Awarded Outstanding EE Program in 2021 by AAEE & Educator of the Yr in 2022 by AZGFD.
Phoenix ECO Guardians
ECO Guardians is our NEW adult, age 17 and older, naturalist program. Classes will be held on Saturdays at various locations in the Phoenix Metro Area. Each class will focus on a different topic pertaining to the natural history of AZ, or an important skill that naturalists should possess. No experience is required to take these classes.
This program will be held once a month September-April. Classes will be about 3.5-4 hrs long and run from 9 am-1 pm. There are 10 spots for each class in the program.
The 2 program costs are $220 for the full 8 weeks or $35 per class. You receive a $60 discount if you register for the full program. You will also receive a naturalist kit if you register for the full program. Below you will find the dates and topics for the 2022-2023 classes. The registration form contain more details about each class.
There are 2 enrollment options, full program or a la carte. On page 2 of the registration forms you will be able to select if you'd like to commit to the full 8 week program, totaling 32 hours of instruction time.
If you are registering ala carte you will need to fill out a registration form for each class you are wanting to attend. You can find links to the class regulation forms linked below. If you are registering for the full program you can select that option on the registration form and you only need to complete one registration form.
If you want to do the 8 week program option and missed a class(es), you may still enroll for the full program and attend the missed classes the following Fall.
#1 September 24th 9am-1pm Papago Park - Desert Survival Skills
#2 October 15th 9 am-1pm - Veterans Oasis - Nature Journaling
#3 November 12th 9am-1pm - South Mountain - Fauna, Tracks, Symbiotic Relationships, Biomimicry
#4 December 10th 9am-1pm - Gilbert Riparian Preserve - Birding 101
#5 January 21st 9am-1pm - South Mountain - Geology, Map Reading and Topography
#6 February 25th 9am-1pm Papago Park - Water in Arizona and Water Quality Monitoring
#7 March 18th 9am-1pm Park of the Canals Mesa - Cultural History
#8 April 22nd 9am-1pm South Mountain - Desert Plants Edible and Medicinal
Tucson Desert Survival Skills Class
October 1st 9am-1pm Marana Heritage River Park - Desert Survival Skills