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Updated: July 1, 2024 *

We are currently making major revisions to the Site Steward classroom training curriculum that all new Stewards take as part of the overall training to become a Steward.  We will begin accepting applications in August 2021. 

  • If you would like to sign up on our waiting list, please send an email to
  • Provide your full name, telephone, and list the region where you would like to do your volunteer work.  There are over 20 SSP regions throughout Arizona. Please note, we are not able to place anyone in the Flagstaff and Williams regions at the moment.  Click here to view a map of all regions.  

The Site Steward Program is open to people of all abilities. 

Training Guides to Submit Your Volunteer Hours

Click here to view guides and a video on how to submit your reports from your visits to sites-including a damage/Vandalsim report. Instructions also inlcude steps on how to submit hours from attending trainings and conferences.  

What is the Site Steward Program (SSP)

The Arizona Site Steward Program is an organization of volunteers, in partnership with public land managers of Arizona (US Forest Service, AZ State Lands, BLM, and other jurisdictions), whose members are selected, trained and certified by Arizona State Parks & Trails (ASPT). The chief objective of the Stewards Program is to deter the theft of antiquities and report to the land managers any destruction or vandalism of prehistoric and historic archaeological and paleontological sites in Arizona through site monitoring. Stewards can choose to be active in other program duties including:

  • Project Archaeology (Youth Education); Working with Elementary Schools to Implement a Cultural Preservation Curriculum.    
  • Community Outreach: Participate in Events to Promote Preservation & Recruit New Member     
  • Administrative Support

Visit the Site Steward Webpage at Arizona State Parks & Trails for additional program information. Enjoy the three exceptional videos that help show the work Stewards do in the program and also read past editions of our newsletter, The Watch.

How is the Program Funded?

The Arizona Site Steward Program is a grant-based program and is currently supported through federal funding from the U.S. National Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation, BLM and the Arizona Site Steward Program Foundation and through generous donations from local businesses and archaeological-based organizations.

Help Support the Site Steward Program
We invite you to invest in cultural resource protection by making a donation today.  Contributions at every level are appreciated. Click here to donate and to view how donations help support the program and cultural preservation.

Introduction to Southwest ArchaeologyAre you new to learning about archaeology in the Southwest? Or seeking a refresher on the major concepts, places, cultures, and themes that Southwestern archaeologists are exploring today? Click here for online resources.

If you have any questions, you can contact the State Site Steward Coordinator at AZ State Parks & Trails -  by email:

 Arizona Site Steward
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