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Hydro Local Living and Urban Forestry in the Valley

From the Santa Cruz to the Gila, to the Colorado River, we are one watershed. Hydro Local Valley is WMG's community classes, grassroots projects, and policy work leading communities in the Valley to keep cool and utilize our local water resources. 


Hydrate the Valley classes are community classes on water harvesting and native lanscaping offered in communities throughout the Valley. These classes have been offered in the valley since 2015 where we have helped inspire and hydrate the city of Phoenix, Avondale, San Tan Valley, Tempe, Surprise, Glendale, Mesa, Fountain Hills, Goodyear. See the different classes offered here and upcoming classes below!


Hydrate Surprise Series

Selecting Native Plants for Multiple Benefits | Wed, August 21 @ 6p.m. - 7:30p.m.
Native Landscape Care | Wed, August 28 @ 6p.m. - 7:30p.m.

Hydrate Phoenix Series | Register for one or all of the classes here!

Designing a Water Harvesting Landscape | Tue, August 6 @ 6p.m. - 7:30p.m.
Selecting Native Plants for Multiple Benefits | Thu, August 8th @ 6p.m. - 7:30p.m.
Vegetable Gardening in the Low Desert | Tue, August 20th @ 6p.m. - 7:30p.m.
Cultivating Native Edibles | Thu, August 22nd @ 6p.m. - 7:30p.m.
Native Landscape Care | Thu, August 29th @ 6p.m. - 7:30p.m.

Gold Canyon's Water More Precious Than Gold Series

Sizing and Installing Rain Tanks | Wed, October 9 @ 6p.m. - 7:30p.m.
Irrigating with Greywater | b

Urban Forestry Projects

We are bringing hydro local education to classrooms and rain garden projects to schools in the Valley to promote urban forestry. In 2023 we worked with 5 schools in partnership with ASU's Sustainable Teachers Academy and US Fish and Wildlife Service to provide professional development to teachers on water harvesting lesson development, classroom education with students, and we installed a rain gardent that students helped design that will grow shade and native polinator plants at their school!

We are excited to continue working in schools and at community sites in Phoenix!

Urban Heat Leadership Academy

The Nature Conservancy's Urban Heat Leadership Academy is training community leaders to use nature based solutions to support community health and adapt to challenges we face in warming cities. WMG leads trainings in academy focused on water harvesting and green infrastructure. We also advise and support members of the academy as they work to implement projects planting native shade and utilizing rainwater as a resource. In 2024 we'll be supporting teams working in Fairview Place neighborhood and neighborhoods in South Phoenix. 



Please contact Charlie Alcorn with any questions, or if your business would like to sponsor these events.

Register for upcoming Hydrate the Valley events