There is a new book available from Mike Cardwell, The Mojave Rattlesnake, And how it became an urban legend. This book summarizes in non-technical language what biologists, toxicologists, physicians and other experts know about Mojave Rattlesnakes and how the mythical “Mohave green” compares to the real animal. 

Order here $14.95 Soft Cover, 140 pages, 111 Photos and Maps.




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We are pleased to announce the availability of a new book about the Ironwood Forest National Monument and the Sonoran Desert.  Dr. Royce Ballinger, former Board of Directors member for the Friends of Ironwood Forest, retired professor of herpetology at the University of Nebraska, and resident of Marana, has put together the definitive introduction to the natural history of the Ironwood Forest. In addition to being a good read, the book features the stunning photography of Young Cage.

We are re-vamping our system for how to order this book to be shipped to you. In the meantime, if you email us, we can point you where to purchase them in the Tucson area.

“…a wonderful introduction to…geography, plants, animals…scientifically accurate but…easy to read…will make you want to visit in person…”
Dr. Mark Dimmitt, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum naturalist retired and lead scientist for initial biological survey of IFNM



Friends of Ironwood Forest National Monument

Arizona Illustrated Nature Video: Ironwood Forest

National Public Lands Day 2017

Hike The Monument 2017

Articles and Research


Educational Workbooks

Archaeology Activity Handbook for Teachers

Archaeology of the Ironwood Forest National Monument and the surrounding Tucson Basin
An introduction for teachers and parents of young children. Includes games and activities.
How to use this guide

This guide is a very basic introduction to the study of archaeology for young people, ages 6 to 16. It exposes students to several ways to better understand the things people in the past left behind, and thus the people themselves.


  • Historic Timeline & Study of the Stratigraphic Periods
  • Classroom & Home Activities
  • Pottery and Shell Designs & Symbols
  • References & Recommended Reading

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