Work and Event Days

Stay tuned for upcoming events!


Our volunteer work day schedule this season continues to address IFNM needs and fencing issues related to wildlife connectivity through the Avra Valley, Altar Valley, Tucson Mountains and Tortolitas to the Catalinas. We began the fencing work several years ago in support of the Avra Valley Wildlife Connectivity Working Group. On Desert Fence Busters fence removal days, volunteers will come from all coalition member organizations. This is important work that directly relates to wildlife that resides in and roams the lands of the Ironwood Forest National Monument. The schedule also includes volunteer work days that directly support IFNM BLM projects.

(Please email Mike Doyle for to get on the volunteer email list) 


2023/2024 Volunteer work days

FIF Work Days
November 8
December 9 (Saturday, also celebrating National Public Lands Day)
January 10
February 14
March 13
April 10
Please download and return a 2024 BLM volunteer service agreement here 
Desert Fence Busters work dates are scheduled as follows
(Updated 11/30/2023)
January 19
February 17
March 22 and 23



The impact of Covid-19 continues to affect all of us in many ways. The BLM has instituted protocols for COVID-19 health and safety. We will adjust our work days, number of volunteers, transportation and routine to the BLM, Health and Government rules and guidance for social distancing, masks, sanitizing and any other needed actions. Please find below reference documents for volunteering at IFNM.

Pandemic Social Distancing and Daily Health Monitoring Guidance
Cleaning and Disinfection Procedures
Hand Washing in The Field Procedures


IFNM Volunteer work days are planned and coordinated with the BLM October through April. Volunteers assist the BLM in varied tasks such as restoration, trail improvement, sign installation, vegetation clean up, fencing, trash clean up and invasive species management (primarily buffelgrass).

On a typical day volunteers join BLM staff early in the day and head out to the chosen work site. The BLM provides the necessary tools and safety equipment. Volunteers stay busy until “noon-ish” and break for lunch or depart. Besides getting a little exercise while working, volunteers enjoy the sweeping vistas, desert plants and animals within the beautiful and enchanting Sonoran Desert environment. Working around Ragged Top, Waterman and Silverbell Mountains, the Samaniego Hills, Cocoraque Butte, El Cerrito de Represso and many other areas is very enjoyable and educational!


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.

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

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