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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
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Outdoor Adventure Program


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Waivers for Outdoor Adventures:
Health information Waiver Required for all Outdoor Programs

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!---


Backpacking 101

Grades 6-8

4-6 miles, 1000ft+ elevation change. Challenging terrain and physically demanding activity for extended periods of time. Moderate to High physical exertion. Suitable for those with moderate outdoor experiences. Designed for those looking to push their limits.

Interested in learning how to backpack? Want to learn more about Leave No Trace, Geocaching & Wilderness Survival Skills? Join us for this 3 week program and a culminating overnight trip into the back country! Backpacks for use during overnight may be available upon request.
Thursdays, September 13 & 20 at Esperero Canyon ---2:45pm - 4:15pm


Friday, September 14 & 21 at Orange Grove 2:45pm-4:15pm

September 28 and 29 - Our overnight on Mt. Lemmon!

Leave school at 2:45pm, Return to CFHS at 12:00pm on Saturday.

Guide: Mary Grodman ----Fee: $110


Grades 6-8

Less than 3 miles and 500ft elevation change. Low to moderate physical exertion. Suitable for Beginners. No flat soled shoes permitted.

Caving is like hiking on all fours! Spend the day exploring the underground wonders of Peppersauce Cave. See cool cave formations, an underground lake, and shimmy your way through the rabbit hole! Learn why it is important to protect these natural wonders. Please wear very old clothes (you will get extremely muddy), bring a flashlight, change of clothes, garbage bag, sack lunch and water. Helmets and headlamps will be provided.
Wednesday, October 10 ---11am-6:00pm ---

Guide: Mary Grodman ---Fee: $65

Adventures in Patagonia

View of Lake Patagonia from a bench seat.

Grades 6-8

3-6 miles, 1000ft elevation change. Moderate physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Supportive soled shoes required. No flat soled shoes permitted. Suitable for those with beginning to moderate outdoor experiences.

Meet CS Outdoors Thursday, October 11, 9:00am at CFHS and get ready for some hiking, fishing, creek exploration and camping fun! Prepare to get your feet wet when we spend our first day hiking in the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area! Enjoy a spectacular riparian area and discover over 106 species of birds, 49 species of damsel and dragonflies and over 130 butterfly species!! Work up an appetite as we head back to camp to play games, cook dinner, do some stargazing and get ready for a well-needed night's sleep in the campground. Wake up on Friday for some breakfast and then some time fishing in Patagonia Lake. Students must wear sturdy shoes with good tread meant for outdoor use that can get wet! A detailed overnight itinerary & supply list will be provided prior to departure.
October 11-12
Depart Catalina Foothills High School at 9am Thursday and return Friday at 4pm
Guide: Mary Grodman--- Fee: $135

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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