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The Gray Hawk Nature Center, located on the beautiful San Pedro River, seeks to promote understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the natural environment through education and hands-on learning experiences.

We are a non-profit, 501c3, environmental education facility located among the "sky islands" of southeast Arizona. This location, in one of the most ecologically diverse areas of North America, provides an ideal out door classroom where students of all ages can explore, observe, study, and learn about the world around them.

Each year thousands of visitors - private groups and students from kindergarten to college - come to the Gray Hawk Nature Center to experience the wonders of nature.

The San Pedro River is an internationally recognized treasure - the last major free-flowing river remaining in the southwestern United States. Its location, in southeastern Arizona and northern Sonora, and north-south orientation make it a critical corridor for bird migration as well as the movement of animals and plants across this border region. As a consequence, the Upper San Pedro has been protected as the nation's first Riparian National Conservation Area.

Wetland wildlife can be viewed up-close both at the Center and in thousands of acres of prime river habitat contained within the Conservation Area surrounding the Center.

Naturalist Sandy Anderson (known to local school children as the "snake lady") volunteers full time as educator and curator of the live reptile and invertebrate exhibits.

Gray Hawk Nature Center is still in its infancy - we have much to do and far to go to reach our goal of becoming one of Arizona's premier nature centers. Funding is needed to develop outreach programs, build an interpretive facility, and hire additional educators. Please support our environmental education efforts and help us build the first nature center in southeastern Arizona. We can only achieve our goal with the support of individuals like you.

We currently offer:

  • Instructional field trips or over-night camp outs for school groups.
  • Guided natural history tours.
  • Outreach programs.
  • Live reptile and invertebrate displays.
  • Private tours and programs, with advance reservations.

Please call (520) 458-0542 or email us at grayhawksandy@gmail.com for reservations.


Photo of kids in the San Pedro River at Gray Hawk Nature Center.  Click on the photo to see a larger image.
   
Photo of kids with the snake 'Squeezer'.  Click on the photo to see a larger image.
   
Photo of a boy holding a spider at the Gray Hawk Nature Center.  Click on the photo to see a larger image.
   
Photo of kids at a beaver dam on the San Pedro River at the Gray Hawk Nature Center.  Click on the photo to see a larger image.
   
Photo of a school class presentation.  Click on the photo to see a larger image.
   
Photo of kids investigating a pool in the San Pedro River.  Click on the photo to see a larger image.
   
Photo of summer along the San Pedro River. Click on the photo to see a larger image.
Photo of the San Pedro River in the Summer.  Click on the photo to see a larger image.   Photo of Sandy Anderson wading in the San Pedro River. Click on the photo to see a larger image.   Photo of fall colors along the San Pedro River. Click on the photo to see a larger image.   Photo of the San Pedro River in the Winter.  Click on the photo to see a larger image.
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