Tumacacori National Historical Park

Tumacácori sits at a cultural crossroads in the Santa Cruz River valley. Here O’odham, Yaqui, and Apache people met and mingled with European Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries, settlers, and soldiers, sometimes in conflict and sometimes in cooperation. Follow the timeworn paths and discover stories that connect us to enduring relationships, vibrant cultures, and traditions of long ago.

Zero Waste Team (Phoenix)

In order to reach Phoenix’s zero waste goal by 2050, the Zero Waste team provides education and community outreach to teach the community about waste diversion. These methods include group tours of the city’s North Gateway Transfer Station and Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), educational presentations to schools, neighborhood and community meetings and hosting informational booths at community events.

Now, they are delivering recycling education directly to your homes through their new page Recycle+ created to keep the interest and education on waste diversion ongoing – in your homes, in schools, in the car or wherever there is wifi. The team hopes that Recycle+ motivates you to take the extra step to recycle right and recycle more, so that 40% of Phoenix’s waste material is reused and reimagined as new products.

Watershed Map

Click on the map and find the watershed/drainage are for that spot. List all tributaries (you can sort them by length etc) allows for upstream/downstream navigation. Also shows the way the water takes to the sea. Search by address or river name as well. Overlay additional resources like snow, reservoirs, water diversions, watershed importance to drinking water supply etc. It’s possible to embed in websites, share via URL and use on a mobile device in the field.

Full instructions here:
https://watershedmap.org/instructions

Santa Cruz River above Tucson:
https://watershedmap.org/?position=-110.985405558742%2C32.234026924926

 

Nature Play Learning (Statewide)

Nature Play Learning offers design consultations, professional development, and project management services to help you maximize the potential of nature play landscapes from concept to installation to pedagogy and use. A design consultation with NaturePlayLearning will begin your site’s journey toward a sustainable, safe, and sensory-filled naturescape perfect for connecting any age to nature. As your process of transformation is underway, I offer professional development and front line delivery appropriate for all levels of stakeholders from the kids themselves to the staff to the administrators and funders. Presentations and workshops can include any aspect of nature play design, planning and use. I will work with you to decide what will directly meet your site’s and your audiences’ needs.

 

Up in the Air: an Air Pollution Education Program

"Up in the Air" Education Program Brochure“Up in the Air: an Air Pollution Education Program” is designed around the big idea that our actions impact air quality in both positive and negative ways.

This environmental education program engages K-5th Grade students in hands-on learning activities designed to promote collaboration and critical thinking skills.


Main Goal of “Up in the Air” Education Program

The main goal of “Up in the Air: an Air Pollution Education Program” is to educate elementary students and their families about the importance of clean air. Kids learn simple actions they can take to help improve local air quality so we can all live, work, and play in a healthy environment.

Air Pollution Topics Covered in “Up in the Air”:

  • Properties of Air
  • Common Air Pollutants
  • Sources of Air Pollution
  • Monitoring Air Quality
  • Health Effects of Air Pollution
  • Reducing Air Pollution

Program Materials for K-5th Grade are Available!

The “Up in the Air: an Air Pollution Education Program” provides elementary environmental educators with inquiry-based, hands-on air pollution lessons within two units for K-2nd Grade and 3rd-5th Grade.

Each “Up in the Air” Unit Includes:

  • 6 to 8 air quality lesson plans aligned to current Arizona academic standards for science, English/language arts, math, and social studies
  • Key vocabulary
  • Essential questions to focus student learning
  • Detailed instructions for each investigation
  • Blackline masters for all lab sheets and assessments
  • Websites, videos, and other online tools
  • Digital lessons for interactive SMART boards

“Up in the Air” Classroom Investigation Lab Activity Example

This lab instructions tutorial video explains how to model pollution dispersion using water and food dye. This lab activity is taken from the 3rd-5th Grade Unit, Lesson Four of “Up in the Air” Education Program.

Additional “Up in the Air” Resources for Maricopa County Educators:

  • Resource kits, containing all materials needed to teach the unit, are available for check-out from the Maricopa County Air Quality Department
  • A 45-minute hands-on classroom presentation provided by the Maricopa County Air Quality Dept.
"Up in the Air" Education Program Resource Kits

“Up in the Air” Education Program Resource Kits

For “Up in the Air” education program resource kits and other air quality learning materials, please contact the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Maricopa County Air Quality Dept.

Jenny Frank, Education Outreach Coordinator for the Maricopa County Air Quality DepartmentJenny Frank
Education Outreach Coordinator
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
(602) 506-6355
JennyFrank@mail.maricopa.gov


Environmental Education Video Content Provided by
Jenny Frank, Education Outreach Coordinator for the Maricopa County Air Quality Department

"Kids Making Sense" Flyer

Kids Making Sense is a global environmental education program that empowers the next generation of citizen scientists, developed by Sonoma Technology, Inc. Discover how students can use portable air quality sensors to measure particle pollution at their school!

Maricopa County Air Quality Department is bringing this innovative STEM program to schools in Maricopa County at no cost. To learn more, contact JennyFrank@mail.maricopa.gov.

AAEE Members Only Forum

Connect with Environmental Educators across Arizona through the AAEE Members Only Forums.

AAEE Members Directory

Connect with Environmental Educators across Arizona as an AAEE Member!

AAEE Quarterly E-Newsletter Archive & Subscription

Review AAEE’s quarterly newsletter archive and subscribe to have the latest environmental education news in Arizona delivered directly into your inbox!

USA National Phenology Network and Nature’s Notebook Citizen Science Program

Observing phenology, or plant and animal life cycle events, through Nature’s Notebook citizen science program from the USA National Phenology Network offers place-based, hands-on learning opportunities, provides a collaborative platform for site-based educators, and promotes cross-subject engagement while addressing standards of learning.  Their formal and non-formal education resources can be used to help students of all ages plug into real-world scientific research questions addressed by many researchers, natural resource, land manager and educational groups. Phenology is an excellent lens for teaching about the natural world.

Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (Tucson)

The primary mission of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research is to remain in the forefront of world dendrochronology through the use of tree rings as natural chronometers and recorders of change in the environment with which human society is inescapably linked. The Laboratory makes significant contributions to understanding natural environmental variability in climatic, hydrologic, geomorphic, and ecological systems.

They are committed to promoting public awareness (and understanding) of science and making informal contributions to science education. As part of their Outreach program, they strive to inspire new connections and nurture existing connections among our community, which includes visitors to and residents of Tucson, and the K-12 educators and students communities.