UPDATE: September 8, 2021 * Program is Temporarily Not Accepting Applications
Interest in the program and in preservation continues to be at an all-time high. Since March 2021, the Site Steward Program has received over 90 applications. To ensure that we process and train all new applicants for 2021 we have stopped taking applications for short period of time. We will begin accepting new applications in a few months, please check back in November for an update.
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. Scroll to the bottom of the webpage to view two exceptional videos and to read past editions of our newsletter, The Watch.
The Site Steward Program is open to people of all abilities.
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If you have any questions, you can contact the State Site Steward Coordinator at AZ State Parks & Trails by phone - 602-542-7130 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arizona Site Steward Program is a grant-based program and is supported through federal funding from the U.S. National Forest Service, Luke Air Force Base, and the Arizona Site Steward Program Foundation and through generous donations from local buisnesses and archaeological-based agencies.