Geography of Fire: A new synergy of fire, climate, and people is reshaping ecosystems across the globeKit O'Connor, Biosphere 2 Science and Society Fellow, School of Natural Resources and the EnvironmentSaturday, December 4, 201010:30 - 11:30 AM
Kit O'Connor will introduce fire as an ecosystem process, as a tool that helped humans overcome limitations in their environment, and in the last 150 years, as a mechanism by which humans are rapidly changing entire global systems. This talk will briefly summarize the history of fire on Earth as a driver of plant evolution and landscape change, then as the tool that set early hominids apart from other primates and allowed our species to spread across the globe, and finally the switch from using surface fuels to burning of fossil fuels. With this framing, the talk will explore the fire-related changes to climate, forested ecosystems, and human populations happening in boreal, temperate, and tropical forests. O'Connor will discuss what is happening, what is expected to happen in the near future and how local, national, and international governments are addressing these issues.
Saturday, November 20, 201010:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Sharing ecology and natural history through outreach and service learning. UA students have developed engaging hands-on workshops about various Sonoran Desert topics. Workshops are appropriate for all ages. Come learn with us! We will be offering 7 workshops:
Incredible Edible Desert - what can you eat and how does it grow here.
Pollination - what is it? who does it? why do we need it?
Invasive Species - how do new species threaten native ecosystems?
Coloration and Crypsis - why do plants and animals vary so much in color and visibility?
Big Cats - more Sonoran Desert diversity than you might think!
Dam the Desert - importance of stream ecosystems and impacts of dams.
Toxic Species - which ones? why be toxic? how can you tell?
For more information visit sdd.arizona.edu.
University of ArizonaSaturday, November 20, 201010:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Have you ever wondered what happens when you mix something really cold with something really hot? Or how fireworks in the sky are different colors? Come out and join the University of Arizona Chemistry and Biochemistry Club as we explore some of the wonders of science and find the answers to some of these questions! Our club strives to highlight the fun of chemistry through outreach with the University of Arizona community as well as the greater Tucson area. We will be performing some amazing chemistry "magic" tricks and offer some hands on activities for the kids. Want to know ways you can become "greener" at home? We will also have some amazing chemistry demonstrations exploring the benefits of "green" materials, and be passing out info on how you can decrease your carbon footprint at home by disposing of hazardous waste properly as we debunk some Green Chemistry myths. We hope to see you there!
Saturday, November 13, 201010:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Marine Awareness and Conservation Society (MACS) is a student club at the University of Arizona that teaches the public about Marine life. The club brings awareness to the community about problems that the ocean ecosystem is experiencing. The goal is to teach citizens as much as possible about the ocean and how to help conserve it! MACS will be running its Fish Diversity station where people can come and touch preserved fish and learn all about those fish and interesting facts about them. To honor Save the Manatees month, MACS will share interesting facts about Manatees, and the Save the Manatee Club will be passing out flyers and bookmarks, to help people learn about saving this wonderful mammal! Finally MACS will have a preserved shark for people to see and feel while learning all about the shark and some conservation issues.
Kristin Wisneski, Biosphere 2 Science and Society Fellow, School of Natural Resources and the EnvironmentSaturday, November 13, 201010:30 - 11:30 AM
Want to be a citizen scientist? Come and learn how to get started and test out your observation skills on a specially designed Ecological Asset Mapping course at the Biosphere 2. Together we will learn why citizen scientists and the observations they make are so important for understanding the environmental changes going on in our big world. Geospatial tools like GPS can help with recording the location of our observations in nature, so we will spend the second half of this session searching out eco-treasure using a GPS receiver while learning about the Southwest ecology outside the Biosphere 2.
University of ArizonaSaturday, November 13, 201010:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Did you know that Tucson gets over 350 days of sunlight every year? How can we use this sunlight to produce energy? Join the University of Arizona SolarCats club to learn about photovoltaic cells, renewable energy, and ways to reduce your energy usage around the home. Activities include our solar-powered water fountain and coloring pages. Come and learn about how we're bringing solar energy to the U of A!
University of ArizonaSaturday, November 13, 201010:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Have you ever wondered how high you might be able to jump on the moon? What about Mars or even Saturn? Come join the University of Arizona Astronomy Club for a fun filled day learning about space! Learn how high you can jump on all the planets of the solar system, and make some useful tools to help you navigate the night sky. Come with any questions you have about astronomy and space, we'd be happy to answer them.
University of ArizonaSaturday, November 6, 201010:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Have you ever seen a shooting star, a comet, or looked at the moon through a telescope? Come join the University of Arizona Astronomy Club for a fun filled day learning about rocks from space. We will have a collection of meteorites for you to touch, analyze, and learn all about. We will also be making comets and learning about craters. Be prepared to be amazed at the astronomical wonders around us! Come with any questions you have about astronomy and space, we'd be happy to answer them.
Saturday, October 30, 201010:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Take a walk through Earth's history! Learn about the weird and wonderful creatures that have inhabited our planet over time. We'll have a hands on display of fossils, you can help us dig for dinosaurs like a real paleontologist, and even find some fossils of your own!
Sunday, October 24, 201010:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Marine Awareness and Conservation Society (MACS) is a student club at the University of Arizona that teaches the public about Marine life. The club brings awareness to the community about problems that the ocean ecosystem is experiencing. The goal is to teach citizens as much as possible about the ocean and how to help conserve it! Activities will include fish diversity where people can learn about different types of fish and have a chance to touch them as well! MACS will also bring along a preserved shark for people to view! Not only will they be viewing the outside but also the dissected inside! Kids can "build a fish" too! Information about tragic dolphin mortality around the world will be shared as well.