Free Nature Expo at Southeast Arizona Birding Festival


FREE Nature Expo
Join the festivities at the Nature Expo! Featuring fun, games, free talks and vendors all held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson – Reid Park.

Friday, August 10, 12:00pm — 6:00pm
Saturday, August 11, 10:00am — 6:00pm
Sunday, August 12, 10:00am — 2:00pm

“Our Nature Expo will feature family-friendly activities in the all new Kids Zone, which includes live animals from the Reid Park Zoo, live raptors from Wildlife Rehabilitation of Northwest Tucson, face painting, owl pellet dissection, and Nestlings Storytime.

Nature lovers will also find opportunities to learn about birds and other wildlife at the Nature Expo. Free and paid workshops and talks will cover birds and birding optics, hummingbird photography, bats, bears, nestboxes, insects, conservation, rattlesnakes, home habitat creation, and much more. If you’ve never tried it, you can go bird watching on one of the many casual walks around the hotel grounds led by an expert.

The vendor fair features a unique variety of exhibitors that everyone will enjoy. Find the work of local artisans, learn from conservation organizations, purchase a new camera or pair of binoculars, or plan your next birding or nature vacation. Tucson Audubon will have several booths where you can get involved, including the Habitat at Home and Ecosystem Restoration Programs and the Nature Shop.”

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


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