Center for Native and Urban Wildlife

CNUW Introduction


Our Mission

To teach and advocate responsible desert living through the conservation of native and urban wildlife.

What We Do

  • Education outreach to share the value and importance of natural desert environments
  • Restore Sonoran Desert habitats
  • Promote stewardship of Sonoran Desert ecosystems through active involvement

You can call us CNUW (see-new). Read on or get in touch with us if you would like to learn more.

Upcoming events

Fall 2023 Plant Sale

Come to our Fall Plant Sale fundraiser – help urban wildlife and support the work we do! Check back for updates on future plant sales in March and October.

CNUW Fall 2023 Plant Sale Flyer

Open House at Toad Hall

Join us for an Open House at Toad Hall, CNUW's nature center! Every Wednesday from 11 am - 1 pm. People of all ages and small groups under 10 are welcome. Come see and learn about desert wildlife, then visit our Wildlife Demonstration Gardens on campus. Open House Wednesdays run from September 6 through December 13, 2023.

CNUW Open House at Toal Hall Flyer

Monarch Butterfly Festival

Learn how you can support the endangered monarch butterfly at our Monarch Festival, co-sponsored with Southwest Monarch Study. Saturday, October 14 from 8-10:30 am we will have guest speakers on a range of topics, hands-on activities for all ages, and milkweed plants for sale. Come learn what citizen science has done to further our knowledge of the Southwestern monarch population, and how you can be a part of saving this species!

Monarch Butterfly Festival Flyer

What we offer

Support CNUW

If you would like to support CNUW through a donation, you can easily purchase items off of our Amazon Wish List and have it shipped to the Center. Your donations help us continually improve and we greatly appreciate your support!

Donate Wish List Items

Contact Us

Dr. John Weser
Natalie Case
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  • Exhibits Curator Coming Soon!
R. Sean Tanner
Alistair Bergstedt
Roy Barnes