2022-2023 Program Overview:
Registration is now open for all of our programs! Registration will be first come, first served and spots are limited. To better serve our students we will be offering 10 programs next year.
Our programs will meet every other week starting in August and ending in May. The ECO Trailblazer, Discoverer, Adventurer, Explorer & Navigator programs will meet from 10 am - 2 pm. The ECO Pathfinder program will meet from 10 am - 12:30 pm. Our Teen Naturalist program will meet every other Friday from 3:30 pm - 6 pm. Our Teen Naturalists will also be encouraged to attend optional fieldtrips at local venues. You can view the calendar here.
The ECO Trailblazer, Discoverer, Adventurer, Explorer, Navigator and Teen Naturalist programs are optional drop off. The ECO Pathfinder program will require a parent/caregiver to stay with their child(ren).
We will be offering programs in 3 locations:
-Maricopa County East Valley - Desert Mountain Park Queen Creek
-Maricopa County West Valley - Thunderbird Conservation Park Glendale
-Pima County - Marana Heritage Park/Gladden Farms Community Park
The cost for our ECO Trailblazer, Discoverer, Adventurer, Explorer, and Navigator programs will be the same. Our ECO Pathfinder program will have lower fees since the class is shorter, more play based learning and parents remain at class with their child(ren). Our Teen Naturalist program will also have lower fees since it will be more project based with a focus on stewardship and citizen science. However there may be small additional fees throughout the year to cover speaker and fieldtrip costs for the Teen Naturalist program. Sibling discounts and returning student discounts are available.
We do offer a material only fee for tag along siblings: $50 Fall, $50 Spring. Please note that our Pima County programs and one of our Monday programs will run concurrently. We hope this helps families who have children spanning different ages/grades. For days where we cannot run concurrent programs we have had to come up with an alternative plan for those that may have children that span multiple ages/grades. We recommend registering for the program that fits most of your children(s) ages/grades. If there is an older sibling(s) in the family we will have some alternative activities planned for them to make sure they are staying engaged, and based on how many older siblings there are we may have 2 different learning activities and split the group between the 2 Stewards for those. You will need to pay the full class tuition for the older sibling(s). If there is a younger sibling(s) in the family they are welcome to tag along at no cost and they can participate in the learning activities when they are able to. We will have some items on hand that will help occupy them (like our loose parts). If you would like the younger sibling(s) to receive all handouts, participate in craft/art projects, etc. we will ask that you pay a supply fee to help us cover these costs. Our ages/grades for each program are recommendations and we trust that you know what content level your child(ren) can handle. So we are ultimately leaving the program selection up to the parents to decide. If you are unsure about which program would be best for your child(ren) please reach out to us via text, phone or email.
For further details about each program including cost, class schedule, outlines, enrollment information and more please visit the following landing pages:
Summer camps coming soon...
In addition to our yearly program's we will also be offering family drop in class options (including evening and weekend options), private program options and a nature journal club. You can find more information on these programs on the following program landing pages.
If you would like to help us ensure that no child is left inside please consider making a donation to our scholarship fund, which will help cover program costs for families that need financial assistance.