As we celebrate Camp Cooper's 60th anniversary, we invite all alumni—students, teachers, volunteers and staff—to share your cherished memories with us. Your stories are a vital part of our history and help us honor the legacy of Camp Cooper. Submit your memories below and join us in celebrating six decades of unforgettable experiences!

SHARING MEMORIES! Celebrating 60 Years!

Camp Cooper

The Cooper Center site is situated on 10 acres of pristine Sonoran desert land, 7 miles west of downtown Tucson. The twelve buildings on the site include an office, kitchen, classroom, two materials storage buildings, six sleeping cabins, and a bathroom. The camp hosts field trips and outdoor classroom programs offering unforgettable nature experiences for students.

Our Facilities

Our Philosophy

For us, Earth Education is the process of helping people of all ages live more harmoniously with the natural world. As an Environmental Learning Center, we follow the tenets of Earth Education, which connects visitors to our camp with our planet through meaningful educational programs and activities in the setting Sonoran Desert.

Earth Education

Our Mission

Campus Outreach Team - Cooper Center for Environmental Learning in Tucson Arizona

Our mission is to increase ecological understanding and deepen feelings for nature. We do this by providing hands-on, research-based programs in science and earth education, by creating lifelong memories, and by inspiring learners of all ages to live more lightly and sustainably on the Earth.

Vision & Mission

Teachers! Sign up now for Camp Cooper Fall 2024/Spring 2025 field trips! Every year, the Cooper Center provides our outdoor desert education programs to thousands of students and our calendar tends to fill up! We're also offering a limited number of school visits and virtual field trips for those who are unsure about in-person experiences at Camp Cooper. Don’t miss your chance to bring your students to experience our Sonoran Desert classroom!