You can now purchase our chapter’s shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, hats, bags, stickers, and more at our CafePress store here. All proceeds go back to supporting our organization’s projects and operations. Get yourself some new trail gear to represent your favorite Arizona Master Naturalist chapter!
Check out what’s going this month with Maricopa County Parks Chapter of the Arizona Master Naturalists! Kicking the month of with City Nature Challenge, with lots of super cool advanced training opportunities. Don’t forget to join our sponsor, Maricopa County Parks, for their Native Seed Collection project going on all this month! It’s a great way to get out on the trail and learn about native plant life cycles and how to properly harvest some of our deserts most valuable seeds.
If you’re curious about what it takes to become an Maricopa County Parks Master Naturalist and weren’t able to make it to our first live info session, you can now check it out on YouTube! Enrollment for future cohorts begins in the Fall but you don’t have to wait for the leaves to change to get your Master Naturalist groove on. Become a Friend of AZ Master Naturalists to get involved today!
Our next chapter meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 23rd from 6PM to 8PM. We’re pleased to announce that we’ll have Dr. Ken Sweat from ASU speaking from 6PM-7PM about Cacti in Arizona. Please join us for an evening of fellowship and learning!
We’re very pleased to announce that the application materials for Cohort 3 are now available! You can read more about how to become an Arizona Master Naturalist and our training program here. We hope to see your application soon and invite you to share this opportunity widely with anyone who might be interested!
AZMN MCP Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
- Professional Development
- Provide 1 hour Volunteer
- Provide 1 hour AT credit
- Volunteer hours earned by contributions to Chapter Meetings
- Chapter News and Progress
- Guest Speaker: Jeff Babson “Sky Islands”
- Book Review: Emily Williams “In Your Spare Time”
- Community Science Report: Kathy Balman and Rick Sampson “Ecological Society of America–Biodiversity Challenge”
- Chapter Business
- What is your passion? Share with us!
- Committee Reports
- T-shirt Poll
- Newsletter Name Reveal
- Recruitment and Outreach
- Recruitment for Cohort 3 open Sept 1st!
- Curriculum Committee
- Meeting regularly on Mondays for the next few weeks
- Volunteer Committee
- AT Committee
- Seeking another AT Committee member
- Coordinating Committee
- Relationship with MCP
- Closing Remarks
- Next meeting–Wednesday, September 23rd, 6PM-8PM
The Arizona Backyard Naturalist project grew out of the final project of Jeni Ussery, a member of cohort two. The timing for the final project coincided with the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, and Jeni thought it might be nice for folks who were spending more time at home to be able to learn more about the plants, animals, and other natural systems at play in their backyards and neighborhoods. As Jeni shared out the first videos, another cohort member expressed interest in creating a video, and suggested opening it up to other Master Naturalists as well!
Arizona Backyard Naturalist videos are posted once a week, typically on Sundays, and provide information on identifying elements of the Sonoran desert that appear in our backyards and communities. The project is ongoing, and all videos can be viewed at the Arizona Backyard Naturalist YouTube Channel.
We are thrilled to announce that our chapter is being sponsored by Maricopa County Parks and Recreation! We look forward to a fruitful partnership as we enter our third year as a chapter, and are incredibly appreciative of the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation’s support for our chapter and our mission.