Mcdowell Sonoran Conservancy to host Junior Citizen Science Festival

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy invites Valley children 6 and up to participate in the 2019 Junior Citizen Science Festival.

The free festival will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead in Scottsdale, 12601 N. 124th St., according to a press release on the event featuring more than 15 live interactive exhibits geared toward interactive, hands-on learning about the Sonoran Desert.

Participants will learn about the wildlife, plant life, geology, history and its impact on the geography and climate. The Festival will include opportunities for interact hands-on with desert wildlife, including birds, reptiles and desert
mammals, as well as with plant life and geological features found in the desertscape.

Festival exhibits will be guided by representatives of the Conservancy’s trained volunteer stewards, under the direction of the Parsons Field Institute, the Conservancy’s professionally-led scientific research unit, according to the release.

“The Junior Citizen Science Festival is one of our signature annual programs, and aims to address one of our key missions at the Conservancy: Engaging K-12 students in opportunities to further their scientific learning by harnessing the beauty and rich biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert,” McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Executive Director Justin Owen said in a prepared statement.

“We’re extremely grateful to our dedicated volunteer stewards, as well as our professional staff of scientists and educators at the Parsons Field Institute, for the incredible resources they bring to this program. And we could not make this event happen without the support of our community partners, who recognize the unique opportunity this setting provides for our entire population, and who allow us to keep the festival free and open for our local youth and their families to learn, interact and enjoy.”

Partners for the 2019 McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Junior Citizen Science Festival include Cox Communications, Thunderbird Charities, Arby’s Restaurants, Arizona SciTech and the City of Scottsdale, the release added.

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