Sonoran Desert Sojourn &
Su-Valley Outdoor Adventure Program
Dates: March 13-24, 2018
Sonoran Desert Sojourn participants will travel to southern Arizona for an 11-day field experience, the culminating activity of the Su-Valley Outdoor Adventure Program (SOAP). SOAP is an optional afterschool program series focused on developing outdoor recreation skills, ecosystem comparisons, and teambuilding activities in preparation for the sojourn.
On the sojourn, the group will establish a base camp at Catalina State Park. From the moment of arrival, participants will have daily opportunities for practicing a variety of leadership, teamwork, and outdoor skills. Two days will be spent engaged in hands-on workshops and demonstrations at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, hiking to significant historical and archaeological sites, and meeting historians and naturalists. After leaving Catalina State Park, the group will spend five days camping in the San Pedro River Valley at the Cascabel Conservation Association Education Center, one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. The program will culminate in a two-day group backpacking trip in Hot Springs Canyon and an optional one night solo camping experience. Field studies throughout 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.
High School Credit Available: Students may receive one semester credit (0.5 credit, General Elective) for participation in the course.
Program Fee: $1,300 for the 11-day field experience. Program fees include meals, lodging, transportation within Arizona and all event fees. Round trip transportation to and from Tucson, AZ is NOT included.
Financial Aid: Participants who also attend the preparatory afterschool program, Su-Valley Outdoor Adventure Program (SOAP), will be eligible for partial or complete exemption from the program fee. Participants do not need to attend Su-Valley High School in order to attend SOAP. If participants are interested in more information about SOAP or other financial aid, 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!