Alex La Pierre, Director, Borderlandia

Monday, December 11, 2023,

2:30pm-3:30 pm,

ASA Koffler Great Room and Zoom


Take a vicarious trip to Rocky Point and El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar UNESCO Biosphere Reserve from the comfort of ASA with Borderlandia director Alex La Pierre. Learn about how a fishing port nestled on the shores of the Sea of Cortez got started and transformed over the years into a tourist destination. Then learn about the special environment of the Upper Gulf of California and the work of nonprofit CEDO.

El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is a vast wilderness area, home to some of Mexico’s most stunning geological formations. During this presentation, we will travel through the reserve. You’ll see towering volcanic peaks, otherworldly craters, and expansive fields of lava rock.

At the end of this presentation, we will extend you an invitation to join us Feb 1-4, 2024, to take in the breathtaking scenery in person and learn about the unique flora and fauna that call this rugged landscape home.

Alex La Pierre is the co-founder of Borderlandia, a bi-national organization committed to building public understanding of the borderlands. With a recent background in the nonprofit field in Ambos Nogales and in citizen diplomacy in the borderlands, Alex originally arrived in southern Arizona working for the National Park Service in the fields of historic preservation and heritage interpretation. A graduate of the University of Arizona, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and a public historian, he focuses his studies on the Hispanic cultural heritage of the American Southwest and Mexico.  As a volunteer, he serves as a board member of both the Southwestern Mission Research Center and the Anza Trail Foundation. His work along the border has been featured in national and international media outlets.

When he’s not working, Alex is practicing yoga, hiking, traveling, reading, or practicing Spanish and Portuguese.

Compiled by Marilyn Skinner, Academy Village Volunteer

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Dec. 11: “Volcanoes and Sea: Rocky Point and El Pinacate UNESCO Biosphere Reserve”