Join the Experience!

Join the Experience!

EcoPrograms

Every month, our ITE field team guides local youth, ages 14-20, on outdoor adventures called EcoPrograms. Outdoor adventures include nature walking, birdwatching, hiking, river walking, campouts and more. Once youth participate in 1 EcoProgram, they become eligible to join our EcoNetwork of 45 youth and 200+ young alumni.

  • Opportunity to hang out in nature and explore with teens from 10+ high schools
  • No-cost programs (sponsored by our partners)
  • Free transportation provided from ITE Urban Field Station (738 N. 5th Ave. Ste. 101 in the Historic Y)
  • First to be recruited for paid and unpaid ITE Internships
  • Access to ITE EcoNetwork Benefits and Services (see below)

To Join our EcoPrograms, please fill out

this registration form!

Please view the updated Ironwood Tree Experience Covid-19 Safety Guidelines for Participants


EcoPrograms Fall 2022 Calendar

MonthDate ACTIVITYActivity Locations
SeptemberSaturday 9/24/22
8:00AM-4:00PM
Public Lands Day Family & Friends DayMt. Lemmon, Santa Catalina Mtns.
OctoberSaturday 10/8/22
8:30AM-4:30PM
River Walking, Aquatic Creatures & Indigenous CultureTumacacori NHP
NovemberFriday 11/11-Sunday 11/13EcoPrograms Campout!TBD
DecemberSaturday 12/3/22 9:00AM-5:00PMBirdwatching & Pond CreaturesHistoric Canoa Ranch



Contact

Do you have questions about EcoPrograms?

Email Kristen Sawyer, Youth Development Manager, at Kristen@ironwoodtreeexperience.org

ITE EcoPrograms & Internships

EcoNetwork Youth

Terra Gomez

Terra Gomez (she/they)

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Hi! My name is Terra Simone, and I’m an architecture student in the CAPLA program through the UofA. I was born and raised here in Tucson and enjoy learning about community and sustainability, which is why I love ITE. Through ITEs various internships and opportunities, I have learned so much about the earth and the connection I have to the earth (more specifically, my connection and love for my home here in the Sonoran Desert). While on a trip with ITE, we visited the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings, which is where I found my desire to study and become an architect. I hope to someday design and build homes that work with and are made from the environment around.

ITE Internships & Programs: Envisioning Urban to Wild 2022, Community Action Toolkit 2020, Desert Youth Heritage Project 2020, Wilderness Warriors 2019

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Carlos Raygoza (he/him)

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Carlos has been with ITE for 3+ years. He enjoys hiking, camping, and balancing nature time with his work schedule.

ITE Internships and Programs: Youth Ambassadors for Southwest Cultures 2020

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Mimi Breault-Evans (she/her)

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Mimi has been with ITE for 2+ years and has participated in various programs and internships. She is an avid reader and writer, and enjoys interviewing her family members for ITE projects, observing the dinosaur birds in her yard, and traveling to the east coast to see the water and sand dunes.

ITE Programs and Internships: Youth Ambassadors for Southwest Cultures 2020, WorldWildWeb 2020, Desert Youth Heritage Project 2021 &  YAC Advisory Committee

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Blake James (he/him)

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My name is Blake James, I am 15 years old in my sophomore year of high school. I love hiking, camping, playing video games, watching movies, watching football, and writing fiction stories. I am mostly American but am part Irish, Ukrainian, and German. My Favorite thing about nature is how animals and people can adapt so well. For example there is water that we can drink, trees that give shade which can make the ground up to 30 degrees cooler, and some plants even have food that some animals and people live off of.

ITE Programs and Internships: Youth Ambassadors for Southwest Cultures 2021, Desert Youth Heritage Project 2021

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Jesus Mendoza-Villela (he/him)

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I am Jesus Mendoza-Villela, I am 15 years old and I go to UHS. I love to listen to music pop and classical music, watch tv and attend/participate in school competitions. What I love about the environment is nature and how different species evolve.

ITE Programs and Internships: Youth for Blue Skies 2022, Envisioning Urban to Wild 2022, Creativity on the Fly 2022

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Jorge Abril (he/him)

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I’m from Nosotros Academy and I’m a graduate of class of 2022. I’ve been very lucky to attend the ITE trips. I love how nature is just so quiet and it’s so beautiful you get to learn new things about nature good and the bad things and to see all the life out there that you don’t get to see in the city.

ITE Programs and Internships: Envisioning Urban to Wild 2022

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Samantha Miranda (she/her)

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My name is Samantha, I’m sixteen years old and I have done the Youth for Blue Skies internship with Ironwood Tree Experience. It has given me so many new opportunities and it has taught me so many new skills and has allowed me to meet some incredible people. I find nature fascinating in so many ways but especially in all of the life that it holds and how all of that life lives in harmony together. I think the diversity and symbiotic relationships in nature serve as a great example for how our communities should be.

