The Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument teamed up with the Town of Gila Bend Parks and Recreation Department to introduce 10 students in the town’s summer program the Sonoran Desert National Monument and to the rock art of the region.
Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument volunteer Dave Morris presented a PowerPoint presentation of rock art of the southwest, with particular emphasis on the ancient Hohokam people of central and southern Arizona.
He cleverly reinforced his presentation with a hands-on activity where participants could make their own petroglyphs on painted Plaster of Paris. It was a lot of fun.
Afterwards three of the students, led by Thomas Hulen, executive director of the Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument, went on a plant identification walk in the Sonoran Desert National Monument where they learned about creosote and triangular-leaf bursage shrubs, saguaro cactuses, ironwood and palo verde trees and cryptogamic soils.
We finished the walk with a great view of the zebra-tailed lizard.
The day was so perfect that en official from the San Lucy district asked if the Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument could do a presentation.