Stewarding the natural and cultural resources of the Cienega Watershed of Southeastern Arizona.

Events Calendar

Cienega Annual Celebration: Tour, Reception, Wall of Honor Award Ceremony, and Auction @ Vail, AZ, Cienega Creek, and Sonoita, AZ
Apr 1 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cienega Annual Celebration: Tour, Reception, Wall of Honor Award Ceremony, and Auction @ Vail, AZ, Cienega Creek, and Sonoita, AZ | Vail | Arizona | United States

The CWP Annual Tour and Reception is April 1! More finalized details to come soon. Mark your calendars!

The tour will start in Vail, AZ and we will move upstream by vehicle to stop at several locations to visit flowing water and tall grasslands, frogs and prarie dogs, historic cultural sites and active ranches and successful restoration practices.

Or join us at the end the tour at ~3:30 for a silent auction and chili cook-off at Arizona Hops and Vines in Sonoita, where we will celebrate the Wall of Honor Awards and be merry!

Please bring your own lunch, water, and sun protection, and try to arrange carpools. Thanks!

Start gathering recipes, art donations, aspirations for wine tasting, and excitement for our first-ever, public tour of the watershed led by CWP Board members, partners and advisors! Please contact for auction donations.

Check our Facebook page for this event at for more details and updates.

Cienega Watershed Teacher Training @ Rincon Valley Fire District
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please join us!

Learn about the ecology of this unique area, integrate watershed ecology into your existing curriculum, develop your own field trip, and meet and collaborate with passionate colleagues.

This training is designed for middle school teachers wanting to plan exciting and authentic learning experiences centered around local watershed ecology and watershed management in the nearby Cienega Watershed, just 45 minutes south of Tucson.

Teachers will work with experienced environmental educators and BLM partners to develop the knowledge needed to integrate local watershed ecology, issues and management into their existing curriculum.

Teachers will develop the skills and knowledge to organize and complete a field trip experience for their students to Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.

The day will be a combination of classroom time and hands-on field experience in BLM’s Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.

Continuing education credits provided. Snacks and refreshments provided. Bring your own lunch.

This is a free event!

Register here by April 19:

YES! 2017 Program Applications Due
May 14 all-day

Applications Due

Engaging youth in leadership, stewardship, and teamwork on public lands in Southern Arizona.

The YES! (Youth Engaged Stewardship) program takes place over ten sessions during the months of June and July, 2017. Up to 12 youth ages 14 to 19 are selected from applications submitted on or before May 14, 2017.

Learn more about the YES! Youth Engaged Stewardship Program, or apply now.

For additional information, please contact us at


Science on the Sonoita Plain Annual Symposium @ Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch
Jun 3 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Please save the date for the Science on the Sonoita Plain Annual Symposium, held at the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of Audubon in Elgin, Arizona.

The Science on the Sonoita Plain Symposium is held annually to share results of scientific investigations and land management activities that are occurring within the upper watersheds of Cienega Creek, Sonoita Creek, and the Babocomari River. The SOSPsymposium encourages exchange among scientists, land managers, local landowners and citizens about the unique and diverse resources of the Sonoita Plain.

This year, our primary thematic focus will be on science applications, and will include a panel discussion of ranchers, land managers, and scientists.  We are also anticipating a wide range of presentations on current research and project activity.

Please note that space is limited for the Symposium, so we encourage you to register early to reserve a space. There is no cost for attendance, and you will not need a physical ticket for the event.

Registration is now open: register now.

Call for Presentations or Posters

We are currently seeking presentations or posters involving relevant research or project updates for the Science on the Sonoita Plain Annual Symposium. If you are interested in presenting at the Symposium, please submit a title and abstract (fewer than 350 words) and bio (150 words) to:

Larry Fisher
Cienega Watershed Partnership / The University of Arizona

Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017. Please indicate clearly in your submission whether you would prefer to do a full presentation or a poster (or if you are open to either option).

For additional information, visit the Science on the Sonoita Plain Annual Symposium page or contact us at

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