Santa Cruz River Research Days

March 25, 2021 - March 26, 2021
Zoom Virtual Event

This FREE event is a venue for learning about research and conservation efforts while exploring the Santa Cruz River’s natural and cultural resources. Through presentations, panels, and open discussion, we aim to inspire new research questions, strengthen your professional network, catalyze new collaborative projects, and foster awareness of research and conservation efforts.

For the first time ever, we will be providing real-time English–Spanish translation!

This year, our focus will be Capital Improvement Projects in the Santa Cruz River. We invite you to join other local scientists, river landowners, resource managers, and other decision makers to explore the new scientific, engineering, and cultural projects in this river corridor.

Together we will learn what the future holds for the river—all while celebrating its storied past.

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Each day will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with sessions covering diverse topics including ecology, hydrology, cultural resources, and capital improvement projects. We will also have a special session on inspiring new work, virtual tours, and happy hours with presenters.   

We thank Chairman Austin Nunez of the San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham Nation for providing a prayer and opening remarks during our welcome on March 25. 


Registration closed.

Santa Cruz River Research Days is part of Sonoran Institute’s Santa Cruz River Initiative. Our focus is to invest in water for the environment and communities along the Santa Cruz River. Our goal for the Santa Cruz is to retain flowing reaches and restore conditions throughout the watershed. We envision a future where a revitalized river corridor is an integral part of our community that strengthens our local economy and reconnects residents of the area to the river. View proceedings and presentations from past events.

Santa Cruz River Research Days Steering Committee:

  • Friends of the Santa Cruz River
  • Pima County
  • Tumacácori National Historical Park
  • University of Arizona