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ARCHIVES: Earth Day 2003

Earth Day: April 19, 2003
The Coati Kid's Club at the City of Tucson festivities and parade.

Photos by Abraham Blattstein

Junior Docent's Booth


Junior Docents paint Coati's faces

Tucson's Earth Day events are a regular part of the Desert Musuem's Coati Kids’ Club calendar. Every year we sponsor the city-wide Earth Day Poetry Contest in which students from local schools are invited to compete. We also have a booth featuring fun crafts and information.

Our booth was staffed by the Museum's Junior Docents who did a wonderful job helping kids of all ages learn about snakes. This year they brought artifacts and diagrams to help people get to know snakes better and tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes. They made snake "mobiles" out of paper plates.

Junior Docents offered face painting at our booth, and also painted faces of the Coati Kids who marched in the Earth Day Parade. They created wonderful coati faces which the kids topped off with ears and tails to become a troop of marching coatis.

While we waited for the parade to begin, we were visited by the Sidewinder from The Tucson Sidewinders. We also practiced our Coati Song to sing while we marched.

Here are the words to the chorus (cowritten by Patty Horn and the Coati Kid's Club:)

My name's Coatimundi of the raccoon family
I live in Arizona, it's the place to be
I love the mountain forests where there're lots of trees
In canyons near the water, you're sure to find me

At noon the winners of the Poetry Contest read their poems aloud on the central stage and received certificates and ribbons. They were chosen from over 300 poems submitted this year!

Photo Album
Hanging out with the Sidewinder


Coati Kid's coati troop on parade



Announcing poetry contest winners and inviting them onto stage

2003 poetry contest winners get their ribbons

Christina reads her winning poem

Natalia reads her winning poem

Sonora memorized her poem and quoted it by heart!

Mrs. Cochran with her winning students

Mallory reads her winning poem

Melanie reads her winning poem

Michelle reads her winning poem

We had so many wonderful second grade entries we had duplicate winners!

Coati Kids befriend a desert tortoise at the Earth Day festivities

Making snake mobiles at the Junior Docents' booth