Abundant mountain ranges, deserts and lakes provide a smorgasbord of Science Field Trips for Elementary Students in Arizona. Here is a sampling of four Arizona science centers.
The Biosphere 2 Center
32540 S. Biosphere Road
Oracle, AZ 85623
$10 per student with a minimum of 20 students
The Biosphere2 privately built upon a 40-acre campus in the 1980’s, originally famous for being a human experiment where scientists replicated the Earth’s biosphere with ocean, wetlands, rainforest, grassland and desert. A team of eight members lived sealed within the 7,200,000 cubic feet of glass construction.
Now as part of its mission to serve as an outreach learning center, the Biosphere2 offers K-12 Passport to Learning program which included three hours of classroom activities prior to the trip (pre and post field trip lessons are provided in the teacher packet).
This once in a lifetime tour will escort you through the Biomes and technosphere. A student’s zest for discovery will be ignited as they explore our planet’s future through this miniature Earth.
Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
41402 N. 87th Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85383
Reservations require a minimum of 25 students
Supervisor Rich Glinski,RichGlinski@mail.maricopa.gov or email@example.com
www.maricopa.gov/parks or www.desertoutdoorcenter.org
An Arizona field trip destination focuses on outdoor interactive education offering half-day, full-day and overnight experiences for K-12 students. The dormitories can accommodate up to 150 people. Taught outside on the nature trails, gardens and amphitheater as well as in the classroom or science lab by Maricopa County Rangers the wide range of programs comply with Arizona academic standards.
Available programs: Ancient Ones, Aquatic Life, Archaeology, Arizona Rocks, Bats, Bugs, Cacti, Castaway Kids, Desert Survival, Earth Energy, Ecosystems, Edibles, Feathered Friends, Impact Monster, Venomous Creatures, Reptiles & Amphibians, Map Relay, Mammals, Mind Boggle, Plants, Painted Desert, Native American Games, Weather & Climate and tracking.
The Grand Canyon
A field trip to the Grand CanyonNational Park will provide numerous activities for science students. All programs are free of charge and abide by Arizona curriculum standards. The website details length, grade appropriateness and details of each program designed for grades 3-6: Dynamic Earth, Grand Canyon Rocks, Stories in Stone, Life on the Edge, Rails and Tales and Time Travels Connecting to Our Past.
Transportation, lodging/camping, meals and park entrance fees are the responsibility of the participants. A limited number of travel grants are available. Please call for details and applicable forms.
Southwest Wildlife Rehabilitation and Educational Foundation
8711 E. Pinnacle Peak Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 471-9109 Southwest Wildlife Educational Dept. (480) 471-3621
Field trips are limited to 30 students
Student Admission – $5.00 Call for Ramada Fees
www.southwestwildlife.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Southwest Wildlife Rehabilitation and Educational Foundation educates youth on the importance of wildlife and the Southwestern environment. This non-profit organization specializes in the rescue and rehabilitation of Arizona wildlife and allows students up close experiences. Your tour of the nature center could provide a glimpse of mountain lions, gray wolves, raccoons, porcupines, javelinas, bobcats, bears, deer and kit foxes.
Educational programs for elementary school science students include: Creepy Critters of the Desert, Wildlife in your back yard, Amazing Desert Dwellers, Predator or Prey?, Saving Arizona’s Wildlife and Return of the Mexican Gray Wolf to Arizona. Teacher resource packet included.