Our Projects

Certified Arizona Master Naturalists contribute to the community through volunteer efforts in three areas: education, stewardship, and community science. Learn more about past and ongoing projects in each of these areas below!

A woman shows a rock to a group of children sitting in a circle.
A group of preschoolers examine a piece of granite. Photo courtesy of Jeni Ussery


MCPMNs are involved in environmental education projects aimed at participants and learners of all ages. Learn more about the educational programs we develop, produce, and volunteer for!

A Desert Iguana suns itself. Photo courtesy of Jessica Bell


Environmental Stewardship is an important part of our work as Master Naturalists. Many of our MNs volunteer for stewardship programs. Learn more about our sonoran desert stewardship projects.

Members of Cohort 1 use a clinometer to estimate the height of a tree. Photo courtesy of Jessica Bell

Community Science

Community Science, also sometimes called civic science, crowd-sourced science, or citizen science, is one of the three pillars of the Master Naturalist program. Learn more about CS projects our chapter helps to support!

Christmas Bird Count

In 2020 Nerdy For Birdies and Maricopa County Parks Master Naturalists ran the first CBC circle for the Phoenix Metro area. Believe it or not,  Phoenix and the surrounding cities have not been counted since the early 1900’s. The 2021 count will be held on December 27th.

Frog Watch USA

Volunteers are the foundation of the FrogWatch USA community – these trained individuals listen for frogs and toads during evenings from February through August and submit these observations to a national online database. Monitoring through FrogWatch USA can be an enriching experience that allows one to connect with nature and also contribute to amphibian conservation efforts.

City Nature Challenge

Join us for the 2022 City Nature Challenge in the Greater Phoenix Area! Help us document the awesome biodiversity in  the Valley of the Sun by making as many observations of living organisms as possible from April 29-May 2, 2022. 2022 details coming soon, sign up for our email list to receive updates.