• Sonoran Desert at Organ Pipe NM

    Organ Pipe Cactus

    National Monument Arizona

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    Due to increase fire danger and dry conditions, all fires (charcoal, coal, and wood) are prohibited. Cook stoves and lanterns are still allowed. Smoking is limited to enclosed vehicles.

Ask A Ranger

Ask A Ranger - Alicia
If you, or your class, have questions for a ranger, you can e-mail us, video tape them or write them in a letter and we will respond to them as best we can. Please be sure to include the first name and grade of each student, as well as deadline for a response. Particularly complex questions, might require some additional dialogue, so be sure to include a way to contact you.

Contact our Education Coordinator for more details on getting your class involved with "Ask a Ranger", 520 387 6849 x 7301, 10 Organ Pipe Drive, Ajo, AZ, 85321 or e-mail us.

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Bella Vista Elementary
A fifth grade class in Sierra Vista, Arizona sent us some questions using a video camera. We were pleased to respond in the same media. Click on some of the questions below to see the students, and the responses.

Dominick: "How did the Organ Pipe Cactus get its name?"
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Alicia: "Do people eat cactus?"
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James: "How do animals live inside of cacti?"
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Kelly: "How do cactus live without water?"
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Melissa: "Do cactus produce water?"
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Nicole: "How do you survive in the desert?"
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