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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

MARY GRODMAN

Program Director,

Adventure Guide

Mary Grodman

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


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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Outdoor Adventures

19/20 School Year!!

 

 

 

Fishing Mt. Lemmon with Elementary Kids!

Low physical exertion. Suitable for Beginners. No flat soled shoes permitted.

e spend the day with us exploring Rose Canyon Lake on Mt. Lemmon! We will discuss native fish as we learn how to bait and cast. Then, test our patience trying to catch a few! This is a spectacular riparian area too, with over 200 species of birds!

October is a great time to GET OUTSIDE WITH COMMUNITY SCHOOLS OUTDOORS!!


NOTE: We will pick up your student up at their elementary school and return them to Catalina Foothills High School at 5:30PM.

Guides: Mary Grodman & Foster Bunce

Grades: 3rd - 5th

Monday, October 14, 2019

11:30am - 5:30pm

 

 

Fee: $65

 

Fishing Mt. Lemmon with Middle Schoolers

 

Low physical exertion. Suitable for Beginners. No flat soled shoes permitted.

e spend the day with us exploring Rose Canyon Lake on Mt. Lemmon! We will discuss native fish as we learn how to bait and cast. Then, test our patience trying to catch a few! This is a spectacular riparian area too, with over 200 species of birds!

October is a great time to GET OUTSIDE WITH COMMUNITY SCHOOLS OUTDOORS!!


NOTE: We will pick up your student up at their middle school and return them to Catalina Foothills High School at 5:00PM.

Guides: Mary Grodman

Grades: 6th - 8th

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

11am - 5pm

 

Fee: $65

 

Sabino Canyon Hike

double hiker icon3-4 miles, 500ft+ 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.

Ready for an adventure in the desert? On arrival we will make our own crazy concoction of trail mix to energize us for an afternoon exploration of this unique ecosystem of the Sonoran Desert. Sabino Canyon is great example of a riparian area, so let’s see how many different birds we can identify! Learn, hike, explore and become an adventure detective with us! If you have binoculars, bring them, along with a 2 liter water bottle, sunscreen and hat! Wear shoes with good tread for our hike.

NOTE: We will pick up your student and at their middle school and return them to Catalina Foothills High School at 4:00PM.

Guides: Mary Grodman

Grades: 6th - 8th

Wednesday

Oct. 16, 2019

11am - 4pm

Fee: $65

 

 

October Break Trip:

A Wonderland of Rocks!

double hiker icon3-6 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.

Meet CS Outdoors Thursday, October 17 at CFHS to get ready for some hiking and camping fun! A "Wonderland of Rocks" is waiting for you to explore at Chiricahua National Monument! Come discover large expanses of volcanic rocks eroded into dramatic pinnacles and spires, an interesting variety of vegetation and some unusual wildlife species! We will work up an appetite on our Thursday hike and then head back to camp to play games, cook dinner, gaze at stars and get ready for a well-needed night's sleep in the campground. Wake up on Friday for breakfast and then we have more exploring to do before we head back to town! Camper must wear sturdy shoes with good tread meant for outdoor use. A detailed overnight supply list will be provided prior to departure. This October Break is gonna rock!

NOTE: Depart Catalina Foothills High School on Thursday at 9:00am and return Friday at 4:00pm.

Guides: Mary Grodman

Grades: 6th - 8th

Thursday & Friday

October 17 & 18, 2019

Fee: $135

 

 

 

 

 

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: Mary Grodman 

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