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Get Experience:Desert Canyons

Prep Feb 13, 5PM, Camping Feb 18-19, & Backpacking Feb 24-26

AGES: Youth Ages 14-18

APPLICATION DUE: Wednesday, February 1


Need-Based Financial Assistance available + 2 for 1 friends special

Teens “get experience” through camping and backpacking adventures specially designed for teens. 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.

Camping trip will occur in Dragoon Mountains- Cochise Stronghold. Backpacking will be in the Santa Catalina Mountains up West Fork Sabino Canyon Creek!



Feb 13


Mandatory Prep Meeting

Ironwood Tree Experience – Urban Field Station

Meet fellow Ironwood Tree Experience explorers and get ready for the Camping Program by selecting your gear, meeting program leaders and sharing your experiences and expectations with new friends! At least one parent is asked to attend if possible.


Feb 18-19

8AM- 4PM

2-day Wildland Camping

Exploring Cochise Stronghold

Get to know ITE and each other as we get oriented at the Urban Field Station and gear up for our first adventure. Cool weather will allow us to explore the Dragoon Mountains and the stunning Cochise Stronghold. We explore the rocky grottos for unusual  birds, mammals and cool streams for aquatic creatures! 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. Packing List


Feb 24-26

8AM- 4PM

3-day wilderness Backpacking

Santa Catalina Mountains- Hutches Pool


Backpacking provides foundational experiences for teens and prepares them for advanced exploration programs such as Expeditionary Experience, American Experience and Global Experience!

Packing List

This program is partially supported by a grant from the National Forest Service

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