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The Cooper Center for Environmental Learning (Camp Cooper) provides adventurous and hands-on overnight and day learning experiences in the Sonoran Desert. The Center is powered by a groundbreaking partnership between the Tucson Unified School District, who owns and maintains the facilities, and the University of Arizona’s College of Education, who facilitates educational programming for learners of all ages.


The Cooper Center for Environmental Learning is a campus that inspires participants to preserve the Sonoran Desert and live more lightly on the earth, offers extended programs in earth education, provides classes and workshops to help prepare teachers, interns, and graduate students in environmental learning, and encourages doctoral students to conduct research on outdoor learning and sustainable practices.


The Mission of the Cooper Center is to serve Southern Arizona as a leader in:

  • Increasing ecological understandings and deepening feelings for the natural world,
  • Providing hands-on, research-based programs in science and earth education,
  • Creating lifelong memories through our overnight and multi-night experiences; 
  • and Inspiring learners of all ages, from children to university students to adults, to live more lightly in our Sonoran Desert community and beyond.




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