Sonoran Symposium

Sonoran Symposium The Sonoran Symposium is organized by representatives from the Tohono O'odham Nation, Mexico and the United States.

Organized by representatives from the Tohono O'odham Nation, Mexico and the United States, the Sonoran Symposium focuses on cultural and natural resource issues, and Native American tribal perspectives with a new theme: Converging Trails: Past, Present and Future of the Sonoran Desert.

Another gorgeous night at the Barry M. Goldwater Range for dinner last night. Thanks to Rusty Truck BBQ Company for a de...
03/10/2016

Another gorgeous night at the Barry M. Goldwater Range for dinner last night. Thanks to Rusty Truck BBQ Company for a delicious meal!

It was a beautiful night for our dinner tonight's the the Sonoran Conference Center celebrating the 100th anniversary of...
03/09/2016

It was a beautiful night for our dinner tonight's the the Sonoran Conference Center celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The 2016 Sonoran Symposium is underway.
03/08/2016

The 2016 Sonoran Symposium is underway.

02/29/2016

Reminder: Tomorrow is the last day to register for the Symposium! You don't want to miss out on these awesome presentations and dinners.

02/18/2016
Join us in Ajo, Arizona!

The Symposium is just around the corner!

Registration fees are $125 for the entire Symposium or $50 per day for single days; meals are included for each day registered. Field trips are free. To see the schedule of events or to register, visit www.sonoransymposium.com.

Back by popular demand! Participants in the March 2010, 2012, and 2014 tri-national symposia organized by representatives from the Tohono O'odham Nation, Mexico, and the United States recommended that this remarkable gathering should happen every two years.

01/25/2016

Do you love the Sonoran Desert, its rich variety of plants, animals and cultures? Would you like to talk about the desert's uses, from ranching to recreation and mining? Want to learn more from organizations responsible for its preservation? Then Ajo, Ariz., is the place to be March 7-10. That's where the 4th Tri-National Symposium on the Past, Present, and Future of the Sonoran Desert will be in full swing.

Held every other year, this most unusual event is attended by an interested and well-informed general public as by experts from land management agencies and universities.

The Symposium takes place on the Curley School Campus in the historic Curley School and at the new Sonoran Desert Conference Center, just behind the Curley School.

The 2016 Symposium kicks off Monday, March 7 with an amazing line up of field trips, all of which are FREE, although you must register in advance. Guided field trips include Quitobaquito Springs/Senita Basin (Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument); Turtle Valley, and also Charlie Bell Pass (both field trips on Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge); Tohono O'odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum (in Topawa on the Tohono O'odham Nation); Lago Seco and Manned Range 2 (both field trips on the Barry M. Goldwater Range), Craters on the El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve, and a birdwatching tour TBD.

Monday evening participants will gather in the Ajo Plaza for refreshments to see art exhibited in the new cooperative gallery, Art Under the Arches, and to visit and cast their vote in the annual Sonoran Shindig photo contest competition.

Tuesday morning, the Symposium starts with a plenary session - an overview of three days and a little inspiration from considering past desert dwellers.

The simultaneous sessions on topics in natural and cultural resources and Native American perspectives will occupy participants throughout the day with time for conversation, refreshment and networking between the sessions.

This year, the Arizona Native Plant Society will also conduct its annual meeting on Tuesday at the Symposium. They will take over the Curley School Auditorium for the rest of the day, following the Symposium's opening plenary session. Symposium participants will be welcome to participate in the Native Plant Society's sessions as will the members fo the Arizona Native Plant Society be welcome to sample the Symposium sessions on Tuesday.

Tuesday evening will feature a traditional Mexican meal served outdoors at the Sonoran Desert Conference Center.

Throughout the Symposium, about 65 photos from Tom Kiefer's El Sueno Americano will be on exhibit in the Learning Center on the Curley School Campus.

While simultaneous sessions on a variety of topics in natural and cultural resources and Native American perspectives continue through Wednesday and Thursday, a special theme for Wednesday is the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Barry M. Goldwater Range. The day will begin with a plenary session on the history and operation of the Barry M. Goldwater Range. And in the late afternoon, all Symposium participants are invited to take a field trip to a lovely site within the Goldwater Range (transportation will be provided) to share an evening meal in the desert and listen to stories about the land.

Thursday at the Symposium features a final day of simultaneous sessions on topics in natural and cultural resources and Native American perspectives, a closing plenary session with a special visitor from UNESCO, followed by a traditional Native American meal with a contemporary flair prepared and served by the extraordinary Desert Rain Cafe from Sells, Ariz.

More information and details on the agenda can be found at www.sonoransymposium.com along with the link to register.

Symposium sponsors and planners include: The Tohono O'odham Nation, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Luke Air Force Base/Barry M. Goldwater Range, El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association, the Arizona Native Plant Society and the International Sonoran Desert Alliance.

-- Tracy Taft, International Sonoran Desert Alliance

Day 3 of the 2014 Sonoran Symposium
10/26/2015

Day 3 of the 2014 Sonoran Symposium

2014 Sonoran Symposium, day 3

Dinner atop Childs Mountain was just one of the evening activities during the 2014 Sonoran Symposium. Childs Mountain of...
10/22/2015

Dinner atop Childs Mountain was just one of the evening activities during the 2014 Sonoran Symposium. Childs Mountain offers a panoramic view of the Sonoran Desert including parts of the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and the Barry M. Goldwater Range. Photos by Rick Whittle

Dinner atop Childs Mountain was just one of the evening activities during the 2014 Sonoran Symposium. Childs Mountain offers a panoramic view of the Sonoran Desert including parts of the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and the Barry M. Goldwater Range. Photos by Rick Whittle

The sponsors of the 2016 tri-national symposium invite abstract submissions of oral presentations and posters. Abstracts...
10/07/2015
Submit an Abstract

The sponsors of the 2016 tri-national symposium invite abstract submissions of oral presentations and posters. Abstracts will be accepted until Nov. 16, 2015. Visit www.sonoransymposium.com/abstracts.html for more information and to download the submission form.

The sponsors of the 2016 tri-national symposium invite abstract submissions of oral presentations and posters. The theme of the 2016 symposium is the past, present, and future of the Sonoran Desert. Please try to incorporate this theme in your abstract and tailor your presentation for a broad parti…

Call for abstracts for the Sonoran Symposium, March 7-10, 2016
09/15/2015

Call for abstracts for the Sonoran Symposium, March 7-10, 2016

Sonoran Symposium
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is there another place where I can find out information about the 2019 Sonoran Symposium? thank you