Spring Seeker Resources

Join our community of volunteers looking to find, survey, and restore springs in the Sky Island region of the U.S. and Mexico.

Use the following resources to learn more about springs and the ins-and-outs of our Spring Seeker program.

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Questions? Contact Habitat Conservation Manager Sarah Truebe (sarah@skyislandalliance.org).

Want to know more about springs?

Confused by the app and need help? 

  • Check out our Spring Seeker Video Training: Our staff will introduce you to our Spring Seeker survey and guide you through completing the survey during your next hike.
  • Read the in-depth Spring Seeker Field Manual: This community science field manual offers step-by-step instructions on downloading the survey to your smartphone or tablet, completing the survey in the field, and submitting your data to Sky Island Alliance.

Want to learn about plants and contribute to other projects? 

  • Download Seek by iNaturalistThis useful application will help you identify woody, wetland, and invasive plant species in the field, even without a cell signal or internet. 
  • Contribute to iNaturalist: From their website, “Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed.”

Want to learn how to navigate in the field? 

  • Take classes at REI or Summit Hut.
  • Explore Avenza PDF Maps ApplicationThis app will help you navigate in the field. You can add maps from the Map Store, then see your location on the maps when outdoors.  
  • Download Gaia GPSThis application, though not free, is another option to help you navigate in the field. Our staff uses Gaia GPS in the field.
  • Check out Google Earth Pro: This application can be used to view satellite imagery, including multiple years of images for the same location.

Want to learn more about planning a trip to wilderness spring? 

  • Visit Hike Arizona: Trail descriptions, GPS routes, water reports, etc. Our staff uses this extensively when planning trips, especially the Plan > Map page!
  • Watch our Wilderness Springs Training.