Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Giving Back to the Community and Having Fun - Western Style!

Today we got to assist the marvelous rangers and interns at the Tanque Verde National Park by locating, measuring, recording data, and pinpointing the exact location of saguaro cacti in a marked area. It was incredible how quickly our group took up the task and within minutes were working independently to record this information. This information is vital to the maintenance and preservation of the saguaro cactus and the park itself. The activities of the day answered an age-old question. "When am I ever going to use this math skill?" Ah, yes. The Pathagorean Theorum was in use today! A handy dandy tool was used to calculate this information, though, simply by looking through the tiny lens and reading the pair of numbers that were indicated - all the while keeping both eyes open. It was a little tricky at first, but soon they looked like pros at work. After making notes about the features of each cactus and measuring its height, our GPS Tracker specialist-in-training determined the coordinates that pinpoint its exact location on the earth. Pretty cool! After working for two hours in the desert, the students were sorry to go because they were having a great time. Back at the ranch, however, we saddled up and rode horses through the desert. I never knew how beautiful the desert could be. Swimming, fishing, and water color painting rounded out the afternoon. After another magnificent dinner, we enjoyed the rattle snake wrangler as he taught us about this much feared creature. Every day is just as fascinating as the one before. I can't wait until tomorrow.

2 comments:

  1. Ah, Makes me proud to be a former MATH teacher! Thanks for posting the activites, fun to feel like I was a part of the day! enjoy the sunshine..
    best,
    alix L., Discovery Student Adventures

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Adventure Details

Duration 6 days
Destinations Tucson
Flagstaff
Grand Canyon
Focus Biology
Ecology
Geology
Regional History