Join us in Ajo, Arizona!
March 5 - 8, 2018

Back by popular demand!  Participants in the March 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 tri-national symposia organized by representatives from the Tohono O'odham Nation, Mexico, and the United States recommended that this remarkable gathering should happen every two years.

The March 2018 tri-national symposium will address successes and continuing challenges of conserving the magnificent Sonoran Desert. The symposium will focus on cultural and natural resource issues, Native American tribal perspectives, and desert foodways.

A variety of special field trips will be scheduled for Monday, March 5 and an opening reception Monday evening.  On Tuesday through mid-day Thursday, March 6-8, we are scheduling plenary sessions, a rich choice of breakout sessions, and ample networking time. 

Registration fees are $125 for the entire Symposium including meals. Monday field trips are FREE!  For those unable to participate in the whole Symposium, daily rates are $50 each for Tuesday and Wednesday and $30 for Thursday.  Full-time students will be charged half-price when registering. There is also a small scholarship fund provided by Freeport McMoRan and a place to apply for a scholarship right on the registration form. (See the Register tab for details.)

SEE ALSO: March 8-9, immediately following the Symposium at the same venue, is the NPS Southwest Border Resource Protection Program Workshop which is free to professionals working in the Sonoran Desert. View and download agenda here--go to Brochure & Agenda menu item. Register at