Saturday, the Santa Catalina Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest will host another Sky Islands Children’s Forest event from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The event is open to teens between the ages of 14 and 17, and participants will learn how to conduct a biological analysis on a proposed forest project.
The mission of the Sky Islands Children’s Forest is to provide a gateway for the youth of Southeastern Arizona to experience and understand the “sky islands,” a unique system of biodiverse mountain “islands” and adjacent landscapes managed primarily by the Coronado National Forest. By engaging youth with program development and implementation, collaborating with partners, building upon existing resources and creating educational standards-based programs, Sky Islands Children’s Forest managers hope to expose children to the boundless worlds of natural and cultural history, create a foundation for a lifetime of learning, develop understanding of natural processes and people who depended on them, encourage enjoyment and stewardship of public lands, and develop future leaders in natural resource management. It is the intention that by participating in Sky Islands Children’s Forest activities, young people will spend more time experiencing the “great outdoors” and will better connect with the natural world and the endless opportunities it provides.
Plan on attending? Meet in front of the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center — 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road — at 9 a.m. Also, make sure you wear sturdy shoes, long pants, a hat and sunscreen. Standard amenity fees will be waived for those attending.