For 20 years, the city of Scottsdale has been considering building the Desert Discovery Center at the main entrance to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a permanently protected desert habitat. The Desert Discovery Center will provide exhibits, programs and activities for those going to the preserve and will continuously provide data on living and thriving in desert areas throughout the world. Recently, the Scottsdale City Council voted to move the project forward, but it is opposed by the Protect Our Preserve organization, which believes the preserve should not have any development beyond trails and trailheads. Scottsdale vice mayor Kathy Littlefield, who opposes the Desert Discovery Center, and councilwoman Linda Milhaven, who is for the project, will discuss the issue.
A symposium will be held on Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a 30-thousand acre preserve with 150 miles of hiking trails. The symposium will be held at Scottsdale Community College and will bring together researchers, students, stakeholders, citizens and community leaders to share and learn about research in the preserve. John Weser, executive director of Scottsdale Community College's Center for Native and Urban Wildlife and Melanie Tluczek, McDowell Sonoran field institute manager, will tell us more about the symposium and the preserve.
Arizona travel writer Roger Naylor has a new book that would be of interest to those looking to put on some calories and then be able to take them off. “Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers,” features over 170 photographs, 37 trails, 38 eateries, trail guides, maps and more. Naylor will discuss his latest work.
The Grand Canyon Association is launching a fundraising campaign to renovate Kolb Studio, a 109-year-old building perched on the edge of the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Kolb Studio served for decades as a business and home for brothers Emery and Ellsworth Kolb. They photographed hikers and tourists starting down the Bright Angel Trail. Their images helped document the Grand Canyon and early tourism in the West. Helen Ranney, Assistant Director of Philanthropy for the Grand Canyon Association, will talk about the Kolb Studio and the fundraising effort.
A new tree trail program has been established in Glendale. The tree trail would promote programs to care for trees and give information about water conservation. Jo Miller of the Glendale Water Conservation Office will tell us more.