We’re the Maricopa County Parks Chapter of the Arizona Master Naturalist program. Our organization provides volunteers for educational, stewardship, and community science efforts in the state of Arizona. We invite you to learn more about our organization, view some of the projects we work on, and, if so moved, to join our friendly fellowship as an Arizona Master Naturalist!
Learn more about the Maricopa County Parks Chapter and the Arizona Master Naturalist Program!
What projects have our Arizona Master Naturalists been working on? You can see our efforts in education, stewardship, and community science here!
Are you interested in becoming an Arizona Master Naturalist? Find information about our training program and upcoming events!
The Maricopa County Parks Chapter of the Arizona Master Naturalists resides on the colonized land of indigenous peoples. This land and its resources were successfully stewarded by indigenous groups for thousands of years, and the descendants of these groups still live on and steward this land. The land that is now called Arizona is the ancestral home of twenty-two federally recognized native nations: the land that our chapter does most of its work on is the ancestral homeland of several of these groups, including the Tohono O’odham, the Akimel O’odham, the Pee Posh, and the Yavapaiv Apache.
The area in which we do our naturalist work would not be habitable without the canal systems built to utilize the resources of the Salt and Gila rivers, and we acknowledge the generations of mathematicians, architects, artists, and agricultural experts who, prior to colonization, built the irrigation systems that made our presence here possible.