2101 E. River Road | Tucson, AZ 85718
Phone: 520-209-7551 | Fax: 520-209-7575
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
KNOW YOUR GUIDES
Mary Grodman, Program Director and Adventure Guide, 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 the International Wilderness Leadership School (IWLS). 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, spends the school year at Manzanita Elementary School's Library where she has been encouraging & inspiring 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!
Blake Hinson, Assistant Adventure Guide, is the newest member of our team! He is a teacher at Catalina Foothills High School and loves hiking, camping, and recreating! He recently moved to Tucson from Colorado where he worked for Rocky Mountain National Park for 8 years. He has an undergraduate degree in Science from Colorado State University and a Master’s Degree in Education from University of Northern Colorado. During his free time, he loves to run, bike, and swim. He is excited to share his new knowledge about the Sonoran desert and all the great outdoor opportunities it presents!
Amy Orchard, Adventure Guide, has been an environmental educator since 1992! She worked at Arches National Park as an Interpretive Ranger, at numerous river companies, and as an Educational Specialist at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum since 2000. She loves yoga and working with her Jr. Docents at the Museum. Amy is certified in CPR and a Wilderness First Responder.