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.

NAAEE (North American Association for Environmental Education)

Our parent organization, NAAEE’s mission is to “bring the brightest minds together to accelerate environmental literacy and civic engagement through the power of education.” Filled with a variety of resources and information, including learning opportunities and an international conference planned in Tucson, Arizona, for October 2020. Includes most recent State Environmental Literacy Plan Status Report (2014), and EEPro, an online platform for environmental education professional development and resources, open to all.

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

 

NEEF | Environmental Literacy Report 2015

Environmental educators have an unprecedented opportunity to create a more environmentally literate citizenry — a citizenry equipped with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to tackle the environmental, social, and economic challenges that we face today and in the future.

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.

Green Education Foundation (GEF)

Green Education Foundation (GEF) is a national non-profit organization committed to creating a sustainable future through education. GEF aims to identify key factors and impediments influencing sustainability education, evaluate existing approaches, and develop effective educational materials and programs to promote behavior change towards sustainable practices.  GEF offers free programs that provide curricula and hands-on activities to inspire K-12 students and teachers to think holistically about global sustainability concerns and solutions.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) | Climate Change and the Water Cycle

Climate Change and the Water Cycle – a 10-hour curriculum unit for 6-12th grade students

Population Education

Population Education, a program of Population Connection, is the only national program with a strong emphasis on curriculum and professional development for K-12 educators that focuses on human population issues. Since 1975, the program has developed age-appropriate curricula to complement students’ science and social science instruction about human population trends and their impacts on natural resources, environmental quality and human well-being. Population Education provides hands-on professional development training to approximately 10,000-12,000 teachers and student teachers annually in North America.