Archive for the ‘Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists’ Category

A Two Year Old Girl That Loves Hiking   1 comment

Each Friday, Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) lead two hikes for the public. One is is a slower-paced nature hike allowing time to identify and discuss desert plants.

Yesterday’s hike was a four-mile hike in Kings Canyon in the Tucson Mountains, which this time of year has a lot of wildflowers. So, I chose to assist in guiding the hike so I could be a part of the wildflower discussion; providing an opportunity to photograph spring flowers. 

The majority of hikers on our SCVN hikes are retirees; yesterday’s hike included a young mother and her 2-year-old daughter — they both love hiking. 

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Red-tail Hawk Silhouette   2 comments

Red-tail Hawk-Edit-3-1-72.jpgRed-tail Hawk Silhouette — iPhone 6 Image by kenne

Yesterday I was walking into Sabino Canyon to teach 1st-grade students how the Hohokam lived in the canyon and the Tucson basin hundreds of years ago when a friend spotted a red-tail hawk atop a tall saguaro cactus. Sadly, I didn’t have my Nikon camera with me, so I made use of my iPhone to capture an image. Not what I would like to capture, but it’s better than not getting an image at all.

— kenne

Class Of 2028 Goes On Nature Walk   2 comments

debbie leading nature walk-72-2Naturalist Debbie Bird Leads 3rd Graders On Nature Walk — Image by kenne

For January, I’m the Thursday Day Coordinator for the SCVN Elementary School Nature Program, which means I’m the one responsible for coordinating with the teacher the class field trip to Sabino Canyon. Once the class arrives, I make sure everything runs smoothly, and the students have a great nature experience. It’s a classic “managing by walking around” experience. During that time I also take pictures — https://www.flickr.com/photos/kennetu/albums/72157702835523912

One of the nature walks was being led by naturalist Debbie Bird when I noticed she had picked up a couple of hitch-hikers from the north. I can see why they were following Debbie’s group because she is very informative.

As we moved about, I asked the couple, “Now tell me the truth, are following this group of third graders because you want to learn something about nature or is it that you want to be part of the Class of 2028?”

— kenne

The Shutdown Hasn’t Stop Volunteers from Providing Services In Sabino Canyon   2 comments

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Sabino Canyon Recreational Area in the Coronado National Forest
has been impacted by the government shutdown
yet remains open to the public with 
the help of volunteer organizations,
Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) 
and the Santa Catalina Volunteer Patrol (SCVP)
continuing to provide their services to the public.

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One of the programs provided by the SCVN is daily
environmental education programs for k-6 students.

Each August teachers reserved a date to bring their class
to the Canyon starting in October.

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Because of the shutdown, the Forest Service agreed
to make sure all trash is removed and 
the restrooms are clean
in the areas where the environmental education programs are taking place.

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Teachers select from six programs designed to meet “core curriculum” goals.

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This past Thursday’s program was “Back To the Past.”
Students learned
about the nature Americans
who lived in Sabino Canyon hundreds of years ago.

— kenne

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth
who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience,
and just plain loving one another.”

– Erma Bombeck

2019 Packathon Feeding Tucson’s “Hunger Community”   1 comment

packathon-722019 Packathon at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Tucson (January 6, 2019) — Image by kenne

Thirty SCVN members and spouses were among 400 people Sunday
packing breakfast meals to feed 50,000 people in Tucson’s
“hunger community” in less than one 1 1/2 hours.
This was the seventh year of the Packathon organized by St. Paul’s MC
and the 2nd year Joy and me participated.  This is an all-inspiring event. 

— kenne

SCVN 1st 2019 Hike   Leave a comment

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About eighteen hikers took part in the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN)
1st hike of the year (January 4, 2019) on the Pontatoc Ridge trail.

Pontatoc Ridge trail
A steep, rocky canyon hike
Beautiful vistas.

— kenne

Learning To Love Nature   3 comments

Teaching Kids In Sabino Canyon-blogAnother Fall of Teaching Children About Nature In Sabino Canyon 

For some,
It’s a lot of yada, yada, yada
For others,
A real learning experience
Forming a lifetime of respect.

— kenne

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