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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
Director


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

Backpacking Aravaipa Waiver

Exploration Arizona Waiver

Mt. Lemmon Bound Waiver

Mt. Lemmon Geocaching Waiver

Four Corners Explorers Waiver

Adventures in the Grand Circle Waiver

Mt. Lemmon Advanced Waiver

Destination Utah Waiver


Community Schools Outdoors Junior Guide in Training

Do you enjoy hiking, camping and exploring? Want to share your love of the outdoors with others? Under the supervision and direction of Mary Grodman (Backpacking & Canyoneering Guide, Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace, Basic Water Rescue Certified), we want to invite you to participate in the Junior Guide in Training program! All students finishing 9-12th grade are welcome to apply. Click Here for information on how to apply.


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!---

SUMMER OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Backpacking Aravaipa
May 29 - June 1 ---Grades: 6-10 ---Fee: $391.50 before May 18, $435 after 5/18.
Instructors: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

4-10 miles, 1500-3000ft elevation change. High physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Hiking boots or shoes required. Must have prior camping & beginning backpacking experience .

Looking for a WILD backcountry experience with towering cliffs, flowing water and a rich diversity of flora and fauna? Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness remains as one of Arizona's truly unique areas. It beckons adventurers who yearn for solitude and scenic splendor. There are no designated trails, campsites, signs, or facilities within the wilderness boundaries. The land is rugged and campers should be in good condition to pass through dense riparian vegetation. All campers should wear sturdy footwear suitable for hiking in sand, gravel, and cobble with potential for numerous stream crossings in knee-deep water. We will spend the first day in the classroom at CFHS prepping for the trip, packing our backpacks, and learning the skills you need to survive! We will learn to read maps, how to be a good team member and a great leader, safety and emergency procedures and Leave No Trace Principles. Backpacks for use during overnights may be available upon request. A detailed trip itinerary and pack list will be emailed prior to departure.

Exploration Arizona
June 4 - June 8 ---Grades: 5-9 ---Fee: $490.50 before May 18, $545 after 5/18.
Instructors: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

3-8 miles, 1500-3000ft elevation change. Moderate physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Hiking boots required. No flat soled shoes permitted. Suitable for those with moderate outdoor experiences. Must have prior camping & beginning backpacking experience .

Let’s explore the White Mountains! Day hikes to beautiful springs, backpacking around big mountains and wild rivers, sitting by a fire in cool temperatures, we will enjoy it all! Don’t miss your chance to backpack around the state’s highest peak and learn about this unique area of the Navajo Nation! We will discuss how river modifications, mining and industry affects the ecology to give us a better appreciation for the outdoors! While you are with us learn some great backpacking tips, survival skills and backcountry recipes! Backpacks for use during overnights may be available upon request. A detailed trip itinerary and pack list will be emailed prior to departure.

Mt. Lemmon Bound
June 11 - June 15 ---Grades: 4-8 ---Fee: $283.50 before May 18, $315 after 5/18.
Instructors: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

3-8 miles, 1500-2000ft elevation change. Moderate physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Supportive soled shoes required. No flat soled shoes permitted. Suitable for those with moderate outdoor experiences.

Join us for a week of adventure as we escape the Tucson heat & head up to Mt. Lemmon. Hike different trails each day ranging from 2-6 miles on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday with day trips up the mountain. Thursday will be our overnight campout. Learn outdoor survival skills, knot tying, orienteering & map reading skills, observe wildlife & keep a detailed journal of your discoveries. No flat-soled shoes permitted. Students should have some experience hiking prior to this camp. Please bring a sack lunch, snacks & a sturdy hiking backpack with the ability to carry at least 2 liters of water each day. A detailed overnight supply list will be provided the first day of camp.

Mt. Lemmon Bound Geocaching
June 18 - June 22 ---Grades: 4-8 ---Fee: $270 before May 18, $300 after 5/18.
Instructors: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

3-8 miles, 1500-2000ft elevation change. Moderate physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Supportive soled shoes required. No flat soled shoes permitted. Suitable for those with moderate outdoor experiences.

It’s all about day hikes with a treasure hunting twist! Mt. Lemmon is not just a great place for day hikes, it’s a Geocache dream! Who knew some of the most popular hikes have geocaches hidden along the way? Learn to program, read and navigate with a handheld GPS device so these secret treasures can be yours! We will also learn and practice “Leave No Trace” by Caching-In and Trashing-Out, making sure to leave our mountain cleaner than we found it. A supply list will be provided prior to camp. Students should have some experience hiking prior to this camp.

