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Panning For Garnets In The Canyon After The Rain   4 comments

image003 kenne & 3rd gradersIn front of Sabino Dam.

image004 kenne & 3rd gradersAbove Sabino Dam

kenne &3rd gradersPointing to a Cooper’s hawk nest.

Kenne & 3rd Graders image008 blogKenne with a fellow naturalist, Dave showing five 3rd grade girls how to pan — Images by Darcy McCue (Parent)

Low hanging clouds still draped the canyon.

Overnight rains had ended.

Cold temperatures chilled the morning air.

Excited third-graders walk to Sabino Canyon Center.

No busing from the nearby school.

Gestured to a group of five girls to tag along.

Teachable moments abound the mile and a half to Sabino Creek. 

Questions increase over the creek activity, “Strike It Rich.”

The teacher had prepared the students well.

First, nature walk near the creek.

Examined the five minerals found in Catalina Gneiss —

Quartz, feldspar, garnet, magnetite, and mica.

Using the mineral’s colors, began jiving —

“Two white, one red, one black, one shiny.”

After the nature walk, a brief geology lesson —

What made the canyon what it is today.

Lesson done, it was time for panning.

Students were sure they would find gold.

Not so in “them there mountains.”

Panning for sand rubies (garnets) was the game.

Activity completed with no cold, wet feet —

Only cold parents standing watch.

Another fun day in Sabino Canyon.

(Moral: Don’t expect cold, wet weather to dampen the spirits of 3rd graders in the canyon.)

— kenne

Sabino Canyon’s Children’s Program Takes A Summer Break   Leave a comment

Strike It Rich

SCVN Program blog

Strike It RichSabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) Teaching Children About Nature — Images by kenne

The kindergarten and elementary program concluded this month. They will start up again in October, five days a week. This program works with the local schools and teachers.

kenne

If Nature Is One Of Your Passions, Consider Becoming A Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist   Leave a comment

SCVN Day 1Naturalist David Lazaroff and several other naturalists with the 2011 SCVN Training Class, Day 1 — Image by kenne

I was a member of the 2011 Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) class. During the fall training I wrote the following poem, posting it on this blog:

STANDING AT THE ALTAR OF NATURE 

When we stand
at the altar of nature,
we stand with the greats;
Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Henry David Thoreau,
and John Muir,
each having helped define
our relationship
with nature and language –
“every natural fact is a symbol
of some spiritual fact,
. . . words are signs of natural facts.”

Nature’s beauty becomes
a source of spiritual energy
connecting all things
into a universal whole
with the energy of our
thoughts and will.

We stand at nature’s alter as man
not separate from her,
seeing her in the flowers,
insects, animals, mountains,
creating a unified landscape
of our inward and outward senses.

Like all relationships,
the experience depends
on the degree of harmony
between us and nature,
therefore becoming a gift
granted while walking with nature
as she is embraced in our minds –
Enlighten, she shares her secrets,
making the universe more “transparent.”
Yet the gift may only offer a glimpse,
to be shared in images and words,
charming all living things.

Commenting on my poem, SCVN member, Walt Tornow, wrote that my poem  ”. . . captures beautifully my feelings about being in the mountains.” He went on to share the following:

GOD, GRACE, AND GRATITUDE

Finding God in the wilderness …

  • The majesty of our mountains, the magnificence of views/ vistas they afford, and the splendor and munificence of the many gifts that nature has to offer
  • The awe and humility that comes from being witness to the grandeur of it all, juxtaposed with realizing the relative smallness and fleetingness of  our existence
  • Never feeling or being alone … lots of company by nature’s creatures, and taking in the beauty of nature’s show
  • Feeling vulnerable, yet trusting, being in the wilderness — potential prey to wildlife, and exposed to the elements
  • Experiencing awe, joy and inspiration by being here
  • Feeling connected … becoming one with myself, with nature, and the universe
  • Finding peace, serenity, and sense of holiness … my place of worship and meditation

 

Here for the grace of God am I …

Grateful to be, to be here, and be given the opportunity and capacity to enjoy the many gifts/ blessings around me.

– Walt Tornow

If you feel our passion for nature, we want to share it with you by inviting you to become a Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist.

We are currently recruiting people who share our passion for nature
to take part in our 2013 SCVN Training Class from the beginning of September to December.

After completing the training you will start next January teaching kindergarten and/or elementary students approximately 1 morning per week. All training curriculum materials provide for an excellent learning experience, along with many guest nature experts.

Additionally, you can take part in adult Public Interpretations nature programs about Sabino Canyon.

You can learn more about this wonderful volunteer nature program and get an application by visiting our website 

www.sabinonaturalists.org/

You can also learn more about the SCVN program and Sabino Canyon by searching SCVN on this blog. Since August 2011 I have posted 125 entries with the tag SCVN.

Please pass on this information on to persons you will might be interested in becoming an SCVN member. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have — kenneturner@gmail.com

kenne

Strike It RichNaturalist, Gwen Swanson, demonstrates “panning” to students in the “Strike It Rich” program. — Image by kenne
This creekside activity allows children to learn about the difference between rocks and minerals by panning for garnets in the sand along Sabino Creek,
and the importance of water in forming the canyon. 

SCVN Nature Walk #1SCVN Training nature walk with naturalist, Bill Kaufman (Fall 2011) — Image by kenne

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