Day and Overnight Experiences (K-8)

 


The Cooper Center for Environmental Learning’s Day and Overnight Experiences are student-centered experiences for learning about and enjoying the wonders of the Sonoran Desert. You can choose different trip lengths and each grade level has differentiated curriculum so students can come to Cooper at multiple grade levels and be assured of new and exciting experiences.


 

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Length of Experience

Grade Levels

There are three potential options for the length of your visit.

Half Day (10:00am – 1:00pm) ($5/student) – This experience is only available for K-2nd grades and includes a morning discovery walk, lunch, and an animal presentation by the Cooper Staff.

Full Day (10:00am – 4:30pm) ($8/student)– All grades are open to experience our full day program, which allows for activities with cooper staff, lunch, and outreach programs with any of our community partners and/or activity centers lead by parent volunteers.

Overnight (10:00am – 9:30am next day) ($10/student) – This experience is open to all grades and allows for activities with Cooper Staff, lunch, outreach programs with any of our community partners and/or afternoon activity centers lead by parent volunteers, and dinner. We encourage the overnight experience for those that wish to do nighttime astronomy programs or campfire activities. (For more information on a possible astronomy program go to NOAO and http://tucsonastronomy.org/school-and-youth-group-star-parties/)

​*Adult volunteers are free*

Cooper Staff will cater the activities to grade-level appropriate curriculum. In the case where there is a class that has multiple grades attending the same activity, staff will lead curriculum suitable for the lower grade level (especially for 3rd grade and higher). If you have any questions about multi-grade curriculum, please Contact us.

Click on the grade level below to see a more detailed description of our grade-specific programs.

 

 


Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

 

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Experience: Desert Detectives!

Length of Walk: 60-75 mins

Max. Students: 60 Students (2 classes)

Experience Goal: Students use their senses to explore and investigate the Sonoran Desert Neighborhood.

 

For more detailed information click your choice below:

I want the HALF-DAY K-2 Experience!

I want the FULL-DAY K-2 Experience!

I want the OVERNIGHT K-2 Experience!

 


3rd Grade

 

Exploring off trail

Experience: Ecosystem Explorers!

Length of Activity: 75 mins

Max Students: 60 Students (2 classes)

Experience Goal:  Students learn about the components of an ecosystem by exploring through trails in our very own Sonoran Desert Ecosystem.

 

For more detailed information click your choice below:

I want the FULL-DAY 3rd Grade Experience!

I want the OVERNIGHT 3rd Grade Experience!

 


4th Grade

 

CSI

Experience: CSI (Cooper Sonoran Investigators)!

Length of Activity: 75 mins

Max. Students: 60 Students (2 classes)

Experience Goal:  Students discover the adaptations that plants and animals have for survival in our dry Sonoran Desert by following clues to find evidence of adaptations.

 

For more detailed information click your choice below:

I want the FULL-DAY 4th Grade Experience!

I want the OVERNIGHT 4th Grade Experience!

 


5th Grade:

 

Fifth grade has two curriculum choices, please Contact Us with your choice prior to your arrival.

 

Experience #1: Connection Inspection and Earthwalk

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Length of Activity: 60 mins

Length of Earthwalk: 60 mins

Max Students: 60 Students (2 classes)

Experience Goal:  Students become part of a web of interrelationships and build their observational skills on a sensory-based Earthwalk.

 

For more detailed information click your choice below:

I want the FULL-DAY 5th Grade Experience #1!

I want the OVERNIGHT 5th Grade Experience #1!

 

 

Experience #2: Munchline Monitors and Cooper Explorer Diary Walk

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Length of Activity:  75 mins

Length of Dairy Walk: 60 mins

Max Students: 60 Students (2 classes)

Experience Goal:  Students learn about the flow of energy from the Sun through food chains by gathering evidence out in the desert and build their observation skills on a discovery based diary walk.

 

For more detailed information click your choice below:

I want the FULL-DAY 5th Grade Experience #2!

I want the OVERNIGHT 5th Grade Experience #2!

 

 


6th – 8th Grade

 

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Experience: Earthwalk and Desert Awareness!

Length of Walk: 60 – 75 mins

Length of Afternoon: Four 45 min Activities

Max Students: 60 Students (2 classes)

Experience Goal:  Students build an understanding of connection to the natural world through observation, scientific inquiry, artistic expression, and community service.

 

For more detailed information click your choice below:

I want the FULL-DAY 6th – 8th Grade Experience!

I want the OVERNIGHT 6th – 8th Grade Experience!

 


If for any reason you aren't sure which program type to choose for your grade level please contact us at any time for suggestions. We ask that you always confirm your Day or Overnight Experience choice with the Cooper Center Staff. Thank you!