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Sharon Schafer’s life as a wildlife photographer, painter, and biologist in Nevada and all over the world, she says, is both art and science.
She’s traveled to Antarctica, Kenya, Mongolia, Peru, Namibia. Closer to home: to Arizona’s Grand Canyon and Nevada’s Mojave Desert.
Sharon Schafer found an ashram in India's Thar Desert that was looking for a biologist, photographer and artist to work with students there on a wildlife project.
They wanted her to not only create interpretive brochures about the area but help the people living there understand and appreciate the environment they live in.
Schafer then decided to get kids in Southern Nevada involved in the program. She enlisted the help of Nevada Virtual Academy and friends at the Park Service and Bureau of Land Management to have students here take field trips into the Mojave Desert to compare and contrast with students in India.
The students photographed what they saw and shared those pictures with each other. Those photos will be on display at an exhibit at the Nevada State Museum:
Two Deserts, One Sky: A Student Collaboration Between Rajasthan, India and Southern Nevada, U.S.A.
Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas
March 12 – April 30
“I thought I had this just amazing opportunity so why not connect it back to Southern Nevada,” Schafer told KNPR's State of Nevada.
“Observing nature and enjoying nature is kind of this universal thing,”
“I think it’s really important for kids to start realizing that we share more than things than we’re different.”
Staff writer for Desert Companion magazine Heidi Kyser wrote a profile of Sharon Schafer for the March issue.
Sharon K. Schafer, artist and wildlife biologist; Heidi Kyser, staff writer at Desert Companion magazine