Stewarding the natural and cultural resources of the Cienega Watershed of Southeastern Arizona.

Social Studies: Cultural History, Geography, and Citizenship in Action

Social studies educational resources at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area relate to cultural history, geography, and citizenship in action.

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Cultural History
Learn about the cultural history of Las Cienegas, including archaeology, ranching, and interactive timelines.

Las Cienegas geography resources include geo-education, teaching with GIS, and more.

Citizenship in Action
The power of collaborative conservation is at the heart of citizenship in action to protect the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.

Cultural History

The Las Cienega National Conservation Area has a rich cultural history. Learn more about this history through the following educational resources:


Ranching at Las Cienegas

Interactive Timelines and Other Examples/Ideas for Displaying Information

Other Resources


Check out the following books for additional cultural history insight into the Las Cienegas area:


  • A shared history exercise in which stakeholders talked about the history and decisions that have shaped the Cienega watershed.


General Geography Teaching Resources

Teaching with GIS

Teaching about Urban Growth

  • A documentary about Phoenix’s rapid growth and the implications on the community’s sense of place. The site has lesson plans for the film.
  • Sonoran Institute

Citizenship in Action

The Power of Collaborative Conservation

The story of how Las Cienegas NCA became a protected area in the face of other influential interests is an excellent case study of how concerned citizens and scientists can achieve a goal by working together.

Brief background reading about how Las Cienegas gained federal protection status.

Local Activism

Local groups that conduct restoration work for the health of the local watersheds include:

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