Nov 5-6 & 11-13
Program Fee: $350
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 21
Eligible Ages 14-18 (high school)
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 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 and Backpacking trips will occur throughout the Saguaro National Park – Rincon Mountains unit.
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!
2-day Wildland Camping
Exploring Saguaro National Park East
|Get to know ITE and each other as we get oriented at the Urban Field Station and gear up for our first adventure. Warm weather has arrived early to the Sonoran Desert so we will venture to higher elevations in the Santa Rita mountains to chase winter upslope. We will explore the rocky grottos for unusual birds, mammals and cool streams for aquatic creatures!||Packing List|
3-day wilderness Backpacking
Saguaro National Park Rincon Mountains
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.
This program is Supported by: