Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists receive Public Lands Alliance award

Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists receive Public Lands Alliance award

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists recently received a Public Lands Alliance Partnership Award for the embodiment of leading edge achievements in the preservation of public lands and the enrichment of visitors. The group provides environmental education services to visitors of all ages to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, on the Santa Catalina Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest.

"Individuals and groups of volunteers bring a spectrum of knowledge, skills, dedication and commitment to the work they do, enhancing visitor experiences, restoring historic facilities, preventing erosion, and performing other tasks too numerous to mention," said Coronado National Forest Supervisor Kerwin Dewberry. "They bring value to the land we care for, while also connecting with places that are important to them, engaging in stewardship activities, and gaining the satisfaction of a job well done."

The honor was received in the Public Lands Partner Award category. The award recognizes "an exemplary partnership for its stunning achievements to protect and preserve public lands and enhance the experiences of visitors."

The volunteer naturalists have been serving as educators for more than 30 years in and around Sabino Canyon. With over 150 members currently, they lead nature walks, set up informational exhibits, provide demonstrations, support special events, and present educational programs to kindergarten and elementary school students.  In 2016, naturalists volunteered over 14,470 hours to share information regarding the natural and cultural history of the Sonoran Desert and Sabino Canyon. Over five-hundred school children participated in the educational programs last year, and hundreds of adults enjoyed a variety of nature walks.

For further information on the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists and the services they provide, please visit their website at

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