Education Today, Preservation Forever

Our goal for the biodiversity education program is to increase awareness about the values of natural desert environments and the importance of Sonoran Desert biodiversity. We provide a 3.5 hour biodiversity field trip and Teachers Guide containing activities and information which target one-third of the Arizona State science standard. Our education program has been featured in several magazine articles. Our education facilities have attracted over 14,000 elementary school students.

Tours are led by CNUW staff and volunteers. Tours are offered on Tuesday Mornings as detailed in the calender below. Please make sure to scroll down to see the dates for  and book your tour. Spots are filling quickly!

To schedule a visit, please call Ed Weigand (480) 423-6731 or email me at

TOUR DATES:  Tours take place on Tuesdays 2016 2017 

FALL 2016 Semester SPRING  2017 Semester
October 4- Montesori Academy January 17  (Navajo Elementary) 
October 11 –  January 24 (Anastasi Elementary)
October 25  (Edison Elementary) January 31 (Anastasi Elementary)
November 1   (Edison Elementary) February 7 (Kiva Elementary)
November 15  (Pueblo Elem)   February 14 (Longfellow Elementary)
November 29 (Hohokum Elem) February 21 (Hawthorne Elem)
December 6 (Anderson Elementary) March 7 ( Madison Elementary )
December 13 (Anderson Elementary) March 21 (Montessori )
March 28 ( BASIS Elementary)
April 4 ( BASIS Elementary)

TESTIMONIALS:  Comments from Students and Teachers

COMING SOON…“Are you smarter than a 4th grader?”, a fun educational game, is coming this month. The average 4th grader can identify and name at least 11 animals on our mural in Toad Hall. Print an answer scoring sheet and play the game to see if you can beat that number! Print a scoring sheet by clicking here.

COOL VIDEO:  In this short (2 minutes) pollination video: watch how native animals pollinate native desert plants. Did you know that pollinators are responsible for about 1/3 of our food? What would we do without pollinators! Can you name 5 different groups of animals who pollinate? Which ones work at night, and which ones work during the day-time?  Try to guess before you watch the video: 



In the end, we will conserve only what we love.
We will love only what we understand.
We will understand only what we are taught.”
Baba Dioum