Arizona Site Stewards Volunteer Program

Arizona Site Steward 30th Anniversary Conference

The date draws near for the Arizona Site Steward 30th Anniversary Conference. This is a celebration of and for you, the dedicated preservationists who put their personal time and resources toward aiding federal, state, and local agencies to meet their mandated requirements to manage their cultural resources. We will be meeting on June 7-8, 2015 at the Crown Plaza Airport Hotel in Phoenix. Two full days of speakers, presentations, discussions, and training offered free to all Sites Stewards who want to attend. I am including a preliminary program in the spring edition of The Watch, sending it out to the regional coordinators and also posting it on the site steward website, the Arizona Site Steward Facebook page, and the SHPO Preservation site.

For more information and to register please go on-line to

Bruce BabbittThe Arizona Site Steward program was developed 30 years ago by Governor Bruce Babbitt and his Archaeological Advisory Commission in an attempt to support the protection of cultural sites on public lands. Starting with 3 regions, and 4 partners, the program has grown to encompass the entire state and 32 local, state, federal and non-profit partners. Currently administered by Arizona State Parks, the program is supported by the Arizona State Parks Foundation – a 501(c).

Download the 2016 event agenda HERE. ( 250 KB PDF)

The Watch Masthead

Summer 2015 issueNovember 2015 Issue of The Watch

Arizona Watch is the quarterly Site Stewards newsletter filled with news and information about the program.

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Site Stewards are are volunteers dedicated to protecting and preserving cultural resources and the heritage of Arizona.

The Arizona Site Stewards Program is an organization of volunteers, sponsored by the public land managers of Arizona, whose members are selected, trained and certified by the State Historic Preservation Office and the Governor's Archaeology Advisory Commission. The chief objective of the Stewards Program is to report to the land managers destruction or vandalism of prehistoric and historic archaeological and paleontological sites in Arizona through site monitoring. Stewards are also active in public education and outreach activities.

Goals of the Arizona Site Steward Program

Site Steward PhotographA Site Steward’s primary role is to monitor archaeological, historical, and paleontological sites and report any looting/vandalism to the land manager. Site Stewards make an important contribution to preserving our cultural heritage by working closely with Federal, State, Tribal, County, and municipal agency staff and archaeologists. The Site Steward Program is designed to meet the interests and skills of the volunteers.

  1. To preserve major prehistoric, historic and paleontological resources for the purposes of conservation, scientific study, and interpretation.
  2. To increase public awareness of the significance and value of cultural resources and the damage done by vandalism.
  3. To discourage site vandalism and the sale and trade of antiquities.
  4. To support the adoption and enforcement of national, state, and local preservation laws and regulations.
  5. To support and encourage high standards of cultural resource investigation throughout the state.
  6. To promote better understanding and cooperation among agencies, organizations, and individuals concerned about the preservation of cultural resources.
  7. To enhance the completeness of the statewide archaeological and paleontological inventory.

Site Steward Training

Volunteer training involves at least 10 hours of classroom instruction and field training. The training sessions include antiquity laws, crime scene management, artifact, site and feature identification, and map & GPS reading. The program seeks volunteers with strong interests in cultural resource conservation who enjoy the outdoors.


State and Federal antiquity laws prohibit damage to archaeological and paleontological sites. Help protect Arizona's irreplaceable cultural resources by becoming a Steward of the past. To become a Site Steward, please fill out an online application at: You will be contacted shortly by a coordinator to schedule training.

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