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Online resources for native plants and more…

Native Plant Information

  • Flagstaff Native Plant and Seed. Local nursery with descriptions of hundreds of wildflowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs native to the region. 
  • USDA PLANTS Database. With more than 45,000 species found in the U.S.
  • NAZ Flora. Photographic, annotated catalog of northern Arizona vascular plants arranged by scientific name for use by professional botanists and serious amateurs.
  • Center for Plant Conservation. National coalition of private and public organizations with the goal of preserving and restoring our native plant populations. A good resource for researchers and professionals.
  • NatureServe. Database of more than 50,000 species of North American flora and fauna, focusing on ecological communities. Of special interest to researchers and ecology practitioners.

Native Plant Societies

Hands-on Gardening

Botanical Gardens — Arizona and National

  • Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix). “One of the world’s finest collections of desert plants.” Displays the beauty, color and diversity of wildflowers in North American deserts, and how they play a role in the desert’s ecosystem.
  • Tucson Botanical Gardens. A 5-acre collection of 15 specialty gardens. Over 4,200 individual plants. Tours. Design ideas for residential gardens.
  • Tohono Chul Park (Tucson). Park that allows visitors to explore the flora and fauna of the natural and cultural heritage of the Sonoran region.
  • Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden outside Tucson. Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert region. Live displays of more than 300 native animal species and 1,200 plant species.
  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum. A 320-acre collection of desert plants near Superior, AZ. 3,200 desert plants, 230 bird species, and 75 terrestrial species.
  • American Public Gardens Association. Gardens to visit in your travels, calendar of special events in member gardens, info on specialty plant organizations. Membership and employment info for gardening professionals.

Colorado Plateau Environments

  • A “Grand Tour.” The environmental history of the Colorado Plateau, including native people, flora and fauna, etc., from a historical perspective. Maps, photographs, and links to further articles.
  • The Grand Canyon Trust. Advocacy group dedicated to preserving the environmental integrity of Colorado Plateau. Get involved through their Volunteer Program. 

Environmental Education

  • Rocky Mountain Research Station, Flagstaff Laboratory. Concentrates on Flagstaff and northern Arizona forest health.
  • The Nature Conservancy. Organization aimed at “preserving the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.”  Currently has 1,400 nature preserves.
  • Building Wildlife Habitats. National Wildlife Federation education programs for families and schools. Offers instructions for building backyard habitats.
  • Highlands Center for Natural History.Serves central Arizona with environmental education classes, publications, tours, and hands-on activities.
  • Willow Bend Environmental Education Center. Nonprofit environmental education center in Flagstaff. It is dedicated to nurturing a sense of place through hands-on educational programs. 

Birding in Northern Arizona

Flagstaff Attractions