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Our cohort of 17 University of Arizona interns and new docents learned how to think like a beaver and tested how to slow and spread water along Ciénega Creek as part of our new virtual and physically-distanced training program. They weren’t the only ones! WMG’s Restoration Director, Trevor Hare, has been out along this stretch leading a restoration crew to install one rock check dams to slow and...
Joaquin Murrieta
Register HereTuesday, September 22, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:30pmBuild your own basin! In this virtual event, Cultural Ecologist Joaquin Murrieta will show you step by step how to build your own rainwater harvesting basin at home. Through videos, images and first hand experiences, you will see a basin from start to finish with Joaquin's input on the process. This event is designed help...
We could all use a little more happiness in our lives these days. WMG’s Cultural Ecologist, Joaquin Murrieta, has been talking about “bringing back the happiness of our rivers,” through celebrating our connection to rivers while we restore flow and habitat. When we Steward In Place, we are bringing happiness to ourselves and nature. Sara Birtalan, Flow365 monitor and new WMG docent, is a great...
Santa Cruz River at Congress St 1914
Tuesday, September 8th @ 5pmRegister Here Tucson's river heritage is rich. WMG has been gathering historical images of Tucson's rivers, and we're excited to share them with you through this virtual storytelling event! Experience our past, present, and learn about what it could be like in the future. We will share some historic and present-day images of the Santa Cruz, Tanque Verde, and...
What each of us does in our yard and neighborhood impacts our local creek, river, lake, or ocean as well as our soil, plant, and animal communities. We can use that power for good to enhance our watersheds together and develop an intimate partnership with nature. When you support WMG with a donation, you are ensuring we can continue to offer free and affordable virtual events and adapt to meet...
We're back at it again—WMG's 9th Annual Homescape Harvest Tour is here!The virtual home tours will be available until Thursday, October 22nd. You can register any time before then to enjoy the virtual portion of the event!Adapted for CDC recommendations surrounding COVID-19, this year's tour will be offered virtually with a variety of home walk-throughs showcasing rain gardens, cisterns,...
Santa Cruz Heritage Project
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....
burned area
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...
basin-berm
¡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...
invasives
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
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, composting toilets, and more. Classes include topics such as Composting Toilets, Rain Gardens, Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater Systems, Healthy Desert...
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...
beaver
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...
basin
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...
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...

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