Hello to all of my fellow interns. My name is Jacobo Carrasco and I am the Santa Cruz River Education Intern at Tumcacacori National Historical Park (TNHP). I was born and raised here in Rio Rico, Arizona. I live about 15 minutes away from the park. I received my Bachelors in biology at Northern Arizona University and my Masters at the University of Arizona South in secondary education. I also lead bird walk tours at TNHP and have volunteered here since the summer of 2013.
I am deeply excited to intern at TNHP! Every time I visit the Santa Cruz River I feel like Professor Challenger from The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle because as I explore this river I get excited about educating kids here. Although it runs right through our communities, the Santa Cruz River riparian habitat is truly a lost world where very few students get to visit and understand its importance in the area. My plan is to develop lesson plans that encourage students to visit the river and explore its habitats and wildlife. Perhaps learning how important it is will inspire them to care for it.