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  • Living River of Words exhibit begins Saturday

    Mar 31, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima County, together with the Sonoran Institute, is hosting ayouth art Living River Celebration from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday featuring finalists from the Living River of Words Youth Art and Poetry Contest.

    The event, held at at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, kicks off a traveling exhibit that will visit many of Pima County’s libraries and other locations throughout this year.

    In addition to viewing the children’s artwork, those attending the event will learn more about the Living River project, can observe the flowing Lower Santa Cruz River from directly behind the library, can join a guided bird walk, and pick up a copy of the first Living River report for the Lower Santa Cruz River.

    Living River of Words is a program introducing children ages 5 to 19 to watershed and wetland habitats through a multi-disciplinary series of science investigations and the practice of poetry and visual arts. As part of the program, the children are encouraged to enter the Living River of Words Youth Art and Poetry Contest.

    In 2015, Sonoran Institute and Pima County expanded the Living River Project goals to include sponsorship of the Living River of Words, a unique youth education program run by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation. Formerly known as Tucson's River of Words, the program offers local schools the opportunity to participate in a program that encourages young people to explore how water moves through the landscape and the connections that plants, animals and people have to water.

    Saturday’s event is a collaboration between Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation; Pima County Flood Control District; Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department; Pima County Office of Sustainability and Conservation; the Sonoran Institute; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    To download the full program for Saturday’s celebration, visit the Sonoran Institute’s Living River webpage. To learn more about the Living River of Words program, visit Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation. The event schedule is below. For more information, please contact Contact Wendy Burroughs, 520-615-7855, extension 0, or at eeducation@pima.gov.