Southwestern Deserts

May, 2012
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Native Plant Revegetation Program
Learn about Grand Canyon National Park's native plants by volunteering for a weekend to assist Vegetation Program Staff in the Visitor Center and Mather Point Revegetation Project. Restore native vegetation communities to areas impacted by construction and road realignment, salvage plants, or remove invasives. All work includes breathtaking views! Vegetation Program Staff will present an orientation to Grand Canyon National Park and its native vegetation communities. Weekend volunteer events take place on May 5-6; May 25-28; June 9-10; and June 23-24. Work takes place from 8am to 4pm with lunch, water, and snacks provided. Tent camping and hand equipment is provided, and the entrance fee is waived. For details on these weekends, contact Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Sterner, Grand Canyon Vegetation Program,, 928-638-7753. provides general information on volunteer opportunities at the Grand Canyon.

Clever Gardening Technique

Create a Master List of Questions
If gathering the entire family for input on your landscape design or overhaul, it helps to have a list of general ideas/questions already prepared. Do we want a play area? Who would like to pick fresh fruit from a backyard orchard? Who likes to BBQ? The list can be a paper copy or a computer file. As the discussion progresses, you can quickly jot or type ideas so nothing gets forgotten along the way. Leave plenty of time for brainstorming items not on the list, especially for kids, because it will generate a sense of ownership and inclusion in the projects you decide upon. The results serve as your master list as you make modifications to your design over time.

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