Our NEW "Teen Naturalist" program will be for children in 9th-12th grade who are interested in pursing environmental related careers or may wish to become Master Naturalists one day and volunteer with local organizations. This program will be more volunteer and citizen science based.
Our Teen Naturalist Program will be geared towards children who are in 9th-12th Grade (approximate ages 14-17 yrs old). This program is drop off and teens who drive may bring themselves to class.
There are only 7 openings for this program (currently 3 are filled)!
Full year payment option: $216 for the year / Sibling discount $196 ($20 discount)
*A $36 discount and t-shirt are included if you choose to pay for the year.
½ semester payment option: $112 Fall, $140 Spring / Sibling discount $103 Fall, $129 Spring
*T-shirt is an extra fee.
In the Fall and Spring we will be meeting at various locations including: Papago Park, Rio Salado (Audubon), South Mountain Park, Tonto National Forest, Gilbert Riparian Preserve. All of these locations offer everything we need to meet our program goals.
*ECO has no affiliation with these parks and the City of Phoenix, City of Mesa, US Forest Service and City of Gilbert assume no liability.
We will meet every other Friday from 4 pm - 6 pm for 18 weeks. You can view the calendar here.
Each class will be a bit different since our citizen science and stewardship projects will vary. Many of the topics will compliment each other.
Teens will also be encouraged to attend fieldtrips. These will be about every other month and should be free or very inexpensive. Fieldtrip locations will mostly be to college labs like the UofA Dendrochronology Lab, ASU Lichen Herbarium, ASU Biomimicry Center.
In addition they will also be encouraged to attend online webinars and/or in person lectures with the teacher. We will have follow up discussions afterwards. Some of the organizations include Phoenix Zoo Conservation Speakers, Phoenix Audubon, Desert Botanical Gardens, North American Invasive Species Management Association, etc.
The current topics have been based off the interests of the 3 currently enrolled teens. We will survey newly enrolled teens and make adjustments as needed. You can view the class syllabus here.
2020-2021 class topics:
Mrs. Kathy will be the ECO Steward for this program. You can learn more about here.
Registration is now open, please complete this form (or click register now) and send your payment. We currently have 5 spots remaining as of May 25th. Once spots are full we will take down the registration form.
We will be offering drop in classes throughout the year if you don't make it into the yearly program.