On Monday, March 23, the National Park Service(NPS) will officially certify Las Lagunas de Anza as an official site on the Juan Bautista de Anza National Trail-the start of that Historic Trail National Park that crosses Arizona and continues up to San Francisco. The City of Nogales will have a National Park within its city limits! Certainly there are few cities in America that can claim the same!

What makes this even more meaningful is that Las Lagunas is the work of more than 250 volunteers from over a dozen schools and groups- most remarkably, Las Lagunas has been the special project of the Nogales High School Science club- members of that club were part of the planning process, they cleaned the site, did real science there and have gone on to represent our community by excelling in programs dedicated to desert wetlands. Through NPS, Las Lagunas has also acted as the catalyst of the Anza Club, a joint NHS and RRHS club which encourages self reliance and academic excellence through our local history.

The work of our local high school students and of so many volunteers was recognized nationally in 2012 when Las Lagunas was chosen as the outstanding wetlands conservation program in the United States!

As we more forward, Las Lagunas will be a treasure for our families to enjoy. It will continue to operate as an easily accessible hands on science and social history resource for our schools; and it will draw birding enthusiasts from across the US, no small benefit for Nogales as birders leave more money in Southern Arizona than do golfers!

So, please join us Monday March 23rd at 4 p.m. for a brief ceremony and celebration of this outstanding project designed and executed by our local community.