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Cats!

Meredith McMillan, Participant

Today we went to Borderlands Restorations Native Plant Nursery where we met Francesca and her furry friends Chiltapien, Sam, and Alda. We did some hands on work, but being around animals made me think about my own and how excited I am to see them......Read More

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Gooch! Again!

Meredith McMillan, Participant

Today we got to meet Gooch. He’s lived in this area his whole life. We went to the border of Mexico and he told stories of migrants.”You almost never learn the endings of these stories.” Gooch talked about his past, and that he was......Read More

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Patagonia!

Eliza Tyson, Participant

Today we drove from Tucson down to Patagonia.  It was fascinating to watch as the landscape changed from rocky desert with an abundance of cacti to more grassy hills and plains with trees. The colors continue to interest me because they are not the......Read More

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Hands on Work!

Meredith McMillan, Participant

Today we went to Los Milpitas to do some hands-on work. I was with Jefe, Nora, and Eliza in the greenhouse. We put a certain amount of each plant in a tray. Las Milpitas works to give a plot of land to people in need so that they can grow food for......Read More

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Adventure!

Meredith McMillan, Participant

Today the Arizona trip was amazing! We chilled at the house and made delicious tamales with Maru! Maru is an amazing person who drives an hour to give us this special experience. Tamales take a long time to make, and we will never forget the time......Read More

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Plane Tamales

Ben Raymond, Participant

No, I’m not talking about them being plain. I mean the number of planes and helicopters that fly overhead. It’s a fun game for me to try and get the type of plane right. With that being said, tamales are just as cool made from scratch......Read More

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Group #2 arrives in Arizona

Nancy Barstow, Participant

The flights went well, and we are in Tucson! We arrived at Camp Cooper, which is where we will stay the first two nights. The vistas are absolutely breathtaking! The group is enthusiastically getting acclimated to this way of life for the next 10......Read More

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Arizona Day 2 (3/6/22)

Reiley Hedden, Participant

To start the day Meredith woke us up playing legos, then Ben, Meredith, and Hallel made us breakfast burritos with eggs and Chile. We ate all the eggs and didn’t leave any for the adults. After breakfast we went for a silent walk and picked up......Read More

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What does a ski patroller do in Arizona??

Doug Alford, Participant

¡Hola a todos! I’m Doug Alford- Spanish teacher, ski patroller, singer/guitarist, and above all explorer of the world! This will be my first time heading to the southwestern US desert, and I can’t wait! I’m really looking forward......Read More

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Greetings from Bethel, Maine!!

Nancy Barstow, Faculty

I am super excited about this trip that is coming up in a couple of days! The southwest is a new place for me, and all parts of the trip sound new and interesting. The weather will be a big switch from snowy Maine! I teach middle school English and......Read More

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Relevant Readings

Emily Katz, Instructor

Hi Team! Let the countdown begin! As I am getting ready for the course I found these articles from Civil Eats that give a great intro to the topics we are going to cover. This one is actually a fantastic summary of some of the organizations we will......Read More

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Introductions

Emily Katz, Participant

Hi Friends! Vincent and I are getting stoked about our course. If you are reading this then you have found the Yak Board! This is a communication tool we will use while on course to post reflections, photos, stories, and updates. In the meantime, it......Read More

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Greetings from the Central Cascades!

Emily Katz, Participant

Hi Friends! My name is Emily Katz but y’all can call me Katz. My pronouns are she/her and I am writing you from the Central Cascades in Oregon. I will be one of the instructors of this fine Gould Dragons collab. The canyons and watersheds of......Read More