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Community Engagement Programs

Education Assistant

Audubon Arizona

Mission

Connecting people with nature using science, education, and advocacy to protect Arizona’s birds, other wildlife and their habitats.

Website

http://az.audubon.org/Contact(s):

About the Internship

Duties:

Help implement conservation programming in under-resourced communities for elementary youth. Audubon Arizona is focused on protecting birds and their habitats through our summer camp: Desert Dwellers - a three-hour, all-inclusive experience where summer campers (7-12 years old) learn about Arizona’s native animals through interactive games and engaging activities.

EDUCATION ASSISTANT
Motivated, energetic assistant will help develop curriculum, setup and breakdown activities, and assist with teaching our Desert Dwellers Program. Audubon Arizona’s environmental education experiences serve primarily inner-city children grades K-8 and focus on the Salt River ecosystem. Study topics include birds on Phoenix, food web dynamics, and migration. Education Assistants will help with preparations for the program and will deliver lessons to participants.

After training, you will be able to enthusiastically and knowledgeably teach students about the natural history of the Sonoran desert. Audubon Arizona will provide training on the program logistics and on Sonoran desert flora and fauna. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in organizing, managing and teaching educational programs in a non-traditional setting for diverse audiences.

Population Served:

Our education programs serve primarily underprivileged families within the South Phoenix community, as well as schools from local areas/districts.

Community Need:

All too often, lower-income, inner-city children find themselves with limited access to quality science education. Audubon Arizona and the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center offers a unique chance for Phoenix youth to connect to the amazingly diverse Sonoran desert. As urban areas continue to expand, their residents become increasingly disconnected from the natural world. For this reason, youngsters growing up in low-income inner-city neighborhoods are even less likely to spend time exploring nature. This trend underlines a worrisome future for conservation and the sustainability of Arizona's cities and natural spaces. It is programs like those offered by Audubon connecting urban youth to nature through meaningful conservation work, that are critical in reversing this trend and ensuring a positive future for our environment.

Community Impact:

Connecting kids to their natural surrounding promotes a feeling of stewardship that will stay with them through adulthood. Through Audubon’s education programs, students learn critical scientific inquiry skills and substantive science content in an exciting and relevant setting in their own community. Providing diverse, urban, underserved students the opportunity to learn about and appreciate their natural world builds a community of conservation-minded youth in areas that need them most. The work provided by these students will leave a lasting impact on Phoenix's landscape - giving future generations of students a place to explore nature in their own neighborhood.