The Desert Center Mission
The mission of The Desert Center is to educate children about the Sonoran Desert in which they live.  An understanding of, and empathy with, the ecosystem will help to insure gentle, thoughtful management of the Sonoran Desert now and in the future.
The attitudes of this and future generations about the desert will have more to do with its survival than any other factor.  If, at an early age , we can ignite a child’s curiosity and respect for the desert, stewardship will follow.
Founded by Florence Nelson, The Desert Center at Pinnacle Peak has hosted tens of thousands of Valley elementary school children.  Her love and respect for the Sonoran Desert and those who visit the Desert Center is expressed through this experiential learning program, now in it's thirty-ninth season. 
Our founder,
 Florence Ely Nelson.