We went to the Rio Salado Audubon Center, a place in the middle of down town Phoenix that focuses in giving unban folks the ability to conserve the environment. This center is located in a wide area next to a road bridge that is heavily polluted, filled with a large variety of trash. We went there to clean a small portion located under the bridge. I joined the project to explore the down town section of phoenix because I haven’t been their much. Another reason I joined was to clean the environment because of its effects on animal life. This helped the community because it created a healthier and clean environment for the preserve center. An understanding of science allows us to understand how things work and behave, this is the reason why we are able to see how trash effects the environments. After cleaning the reserve I felt very good as I have helped the community.
We are back in full swing here at YHS. The YHS chapter of the Science NHS has started up again for our 3rd year of being science enthusiasts. This year we are looking to continue our work with science outreach in our community by assisting at elementary schools as well as communicating with local scientists. Students are also participating in their own science by doing citizen science projects. Posts for these will start back up soon.
Eric, Christian, Marlene, Erick, Kiara, and Jasmin getting ready to collect trash
Already this year we have worked with community partners. On September 17th, members of the YHS chapter of Science NHS traveled down to the Rio Salado Audubon Center in central Phoenix to pick up trash. The Rio Salado is a conservation center in the heart of the city that services as both nature trails and a riparian habitat for many species, including monarch butterflies. This area also has a large seasonal river, where trash often accumulates after the monsoon rains. Every third Saturday, Arizona Audubon hosts a conservation day at the Rio Salado site. The September conservation day was to walk along the now dry river bed and pick up trash.
Students from YHS walked along the dried river bed to pick up plastic bottles, Styrofoam cups, and aluminum cans, among other things, in order to protect that fragile riparian habitat for wildlife and people to enjoy. While difficult work, the students enjoyed the fact that they were helping out our local ecosystems.
Eric and Jacob picking up trash in the Rio Salado