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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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Outdoor Adventures programs have limited spaces available.

To ensure you get a spot, be sure to register early.

 

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KNOW YOUR GUIDES

JESSICA HARRIS

Program Director,

Adventure Guide

 

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POLLY TANNER

Adventure Guide


Polly Tanner

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

Adventure Guide


Blake Hinson

Blake Hinson, 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!

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Our scale begins with 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 call us (520-209-7551) 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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A D V E N T U R E S

Outdoor Adventures

19/20 School Year!!

 

SPRING BREAK

OUTDOORS

 

PICACHO PEAK HIKE (GRADE 4-8)

Spring is a great time to conquer the 1,500 ft peak of Picacho Peak State Park! Come enjoy the gorgeous views, take in the beauty of the seasonal wildflowers and learn about this area's unique geological significance. We will grill hot dogs and make s'mores over the fire after our hike!
Pack list provided after registration.

NOTE:  Drop-off and Pick-up at CFHS: 9:00 – 4:30PM


GUIDE:  Jessica Harris & Polly Tanner

DATE:  Monday, March 23

FEE:  $70

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Hiker dudes representing difficulty level of 2

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.

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MADERA CANYON HIKE  (GRADE 4 - 8)

Did you know Madera means wood in Spanish? Come see this amazing wooded canyon that is one of the hottest spots for migrating birds in Southeastern Arizona, and the United States! We will identify as many trees and birds as we can on this day hike in the shade. We will grill hot dogs and make s'mores over the fire after our hike!
Pack list provided after registration

NOTE:  Drop-off and Pick-up at CFHS: 9:00 – 4:30PM

 

GUIDE:  Jessica Harris & Polly Tanner

DATE:  Tuesday, March 24

FEE:  $70

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Hiker dudes representing difficulty level of 3

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

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RINCON MOUNTAINS HIKE (GRADE 4-8)

Spring is a great time to explore the Rincon Mountains! We will be navigating our way through Wild Horse Canyon as we surround ourselves with the beauty of the seasonal wildflowers, native birds, and local water spots. Make sure you pack a lunch! We will find a scenic spot to stop to eat and take in the beauty that surrounds us.

Pack list provided after registration.

NOTE:  Drop-off and Pick-up at CFHS: 9:00 – 4:30PM


GUIDE:  Jessica Harris & Polly Tanner

DATE:  Monday, March 25

FEE:  $65

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Hiker dudes representing difficulty level of 2

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.

SUMMER

OUTDOORS TRIPS

 

MINI MT. LEMMON BOUND (GRADE 3 - 5)

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 enjoy a team building lesson and activity in the afternoon! Friday lunch will be a campfire cookout complete with Smores’! An itinerary and pack list will be emailed prior to the start of camp.

Pack list provided after registration.


GUIDE:  Jessica Harris & Polly Tanner

DATE:  Week 2 (June 1-5, 2020)

TIME:  9:00AM - 4:00PM

FEE:  $240

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Hiker dudes representing difficulty level of 1

1-3 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.

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SOUTHERN ARIZONA HOP-THRU-HISTORY

GEOCACHING ADVENTURE  (GRADE 4 - 8)

Bring the history of Southern Arizona alive with this adventure in Geocaching! Each day brings a new town with a new opportunity to relive wild west past and pick up some geocaching swag along the way! Brand new geo-cachers and old pros alike are welcome! We will start at the HS with a lesson in Geocaching before heading off to Sierra Vista, Tombstone, Bisbee and Madera Canyon! Fridays adventure will include a campfire lunch cookout complete with S’mores! An itinerary and pack list will be emailed prior to the start of camp.

Pack list provided after registration.


GUIDE:  Jessica Harris & Polly Tanner

DATE:  Week 3 (June 8 - 12, 2020)

TIME:  9:00AM - 4:00PM

FEE:  $315

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Hiker dudes representing difficulty level of 1

1-3 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.

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MT. LEMMON BOUND (GRADE 4 - 8)

Join us for a week of adventure as we escape the Tucson heat and head up to Mt. Lemmon. Hike a different trail each day ranging from 2-5 miles on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday with day trips up the mountain. Thursday will be our overnight adventure in the wilderness! Thursday morning we will set up camp at Showers Point campground and then go out for a long hike. Spend the night under the stars and then return to school on Friday with tales of our experience. During the week learn outdoor survival skills, knot tying, practice orienteering & map reading skills, observe wildlife and keep a detailed journal of your discoveries during the week.  An itinerary and pack list will be emailed prior to the start of camp.

Pack list provided after registration.

June 15-17th: 9:00 am Drop-off - 4:00pm Pick-up @ CFHS

June 18th: Depart @ 9:00am from CFHS

June 19th: Return @ 4:00pm

GUIDE:  Jessica Harris & Polly Tanner

DATE:  Week 4 (June 15 - 19, 2020)

TIME:  9:00AM - 4:00PM

FEE:  $315

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Hiker dudes representing difficulty level of 2

3-8 mile hikes daily, 1500-3000 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.

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SOUTHERN ARIZONA RIPARIAN WETLANDS EXPLORATION!  (GRADE 4 - 8)

Think you can’t find water in the desert in the summer? Think again! Join us for a week of adventure as we visit riparian areas like the De Anza and Sweetwater Wetlands, the Sonoita Creek Preserve and Ramsey Canyon, the hummingbird capital of the world! We will even try to visit the San Pedro, Gila and Salt Rivers. If the idea of scouting for birds, observing and discovering the bio-diversity of our native waterways, or just getting muddy sounds like your idea of fun, then this is your adventure! Be prepared for journaling, plant and animal identification, field and stream study, and bring your fishing poles or binoculars! An itinerary and pack list will be emailed prior to the start of camp.

Pack list provided after registration.

 

GUIDE:  Jessica Harris & Polly Tanner

DATE:  Week 5 (June 22 - 26, 2020)

TIME:  9:00AM - 4:00PM

FEE:  $315

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Hiker dudes representing difficulty level of 1

1-3 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.

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MT. LEMMON BOUND GEOCACHING (GRADE 3 - 5)

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. An itinerary and pack list will be emailed prior to the start of camp.

Pack list provided after registration.

 

GUIDE:  Jessica Harris & Polly Tanner

DATE:  Week 7 (July 6 - 10, 2020)

TIME:  9:00AM - 4:00PM

FEE:  $300

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Hiker dudes representing difficulty level of 2

3-8 mile hikes daily, 1500-3000 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.

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THE GRAND ADVENTURE - NORTH RIM (GRADE 4 - 8)

End your summer with a week-long “Grand Adventure” to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon!! Discover unique combinations of geologic color & erosional forms that decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size and we get to explore it from the north side this year! Plan for a hike under the rim of the canyon one day, followed by day hikes around the cool mountainy north rim, in search of an amazing array of wildlife, including bison, elk, mule deer, and ringtail cats, Arizona’s state mammal!!

All food & equipment will be provided. An itinerary and pack list will be emailed prior to the start of this week-long adventure trip.

Pack list provided after registration.

 

GUIDE:  Jessica Harris & Polly Tanner

DATE:  Week 9 (July 20 - 24, 2020)

DEPARTURE TIME:  7:00AM From CFHS

FEE:  $563

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Hiker dudes representing difficulty level of 2

3-8 mile hikes daily, 1500-3000 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.

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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 most current offerings! 

Program Director & Guide: Jessica Harris

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