The Springs Stewardship Institute, a global initiative of the
Museum of Northern Arizona, works to improve communication among land managers, to survey, rehabilitate, and steward springs systems.

Although they are among the most biologically and culturally important and highly threatened ecosystems on Earth, springs are poorly studied and inadequately protected. Though relatively small in comparison to lakes and oceans, springs support more than 10% of the endangered species in the United States. With an immense potential for collaboration and partnership, SSI will continue to improve understanding and management of these critical and endangered ecosystems.

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Over the past 45 years of research on Colorado Plateau ecology and conservation, I have realized that we missed something important: the canary’s canary. Springs—places where groundwater emerges from the Earth’s surface—are the most biologically diverse, vital terrestrial ecosystems, and are revered by indigenous cultures.
— Dr. Larry Stevens, Director

current projects

SSI is involved with many ongoing projects across the western United States, but we also are working in our own back yard through rehabilitating Coyote Springs on the MNA grounds. The above slideshow of images captured by our Stealthcam demonstrates how many critters use this spring. Learn more about all of our recent work here.

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Recent HEadlines

SSI has developed a new Springs App

Collecting springs data

Collecting springs data

SSI is in the news again, this time with the announcement of a collaborative project funded by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to develop a springs data collection app. See the article here or Get Involved.





Springs Overlooked hotspots of life

The Arizona Daily Sun gave recognition to the work of the Springs Stewardship Institute on Friday, May 29th,following the news release from Washington announcing Obama's revised Waters of the United States rule. Read more HERE.

                                                                    Jenn Chavez

                                                                    Jenn Chavez