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Progress on our Rivers: The Santa Cruz Heritage Virtual Creek WalkTuesday, August 18th at 5:30pmRegister HereGo on a virtual creek walk with Trevor Hare, WMG Restoration Director, and Dr. Michael Bogan, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona, as we discover the secrets of water in the desert along the new flows in the Santa Cruz River....
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Register HereThursday, July 30, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pmJoin us for an expert panel discussion on expected outcomes of the Bighorn Fire in the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Tucson valley. Catlow Shipek, WMG Policy and Technical Director, will moderate this virtual panel discussion which will include Dr. Emily Burns (Sky Island Alliance), Dr. Laura Marshall (UA School of Natural...
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¡Aproveche al máximo las lluvias del Monzón!Monsoons are coming! Are you ready for the rain? Join WMG's Cultural Ecologist Joaquin Murrieta and our Community Restoration Project Manager Nichole Casebeer as we celebrate the season of abundance during this bilingual, virtual event! Learn all about gardening during the monsoons including what native and edible species you can plant during the...
Over the past few months as the Living Lab has been closed to the public, we’ve realized the Lab is so much more than a physical place. It is a space for the community to come together and realize our true potential as people of the Sonoran Desert. While social distancing remains a need, we’re evolving the Living Lab services through virtual offerings as well as small group events following...
First off, to all of the co-op volunteers and community members: We miss you!! We miss the groggy workshop welcome circles, the dreams and goals of our clients, and seeing a yard transformed or a rain tank installed in a half-day filled with sweat, laughter, and learning with friends and neighbors. Building community, one basin at a time, is the heart of our program and we assure you we...
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Register Here​​​​​​​Join Trevor Hare, WMG Restoration Director, and Dr. Julia Rowe, Invasive Species Program Coordinator at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, for a virtual buffelgrass pull on Friday, July 10th, from 6-7pm. We will be on a site in the Tucson Mountains to talk about the ecology of this highly invasive and highly problematic grass, how it got here, and efforts at eradicating it...
Tippy Taps Provide Affordable Hand Washing Stations to Schools and Community Centers During COVID-19After Ward 6 City Councilman Steve Kozachik contacted Watershed Management Group (WMG) about installing tippy taps to serve the homeless population in March, interest in tippy taps has taken off. With their simple design—they can be constructed with common materials around the house or easily...
Dear Watershed Management Group Community,I’m reaching out to share our solidarity with the black community and all people of color who experience oppression in both social and economic ways. We support the movement to dismantle systematic racism and oppression towards black people, as well as the peaceful protests happening across the country.As an organization working towards the long-term...
Building Healthy Desert Soils
You are invited to join us for our Virtual Living Lab Field Studies Classes! You'll learn sustainable desert living skills in a fun, contact free digital environment. Learn working systems to improve soil health, care for your urban forest, grow a cornucopia of tasty Sonoran foods, and more. We’ll have classes on Building Healthy Desert Soils, Composting Toilets & Humanure...
Please consider joining WMG as a monthly donor to sustain our life-changing programs. To ensure WMG has the greatest resilience, we are asking our supporters to join Flow, our monthly giving program. In this short video, Catlow and I share our passion for flowing water and reasons why you should join Flow. As a monthly donor, you’re investing in our long-term vision to...
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Register HereWant an update on the status of our furry water friends? Us too! We'll hear from Trevor Hare, WMG’s Restoration Director and Michael Foster, Volunteer with the Friends of the San Pedro River, in a virtual happy hour discussion on the status of beavers, nature’s engineers, in the San Pedro and Santa Cruz Watersheds. We will also discuss current restoration work along...
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Register HereJoin our Steward In Place BYOB event! Bring your own beer and learn from WMG’s Cultural Ecologist, Joaquin Murrieta how to build your own basin at home. During this happy hour event, Joaquin will show you how to take charge of your rainwater, by harvesting it! Joaquin will show off basins in his own backyard and walk you through step-by-step instructions on how you can build a simple...
Intern Class of 2020
Our experiential internship programs are designed to provide real world work experience while adapting to the unique opportunities and constraints resulting from COVID-19. Interns will work directly with WMG staff as well as the greater community of docents, volunteers, and partners on project work that fulfills WMG’s mission.The new Summer Internship Program is an 9...
Lisa & Catlow
Register HereGo on a virtual tour of Tucson’s watershed, starting at the top of the Catalina and Rincon mountains and moving down the canyons into the valley bottom. Lisa Shipek, WMG’s Executive Director, will guide you through some fantastic swimming holes, wading creeks, and hidden gems found in wild places and your backyard. She will be joined by her husband Catlow Shipek, WMG’s Policy and...
Join WMG's Steward in Place effort to make changes at home that will make a positive impact for our planet. WMG is offering a new series of virtual workshops, online events, and how-to videos to provide the inspiration and resources you need for your conservation bucket list. All videos and upcoming virtual events are featured on our webpage.Steward In PlaceDuring this time of...
Co-op Member and Co-op client, Susan Moran, hosted at workshop at her home in February. She shares her experience volunteering and working with WMG in this story. My water harvesting experience with WMG was exceptional.  I would say, “a dream come true”.  Our dream was to direct the water from our roof to desert vegetation along our fence lines for a green privacy screen.  We...
Tucson Co-op Member and Co-op client Susan Moran shares her experience volunteering and working with WMG.My water harvesting experience with WMG was exceptional.  I would say, “a dream come true”.  Our dream was to direct the water from our roof to desert vegetation along our fence lines for a green privacy screen.  We also hoped for some eye-catching cactus gardens and desert...
Register HereJoin our Steward In Place Earth Day event! You can improve local wildlife habitat and reduce the spread of invasives into our green spaces by removing invasive plant species in your backyard, neighborhood street, or green space. WMG's Restoration Director, Trevor Hare, will give you the scoop on some common invasive plants that you can help remove, like...
A huge shout out to the WMG community, for rallying around our AZ Gives fundraising campaign and making us one of the top causes in the state yesterday. When midnight struck, we ended up 2nd for most dollars raised in our category, winning us an additional $5,000 cash prize! With all the online donations, checks, and prize money, we raised over $73,200, just shy of our $75,000 goal. We’ll be...
In this time of shelter in place, we have a unique opportunity to connect more deeply with our local environment and work on our personal bucket list of conservation actions. Watch my video about our new Steward In Place effort— supported by new online classes, virtual social events, and resources for backyard projects—to continue our collective work to restore the flow. Today is AZ...
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We envision a world where the relationship between communities and the environment creates prosperity for all.Read our 2019 Impact ReportWMG’s vision statement, both simple and profound, has been guiding the organization for the last decade. While this vision is more relevant than ever, it can be hard to imagine what this looks like in reality.Do you relate to our vision statement? What...
Steward In Place
In this time of shelter in place across the nation and the globe, we have a unique opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade by connecting more deeply with our uber local environment. Whether it’s your backyard, neighborhood street, or a nearby creek, now is your opportunity to steward in place! Over the next two months, join our Steward in Place effort—supported by new online classes,...
Join the River Run NetworkThe River Run Network is a group of people working together to restore Tucson's heritage of flowing creeks and rivers - which means restoring the Santa Cruz River and its tributaries! The River Run Network includes all of the Tucson basin, with a focus on target restoration areas, called streamsheds. Streamsheds are specific stream sections and the adjacent land area...
Schedule a call with a Specialist!Make the most of your time at home and dive into some water harvesting projects! Speak with our staff to answer questions about active water harvesting systems (tanks, irrigation systems and greywater systems) as well as passive systems (raingardens, native and edible landscapes and wildlife habitats). We want to help you set up new water...

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