Spring 2017 Newsletter

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Petroglyphs at Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. Photo by Marc Sanchez/BLM.Petroglyphs at Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. Photo by Marc Sanchez/BLM.Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area provides peace and solitude for those who visit the unique scenic and geologic features and extraordinary cultural resources. Surroundings can vary from lowland dry lake beds to volcanic rock peaks reaching more than 5,000 feet.

The centerpiece of the area is the Sloan Canyon Petroglyph Site, one of the most significant cultural resources in Southern Nevada. Archeologists believe the more than 300 rock art panels with 1,700 individual design elements were created by native cultures and range from 200-5,000 years old.

Sloan Canyon also attracts visitors to view wildlife including Bighorn Sheep and hike more than 45 miles of trails. Daily exercise, dog walking, mountain biking, and horseback riding also take place in designated areas of the NCA.

Sloan Canyon NCA hosts its 1st Annual Stewardship Day!

Ranger Jim Flook discusses geology with students. BLM Photo.Ranger Jim Flook discusses geology with students. BLM Photo.On January 11, 2017, 130 fourth grade students from Pinecrest Inspirada joined fifteen BLM rangers and volunteers for the first annual Hands-on-the-Land Stewardship Day at Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. Students rotated through five stations and completed a three mile hike during their six hour visit to the NCA.

Under the leadership of Rangers Marc Sanchez and Robert Valenzuela along with Volunteer Dave Meredith, students helped remove two-tracks created by vehicular incursions. Volunteer Sandy Dyan led students in an art project where they used small rocks to chip the surface of a clay disc and create their own petroglyphs. Ranger Kate Sorom taught students about plants and animals as they hiked along the trail. Halfway up the trail, Ranger Jim Flook shared geologic features with students. At the end of the trail Archaeologist Justin DeMaio showcased the Sloan Canyon petroglyphs for the students. Volunteers Mary Kaplan, Barb Bergstrom, and Joyce Saunders along with Red Rock Assistant Field Manager Brittany Brooks and Public Information Officer John Asselin led the five groups through each station and Volunteers George Reyling and Nita Tienhaara assisted students with rock scrambling. At the completion of the event, students received their Every Kid In A Park pass from Sloan Manager Robbie McAboy.

Over the next year, Sloan Canyon NCA will be expanding its Hands-on-the-Land program. In addition to working with our charter school partner, we will be reaching out to local elementary schools to develop additional school partnerships. In the spring 2018, Sloan Canyon will host Clark County School District educators as part of their professional development and curriculum training, which will lead to more outdoor education experiences for Henderson and Las Vegas students.

Contact: Jim Flook
Phone: (702) 515-5355

EE Every Day & Every Way: National Environmental Education Week 2017

EEWeek - RegisterTodayNEEF’s 13th annual National Environmental Education Week is Sunday, April 23, 2017 through Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Registration for EE Week is open now at NEEFusa.org/EEWeek. Register to receive:

  • Resources for educators, such as toolkits and activity guides to make environmental learning come alive
  • Resources for everyone, including EE activities to do with children and year-round inspiration for your every day
  • Bright spots in the field of EE, stories from the field with tips and ideas you can use
  • Notice of special events and activities during EE Week

Annually, NEEF celebrates the benefits of environmental education (EE) and its relevance for people of all ages and all walks of life. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., is the official national sponsor of National Environmental Education Week.

Stay tuned to NEEFusa.org/EEWeek to learn more. Also, share how you celebrate EE every day and every way with #EEWeek, @NEEFusa on Facebook and Twitter.

Eclipse 2017 Resources

2017 eclipse emblemMany thousands of additional visitors are expected at public sites due to the eclipse. To help you prepare, view any or all of Earth to Sky's Eclipse 2017 Webinar sessions.

Through interactive sessions, this webinar series provides opportunities for interpreters and other informal educators to:

  • Learn from NASA experts about the science and mechanics of a total solar eclipse, the nature of our Sun, recent research about Earth’s Moon, and how the Sun-Earth-Moon system interactions affect life on our planet
  • Learn about and gain access to a variety of eclipse-related hands-on activities and many NASA eclipse resources and
  • Explore and exchange ideas for interpreting the eclipse, including ways to tie this amazing celestial event to natural and cultural themes at your site.

Seven webinar sessions are archived for your use. Each session lasts approximately one hour. Accompanying PowerPoints and other resources are also posted for each session.

More Information: http://www.earthtosky.org/professional-development/other-science.html

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