Friends of Sabino Canyon works to protect, preserve and enhance Sabino Canyon by funding and supporting projects, inspiring and educating the public, and partnering with the U.S. Forest Service and other key stakeholders.
Since 1993, FRIENDS OF SABINO CANYON, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, has raised more than one million dollars for projects in the canyon. These include trail maintenance and repairs, facilities enhancements, water wells, interpretive exhibits, educational activities, restoration work and funding for research and invasive species management. The Arizona Office of Tourism recognized Friends of Sabino Canyon with an Outstanding Volunteer Service Award on August 3, 2001 at a luncheon at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. In July 2002, we received the Volunteer of the Year Award presented by Forest Chief Dale Bosworth in Washington, DC. In 2003, we received a "Windows on the Past" National Award for Excellence for the Rehabilitation of the Lowell Adminstrative Site.
Your support to FRIENDS OF SABINO CANYON helps to make many canyon enhancements a reality. The Gateway Project, the restoration of Lowell Ranger Station, new bathrooms, exhibits in the Visitor Center, ramadas at Cactus Picnic Area and the ceramic desert wildlife themed art decorating the entrance ramadas were all made possible by community support.