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KNOW YOUR GUIDES


MARY GRODMAN

Mary Grodman - Program DirectorPROGRAM DIRECTOR

ADVENTURE GUIDE

Mary has a degree in Environmental Science & Criminal Justice from Richard Stockton University in New Jersey. She has been an outdoor educator for Community Schools since 2003. Mary is currently certified as a Backpacking & Canyoneering Guide through IWLS (International Wilderness Leadership School). She holds Single Pitch Rock Climbing Instructor, Wilderness First Aid and Basic Water Rescue certificates. Mary is also trained in CPR, Food Handling and Leave No Trace Guidelines.

POLLY TANNER

ADVENTURE GUIDE

Polly Tanner - Adventure Guide

Polly spends the school year encouraging young readers at Manzanita Elementary School’s Library where she has been tirelessly encouraging book-readers for 23 years! When she does manage to get some time outside, she spends it trail running around Tucson, finding new hiking adventures, and camping along streams and wild woody mountains around Arizona. Polly is certified in First Aid, CPR & Leave No Trace Guidelines and has worked on perfecting every detail of our trip itineraries and camper journals since 2013!








backpacking man standing in creek




Image of cave opening at Peppersauce Cave in Oracle Arizona






Image of Tuzigoot National Monument at Verde Valley in Cottonwood Arizona.




Marshall Gulch, Arizona





Gila River, Arizona

Mogollon Cliff dwellings





Mt. Lemmon, Arizona




Grand Canyon

Granite Dells


escalante national monument

Kodachrome state Park




geocaching




hovenweep national park

mesa verde cliff dwellings

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES


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!



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Levels of Difficulty Explained:

To allow you a better understanding of what may be encountered on your Adventure Trip, we have developed a grading system that quantifies the technical nature and physical output level of each trip. When you are registering for a trip, it helps to be aware of the physical difficulty level so you’re not caught unprepared!

Our scale starts at one hiker, , which means low to moderate exertion. Participants should be capable of moving or hiking for several hours at a stretch with short stops every hour. Participants should be in good health!

Our scale ends at four hikers, , to which only the highly experienced outdoor enthusiast should register. Good health and hiking or backpacking experience is required. These trips may contain 6-8 hours of walking per day and often involves carrying your own gear. Participants must be able to carry up to a 30 lb pack for up to 5 miles throughout the duration of the hike, while maintaining the pace of the group.

Please read each trip description carefully and email us (mgrodman@cfsd16.org) if you have questions before you register. We can help match your child with the correct trip for his/her level.

You do not need to be a professional athlete to take part in an adventure, but you do need to be an active person. A keen desire to learn, have fun, strong motivation, and a positive attitude are equally important to success!



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UPCOMING


ADVENTURES







Backpacking Aravaipa - CLOSED - FULL

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





Caving

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!

Guide: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

Grades 4th - 8th

March 25 - 27, 2019
Depart Catalina Foothills High School Monday at 9am, return Wednesday at 5:00pm

Fee: $195


SUMMER ADVENTURES


Mini-Mt. Lemmon Bound

2-3 mile hikes daily, 500-1500 ft in elevation change. Moderate physical exertion sustained for short periods of time. Supportive soled shoes required. No flat soled shoes permitted. Suitable for those with beginning outdoor experiences.

This week is for the beginner hiker and outdoor adventurer! Get to know Tucson’s fun summer escape with day hikes on Mt. Lemmon. Be introduced to Leave No Trace techniques, basic survival skills, map reading and plant & animal identification as you become more comfortable with the natural world! Hike different trails each morning and make fire-starters, paracord bracelets and build your own first aid kit each afternoon! Friday lunch will be a campfire cookout complete with Smores’! A pack list will be emailed prior to the start of camp

Guide: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

Grades 3rd - 5th

WEEK 1: May 28 - 31, 2019

9:00am - 4:00pm

Early Bird Fee: $216

Fee: $240


Gila River Exploration

5-10 miles, 1000-1500 ft in elevation change. High physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Hiking boots required. Students will be hiking on and off-trail over uneven terrain. Students may be carrying up to 30lbs of gear in their backpacks while maintaining the pace of the group. Suitable for those with moderate outdoor experiences. 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? Come to the Gila River Wilderness where we will enjoy views from the bottom of steep-sided canyons cut by shallow rivers, camp in forests of ponderosa pine, visit caves and hot springs in this truly unique area of New Mexico.Trails are relatively easy, following stream valleys bordered by cliffs and flat-topped mesas. This area beckons adventurers who yearn for solitude and scenic splendor! Along the trail we will see Native Mogollon cliff dwellings and ruins!

