In-Person Programs At Camp Cooper

The Cooper Center for Environmental Learning is an outreach program of the University of Arizona College of Education, in partnership with Tucson Unified School District. We work 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.

Field Trip Update

Now Scheduling for the 2024-2025 Program Year!

To be placed on our waitlist for this school year, please fill out this form and our team will be in touch if and when dates become available.

Field Trip Interest Form

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Pre K Programs

Our preschool program is a hands-on program designed to instill a lifelong connection to the environment for Tucson’s youngest learners.

Pre K Program

Overnight Programs (K - 8)

Camp Cooper Overnights are an unforgettable way to experience both the natural environment and the social camaraderie that come with an overnight stay. 

Overnight Programs

Full Day Programs (K - 8)

Full-day programs begin with a helpful orientation and a guided desert walk, hike, or activity led by our Cooper Center educators. 

Full-Day Programs

Half-Day Programs (K - 2)

Our half-day programs afford young students the opportunity to have a positive and fun experience getting to know their Sonoran Desert neighborhood by using their senses!

Half-Day Programs

Earthkeepers (4 - 5)

Earthkeepers is a magical learning adventure that teaches basic ecological concepts and helps deepen feelings for the Earth. Earthkeepers includes a 3 day, 2 night Camp Cooper experience along with activities completed by students at home and school over several weeks.

Earthkeepers Program

Activity Centers

Activity Centers are volunteer-led, environmentally-centered lessons geared for small groups of 6-10 students. Please read through the Activity Center choices shown below so you can plan an experience that is fun and appropriate for your students and curriculum. You also have the option to schedule an outreach program with any of our Community Partners.

Activity Centers