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Honoring Women in Environmentalism

March 27, 2024

March marks Women's History Month, a time to celebrate women's extraordinary achievements and contributions throughout history. In the realm of environmentalism, women have played a pivotal role in shaping policies, raising awareness and leading initiatives to protect our planet for future generations. As we reflect on their remarkable legacies, let's shine a spotlight on some of the trailblazers, advocates and innovators who have left an indelible mark on the environmental movement.

 

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Exploring the Legacy of Black Environmentalism

Feb. 26, 2024

As we celebrate Black History Month, it is essential to recognize and honor the significant contributions of Black individuals to environmentalism. Throughout history, Black voices have played pivotal roles in advocating for environmental justice, conservation efforts and sustainable living practices. In this blog post, we'll explore the intersection of Black history and environmentalism, highlighting key figures, movements and achievements that have enhanced our understanding of environmental stewardship and social justice.

One of the most prominent figures in the history of Black environmentalism is Dr. Robert D. Bullard, often referred to as the "father of environmental justice." As a scholar, activist and author, Dr. Bullard has dedicated his career to highlighting the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards on marginalized communities. His groundbreaking research on environmental racism and advocacy for equitable environmental policies have been instrumental in raising awareness and driving change.

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Embrace the Chill: Winter Camping Tips and Adventures

Jan. 23, 2024

Winter camping may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for those who dare to embrace the chill, it offers a unique and rewarding outdoor experience. In this blog post, we'll explore the world of winter camping, providing essential tips, gear recommendations and exciting adventures waiting for you in the snow-covered wilderness.

Choosing the Right Location:
When it comes to winter camping, location matters. Selecting the right destination can make or break your experience. Consider factors like accessibility, terrain and safety.

Essential Winter Camping Gear:
To brave the cold, you'll need the right gear. Here's a comprehensive list of equipment necessary for a comfortable and safe winter camping experience:

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Snow in the Sonoran Desert: A Rare and Magical Occurrence

Dec. 14, 2023

The Sonoran Desert, known for its scorching summer heat and arid landscapes, is not typically associated with snowfall. However, every once in a while, Mother Nature surprises us with a dusting of snow, turning this usually dry region into a winter wonderland.

The Desert's Transformation

In the Sonoran Desert, snow is a rare and magical occurrence. When it happens, the landscape undergoes a breathtaking transformation. The familiar cacti, like the saguaro and barrel cactus, become surreal sculptures adorned with a layer of snowfall. The rocky terrain is also softened by a pristine blanket of white, and the desert takes on an ethereal beauty that is captivating and picturesque.

The Science Behind the Snow

Snow in the Sonoran Desert is a meteorological anomaly that occurs under specific conditions. Typically, it happens during the winter months when a combination of cold air masses and moisture-laden clouds move into the region. When the temperature drops low enough, these conditions converge to produce snowfall.

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Desert Explorers

Oct. 19, 2023

The Sonoran Desert, spanning parts of Arizona, California, and Mexico, is an arid and rugged landscape known for its extreme temperatures and unique biodiversity. Surviving in the Sonoran Desert requires special adaptations and amidst this harsh environment, a group of extraordinary creatures thrives – the desert tortoises. In this blog post, we'll delve into the fascinating world of these resilient reptiles.

Desert Dwellers: Meet the Desert Tortoise

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Unveiling the Ocotillo: Exploring a Desert Icon

Sept. 19, 2023

The Sonoran Desert’s landscape is constantly changing with the seasons. One plant that goes through a major transformation every year is the Ocotillo. With its distinctive appearance and vital role in the desert ecosystem, the Ocotillo captures the essence of adaptation, resilience and beauty. 

There are many Ocotillos at the Cooper Center, and we like to study them with students regularly. We often look at how they change based on the weather, as well as dive into the various elements that set them apart from other flora in the Sonoran desert. Here is what we have found through learning about these amazing plants over the years: 

Appearance

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5 Sustainable Habits to Adopt in your Daily Life

Aug. 23, 2023

In a world where environmental concerns are at the forefront, integrating sustainable practices into your daily life has never been more important. By following mindful guidelines in your routine, you can contribute to a healthier planet and support future generations in the fight against climate change. 

The Cooper Center for Environmental Learning’s mission is to support you in making environmentally sound decisions. Modeling sustainable practices at Camp Cooper inspires the children in our field trip programs and our adult visitors. One example is our use of rainwater in our composting demonstration garden. The garden is maintained by our partners, the University of Arizona Compost Cats, which when starting in 2011, was the only organization in Southern Arizona accepting large volumes of food scraps, manure, brush and other landscaping materials. The Compost Cats teach the sustainable concepts and practices of composting and the ecological cycles that function during the process. The garden features different fruits, vegetables and pollinator plants - you can quite literally see the fruits of your labor involved with composting.

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