DATE: Nov. 19, 2020 TIME: 4 - 5:15 p.m. PRICE: $100 | Includes a copy of “The Nature of Desert Nature” edited by Gary Nabhan
Virtual 4th Annual Conservation Celebration
Nov. 19, 2020 | 4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Join the Fourth Annual Conservation Celebration, a virtual event to support the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (CAZCA) an initiative of Desert Botanical Garden. Funds raised through the Conservation Celebration benefit the collaborative work of CAZCA to conserve, restore and promote the distinctive character of the Sonoran Desert.
This year’s keynote speak is Gary Nabhan, an ecologist, ethnobotanist and author.
Gary Nabhan is known for his pioneering research in agricultural ecology and ethnobotany, as well as his literary works. He formerly served as Desert Botanical Garden’s director of conservation, research and collections, and co-founded the innovative Native Seeds/SEARCH in 1982, which continues to connect people with the native plants of the Southwest. In 1990, Gary received a MacArthur Award, recognizing his contributions to conservation of the genetic and cultural heritage of the Southwest region. At this year’s Conservation Celebration, he will discuss his latest book—”The Nature of Desert Nature.”
Each year, Desert Botanical Garden celebrates achievement and innovation in biodiversity conservation by recognizing an individual, organization or corporation with the Award for Excellence in Conservation, and the winner will honored at the Conservation Celebration.
Harold Dorenbecher is this year’s event chair and the program is emceed by Tammy McLeod.
The bold and lyrical large-scale sculptures of Rotraut will enliven the Garden trails while a selection of her paintings and small sculpture fill the Ottosen Gallery. Known around the world, and based in Arizona, Rotraut’s artwork explores the energy of the seasons and the relationship of nature with the sky, sun and universe.
Desert Botanical Garden invites kids to engage with the outdoors around them at Cactus Clubhouse–a nature play space. The play area provides unstructured, child-led activities for kids under 12 to discover the fun of the natural world.
ADVANCE TICKET RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR MEMBERS & GENERAL ADMISSION Dec. 9 – 11, 15 – 18, 20 – 23, 26 – 31 | Garden closes at 4 p.m. Last entry at 2:30 p.m. Garden reopens at 5:30 p.m. for Luminaria ticket holders. Dec. 25: Garden is closed