ITE Programs and Internships: Youth for Blue Skies 2022, Envisioning Urban to Wild 2022

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Bianca Carnazza (she/her)

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My name is Bianca. I’m a senior at Rincon. What I love about ITE is that it’s very supportive, nurturing, and is a judgment-free zone. I’ve done 3 programs with ITE: YAC, DYHP, and Youth for Blue Skies. For me, I love how community and nature come together when it’s really important. For example, there were a bunch of kids who did a walk out to show their passions. Community is about action, family, being supportive, and beauty!

ITE Programs and Internships: Youth Ambassadors for Southwest Cultures 2021, Desert Youth Heritage Project 2022, Youth for Blue Skies 2022, Envisioning Urban to Wild 2022

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Jazmine Lopez (she/her)

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Hello! my name is Jazmine Lopez i’m 16 years old and I am a mix of Mexican and Native American specifically the Tohono O’odham Nation. Growing up I wasn’t very connected with my culture but as I become more of my own person I find more of an interest in my traditions. I’m starting off by reconnecting myself with nature because I know that natives are very connected to this earth because mother earth has given us everything and we should be thankful for that. i’m hoping that the more I work with ITE the more I’ll be connected with the earth. this trip to New Mexico will be the second trip I’ve taken with ITE. on our last trip we ventured to Mount Lemmon it was one of the highlights of that time for me. I got to spend time with some good friends and experience the beauty of nature. I think ITE is an amazing program because it gives you the chance to realize that we can get entertainment and amazing memories without technology.

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Santos Cardeñas (he/him)

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Santos has been with ITE for 2+ years through programs and school field trips. He is an avid mushroom whisperer, often finding them before ITE field staff even can. He enjoys camping, walking, making art with devil’s claws in nature, and traveling.

ITE Programs and Internships: Youth Ambassadors for Southwest Cultures 2021, Youth Ambassadors for Southwest Cultures 2022, Wilderness Warriors 2022

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Destiny Shosieduran (she/her)

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Destiny has been with ITE for 2+ years. She is an avid writer and loves to explore nature. She is interested in learning more about climate change because she has learned a lot about air pollution and other environment injustices but her knowledge on climate change is very minimal. She’s heard many different opinions on climate change but hasn’t gotten hands on learning or solid facts about it. She believes it is important to have more information on this subject especially because of how much it truly impacts not just one state but the whole world. Climate change is something that creates a chain reaction within environments and human nature.

ITE Programs and Internships: Youth Ambassadors for Southwest Cultures 2021, Desert Youth Heritage Project 2021, Youth for Blue Skies 2022

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Oscar Delgado (he/him)

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I am Oscar Delgado; I go to Nosotros Academy. I value that ITE doesn’t care about how weird you act. My last ITE internship I have done with ITE was Wilderness Warriors. I value how many animals are in these community’s and how they evolved to live in these areas.

ITE Programs and Internships: Youth Ambassadors for Southwest Cultures 2022, Wilderness Warriors 2022

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Gabriella Olm (she/her)

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I am interested in learning about intersectional environmentalism. From a young age I’ve been taught about environmental consciousness and its importance. Being able to learn about the environment and preservation of it, is fascinating and it has become a very important part of my everyday life. This past year I was able to learn more about intersectional identity and why intersectionality should be recognized, which interested me a lot. Learning about environmentalism and how it impacts diverse people is very compelling and sounds right up my alley.

ITE Programs and Internships: Youth for Blue Skies 2022

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James Alcaraz (he/him)

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I like trees and water, lakes, rivers, I’m passionate about being outdoors and learning new things. I’m curious about harvesting food from bushes etc, my favorite classes are history and PE. I’d like to learn how to harvest foods and how to survive outdoors, I call home wherever I can sleep at and I hope to learn medical certification, farming, and cooking as I get older. The sun on my skin helps me feel connected while outside, and the smell of rain in the Sonoran desert.

Julia Ortiz Tzul

Julia Tzul-Ortiz (she/her)

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Julia has been with ITE for 3+ years since she went on an ITE hike with her gardening class. She joined her first internship and has been in almost every program since. She loves running and walking in nature, connecting with birds and all creatures, traveling the world (she’s currently in France for her senior year), and interviewing and recording stories.

ITE Programs and Internships: Youth Ambassadors for Southwest Cultures 2020, WorldWildWeb 202, Desert Youth Heritage Project 2021, YAC Advisory Board, Wilderness Warriors 2022, Creativity on the Fly 2022

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Ali Soland (they/thwm)

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I’ve been really enjoying learning about environmental education and all of the aspects of the Sonoran Desert through my previous internship with the Arizona Trail Association. I’m taking as many chances as I can to learn more and to spend more time with this environment. Ali is also passionate about restorative justice, environmental activism, and the intersections of mental health and nature.

ITE Programs and Internships: Youth for Blue Skies 2022

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YAC – Sebrana

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YAC – Hako

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YAC – Claire

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