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<November 2015>


A comprehensive list for the 2013-2014 Arizona Academic Standards can be found by selecting EXCEL or PDF. You may also obtain course specific information by clicking on the links below. Don't forget to check out our recently added Archery Programs!


Alien Invasion ***NEW***
Science/Grades 3-12.
Students will be introduced to invasive species and discuss their impacts on the ecosystem by examining local examples. They will then explore how invasive species spread through an interactive game in which they become the “invaders

Ancient Ones!
Grades K-6.
Students will be provided a historical and hands-on look at Native American rock art. This class will emphasize the protection, preservation and history of artifacts. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to create their own petroglyphs. Arizona Academic Standards

Aquatic Life
Grades 2-12. In this course students will play the role of microbiologists. Students will discover aquatic communities and animals, and learn the difference between lakes and ponds as they examine living specimens under a microscope. Arizona Academic Standards / Post-visit Activity

Archaeology I & II
Science, S.S./Grades 2-12. In Archaeology I students will be introduced to important archaeological concepts and terms such as chronology, context, inference, artifacts, and observation through participation in games of ancient times, and hands-on activities. Archaeology II is a sequel to Archaeology I and provides a hands-on excavation experience in a simulated Hohokam house site. Arizona Academic Standards / Pre-visit Activity

Archery I & II
Physical Activity / Grades: 4 – 12. Ready , Aim, Shoot – Bull’s Eye! Archery I is a fun, hands-on program exposing prospective archers to the sport of international style target archery. Archers follow the 11 Steps to Archery Success as they operate their bow and shoot an arrow. These steps safely guide archers through form, execution, and reflection of each shot. This program is for every student whether they are a beginner or on their way to becoming a professional. There is a 60 student maximum for groups visiting half day and an 80 student maximum for groups visiting full day.

Archery II takes students to the next level! Participants learn to improve accuracy and enjoy some friendly competition. There is a 20 student maximum for groups visiting half day and a 40 student maximum for groups visiting full day. Archery I is a prerequisite.

All Range Masters are certified through the National Archery in the Schools Program and equipment is provided by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Arizona Academic Standards / Pre-visit Activity

Arizona Rocks!
History, Science/Grades 3-12. This geology course familiarizes students with rocks and minerals. Students will be exposed to crystals, gems, aggregates, and fossils indigenous to the area. This class introduces the rock cycle, mineral formation, methods of identification, and how these materials are used for industrial purposes. Arizona Academic Standards / Pre-visit Activity

Bat Attitudes
Science/Grades K-12.This creative class will invite students into the dark realm of bats. Students will examine the uniqueness, physiology, and adaptations of bats through presentation and simulated activities. This class is designed to dispel any misconceptions about these often misunderstood creatures. Arizona Academic Standards

Science/Grades K-12.
Come explore the most astonishing animals on earth, insects! Students will see how insects differ from other animals. Students will learn terminology such as endoskeleton and exoskeleton. After a classroom presentation, students will explore natural areas to locate and identify these creatures. Arizona Academic Standards
/ Pre-visit Activity / Post-visit Lesson Plan

Science/Grades K-12.
Students will study various species of cactus, examine them closely, and learn how to use a taxonomic key. Students will use the process of gathering information, interpreting data and thinking deductively. This program may be modified into a ranger led hike. Please ask for more details.
Arizona Academic Standards

Cast-Away Kids
Science/Grades K-12.
This informative class will instruct children on basic fishing knowledge and skills, and will promote awareness, appreciation and support for Arizona's recreational fishing opportunities. Participants get a look at Arizona's native and non-native fish species. Students will learn hands-on casting and rod handling skills.
Arizona Academic Standards

Dino Detectives

Science/Grades K – 8. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a paleontologist and dig up a dinosaur?  It's a lot of hard work but it is a cross between being a detective and finding buried treasure.  Through the eyes of a paleontologist, students will learn how fossils form and then get their hands dirty as they make a “dino-mite” discovery of their own in the excavation pit.
Arizona Academic Standards

Desert Survival I & II
Science, S.S., W.P.S.D./ Grades K-12
. In Desert Survival I (DS I), students will learn the basic skills of constructing a fire, building a shelter, and signaling for help. Desert Survival II (DS II) consists of group participation in a simulated exercise to apply skills learned in DS I. DS I and DS II are two separate classes. Arizona Academic Standards

Earth Energy
Science/Grades 2-12.
Discover what electricity is, and the many ways it is produced in this comprehensive class. Students will explore different types of renewable energy including solar, wind, and hydro through demonstrations and hands-on experiments.
Arizona Academic Standards

Science/Grades K-8
. Students will learn what is meant by the term ecosystem. This class will introduce the concepts of food chain, food pyramid, and the interdependence of all organisms and their environment. Activities in this class will teach students predator-prey relationships, balance of nature, and extinction. This program may be modified into a ranger led hike. Please ask for more details.
Arizona Academic Standards

