|College for Kids 2012|
It was College for Kids time again this July 9 thru July 19 at the Aravaipa Campus. This year we had 40 girls and boys from Eastern Pinal County and the communities of Oracle, San Manuel, Mammoth, Winkelman, Hayden and Kearny. Local kids get the opportunity to experience their community college campus as well as other places during field trips.
This summer the students got the chance to explore "The World of Plants" with a trip to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum on July 12, 2012. The Arboretum has over 3,200 different desert plants that are encompassed within the area along with many scenic vistas. There are also 300 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians that many of the students had never seen before.
Martha A. Burgess provided an Ethnobotanical workshop of traditional basketry techniques using native plants of the Aravaipa desert. This was a great time to introduce the students to our important desert heritage. Martha was inspired by Tohono O'odham elders and is a strong advocate for growing one's own food. She taught the students how to juice a prickly pear and make a tasty juice also how to make flour from the pods of a mesquite tree.
College for Kids is a program that provides local kids with an educational and fun way to spend two weeks of their summer. Each year the children explore a new science-based theme through hands-on activities and projects. Students also take the field trips to broaden their experience and open their eyes to the many resources around them. "College for Kids" is a beloved program that has served its community for over 25 years.