June 1st: Walking tour of Rio de Flag FUTS Extension Project

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Public Meeting
Walking Tour: Rio de Flag FUTS Extension Project
 Guide: James Guidotti,
Capital Project Manager, Coconino County Public Works

 Thursday, June 1st at 5:30pm

Meet at Picture Canyon Parking Area

Map depicting the Rio de Flag FUTS Extension Project (outlined in red).
Source: Coconino County Public Works

The Flagstaff Urban Trail System provides a transportation and recreation corridor for Flagstaff residents. In addition, the FUTS snakes through Flagstaff open spaces used by many different wildlife species.

Join us on Thursday, June 1 at 5:30pm with James Guidotti, Coconino County Public Works Capital Project Manager, for a walking tour of the recently completed Rio de Flag FUTS Extension Project. James and representatives from the local firm, WLB Group, Inc., will discuss the goals of the project including restoring the canyon slopes so that they emulate the natural surrounding landscape of the area.

Join us next Thursday, June 1st for our first field trip meeting of the summer! We will meet at 5:30pm at the Picture Canyon parking area (see map of parking) and walk to the site.

May 4th @ 6pm: Instituting FEET – Flagstaff Environmental Education Team

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The Rio connects Flagstaff, and we can use it for collaborative educational purposes.
Photo: Chelsea describes watershed features during Earth Day, April 22nd, 2017. Photo courteous of Anya Nova Metcalfe.

Instituting FEET: Flagstaff Environmental Education Team

Speaker: Dr. Neil Cobb, NAU Research Professor and Director of the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research

Thursday, May 4th at 6pm

Montoya Community Center

As America’s 1st STEM Community, Flagstaff is poised to integrate a robust education-outreach program that will take advantage of the 20+ STEM-oriented local organizations and schools, by engaging students in science through inquiry-based curricula and activities.

Join us on Thursday, May 4th as we hear from Dr. Neil Cobb on Instituting FEET: the Flagstaff Environmental Education Team. Neil is a research professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University and Director of the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research.

In coordination with organizations throughout Flagstaff, including the Friends of the Rio de Flag, Neil is leading the FEET team to engage the community in local education, research, and restoration.

We hope to see you next Thursday, May 4th to hear from Neil, and to find out how the Friends of the Rio de Flag can best participate in FEET

April 6th @ 6pm: Update from the Board

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Free Public Meeting:
“Update from the Board”
Board of Directors, Friends of the Rio de Flag
Thursday, April 6th at 6pm
Montoya Community Center

Board members of the Friends of the Rio de Flag with Mayor Coral Evans at the Rio de Flag in front of City Hall prior to their meeting to discuss the future of flood control for this section of the Rio. March 10, 2017

The Board of the Friends of the Rio de Flag has been busy at work on a number of projects and initiatives! As such, we would like to dedicate the April 6th membership meeting to an update from the Board and discussion with membership. The following will be covered:

  • Master Rio Plan – partnerships and draft components of the plan
  • Flood Control Project – discussions with Mayor Evans and City Manager Josh Copley
  • Low Impact Development – suggestions for Water Commission
  • Community Outreach – stakeholder meeting and community survey
  • Adopt-the-Rio – classroom presentations and field trips
  • Stream Team – data collection in the county
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Join us at 6pm on Thursday, April 6th at the Montoya Community Center for a fruitful discussion with the Board!


A Message from Chelsea: Discovering Science Along the Rio

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Chelsea explains how to fill out a plant data collection sheet during a BioBlitz at Frances Short Pond, September 2016.

What an exciting year I’ve had as an AmeriCorps STEM VISTA member with Friends of the Rio de Flag working with Flagstaff schoolchildren and teachers. Our local stream, the Rio de Flag, is the biological heart of our community and flows through most neighborhoods. The Rio is a great outdoor classroom for the sevens schools that I worked with when they joined our new Adopt-the-Rio de Flag Stewardship program.

I’d love your support to continue for another year as a STEM VISTA member, building on the success of the Adopt-the-Rio program and developing a new program for citizen science, which will ask for community volunteers to monitor and collect environmental data along the Rio. My goal is to inspire a lifelong stewardship of the Rio’s remarkable educational, recreational, and biological resources.

The Friends of the Rio de Flag needs to raise $3,500 in matching funds so we can again be a Project Host Site for my position, and we’d like to raise an additional $1,000 for materials to be used in these projects for a total of $4,500.

Please help reach our goal of $4,500 by Earth Day on April 22nd! Donate today and make sure to “Share” our GoFundMe project on your Facebook!

Follow us on Facebook during our fundraising campaign to discover something new about the Rio and our watershed every day!

March Walk the Walk with Jack Welch

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Last month we goofed up and forgot to post Jack’s February Walk the Walk series! Our sincere apologies to anyone who missed out! If you are interested in receiving notices directly from Jack, you can always email him at ADILLLO@aol.com. Please see this schedule (updated 3/13/2017) for Jack’s March walks.

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