I Stand with Saguaros

Act I: I Stand with Saguaros

Sign-up to join a group saguaro stand in Saguaro National Park: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aafab22a2fc1-istand.

#IStandWithSaguaros is a campaign to befriend, support, and connect with the saguaro cactus, Carnegiea gigantea, iconic species of the Sonoran Desert. If you stood with a saguaro cactus for an hour, what would you discover? Try it.


April 16: Sunrise 6-7:30am Saguaro National Park West

April 23: Sunset 5:30-7pm Saguaro National Park East (Featuring local musicians)

May 1: Sunset 5:30-7 Saguaro National Park West (Featuring poets & writers)

May 7: Morning 7:30-9am Saguaro National Park East (Featuring communities of faith)

May 15: Morning 7-8:30 am Saguaro National Park West (Featuring visual artists)

May 29: Sunset 6-7:30 pm Saguaro National Park East (Closing ceremony)

What do I do?

  1.  SIGN UP to participate in a group stand in Saguaro National Park or anywhere you find one.  (Note: Fees to enter Saguaro National Park are waived if you say you are “standing with a saguaro.” However, we encourage a $10 donations (which you can offer at the entrance kiosk or in the visitor center) to help protect public lands and wilderness areas.)
  2.  STAND (or sit) with a saguaro for an hour (if you can).
  3.  POST your discoveries and a photo of you and your saguaro with #IStandWithSaguaros to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  Additional identifiers: #SaguaroNationalPark #BorderlandsTheater #ImagineYourParks #NPS100 #NPSUrban and on Twitter @BLTheater, @SaguaroNPS, @NEAarts


  • Because you love saguaros!
  • Because you want to get to know this iconic Southwest species a little more.
  • Because you’re willing to try anything once.
  • Because you believe in reciprocal relationships. When you receive, you like to give back. What do you give a saguaro? A little bit of your time and consideration, perhaps.
  • Because you’ve heard that standing or sitting still for a while in quiet contemplation can help reduce stress and contribute to your overall health.
  • Because you want to experience a new kind of theater, one in which performers and audience members are non-human.
  • Because you care about public lands and their protection.
  • Because … well, try it and then tell others why.


I learned that I can love a thing without having to become it.

I felt like I got to know my cactus. I had a real affection for him—or her—before I parted. I felt gratitude.

-By the end of the hour I really stared to identify with the saguaro more than with the humans behind me. I started to feel part of the landscape rather than a visitor.


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