Sonoran Desert Sojourn
Dates: March 13-24, 2018
After participating in guided reading and online activities that provide background knowledge of the natural and human history of the Sonoran Desert region, students will travel to southern Arizona for an 11-day field experience. There we will establish a base camp at Catalina State Park. From the moment we arrive, students will have daily opportunities for learning and practicing a variety of leadership, teamwork and outdoor skills.
We will spend two days at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to take part in hands-on workshops and demonstrations. Students will also be visiting significant historical and archaeological sites and will work with regional historians and naturalists.
After leaving Catalina State Park, we will head to the San Pedro River Valley, one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. There we will stay five days at the Cascabel Conservation Association Education Center (group camping facilities).
Field studies will include hands-on workshops with local experts and naturalists, observation, data collection and analysis, plant and animal identification and adaptation, local geology, climate, desert survival and current southwest conservation issues.
The Sonoran Desert Sojourn will culminate in a two-day group backpacking trip in Hot Springs Canyon and an optional one night solo camping experience.
High School Credit Available: Students will receive one semester credit (0.5 credit, General Elective) for participation in the course.
Program Fee: $1,300 for the 11-day field experience. Includes meals, lodging, transportation, workshops, field trips, and all other events. Round trip transportation to and from Tucson, AZ is NOT included.
Financial Aid: By attending the after school program at Su-Valley High students are eligible for some or complete exemption from the program fee. If students are unable to attend the after school program at Su-Valley High but are still interested in the course please contact us for more information.
Enrollment is open to students in grades 9-12. Prior hiking, camping and backpacking experience is not required to enroll, but students are encouraged to be physically fit and curious about the natural world!