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Naturalists Gathering For Nature Walk On Mount Lemmon   2 comments

SCVN Nature Walk July 2013Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists On Mount Lemmon — Image by kenne

Like music and art,
love of nature is a common language
that can transcend political or social boundaries.

— Jimmy Carter

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

Capturing The Moment — Kings Canyon’s Cactushenge   4 comments

King Canyon To Wasson Peak

“Cactushenge” — Image by kenne

English: Stonehenge Stonehenge, Wiltshire. Sto...

English: Stonehenge Stonehenge, Wiltshire. Stonehenge itself is owned and managed by English Heritage whilst the surrounding downland is owned by the National Trust. Français : Stonehenge Stonehenge, Royaume-Uni. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I saw this group of cacti, the image that came to mind was that of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. In my mind they represent what remains of a ring of ancient cacti — use your imagination! The hikers in the image are part of the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) Friday lead hike.

kenne

It’s A Bird, It’s A Verdin, No It’s A Kinglet!   5 comments

Tosh Lawrence Nature WalkTosh Lawrence Conducting a Training Session In Sabino Canyon — Image by kenne

Last week I was videoing and taking photos of one of the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN), Tosh Lawrence, conducting a nature walk training session for new and experienced naturalists. Tosh shared a lot of her excellent teaching techniques, and one point in the riparian area by the dam, we spotted a small bird jumping around among brush on the ground. At the time, I had the video camera going and the following short clip was what I was able to capture. Note the back and forth as to what kind of bird we were watch. Our expert birder friends have got to love it, but remember, some of us are still learning.

kenne

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