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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

10 ways to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22

Saturday marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, a day to honor the environment that was first organized in response to a massive oil spill near Santa Barbara, California, in 1969. Today, it’s a great opportunity to teach kids about recycling, new energy-saving technology and more. There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate, with fun and […]

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Conservation Workdays take Arizona families outdoors for a cause

Conservation Workdays

Environmentally conscious Arizona families can do many things to help with conservation—recycle paper and plastic, carry reusable shopping bags, conserve water—but what about doing something more tangible? Something where children can see first hand the results of their efforts? Arizona Audubon encourages participation in habitat conservation with Conservation Workdays. Every third Saturday of the month (September through November and January through […]

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“Green schools” – Teaching children to protect our planet

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When children make a personal connection to nature, they’re more apt to embrace habits that protect our planet and its limited resources. And the best way for kids to connect to nature is to spend time in it. “Let them garden, compost and save water rather than telling them about it,” says Jennifer Papp, owner […]

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A super opportunity to recycle e-waste

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We’ve all got it: boxy, outdated electronic junk taking up space and collecting dust in our homes. Older versions of technological devices that have been cast aside in favor of the next shiny new “toy.” Small kitchen appliances that no longer brew, blend or broil. We’ve got an event for that. On Tuesday, Jan. 20, […]

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Exploring petroglyphs and planes in Deer Valley

Families looking for a fun day trip can enjoy petroglyphs and planes in a single outing to Deer Valley, which is home to both Deer Valley Rock Art Center and Deer Valley Airport. Deer Valley Rock Art Center opens at 8am this time of year. It’s best to go early so you can walk the trail […]

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Tempe museum makes exploring history fun

I arrived at the Tempe History Museum Wednesday morning to discover a grandfather sitting in a row of three adjoining theater seats. His granddaughter was performing a play she’d just devised, inspired by a small stage complete with tall orange theater curtains. Perhaps she’d requested a soundtrack, because the grandfather sat humming along as she […]

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LEGO® exhibit coming to Heard Museum

LEGO® bricks made their way from buckets to big screens this year as the building blocks created in Denmark in 1932 continue their influence on popular culture. The first LEGO piece was a wooden duck, but nowadays even LEGO has gone digital with an interactive “Life of George” game combining LEGO bricks with mobile devices. The Heard […]

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Rattlesnake safety


This is a good time of year to see snakes. The weather is perfect for cold-blooded creatures who venture out for food and frolic. Okay, not so much frolic. You may see a rattlesnake ambling across the trail or sunning itself when you’re out in the desert hiking or biking. A snake stretched out, not […]

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Old plastic becomes artwork

Phoenix artist Shari Keith says she can’t start with a blank canvas. “I need things in front of me” for inspiration, she says. The things she uses are “found” objects, or as she says, junk. She calls herself “The Junk Lady.” Her jewelry or collage artwork is made from upcycled or repurposed material. Upcycling is […]

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Students work to liven up SRP’s canals

Arizona Forward Color Canalscape

The 131 miles of SRP canals carry water throughout the Valley. They provide a place to walk, run, bike and fish, though most of the canal banks are unadorned. While the Scottsdale Waterfront has hosted art projects on its spruced-up canal banks, the primary purpose of the canals is to supply water to our thirsty […]

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