Envirothon coach Patrice Whalen said, "You should have heard the chatter in the van on the way home!" after the 2020 Arizona Envirothon Symposium held at UArizona last Saturday.
Education Coordinators from Across the U.S. Share Ideas and Knowledge
A regional greeting featuring an excerpt from Regents' Professor Ofelia Zepeda's Prophecy poem kicked off the conference. APW offered a behind-the-scenes look at our Arizona Water Festival model, which now delivers 28 festivals per year. We dove into STEM instruction with underwater robots, offering others a chance to partner with Marine Advanced Technology Education as APW has done in Arizona. To help coordinators adhere to the Next Generation Science Standards, we used extreme weather phenomena to demonstrate meaningful, student-centered instruction. Participants got to delve in to APW's systems thinking method, which is designed to construct new knowledge and deconstruct misconceptions. We offered a glimpse in to how to activate wonder and learning about riparian areas and wetlands, having now incorporated Lawrence Hall of Science research to our outdoor learning programs.
Arizona's unique biodiversity was highlighted through a climate perspective by Extension Specialist, Dr. Mike Crimmins. The Director of Tucson Water, Tim Thomure, served as the content specialist in our discussion of water reuse education. Dr. David Yaden Jr. Professor of Language, Reading and Culture at the UA College of Education provided his expertise in the advanced training on Early Childhood Education.
Field trips featured a tour with Joaquin Murrieta to Sabino Canyon Creek where Watershed Management Group is working to connect surface water and groundwater and a trip to the raingardens installed through our Recharge the Rain project at Esperero Canyon Middle School. Finally, an overcast and showery morning at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum had many animals out and about for easy viewing.
To top it all off, APW developed a mural scavenger hunt offering a tour of our great downtown area. Let us know if you want a copy! All conference participants walked away with many things, but to most the Arizona Be Kind magnet from Ben's Bells carried the most meaning.
Mary Belle Cruz Ayala, Ph.D. Candidate in Arid Lands Resource Sciences, took part in the 2019 Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs Student Research Showcase on December 3, 2019, at the UArizona. Mary Belle presented a research poster entitled "Globe-Miami Watershed Planning: Using Community Building to Determine and Fill Gaps in Local Water Knowledge," based on her work with WRRC Water RAPIDS program and Research Analyst Ashley Hullinger.
Join us for engaging discussions as we reflect on the last 40 years of Arizona water management and look forward to the next 40. This year we welcome former Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt as our opening keynote speaker
Climate, drought, water, and health were key topics at the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) event, "Impacts of Climate on Drought and Water Availability," held at UArizona on the 19th. This ITCA-sponsored educational meeting was funded with a grant from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was conducted in collaboration with the UArizona Tribal Relations and the Southwest Environmental Health Science Center (SWEHSC). After the morning blessing, Assistant Vice President for UArizona Tribal Relations Karen Francis-Begay and SWEHSC Director Dr.
The first statewide summit of its kind, Climate 2020: Seven Generations for Arizona, debuted this past weekend in Flagstaff.
The Water Resources Research Center's March 27, 2020 Annual Conference, Water at the Crossroads: The Next 40 Years , is coming together as speakers are starting to confirm their participation in either presentation or moderated discussion panels. The conference panels will focus on how our water resources are changing, what pressures water-use sectors face now and in the future, what types of choices are being made around the State, and how we can best achieve long-term resilience.