Summer Lecture Series from the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
Friends, hikers, bikers, readers, writers, history buffs, science enthusiasts, active and inactive people — anyone interested in learning about this unique area and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve — here are four amazing FREE lectures that offer something for everyone.
There is no fee to attend. No RSVP necessary. These FREE events, so mark your calendars now!
McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Summer Lecture Series
Scottsdale Mustang Library Auditorium
10101 N 90th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Classes start at 5:30pm (except Sep 19) and run between 60 and 90 minutes
Magma’s Last Gasp!
Wednesday, July 19, 5:30 pm
Did you know that all of north Scottsdale and vicinity once was part of a huge bubble of magma? More than a billion years ago, a huge bubble of 2,000 degree Fahrenheit magma got trapped 10 km beneath our feet and began to cool. Learn what happened as the last bit of magma finally turned into solid rock and what that tells us about how the McDowells were formed.
Presented by: Dan Gruber, Legacy Steward, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
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Storytelling Through Museum and Archival Artifacts
Tuesday, July 25, 5:30 pm
Join the Arizona Historical Society (AHS) in an interactive discussion to learn how to define history, and what makes an object “historical”, and explore the difference between displaying an historic artifact and telling a good story through it. The participants will have an opportunity to try their hand at becoming a museum storyteller with sample artifacts.
Presented by: Tawn Downs, Director, AZ Heritage Center (Arizona Historical Society Central Division) and Susan Irwin, Director, Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives Division.
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Arizona Air Disasters – WWII military crashes on San Francisco Peaks (Flagstaff) and the McDowell Mountains (Scottsdale)
Tuesday, August 22, 5:30 pm
Blue skies, Air Force cadet training and inexperience are sometime a formula for disaster. During WWII, the Southwestern US from California to New Mexico was flight training site for the Air Force of US and other allies. Flagstaff, with its 12,633′ San Francisco Peak, was the site of five bomber crashes from 1941 to 1944. The McDowell Mountains have also witnessed a tragedy that left a scar still visible today. The human impact of each story is revealed through maps, photos and media clippings showing the aircraft type, date of disaster, flight path, recovery efforts and media coverage.
Presented by: Dave Lorenz, Legacy Steward and Len Marcisz, Legacy Steward, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
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Inspired by Nature
Tuesday, September 19, 6:00 pm
Mother Nature has forever been a designer. Just look around. A cursory look at our flora and fauna provides us with countless solutions for most any challenge. Can we, as humans, learn to be better designers by mimicking Mother Nature? Yes! By applying the principles of Biomimicry, this presentation will show how Mother Nature can inspire us when we design.
Presented by: Jacques Giard, Professor of Design at ASU and Master Steward, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
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We hope to see you there!