We will spend time during our trip prepping for the 2-night backpack portion; packing our backpacks and learning the skills you need to survive in the backcountry! 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.

Guide: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

Grades 6th - 10th

WEEK 2: June 3 - 7, 2019

Early Bird Fee: $283.50

Fee: $315


Mt. Lemmon Bound

3-6 mile hikes daily, 1500-2000 ft in 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. Students should have some experience hiking prior to this camp.

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 3-6 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.

Please bring a sack lunch, snacks & a sturdy hiking backpack with the ability to carry at least 2 liters of water each day. A pack list will be emailed prior to the start of camp.


Guides: Mary Grodman, Polly Tanner & Blake Hinson

Grades: 4th - 8th

WEEK 3: June 10 - 14, 2019

Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm (Monday - Wednesday)

Thursday - Arrive at 9:00am

Early Bird Fee: $283.50

Fee: $315


The Great Adventure

3-6 mile hikes daily, 1500-2000 ft in 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. Students should have some experience hiking prior to this camp.


Get ready for a great adventure to the amazing world wonder of the Grand Canyon! Discover unique combinations of geologic color & erosional forms that decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles long, 18 miles wide & a mile deep! When we hike under the rim, the Grand Canyon will overwhelm our senses through its immense size and beauty! Our adventure trip will make a stop in the small mountain town of Prescott as we camp lakeside near the Granite Dells, known for its unusual large boulder outcroppings of granite that have eroded into spectacular bumpy rock features!

Learn team building & leadership skills along with geology, biology & history this week! All food & equipment will be provided. A detailed trip itinerary and pack list will be emailed prior to departure.

Guide: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

Grades: 4th - 8th

WEEK 5: June 24 - 28, 2019

Early Bird Fee: $490.50

Fee: $545


Adventures in Escalante

3-6 mile hikes daily, 1500-2000 ft in 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. Students should have some experience hiking prior to this camp.


Journey with us to heart of red rock country! Visit Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah to explore world famous slot canyons; some slot canyons can measure less than 3 feet across! Hike to an amazing waterfall in Calf Creek State Park and make a stop where color and beauty prompted a National Geographic photography expedition in Kodachrome State Park - there are 67 monolithic stone spires and sandstone layers that reveal 180 million years of geologic time. This week is gonna rock!

Learn leadership, team building, camping & hiking skills while we practice Leave No Trace techniques! All food & equipment will be provided. A detailed trip itinerary and pack list will be emailed prior to departure.

Guide: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

Grades: 4th - 8th

WEEK 7: July 8 - 10, 2019

Early Bird Fee: $490.50

Fee: $545


Mt. Lemmon Bound - Geocaching

3-6 mile hikes daily, 1000-1500 ft in elevation change. Moderate physical exertion sustained for shorter periods of time. Supportive soled shoes required. No flat soled shoes permitted. Suitable for those with beginning to 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 Geocacher’s 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 emailed prior to the start of camp.

Guide: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

Grades: 3rd - 7th

WEEK 8: July 15 - 19, 2019

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Early Bird Fee: $270

Fee: $300


Exploration Colorado

3-8 miles, 1000-1500 ft in elevation change. Moderate physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Supportive soled shoes required. Suitable for those moderate outdoor experiences. Suitable for those with beginning to moderate outdoor experiences.

This week will explore the Trail of the Ancients, a National Scenic Byway, located in Colorado and Utah! Our route highlights the archaeological and cultural history of southwestern Native American peoples as it traverses the widely diverse geological landscape of the Four Corners region. From our camping home base in Cortez, CO we will hike into the Canyon of the Ancients, tour Chimney Rock National Monument and climb ladders to hidden cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park! To top it off, imagine gazing up at the night sky from ancestral pueblos in Hovenweep National Park like Native Americans would have done 800 years ago! End your summer discovering the diversity of Native Nations and the value of indigenous knowledge!All food & equipment will be provided. A detailed trip itinerary and pack list will be emailed prior to departure.

Guide: Mary Grodman & Polly Tanner

Grades: 5th - 9th

WEEK 9: July 22 - 26, 2019

Early Bird Fee: $490.50

Fee: $545


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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