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  • Environmental Education and Interpretive Programs

    Browse and register for our current season of nature walks, birding, and other in-person outdoor activities.

    Please Note: ActiveNet charges a convenience fee of $2.50 per transaction, plus 3 percent of the total cost of the transaction. This applies to online reservations for facilities and activities. Save money by purchasing an annual Tours and Outdoor Activities Membership pass for free or reduced-rate registration.

    Wearing a face mask is recommended while in County buildings and crowded outdoor spaces. Please continue social distancing - maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.

     Guided Evening Nature Walk    

    In-Person Nature Programs

    Learn a new skill. Explore a new park. Meet your wild neighbors and other nature-lovers in the community. Check out our full menu of birding, nature outings, and workshops for FebruaryMarch and April. You can also sign up to receive our in-person and online program lists delivered directly to your inbox.

    Nature Online Programs

    Nature Online Series

    Join us for free, interactive online presentations about the wildlife, wild places, and natural resources of Pima County. From beetles to buffelgrass, the full moon to the geology of the Tucson Mountains, check out the full schedule and register for upcoming programs.
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    Custom Nature Programs for Your Group

    Whether your group is looking for an indoor presentation or an outdoor adventure, our affordable group programs offer something for everyone. Browse our menu of options to find a presentation for your next gathering or a guided outing to take your group exploring. Don't see what you're looking for? We can tailor something to match your needs. 
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    Free School Programs

    Are you a teacher looking for a way to enhance your preK-12 students' learning? Our field study trips and classroom programs are fun, free-of-charge and linked to Arizona Academic Standards. Check out the full menu for the 2022-23 school year. Need more details? View the lesson plans for each program.
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    Living River of Words: Youth Arts and Science Program

    Local youth (ages 5 to 19) are invited to explore the wonders of water and express their creativity by entering the Living River of Words: Youth Poetry and Art ContestVisit our Virtual Resources page for inspiration and ideas for engaging your children or students in this multidisciplinary experience.

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    Nature-to-Go Kits

    Our themed Nature-to-Go activities are designed to encourage youth and families to get outside and explore the natural world around them. Each set of instructions (provided in English and Spanish) describes a Sonoran Desert S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) activity that can be done with simple materials.
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    Stay in Touch

    Learn about natural resources in Pima County and keep up to date on all our programs by signing up for our Environmental Education E-newsletter or visiting our Facebook page.

    Environmental Education TeamThe Environmental Education Program is just one facet of the community services and facilities managed by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR). The principle goal of the NRPR Environmental Education team is to provide meaningful experiences to promote Sonoran Desert conservation, elevate environmental and cultural resource literacy, and encourage use of the Natural Resource Parks system.

    A skilled team of educators and dedicated volunteers provide a wide range of educational and interpretive opportunities to reach the broadest possible audience. The programming elements are divided into areas of interest such as: Park Interpretive Programs, School Programs, Youth and Family Programs, Adult and Volunteer Programs, and Community Outreach.

    If you have questions about the NRPR Environmental Education program please feel free to contact any of the staff listed below.

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    Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation
    Environmental Education Team

    Email: eeducation@pima.gov
    Mailing Address: 3500 West River Road, Tucson, AZ 85741
    Phone: (520) 724-5375


    Julie Strom, Program Manager
    (520) 724-5375 ext. 2

    Christine Hoekenga, Program Coordinator
    (520) 724-5375 ext. 5

    Melissa Mundt, Program Coordinator
    (520) 724-5375 ext. 4

    Melissa Van Kleeck-Hann, Program Coordinator
    (520) 724-5375 ext. 6

    Jeffrey Babson, Program Specialist
    (520) 724-5375 ext. 1

    Alex Wolfe, Program Specialist
    (520) 724-5375 ext. 3

    Sandy Reith, Program Specialist
    (520) 724-5375 ext. 7

    Marsha Colbert, Program Specialist
    (520) 724-5375 ext. 8
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    Tucson, AZ 85741

    (520) 724-5000

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