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Rescuing Cacti

The Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society has one mission-- to save and protect cacti and other succulents.


Cue music! A catchy dance! And overalls! We're taking you into the world of composting-- through viral TikToks and community-centered programs.

The Wormhole

Inside the fascinating lives of worms and two men who share a passion for the wiggly creature.

The King of Sting

Dr. Justin Schmidt is a renowned entomologist, author and the man responsible for the “Schmidt Pain Scale for Stinging Insects."


Grief and anxiety caused by the disconnection to the natural world. (8:10)

Butterfly Explosion

Visit Tanque Verde with two of Tucson’s most enthusiastic entomologists to search for different butterflies.

An Unequivocal Truth

Climate change is personal to Arizona residents, and few know this better than UA climate scientist, Jessica Tierney.

Clara Lee's Cats

Clara Lee Arnold feels connected to cats in a deep way and has dedicated her life to helping them. Join her as she attempts to make Tucson a better place, one cat at a time.

An Unnatural River

Treated effluent and recycled water flowing into the lower Santa Cruz River fosters abundant native vegetation and wildlife, and brings recreational and economic opportunities.


The University of Arizona Herbarium is a research collection of over 425,000 dried plant specimens, with emphasis on the plants of the Sonoran Desert region.

Restoring the Native Flora

Spadefoot Nursery strives to be a safe and inclusive space for flora, fauna, and human alike. (6:01)

The Golden Rule

Arizona claims a rich agricultural tradition that continues to this day, we went to southeast Arizona to visit a farm with a rich history of its own. (8:50)

Reconciliation on the River

Follow a team of volunteers as they work to reseed, revive, and replenish a stretch of the Santa Cruz River near downtown. (6:34)

Angel in the Creek

Connecting with nature and finding solace at a special place just east of town. (3:36)

Afro Herper

Earyn McGee is a lizard-loving PhD who's changing the idea of what it means to be a scientist. (07:15)

Lessons from the Chiricahuas

What happens to ecosystems after a wildfire or other major disturbances? (07:22)

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