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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

Earth Day Celebration

Cooper Center is very excited for its first-ever Earth Day event on Saturday, April 22nd from 4pm to 8pm. This event is for students, faculty, staff, and families from our University community and open to the community as well. Learn more.

Thrivent Choice® - A Way to Give

Thrivent Choice® is a charitable grant program that gives Thrivent clients with membership the opportunity to contribute to causes they care about and influence where Thrivent distributes some of its charitable funds each year.

The Cooper Center is an approved Thrivent Choice® organization. If you have Choice Dollars® available to direct, please consider directing to us.

Personal donations can also be made through Thrivent’s online giving platform to the Cooper Center by all individuals. Thrivent covers all online processing fees, so 100% of the donation goes to our organization.

To Direct, Donate, or learn more, visit Thrivent Choice.

For sharing this information about Thrivent Choice, our Thrivent Member Network is giving us a chance to win a donation of up to $1,000 in April 2023!