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Gray Hawk Nature Center


The Gray Hawk Nature Center, located on the beautiful San Pedro River, seeks to promote understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the natural environment through education and hands-on learning experiences.

We are a non-profit, 501c3, environmental education facility located among the "sky islands" of southeast Arizona. This location, in one of the most ecologically diverse areas of North America, provides an ideal out door classroom where students of all ages can explore, observe, study, and learn about the world around them.. 


Johnny Wyld

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Save your time. The proprietor is a nut job and has no business in the company of children. Her demeanor with adults is extremely disrespectful and utterly condescending. Frankly I regret the charitable donation I made prior to visiting. The nonsense she attempts to breed in children regarding the "harmless" nature of venomous rattlesnakes, not to mention her constant contradictions of her own "lessons" make me wonder if this is entirely a sham. Oh, and she was as a bit too willing to place not 1 but 3 rattlers within 4 feet of children.

Emily Kris

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
I went with my preschooler on a nature walk with his school group. Sandy was not pleasant and had a short fuse with the kids and adults. A late comer got yelled at for not staying on her unmarked “path”. A preschooler asked her why Gila Monsters were poisonous, which she had no answer for except told him to “google it”. He had no idea what she meant and she got clearly flustered and irritated by the question which only progressed throughout the tour, which honestly is just a rambling walk down by the river. Small things started to upset her and create anxiety for her. She may have a love for animals and outdoors and cares for snakes. Great. But she doesn’t have much insight into real education or people skills. I think nature is something she should enjoy on her own. I certainly didn’t enjoy wondering what was going to upset her next. And the kids learned to google stuff. I’ll pass on the next field trip.

Donna M Simonetti

Sunday, July 8, 2018
My son & I had a great experience!

A. N.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Wow this is the absolute BEST place you can take your kids or school group to learn about nature! I have been coming here since 2000 and learn more and are still amazed each time I visit! Sandy (the Director) is one of the most knowledgeable people in Arizona on wildlife and the San Pedro River, particularly birds and reptiles. Her snake presentation is hands down the best ive ever seen! Note: If you are an imbecile that is not open minded enough to let go of your misconceptions about wildlife and learn, this is not the right place for you. Gray Hawk shines as a place for children and adults to discover wildlife, explore one of the last riparian forests in the southwest, and appreciate nature. You won’t be disappointed!

sunispirit blue sky

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016
Sandy and Gray Hawk Nature Center are a fabulous resource for kids, teachers and people who want to learn more about the natural world. Her down to earth manner compliments the experience, helping children and adults gain knowledge and reflect on their place in nature. I highly recommend field/riparian experiences at Gray Hawk; Sandy's main goal is to advocate for nature, not to reinforce misconceptions.

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