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Carl Hayden Campus of Sustainability

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An oasis of life in a fragile, water-scarce desert, the Carl Hayden Campus for Sustainability weaves together the interconnected elements of the Papago Park landscape in a carefully crafted and unobtrusive setting that reflects the nature of its surroundings.

The Carl Hayden Campus for Sustainability honors our unique environment, our community’s diverse cultures, and its rich history. The campus includes natural and built elements that together form the opportunity to demonstrate the purpose and meaning behind our community’s approach to sustainability.

The Carl Hayden Campus for Sustainability borders the original Papago-Saguaro National Monument. It includes the Green Line riparian area, the Arizona Historical Society Museum, the O’Connor House, the Tempe Women’s Club Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, the LoPiano Mesquite Bosque, Loma del Rio Hohokam Ruin, Evelyn Hallman Park, and the historic Eisendrath House and Center for Water Conservation with its associated 9 acres of indigenous Sonoran Desert.

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The Rio Salado Foundation works to promote, preserve and enhance the cultural, historic, recreational and natural resources of the Rio Salado and Papago Park region and to ensure the area’s success as a major urban destination through the creation of public-private partnerships. Visit for more information.

Tempe Papago Park