In a clear break from tales of doom and gloom and in honor of our fair Mother Earth and Earth Day, Dan Shaw discusses how young people are studying and caring for the water, fish, and other creatures in and around desert streams, ponds, lakes, and rivers. Shaw is a nationally recognized science teacher and author of Southwest Aquatic Habitats: On the Trail of Fish in a Desert and Eco-tracking: On the Trail of Habitat Change. Both books tell success stories of young people (and creatures) involved in citizen science efforts and how others can join in tracking climate change, local wildlife, and other parts of the natural world. Shaw's work demonstrates by example a story of hope for a natural environment that exists in the world. Participants will also have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and take part in a quick communal success story on site. Both of Shaw’s books will be available for purchase.