Four Corner Explorers
June 25 - June 29 ---Grades: 5-9---Fee: $490.50 before May 18, $545 after 5/18.
Instructors: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

4-8 miles, 1500-2000ft elevation change. Moderate physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Hiking boots or shoes required. Suitable for those with moderate outdoor experiences. Must have prior camping experience! Must have prior camping experience .

Ready for an amazing adventure? Our journey takes us into the Colorado Plateau with a stop to see the Four Corners Monument on our way to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve! This park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America - up to 750 feet tall! Experience this unique area of the country as we hike in diverse landscapes of grasslands, wetlands, and alpine forests. Splash in Medano Creek, one of the few places in the world where one can experience surge flow, a stream flowing in rhythmic waves on sand! We will also experience spectacular night skies and nocturnal wildlife during our visit! All food & equipment will be provided. A detailed trip list will be provided before departure.

Adventures in the Grand Circle
July 9 - July 13 ---Grades: 6-10---Fee: $490.50 before May 18, $545 after 5/18.
Instructors: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

4-10 miles, 1500-3000ft elevation change. High physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Hiking boots or shoes required. Suitable for those with moderate to advanced outdoor experiences. Must have prior camping experience!

Travel with us out of the Sonoran Desert to the dramatic landscape of Lake Powell. Soak in stunning red rock towers & hoodoos that stretch high above the crystal blue waters of the lake while you camp on the smooth sandstone enjoying billons of stars that emerge in the southern Utah night sky. And there is more… On our adventures, we will explore Buckskin Gulch, Waterhole Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and learn all about dams at Glen Canyon. We may get in some fishing too! Learn leadership & team building skills, camping & hiking skills & practice Leave No Trace techniques! All food & equipment will be provided. A detailed trip list will be provided before departure.

Mt. Lemmon Bound Advanced
July 16 - July 20 ---Grades: 6-10---Fee: $306 before May 18, $340 after 5/18.
Instructors: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

6-12 miles, 2000ft+ elevation change. Challenging terrain and physically demanding activity for extended periods of time. Moderate to High physical exertion. Suitable for those with moderate to advanced outdoor experiences. Designed for those looking to push their limits. Prerequisite: Must have attended a Mt. Lemmon Bound Program in a previous summer.

This week is designed for the camper who has participated in Mt. Lemmon Bound for years & is ready to build on their outdoor adventure skills & knowledge of Coronado National Forest!! Expect more challenging, longer hikes, with campers reading maps, leading the group, planning the overnights including a potential backpacking trip! Come increase your connection to the natural world as you enjoy the exercise & work on your leadership & outdoor skills this week. Campers will finish this adventure with a greater knowledge of themselves, the world & the environment around them. Please bring a sack lunch, snacks & a sturdy hiking backpack with the ability to carry at least 2 liters of water each day. A supply list for the overnights will be provided before the start of camp.

Destination Utah
July 23 - July 27 ---Grades: 5-9---Fee: $490.50 before May 18, $545 after 5/18.
Instructors: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

4-10 miles, 1500-3000ft elevation change. High physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Hiking boots or shoes required. Suitable for those with moderate to advanced outdoor experiences. Must have prior camping experience!

Discover two of America's most special parks! Crowning the Grand Staircase, Cedar Breaks sits at over 10,000 feet and looks down into a half-mile deep geologic amphitheater. Come wander among timeless bristlecone pines, stand in lush meadows of wildflowers and ponder crystal-clear night skies. Then we are off to explore Zion, Utah’s first National Park! Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Hike in the Virgin River and into a narrow slot canyon in Zion and discover a unique array of plants and animals that will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of our adventures. All food & equipment will be provided. A detailed trip list will be provided before departure.

Arizona Adventures
July 30 - August 3 ---Grades: 8-12---Fee: $490.50 before May 18, $545 after 5/18.
Instructors: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

3-8 miles, 1500-3000ft elevation change. Moderate physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Hiking boots or shoes required. No flat soled shoes permitted. Suitable for those with moderate outdoor experiences. Must have prior camping experience.

Join us as we empower ourselves to become leaders for a shared planet. Learn how water usage impacts the flora, fauna & ecology of our region as we journey to the Northeast corner of our great state of Arizona! Visit Fool Hollow, Petrified Forest, Homolovi and Canyon de Chelley! Investigate archaeological sites to unravel the history and water usage of the Hopi and Navajo tribes. Wander through lands that have been eroded and sculpted into intriguing landforms in the Petrified Forest. Hike into Canyon de Chelley to the famous White House Ruins as we explore this magical and historic area of the canyon. All food and equipment provided. A detailed trip equipment list will be provided prior to departure.

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 mgrodman@cfsd16.org

    Community Schools Outdoor Guide: Polly Tanner ptanner@cfsd16.org


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