Homeschool Happenings is a twice monthly program series from July - September 2019. The Desert Outdoor Center is a fun, hands-on, inquiry based learning center that can enhance your family’s education by encouraging a curiosity about nature, working with scientific concepts, and inspiring an appreciation for the Sonoran desert. Each day offers three 50 minute environmental education programs with two dates to choose from each month taught by professional interpretive park rangers.
Limited space is available and pre-registration is required. To sign up, call us at 602-372-7470, or leave a message at 602-372-7470 Extension 206. All programs will meet at the Desert Outdoor Center, require pre-registration, and a gate code for entry. Cost is $10 per person (children and adults). Check in begins at 9:00am and programs start at 9:20am.
Please note to bring a lunch, snacks, and water bottles. No food is available on site. All visitors must exit the park after programs, the park closes at 12:50pm.
*Groups larger than 15 people may call to inquire about additional dates and program options. Additional fees may apply.
Tuesday September 24th, 2019
9:00 Arrival and Check In
9:20 Park Rules with Ranger
Students will learn how mammals use their physical characteristics for survival, and how they differ from other creatures. Students will examine mammal pelts, skulls, and tracks. Activities will be incorporated to assist students in remembering Arizona mammals.
10:20 Ten minute break
Come explore the most astonishing animals on earth, insects! Students will see how insects differ from other animals. Students will learn terminology such as endoskeleton and exoskeleton. After a classroom presentation, students will explore natural areas to locate and identify these creatures
11:20 Thirty minute LUNCH
11:50 Nature Notes
Throughout the ages right into today’s creative endeavors, journals have been the working place of the world’s greatest thinkers, inventors, and artists. Students will create their own journals, and will be given the opportunity to write while observing nature.
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