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Gary Stumpf is the lead archaeologist with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Arizona. Richard Brook, also a BLM archaeologist, is actively involved with the BLM's heritage and environmental education programs. Mary Tisdale is the national coordinator for the BLM's environmental education and volunteer programs.

The authors wish to extend their special thanks to Jeff Lovich of the National Biological Survey, Marcy Greenburg of the Salt River Project, Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Robert Johnson, PhD., Tempe, AZ, Glenn A. Miller, Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum, Phoenix, AZ, and to the following BLM employees who provided assistance with this article: Elayn Briggs, Paul Buff, Diane Drobka, Catie Fenn, Shelly Fischman, Mark Fredlake, Roger Haskins, Ron Hooper, Russ Kaldenberg, Dave Krueper, Denise Meridith, Michael H. Mitchell, Rolla Queen, Jim Renthal, Eric W. Ritter, Karen Simms, Jo Simpson, Patricia A. Weller, and Jack Whetstone.

For More Information
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743; (520) 883-1380. Offers educational programs for children and outstanding exhibits.

Saguaro National Monument, 2700 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743; (520) 883-6366. Visitor center provides information about the Sonoran Desert and local history and prehistory. Also offers educational programs.The Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712; (520) 326-9686. Offers educational programs for schools, families, and children.

The Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ; (602) 941-1217. In addition to flora exhibits, the gardens have an outdoor exhibit of a Piman rancheria, showing Native American uses of Sonoran Desert plants.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, P.O. Box 518, Coolidge, AZ 85228; (520) 723-3172. This Hohokam village site dating from A.D. 900-1450 includes a four-story adobe structure that may have been used for astronomical observations.

Heard Museum, 22 E. Monte Vista Road, Phoenix, AZ 85004; (602) 252-8840. Provides information on the aboriginal people who lived in the Sonoran Desert. Offers many educational programs through its Education and Public Programs Division.

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