Take advantage of nature’s classroom!
Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge partners with the Ajo Public School and the Ajo Desert Senita Health Clinic. These partners together comprise the "Edible Schoolyard" program. In this program of nutrition-based learning Cabeza Prieta staff teaches Pre-K through 6th grade students about the wonderful world of POLLINATORS.The refuge also has a hide and skull box for loan to teachers and home school teacher-parents.To learn more about environmental education programs and opportunities, please contact the refuge.
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Feeding on the saguaro’s nectar and fruit, the endangered lesser long-nosed bat helps pollinate and spread the saguaro seed. The bats are able to reach deep into the cactus’ blossoms using their elongated, narrow snouts. Their hairy heads get covered with the pollen and as the bats fly from cactus to cactus, they transfer pollen to other saguaro blossoms – pollination occurs! For this and other reasons, lesser long-nosed bats play an extremely important role in maintaining healthy deserts.