Science, S.S./Grades 4-12.
While on a hike, students will be introduced to edible plants of the area. They will learn which plants should not be touched, how edible plants can be cooked, and how native people used these desert plants for medicinal purposes. This class is offered in early spring or fall. This program may be modified into a ranger led hike. Please ask for more details.
Arizona Academic Standards

Feathered Friends
Science/Grades 1-5
. Students will explore the many adaptations that allow birds to thrive in almost any environment on the planet.  A hands-on experiment will allow students to recognize the relationship between a bird’s beak and its ability to find food and survive in a given habitat.  The talons, wings, and feathers of many native Arizona birds will also be available for students to examine up close, giving them a unique perspective on these ‘masters of the air’.  Arizona Academics Standards

Grades K-12.
This class is designed as an interpretive and recreational hike. Students will learn geology, animal signs, plant names, history, and ecology along a designated trail. For grades K-2 this class will consist of a shorter hike that emphasizes the shapes, sounds, and colors of the desert.
Arizona Academic Standards

Impact Monster
Grades K-6
. As an introduction to the principles of minimum impact and leave no trace, students will interact in a fun, role-playing skit known as Impact Monster. This exercise will allow students to discuss the positive and negative effects they have on their environment.
Arizona Academic Standards / Post-visit Activity

In Cold Blood
Grades K-12
. This class offers a look into the world of reptiles and amphibians. After discussion on cold blooded animal adaptations and common desert species, students get to view creatures in a live reptile exhibit. Animal Curatorship presentations (in lieu of discussion) are available on MWF upon request.
Arizona Academic Standards / Pre-visit Activity

Mad Map Relay
Grades 3-12.
In this class students will learn how to use a map and compass. Designed around a fun outdoor relay race, this hands-on exercise will help students communicate and work together. In addition, participants will use a map distance ledger, and apply basic orienteering skills.
Arizona Academic Standards / Pre-visit Activity / Post-visit Activity

Grades K-12.
Students will learn how mammals use their physical characteristics for survival, and how they differ from other creatures. Students will examine mammal pelts, skulls, and tracks. Activities will be incorporated to assist students in remembering Arizona mammals.
Arizona Academic Standards

Mind Boggle
Grades 3-12.
In this class students will experience group dynamics and develop team-building skills such as communication, leadership, cooperation, and trust. Students will work together in fun, group activities to overcome challenging obstacles.
Arizona Academic Standards

Nature Notes
Grades 2-6.
Throughout the ages right into today's creative endeavors, journals have been the working place of the worlds greatest thinkers, inventors, and artists. Students will create their own journals, and will be given the opportunity to write while observing nature.
Arizona Academic Standards

Park Ranger
Grades K-6.
Students will learn the basic principles of park management. Course activities encourage students to think about this career field. They will learn techniques that solve problems in a parks environment. At the end of this course students become "Jr. Park Rangers," and receive an honorary badge.
Arizona Academic Standards

Stones, Hoops and Sticks
Grades 3-12. In this class students will actively participate in games developed by Native Americans. Students will learn how modern team sports such as basketball, soccer and baseball evolved from games of early America. Arizona Academic Standards

Grades K-12.
Students will use their senses to learn the science of animal tracking. The first part of this class will be an indoor discussion of animal signs and track identification. The second part will be held in the natural setting, and involve a simulated tracking hunt that will allow students to practice their newly learned tracking skills. This program may be modified into a ranger led hike. Please ask for more details.
Arizona Academic Standards

Venomous Creatures
Grades 3-12.
Scorpions, centipedes, gila monsters, and more. Learn about these mysterious sometimes frightening but beautiful desert friends, and what to do when encountered. Students explore how and when these creatures use their venom and differences between poison, venom, bite, and sting.
Arizona Academic Standards

Weather or Not
Grades 5-12
. Students act as a meteorological news team! They gather weather data using meteorological tools to record the air temperature, air pressure, wind direction, wind speed, and humidity. They report observed and forecasted data on live TV while standing in front of a green screen. Just like real-world television meteorologists.
Arizona Academic Standard

Wind Blade Challenge
Science/Grades 5 – 12. In teams students compete to design and build wind turbine blades! A multimeter tool is used to measure how well their blades can capture the wind and generate electricity. The team with the highest energy output wins the competition. This fun inquiry-based class introduces principles of wind energy while encouraging an excitement in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Arizona Academic Standard


"Thank you so much for organizing a great field trip for us. The students loved the classes and claimed it the best field trip ever. The Earth energy class was especially good since it went right along with 6th grade science standards. Once again, thank you, and I look forward to next year."

6th grade science teacher


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