2019 Conference Field Trips

Biosphere 2 Tour
Led by Dr. Nievita Bueno Watts, Director, INRSEP + Diversity in STEM Programs,
CSU – LSAMP, Humboldt State University, CA

Biosphere 2 (photo credit: Biosphere 2)

Description
Biosphere 2 is a 3.14 acre controlled environment research facility. It includes five natural biomes under glass: ocean with coral reef, mangrove wetlands, tropical rainforest, savanna grassland, and fog desert. It also is a home of the Landscape Evolution Observatory (LEO), the world’s largest laboratory experiment in the
interdisciplinary Earth sciences, consisting of the three 30-m long and 11-m wide artificial landscapes. Landscapes are densely instrumented to monitor flow of water, solutes and gasses allowing exploring interactions between biological, chemical and physical processes in soil and landscape formation. Tour will include behind the scenes look at the biomes, discussion of LEO science and a look at the technosphere, sophisticated
electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems that make
Biosphere 2 work.

Heard Museum Tour
Led by Dr. Diana Dalbotten, Director of Diversity and Broader Impacts, St. Anthony Falls
Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Heard Museum (photo credit: Heard Museum)

The Heard Museum is a private, not-for-profit museum located in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art. The museum presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions of traditional and contemporary art by American Indian artists and artists influenced by American Indian art. The Heard Museum collaborates with American Indian artists and tribal communities on providing visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest. Since its founding in 1929, the Heard Museum has grown in size and stature to become recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, world-class exhibitions, educational programming and its unmatched festivals. Dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art, the Heard successfully presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions that showcase the beauty and vitality of traditional and contemporary art. The Heard Museum sets the standard for collaborating with American Indian artists and tribal communities to provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.

Desert Hike in the Superstition Mountains
Led by Dr. Steve Semken, Professor of Geology and Education, Arizona State University

Superstitions Mountain (photo credit Steven Semken)

Description
This field trip is intended for GA participants who enjoy hiking and who would like an opportunity to get out into the Sonoran Desert landscape outside of Phoenix for a few hours to explore some Basin and Range geology, desert plants, wildlife, and culture. We will hike in Lost Dutchman State Park on the western side of the beautiful Superstition Mountains, a large volcanic complex that erupted between 20 and 16 million years ago. The GA will cover the cost of transportation, park entry fee, lunch, snacks, and water.
Itinerary
We will depart from the Radisson Phoenix Airport hotel at 12:00 noon on Saturday by charter bus, and travel about 45 minutes to Lost Dutchman State Park (see map at https://azstateparks.com/lost-dutchman/explore/maps). We’ll see and talk some geology and geography along the way. Once in the Park and starting at either the Cholla or Saguaro Day Use Areas, we will hike along the Treasure Loop, Jacob’s Crosscut, and Siphon Draw trails across gently sloping desert terrain to the spectacular edge of the Superstition caldera, talking about rocks, plants, wildlife, culture, and history as we go. The total distance we hike will be about 4.5 miles, all along foot trails. The hike is rated moderate. There are no steep or hazardous climbs, but the entire first half of the hike is mostly a gradual uphill climb. Unfortunately, the route is not wheelchair-accessible. After the hike, we will return to the hotel on the bus. Estimated return time is 6:00 pm. Box lunch is provided, pre-ordered.

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