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.

Manzo Elementary

At Manzo, we empower children to be future leaders. With innovative math and science initiatives and project-based learning, like our hands-on ecology project complete with on-site garden, greenhouse and animal habitat, our students become critical thinkers, problem solvers and lifelong learners.

Offering your child…

  • Leadership development
  • Hands-on learning
  • Ecology focused education
  • English language development for grades K-5

From the time students enter to the time they graduate, Manzo Elementary develops the whole student—preparing each child for greater heights of education, achievement and global citizenship.

Go Manzo. The greenest elementary school on the planet — the pride of TUSD.

Sustainability Alliance (Verde Valley)

The Sustainability Alliance is a coalition of non profits operating in the Verde Valley that share an intention of moving this region toward sustainability. Each NGO focuses on different but interrelated parts of the ‘sustainability elephant’: People, Planet, Prosperity. Working together helps us all understand complex inter-dependencies and uncover opportunities to make a bigger difference.

We work with local schools to help them integrate sustainability into their operations and classrooms, in part through an annual Sustainability in Schools Symposium. Our coalition provides community-wide resources to become more sustainable including a Sustainable Business Certification, a Zero Waste Event certification, and recommendations on a wide range of issues and are building a dashboard of community indicators.

Check out the Sustainability in Schools Symposium, which is an annual conference for educators.

Contact: Darcy@SustainabilityAllianceAZ.org

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Center for Nature & Place (Prescott)

The Prescott College Center for Nature and Place-Based Early Childhood Education was established to support and expand training for early childhood educators, pre-service teachers, administrators, and program directors in developmentally appropriate nature and place-based pedagogy. Founded in 2016 with support from the George B. Storer Foundation, the Center is housed in and integrated with Prescott College’s Department of Education and Teacher Preparation.

The Center focuses on designing innovative nature and place focused professional development opportunities and course curricula for undergraduate and graduate programs. It offers residential professional development institutes and outreach workshops that provide training and experiential learning opportunities for early childhood educators across Arizona and beyond, including the Summer Institute for Nature and Place-Based Early Childhood Education. Learn more at: www.prescott.edu/sifece

The Center provides opportunities and support for student research on the effectiveness of nature and place-based early childhood teacher education and outdoor learning activities in order to add to current professional knowledge in the field. The center actively seeks opportunities to collaborate with other higher education institutions, schools, and organizations in implementing nature and place-based teacher training initiatives and related research projects.

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.

 

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy (Scottsdale)

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is a non-profit organization that champions the sustainability of the largest urban preserve in North America. More than 30,500 protected acres, known as Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, are enjoyed by 750,000 hikers, mountain bikers and equestrian riders each year. As stewards, we connect the community to the Preserve through education, research, advocacy, partnerships and respectful access. McDowell Sonoran Conservancy offers programs for grade school, high school, higher education, citizen science and more.

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 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!

Arizona Master Naturalist Association (Statewide)

The Arizona Master Naturalist Association (AZMN) is a statewide training and certification program designed to create a corps of volunteers educated to give back volunteer service to partnering organizations that utilize volunteers in outreach programming. AZMN provides education, outreach and interpretive services to a variety of stakeholders including education entities, state and city government agencies, as well as private citizen groups.  Certified Arizona Master Naturalists will also participate in the stewardship of natural and cultural resources by participating in activities designed to do so.  Our membership is regionally fluent in natural and cultural history of Arizona, skilled in natural resource management techniques and actively participate in citizen science initiatives. Arizona Master Naturalists will contribute to increased and evolving understanding of the region through participation in citizen science initiatives. For information about how to become a trained Master Naturalist OR to partner your organization with the statewide organization, email info@azmasternaturalist.org.

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.