Category Archives: Community Outreach

Phoenix Audubon Center Trip

Maddie Harris

Community Outreach Project

I attended the Phoenix Audubon Center trip. We went to the Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. While we were there, we were split into groups with several other volunteers and asked to plant Milkweed and Fairy Duster plants. These plants are among the only plants utilized by the monarch butterfly. Interestingly, the Rio Salado lays right in the migration path of the monarch butterfly, making it a very important breeding ground. It was pretty manual work, but it was cool to see the sizes of the rocks we dug up and the way groups of strangers could come together to so something good for our environment. We were also asked to go down into the riverbed and dig up an invasive grass. That part was crazy! We had to dig up the root balls that had grown around river rocks and entangled themselves in the roots of other plants. The grass itself grew so thick and so tall we had the hardest time seeing the bases of the grass clusters. It was pretty fun to peel back the plants and throw my body weight onto them to keep them out of the way. The ground under the grasses was cool, too; the dirt filled with slender roots peeled away in layers. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the project. I loved the team I worked with and the way I felt when it was all said and done. It is definitely something I would do again.

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Nectar for Pollinators

Jocelyn Huerta

I had the chance to go to the Rio Salado Audubon Center field trip. I had fun going out and helping the environment by planting fairy dusters. A fairy duster is a plant that provides nectar for pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. It’s really important that these plants are around so that these animals can eat and so they can also go and pollinate other plants. I enjoyed being out there digging holes, and removing plants that weren’t supposed to be there in order to maintain a healthy environment. My favorite part was seeing a monarch butterfly go to one of the many plants that was planted for them and enjoying the nectar it provided.

Place Plants and Remove Invasive Species

Jessica Hicks

Audubon Trip

Recently we went to the Rio Salado Audubon Center to place plants and remove invasive weeds. We began by planting milkweed plants, the sole host of the monarch butterfly. The area is in the migration path of monarch butterflies and because the area suffered a fire and lost much of the milkweed population, we replaced some of these plants. Later, we went further into the riverbed to remove some of the buffelgrass that was growing there. Buffelgrass is an invasive species of grass native to Africa which has no natural consumer to keep it under control. It is harming the local environment, so it needs to be removed as much as possible. We spent time digging up all the buffelgrass we could see in the area and bagging it to be taken away. I participated in this project because not many people go out to help their community with physical labor anymore, so I was happy to lend a hand and get the work done. I felt that this was a great project to participate in because it’s very important to take care of our environment, and I felt great afterward knowing that I helped in the community.

First Time Planting

Tamira Howard

Going to Audubon was a lot of fun, we were able to plant plants, and pull out some bull grass. It was my first time planting, it was a great experience also very funny. Because while we were making the holes to put the plants in, there was huge rocks. These rocks were so big, that they took up most of the space, because of that when we pulled them out it made the holes bigger. So before we inserted the plants we had to put some sand in, so that way the plant wouldn’t be so deep into the ground. Then when we were pulling out the bull grass, they were a hassle. Overall, i really enjoyed going to Audubon and having to plant for the first time with my friends, while also making new ones. It’s a great way to get out and help nature by planting much needed plants to make sure the monarch butterflies are fed, and the hummingbirds.

Audubon Summary

Levi Wakeham

Audubon Summary:

Last weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the Audubon service project where me and other SNHS members were able to help dig up and plant new plants in an effort to help the migrating monarch butterfly have a safe place to stay during their journey of migration. It was a great experience to be able to go out there and plant various plants, including milkweed plants. We were also given the task of pulling out large weeds that were harming other nearby plants in the area, which we all worked on as a team to complete, pulling up one weed at a time. Overall, the trip was a great success and was definitely worthwhile, I liked this service project especially because we were able to do something great for the environment and have fun while doing so.

Club Rush

Fern Valenzuela

Community outreach 1: Club Rush

During the club rush, we were able to educate our peers on our club, what it was like, and what requirements you need to meet in order to stay in it. We were able to persuade a couple of sophomores to stay positive about their science classes that may seem hard this year in order to be a part of a club where you can meet people that are all as fascinated by science as you are. We also got the chance to show a demo, called elephant toothpaste. Although the results weren’t exactly what we thought they would be, they were still pretty cool and the people who say them thought they were great.  Overall, I thought it was a wonderful experience, because we had the opportunity to educate people about the club and how fun it was, and is going to be.

ASU Trip

Levi Wakeham

We recently took a trip to Arizona State University, where me and ten other SNHS members were educated on the fascinating science of anthropology, and discussed just what we can expect when we ourselves head off to college.

Arriving at the campus of ASU was a whole other experience in and of itself. Last summer, I had the opportunity to explore the ASU campus when I participated in the CCLI annual camp that goes on every summer at ASU. But the University this time around had a whole new vibe, due to all the college students traveling from class to class and the overall lively mood. The whole school had a great atmosphere that felt very welcoming and friendly.

For the first half of the session, the speaker, Amy, went into depth on all the different topics of anthropology, how still studying bones and fossils today is important, and how anthropology is still being used today. It was great learning about how we as the human race came to have the skeletal structure we have today. The whole lecture was extremely interesting and Amy was able to answer any questions we may have had.

The second half of the session we were able to ask questions ranging from how to study for a college exam, to what social life is like while living on campus. Amy responded with great answers and answered any questions we had very well. It was cool hearing it from someone who had just recently gone to college themselves. Overall, the whole thing was a blast and I learned a lot about the college experience, and the science of anthropology.