands-on learning opportunities for SCC students interested in conservation biology, restoration ecology, wildlife biology, ecological research and elementary education.                     Follow us on Facebook, bookmark our website ( “Be Part of the Solution” and meet some like minded people.                                                                                                                                                     E-mail or to get more information