Yuma Conservation Garden

Yuma Conservation Garden provides environmental education encouraging responsible stewardship of our natural resources.


2520 E 32nd St
Yuma, AZ 85364

Last Updated: July 26, 2019


Special hours: Open to the public from the first of November through the first of May every Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday Noon to 5. Groups can call 928-317-1935 and arrange for entry at most any other time all year.


About Yuma Conservation Garden

A community treasure of Sonoran Desert experience, environmental education, family events, and volunteer opportunities.

More About Yuma Conservation Garden



Yuma Conservation Garden,

Where Desert Meets Community


Mission: Yuma Conservation Garden provides environmental education encouraging responsible stewardship of our natural resources.

Vision:  Yuma Conservation Garden is a community treasure of Sonoran Desert experience, environmental education, family events, and volunteer opportunities.       

Core Values:  Yuma Conservation Garden values our natural resources our community, and environmental education that protects and conserves both.

1.      We value the soil, air and water that sustain life:

2.      We value natural flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert:

3.      We value responsible economic and agricultural uses of resources:

4.      We value the heritage and diversity of our community:

5.      We value individual and community stewardship of natural resources:

6.      We value education promoting responsible stewardship:

7.      We value activities bringing desert and community together.


Yuma Conservation Garden History


The Yuma Conservation Garden (YCG) is a botanical garden and natural habitat thanks to the vision and dedication shown by founders – Sam Dick, Alton Duke, Frank Deason, and Don McCain  .Land was donated to Yuma County at the fairgrounds location by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in the early 1950’s. The area where YCG now sits is managed by the Yuma County Fair Board. In 1989, members of the Yuma and Laguna Natural Resource Conservation Districts (NRCD’s) asked the Fair Board for permission to utilize the duck pond area of the grounds as a botanical garden and outdoor learning center.

A Board of Directors made up of NRCD’s, Fair Board and community members have developed a series of trails, demonstration areas, and lesson plans to utilize the natural setting for education and special events. In January 2001 the Yuma Conservation Garden received 501(c)(3) status. The Garden and education center continues to be a Conservation work in progress. From the rare plants Sam Dick originally collected, a wonderful world of Sonoran Desert trees, shrubs, cacti, animals, and birds has developed.

Today, the Yuma Conservation Garden is part of a state-wide network of education centers administered by the State Land Department and recognized by the Arizona Department of Game and Fish as a natural habitat.


Garden Rules and Regulations:


1.  No one under the age of 18 will be admitted without adult supervision. Please remember that this is a special place for plants and animals, and is different from a park or playground.  Act as if you are in someone else's home.

2.  All plants, animals and artifacts are important.  Do not pick flowers, berries, leaves, cactus joints, etc.  Many of the plants in this garden are protected by state law.  You may take drawings, pictures and memories.

3.  If you move any rocks, sticks or logs, please put them back as you found them.  Otherwise, you would be re-arranging the "furniture" of many animals and plants.

4.  Avoid littering the trails; in fact, please pick up any litter you might see and put it in the appropriate trash cans.  Thanks.

5.  Please keep to designated trails.  Avoid stepping on or disturbing plants and animals.

6.  This is an Urban Wildlife Habitat.  Plants and wildlife can be hazardous.

7.  Foot traffic only.  Horses and bikes are not allowed.  Handicapped access is limited at this time.  Toilet facilities are limited to porta-potties and one water fountain.

8.  No alcoholic beverages are allowed.

9.  Please do not climb the Antique Machinery on display.  They are from another time and your cooperation to help preserve their historical value is greatly appreciated.

10. For the protection of our visitors and Garden creatures, no dogs, horses, or other domesticated animals are allowed in the Garden except those used to assist the handicapped.

11. No swimming or wading is allowed in the pond.

12. Do enjoy yourself, go exploring, and use all your senses to enjoy the Garden!

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