Date/Time Event
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Volunteer Work Day

Project and site TBD.

8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Volunteer Work Day

Volunteers are needed to help set up for Meet the Monument (MTM). Times and meet up time TBD.

7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Meet the Monument 2020 (MTM)

Meet the Monument 2020 will be held this year on Saturday, March 21. This is the Friends of Ironwood Forest’s big annual event held on the monument at the base of iconic Ragged Top. It’s a celebration along with our partners, the Bureau of Land Management, of the ecosystem and community that benefits from National Monument status. This year is its 20th anniversary. View the event flyer here.

Meet the Monument offers a variety of experiences like walkabouts by local experts discussing flora, fauna, and geology; three main speaker presentations under our shady canopy, and a variety of informal exhibits to inform on a broad range of subjects pertaining to the Ironwood Forest.

Hundreds of past attendees will tell you that it’s well worth the drive to attend. We hope to see you this year!

Read the bios of our main speakers here.

View map and directions here.

8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Volunteer Work Day

Project and site TBD.

8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Volunteer Work Day

Project and site TBD.

Go to our Maps and Directions page to see more detailed maps to Ironwood Forest National Monument, Ragged Top and the Waterman Restoration site.

Volunteer Work Days

In order to participate in these or other BLM work projects, you need to have a “Volunteer Service Agreement (VSA)” form completed and on file with BLM prior to the work day. (Click here for the form.) You can’t participate unless your VSA is approved.

Email the completed form to Robert Walter at r[email protected]  or mail it to:
Bureau of Land Management – Tucson Field Office
Attn: Volunteer Service Agreement
3201 E Universal Way
Tucson AZ 85756

Hike the Monument (HTM) 2019

The Friends of Ironwood Forest had just over 60 hikers come out and enjoy the treasures of the IFNM on Saturday, November the 9, 2019. The weather was spectacular and three hikes covered many of the special attributes of the Monument. The hike to Cocoraque is always special due to the spiritual and cultural importance of the petroglyphs and other archeological artifacts. The hike was lead by doctoral candidate Kirk Astroth and everyone was thrilled to see the early first people’s habitation. The hike to the southern face of Waterman Mountain included numerous rare and endangered species, explained by botanist and geologist, Bill Peachey. Everyone also kept an eye out for the Desert Bighorn Sheep that are indigenous to the IFNM. The educational nature walk was lead by Reis Linley and Bill Thornton around the major Restoration Site that is steadily returning a former rock processing area to natural vegetation. We appreciate the hikers that venture out each year for this HTM event. Getting to know the Ironwood Forest up close is the very best way to encourage its future preservation.


IFNM Volunteer Work Days are planned each month. After April, we go into summer hibernation, and then begin the projects again in October. In these projects we assist the BLM in varied tasks such as restoration, trail improvement, and sign installation.


The volunteer workdays are very productive. In addition to providing the volunteers with some exercise out in beautiful scenery

The volunteer efforts are greatly appreciated. It is a pleasure to work with the BLM on these projects and see what can be accomplished to help restore and protect this natural treasure.

For additional details, to sign up, and to get on the mailing list for future announcements of these projects, please email [email protected]




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