Recreation. Education. Conservation.
Who we are
We are a community partnership committed to connecting people with Arizona's natural environment and promoting its conservation.
What we do
Watchable wildlife recreation offers nature-related outdoor education opportunities to the public while conserving native plants and animals in their natural habitats. Through direct habitat improvements and interpretation, watchable wildlife promotes conservation as well as enjoyment of the outdoors.
Flagstaff's Watchable Wildlife
The people of Flagstaff have shown a strong attachment to the local environment through involvement in conservation efforts and the local environment. With the economic, social, and ecological value of watchable wildlife sites receiving nation-wide recognition, the revised Flagstaff Regional Land Use Plan now includes a policy to promote wildlife viewing. The Arizona Game & Fish Department is similarly committed to providing diverse wildlife recreation opportunities.
The Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience is compatible with Flagstaff regional planning, Flagstaff tourism and Chamber of Commerce, recreational programs, and educational institutions.
- More than 2.1 million Arizona citizens participate in wildlife-related outdoor recreation
- 1 in every 5 Arizona residents participates in some form of wildlife watching activity
- In 2013, there were more wildlife recreation participants in Arizona than the combined populations of Alaska, North Dakota, and Vermont
- By nearly a 2-to-1 vote, voters passed the 1990 Heritage Initiative which helps protect Arizona's wildlife species and habitats
- Fishing and hunting recreation make up a large part of our state's economic engine, generating $2.4 billion each year in economic benefits
- Wildlife-related recreation activities help support more than 21,000 jobs in Arizona and create salaries and wages totaling more than $464 million for Arizona residents