CORRIDOR KEEPERS – The New Season Begins FAMILIES EXPLORE AND PROTECT WILD PLACES ALONG THE ANZA TRAIL

Georgina Parra and Miranda Valencia serve a traditional carne asada taco lunch.

The smell of home-cooked carne asada tacos is only part of what brought families to the Tumacácori National Historical Park last Sunday morning.  These families are part of a program, Corridor Keepers, designed to introduce upper elementary students and their families to the riparian area and national historic trail that runs through the middle of their community. 

These families will learn about people from long ago, who lived or traveled under the shade of big trees along the Santa Cruz River.  They will learn about Captain Anza, who brought soldiers and their families from Culiacan along this route, as the expedition to settle the California coast traveled through.  They will learn about birds and wild animals that leave their tracks, raise their babies, and search for food along the river.  They will see the tiny Gila Topminnow, an endangered species of native fish that is making a come-back here.  And most importantly, as they learn more about this beautiful wild area, they will learn to love and protect it.

Corridor Keepers is a collaboration of the Tubac Nature Center, the Anza Trail Coalition, the Friends of the Santa Cruz River and San Cayetano Elementary School in Rio Rico.  The staff is all-volunteer, but much of the equipment and other expenses have been generously donated by Rio Rico Rotary,