Saguaro National Park’s Resource Management Division offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, all in the name of preserving, protecting, and better understanding our Sonoran Desert landscape. Many opportunities involve invasive plant control, including 2nd¬†Saturday¬†buffelgrass pulls (Sept-May) and the Weed Free Trails program (in which individuals get trained in non-native plant identification and pull weeds independently on a regular route). In addition, group buffelgrass pulls can be scheduled for your organization or group. We also bring in volunteers and groups to assist in research and ecological monitoring, such as a saguaro nurse tree study that we recently piloted. We have recently begun recruiting volunteers with botanical expertise to help us survey for plants of interest. Most of these opportunities are available at both the Rincon Mountain and Tucson Mountain Districts of the park.

by Colleen Whitaker, published June 4, 2018