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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

Travis Kolter

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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 week-long 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 Aravaipa

6-8 miles, 500ft+ 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!

Beginner & experienced backpackers can learn new skills or brush up on the basics with our guides and an Educational Specialist from the Desert Museum!
Discover a rich diversity of flora and fauna as we explore this WILD area of Arizona!

Grades 9th - 12th

February 21 - 23, 2019
Depart Catalina Foothills High School at 8am, Return Saturday afternoon
Guide: Mary Grodman & Amy Orchard

Fee: $110


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.

Grades 6th - 8th

Thursday, March 14, 2019
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Guide: Mary Grodman
Fee: $65

Patagonia Fun & Fishing

Come spend the day with us exploring Patagonia Lake State Park in SE Arizona! We will discuss native fish as we learn how to bait and cast. And then test our patience trying to catch a few! This is a spectacular riparian area too! Over 106 species of birds, 49 species of damsel and dragonflies and 130 butterfly species. March is a great time to Get Outside with Community Schools Outdoors!

*Pick up at your elementary school and drop off at Catalina Foothills High School!

Grades 3rd - 5th

Friday, March 15, 2019
11:30 am - 6:30 pm
Guide: Mary Grodman & Foster Bunce
Fee: $65

Adventures in Verde Valley

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

Join us this spring break as we head to the beautiful Verde Valley in Cottonwood, Arizona! Camping at Dead Horse Ranch State Park, bird watching near the Verde River, hikes with views into the Red Rocks of Sedona and a visit to an ancient pueblo in Tuzigoot National Monument! This trip is packed with fun, adventure and education! Enjoy 3 days filled with many opportunities to learn new skills, work as a team and make new friends! A detailed trip itinerary & equipment list will be provided prior to departure. Be sure to register early!Trip size limited to 10 students!

Grades 4th - 8th

March 25 - 27, 2019
Depart Catalina Foothills High School Monday at 9am, return Wednesday at 5:00pm
Guide: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner
Fee: $195

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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