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ECO Teen Naturalists
Educating Children Outdoors (ECO) Teen Naturalists would like to work on is a monitoring the phenology of three species of plants/trees at the Santa Cruz River Park in Marana, AZ with our Teen Naturalists. We want the teens to learn through inquiry and project based learning methods and Nature's Notebook is a way we can accomplish that. We also want the teens to develop a strong sense of place and take ownership of a natural area. We will be doing other things in conjunction with our phenology monitoring including river flow monitoring, chemical water testing and macroinvertebrate surveys, soil testing, bio blitzes, and more. We will also be learning about watersheds and riparian ecosystems. And we will be doing trash clean ups and possibly invasive species removal. All these things combined will allow the teens to see the connections between natural processes.