Desert Research Learning Center


The Desert Research Learning Center (DRLC) promotes the scientific understanding, protection, and conservation of Sonoran Desert Network parks. The center provides space and support for visiting researchers and interns, hosts hands-on experiential learning for local student groups, and displays examples of sustainable practices and native horticulture. Located adjacent to Saguaro National Park, the DRLC is an ideal space for connecting people, resources, and science. Inside the main building, exhibits offer insight into Sonoran Desert ecosystems and the science that helps us understand them. The main building also houses office space, a large meeting room, and a public restroom. Additional buildings contain a dry soils lab and provide on-site housing for researchers, interns, and volunteers.