The Bio/Diversity Project
The Bio/Diversity Project is a collaborative effort between WISE, Saguaro National Park and the Friends of Saguaro National Park, with additional support from local environmental organizations including the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Sierra Club, and Sky Island Alliance, aimed at increasing the diversity of voices included in discussions of environmental problems and the development of their solutions. By increasing access to innovative environmental science educational opportunities and training, mentoring, and work experience along the K-16+ educational pipeline, we aim to get students excited about environmental science and support them along their educational journeys and into the workforce.
The Bio/Diversity Project places University of Arizona students with K-12 school partners to assist with the implementation of culturally-relevant and place-based environmental science curriculum focused on the topic of biodiversity. Curriculum is developed by student interns and allows for hands-on exploration of the variety of life here within the Sonoran Desert. Classes are followed up by educational field trips to Saguaro National Park to expose the students to a variety of environmental science careers.
Our 2022-2023 program is generously funded by the UArizona Campus Sustainability Fund. This program was launched with funding in 2016 by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice; from 2018-2021 was funded by the UArizona Green Fund; from 2021-2022 was supported by the Department of Environmental Science, the Honor's College, the School of Geography, Development & Environment, the Arizona Institutes for Resilient Environments & Societies (AIRES), and the UArizona Campus Sustainability Fund.
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Learn how to be an advocate and ally for fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within the environmental fields.
Intern with the Bio/Diversity Project
Get hands-on experience working in science education and outreach in local schools, while working directly with staff from the National Park Service.
Find lesson plans on Sonoran Desert biodiversity and additional resources developed by our staff and former Bio/Diversity interns.
Thank you to our generous donors for making the Bio/Diversity Project possible!