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Get Experience: Conservation & Stewardship

Feb 13, 20-21, 25-27 & Mar 5

Fee: Members $450/New Members $550 (includes a $100 one time only new member fee).

Need-Based Financial Assistance available

Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 4

Eligible Ages 15-18

All EcoPrograms begin and conclude at the Ironwood Tree Experience, Urban Field Station, unless otherwise communicated.

In partnership with the National Park Service Teens “get experience” through a progressive series of adventures from single day exploratory outings to an overnight camping trip, backpacking, and finally connecting these experiences in service of our Tucson community.  Areas of exploration occur throughout the Tucson Basin including the Tucson, Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains. Teens challenge themselves through development of outdoor and communication skills that are key components of confident, future leaders. Teens should expect to exert themselves physically as well as intellectually as they learn about the natural world through active experiences that foster a lifelong passion for their community.

SPECIAL NOTE: This program offers specific skills and training for an ongoing field monitoring program. Participants will receive a NPS certificate and become part of a team of citizen scientists that deploy, retrieve and assess wildlife information in regional National Park Service administrated lands. Participation in the Monitoring Team is free!


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Feb 13

8AM- 4PM Exploring Saguaro National Park West Trek the transition zone between Sonoran Desert and forest along the remote Rincon Creek Trail. We will explore the rocky grottos for unusual  birds, mammals and aquatic creatures! Students meet National Park scientist and develop smart hiking and team working skills, while identifying and recording aquatic species adapted to this specialized habitat. Gear Up & Get Ready


Feb 20-21

8AM- 4PM


Wildland Camping


Camping provides foundational experiences for teens and prepares them for advanced exploration. Teens will learn backcountry and naturalist skills such as proper tent set up, Leave No Trace principles, cooking, fire making, story telling and wildlife identification. Most importantly teens will develop camaraderie and friendship with others in preparation for the 3-day backpacking trip.

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8AM- 4PM




Get to know the Rincon Mts by trekking into the February forests and exploring the Sky Islands that hangs on Tucson Eastern horizon. Students will practice backcountry and naturalist skills. Gear Up & Get Ready



8AM- 4PM Community Action/Celebration Exploring and making new discoveries is best when sharing experiences with others and investing in the future of your community. On this final day ITE teens will participate in a local Community Action project of their choice and conclude their Get Experience EcoProgram by presenting experiences to family and friends. Gear Up & Get Ready

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