ITE EcoPrograms are designed for youth ages 12-18 at all different skill levels and experience!
You do not need to be a member of ITE to sign up for EcoPrograms but the benefits are quite nice. To learn more click HERE
Here is how EcoPrograms work~
ITE operates high quality activities with high quality staff that get youth outside and experiencing their community. From backcountry wilderness to urban alleyways, youth progress through a series of EcoProgram levels that are exciting and challenging while advancing learning, responsibility and leadership. All youth must complete level requirements to advance. Youth who have been with ITE over the years may begin at advanced levels.
ITE supplies gear and other essential items for all EcoPrograms. Transportation is provided by ITE.
DISCOVERY - Single day, active, non-technical backcountry and urban events designed to activate body and mind through a diversity of nature oriented activities. Discovery EcoPrograms include hiking, naturalist & primitive skills, community action, nature art and photography, and much more! All new EcoProgram participants must participate in 8 Discovery events before advancing to Explorer level
EXPLORER - Overnight camping provides a diversity of experiences and skills in backcountry situations. Participants must be prepared to engage in activities that include wildland explorations, establishing campsites, cooking, cleaning, hikes and higher level naturalist & primitive skills. Participants must complete 2 Explorer events to advance to Adventure level.
ADVENTURE - Single day to overnight adventure activities that introduce technical skills and ecological concepts in various outdoor location within the Sonoran Desert Region ranging from low desert to sky islands. Adventure EcoPrograms include backpacking, canoe/kayaking and single pitch rock climbing. Participants must complete 3 Adventure events to advance to Pathfinder level.
PATHFINDER - Participants must be 14 years of age and older to participate in 2 to 3 night backpacking and canoe/kayaking activities. Advanced technical skills, increased physical challenges, and in-depth naturalist learning take participants deeper into the backcountry and hone skills for leadership. Participants must complete 1 Pathfinder event before advancing to Expeditionary level.
EXPEDITIONARY - Participants must be 15 years of age and older to participate at the Expeditionary level. Expeditions expand the range of experiences from remote sky island canyons to well beyond the Sonoran Desert boundaries. At this level, teens are expected to be strongly familiar with basic adventure procedures, Leave No Trace principles, leadership practices and naturalist skills. All participants must complete 1 Expeditionary event to participate in Global Experience (16 years or older), or the mentorship/Project Specialist programs (15 years or older). Teens are required to provide a 1/2 hour public presentation on their Expedition experience.
GLOBAL EXPERIENCE - Participants must be 16 years of age and older to participate. Global Experience is for teens, ages 16-18, with extensive ITE program experience and a strong desire for challenge and adventure. GlobalX extends the geography of experience to new ecological communities and associated cultures. Teens must be willing to attempt new experiences and agree to actively participate in preparing and conducting presentations in the field and in front of an audience. All participants must complete 1 Expeditionary event to participate in Global Experience or the mentorship/Project Specialist programs (15 years or older). Teens are required to provide a 1/2 hour public presentation on their Expedition experience.
ITE offers year round activities at all levels making the entire wildland and urban community accessible to youth participants!