The Friends of Madera Canyon, a non-profit volunteer organization affiliated with the U.S. Forest Service, provides informational brochures, clean-up crews, research and education programs for adults and school children, maintenance of trails for the handicapped, designs and maintains trail and nature signs, welcomes visitors, and finances the building of many of the facilities throughout the Canyon.
Our mission is to assist the U.S. Forest Service in advancing historical, scientific, educational, and interpretive programs in Madera Canyon.
Our goals are to:
- Heighten public interest in conservation through education;
- Assist the U.S. Forest Service in its operations, especially in its efforts to provide rewarding recreational opportunities for all visitors; and
- Assist in data gathering and public feedback.
Friends' members volunteer in a wide variety of positions, ranging from environmental education docents to performing trail maintenance to welcoming canyon visitors at the Visitor Information Station. Membership includes our quarterly newsletter Canyon Chatter, invitation to a wide variety of adult education programs, and a discount on Friends' merchandise.
As the unique environment of Madera Canyon began to be threatened by human encroachment and environmental degradation, local residents and businesses came together in 1987 to form the Friends of Madera Canyon as a response to the U.S. Forest Service's appeal to the public for volunteers to help preserve and protect Madera Canyon.
The Friends of Madera Canyon is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that assists in advancing historical, scientific, educational, and interpretive programs in Madera Canyon. Our 500-plus household members (about 1,000 individual members) volunteer to contribute on average 10,000 hours per year to guarantee that Madera Canyon remains one of Arizona's premier destinations for nature lovers.
New challenges continue to face us. There are constant threats to the beauty of the canyon and our programs there. New housing developments and mining proposals can destroy the whole Santa Rita sky island ecosystem. Contact Save the Scenic Santa Ritas or the Sky Island Alliance for more information. Fire has been a realized threat during the past few years. The U.S. Forest Service is under great financial constraints and thereby limited in its support of recreational programs.
Friends of Madera Canyon
PO Box 1203
Green Valley, Arizona 85622-1203
Members of the Friends of Madera Canyon are invited to attend any or all Board of Directors monthly meetings, 9:00 am on the 3rd Friday of each month except July, usually at Friends in Deed on Camino Casa Verde in Green Valley. Most meetings last about two hours. Members may ask the President if they wish to present a subject and be placed on the agenda. Sign up for our Newsletter for organization information and updates.
Friends of Madera Canyon participate in a number of activities to provide Adult Environmental Education to the local community, ranging from a Speakers Bureau, to providing an information table at the local Farmers' Market and at the White Elephant Country Fair. These programs provide information on a variety of topics, including public safety in the Canyon, and the need for respect of the fragile ecosystem that is Madera Canyon.
Kids Environmental Educational programs are also available to local schools, for the indoor and outdoor classroom.
If your service organization or club is interested in having a Friends' member provide an interesting Power Point presentation on Madera Canyon, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.