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2101 E. River Road | Tucson, AZ 85718
Phone: 520-209-7551 | Fax: 520-209-7575
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
CARE: 520-209-7549

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Outdoor Adventure Program



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We offer a wide variety of outdoor adventure programming for students of all ages. Our trips vary, depending on the time of year, from day trips, overnight excursions or weeklong out of town adventures. We provide challenges that expand horizons and enhance the lives of youth through wilderness education and outdoor exploration. Our nature-based education can be geared towards meeting a wide variety of national or state academic standards.

The Outdoor Adventure Program promotes and instills a healthy self-awareness and self-confidence, pushing one’s limits and learning respect for others and the environment. Our Outdoor Adventure program is here for anyone who has ever wanted to venture outside and experience all that the outdoors has to offer!


Jr. Guide in Training for all students finishing grades 9 - 12. Send 2 letters of recommendation to Mary Grodman, 4300 E. Sunrise Dr. by April 28, 2017. Learn skills you need to be the next generation of leaders, teachers and conservationists. Work side-by-side with our Outdoor Guides to provide an exceptional adventure trip with unique outdoor education opportunities to program participants.

Mt. Lemmon Bound Grades 4-8 June 5 - 9 Learn outdoor survival skills, knot tying, orienteering, map reading and observe wildlife all while keeping a journal of your discoveries. Fee: $300

Mt. Lemmon Bound Advanced Must have hiking and camping experience. Grades 6 - 10 June 19 - June 23 Fee $325 Expect challenging hikes and reading maps to lead the group as well as planning the overnight.

Grades: 5 - 9 June 26 - 30 Fee $525 Exploration Utah Journey to the heart of red rock country to discover hidden treasures. Hike your way through canyons, around domes and under bridges at Capital Reef national Park. We will then visit Escalante National monument to explore famous slot canyons and view some of the darkest skies in the country!

Grades 8 - 12 Join Mary Grodman from Community Schols Outdoors and Amy Orchard from Desert museum to learn about the importance of water from the leaders of the Dine Tribe and they will discuss their roles in water allocation and protection. Empower yourself to become leaders of a shared planet. Learn how to pack for a backcountry trip, cook meals in the wilderness, wilderness first aid and more! Exploring Canyon de Chelly July 10 - July 14 $525

Adventures in Sequoia Grades: 5-9 July 24 - July 29 Fee: $550 Explore the extraordinary high sierra ecosystem as we hike into glacial canyons, gaze up at sheer granite peaks, visit groves of giant trees and explore underground caves!

Community Schools Outdoors Staff

  • Everyone on our Outdoor Staff is fun, friendly, helpful, and sincerely interested in making sure that your student has a great time on their trip!
  • Feel safe sending your student with Guides who have certifications in Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, Basic Water Rescue, Backpacking & Canyoneering and Food Sanitation.
  • Our staff is well versed about the geology, ecology and history of the areas in which we operate, and we enjoy answering questions and sharing our knowledge with your student. We pride ourselves in having good equipment and taking care of it. We also work continuously to implement new and innovative ideas that make our trips even better and more comfortable for everyone.
  • We keep our trip enrollment numbers small so we can put a personal touch on every adventure trip. We strive to make sure everyone receives individual attention!
  • Camp food will be abundant and delicious, nutritious meals are served throughout our 5-day trips and always with some help from the students. We provide a pack list & itinerary for each trip, so you and your student know what to expect.

  • Our motto is Fun, Adventure & Education; Community Schools Outdoors can meet all your child’s outdoor adventure needs!

    Check back often to see our current offerings! Email us with any questions.

    Program Director & Guide: Mary Grodman

    Community Schools Outdoor Guide: Polly Tanner


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