Each spring in Arizona, the public gets to experience outdoor activities free of charge when the Arizona Game and Fish Department hosts its annual Outdoor Expo.¬† This year, SCIF‚Äôs Sensory Safari was at the Expo, and it was a big attraction.
The Expo held March 24-25 at the Department‚Äôs Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ, provided the backdrop for numerous outdoor activities from kayaking to shooting sports. Many youngsters caught a bluegill for the first time.¬† SCIF‚Äôs contribution was to partner with SCI Orange County Chapter and bring its Sensory Safari Trailer to the Expo.
Sensory Safari is a mobile exhibit that allows both youth and adults to see and touch wildlife.¬† Originally started to allow those with a sight impairment to learn and experience animals found around the world by touch, Sensory Safaris has become a popular exhibit as it helps bridge the gap between humans and the natural world in a way that many people otherwise may not be able to experience.
The Department estimated that approximately 60,000 attended the event and many went through the Sensory Safari trailer.¬† It was a wonderful learning experience for those out to enjoy a springtime weekend in Arizona with the bonus of seeing, touching and learning about SCI/F‚Äôs Sensory Safari program.