Girl Scouts Go Sonoran!
By Liz Baker, M.S. STEM Specialist
We Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona are incredibly lucky to live in one of the most unique areas of the planet. We share our homes with plants and animals that can only live in this region, and that others travel thousands of miles to see. But when you live in the desert and see these creatures every day, it is easy to forget just how special they are, and how big of an effect we humans have on them. Over 150 of our Girl Scouts changed all that at our first annual Sonoran Naturalists event Saturday, November 16th .
Girls embarked on a desert adventure with their troops and families to earn their Naturalist Series Badge at Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Each level followed a different journey through the Museum, exploring plants, ants, pollinators, and the importance of water to earn their badge. Stations were set up throughout the grounds where Docents and Junior Docents provided hands-on learning opportunities for each badge.
On their adventure our Daisies learned how important it is to use resources like water wisely here in the desert and observed bees just like Clover and her friends. Brownies got to help collect data for a real scientist to see if ants like cookie or tuna more while learning about all types of arthropods. Juniors learned the parts of a flower and searched for insects that pollinate them. Cadettes saw for themselves how different trees can be throughout the regions of our Sonoran Desert, while seniors saw the sun through a solar scope. Ambassadors were immersed in the state of our oceans at the Warder Aquarium and discovered just how much water we use on a daily basis.
By the end of the afternoon each girl was an expert in her area, armed with the information and confidence to educate others as a true Sonoran Naturalist.