Classes 

All of the classes listed below adhere to the Next Generation Science Standards. Along with each lesson is an accompanying field journal worksheet that reinforces the lessons learned back in the classroom.

 

 
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Nature Hike

Students enjoy the beauty of the Prescott National Forest as they explore, define foundational ecological concepts, and make discoveries about the local flora and fauna.

Standards:

MS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

 

 
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Fire In The Desert

Students will learn about how wildfires are a healthy process for desert environments and how humans utilize prescribed burns to protect the health of the forest and those who live in the area. Students will build a campfire using kindling, twigs and logs and compare their fire building lesson to predict what might happen to the area around them during a fire.

Standards:

MS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

 

 
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Geocaching

A treasure hunt for the 21st century! Students will learn how to use GPS devices to track down different caches around camp. At each cache, students will observe different animal markings that will help lead them to the secret final cache!

Standards:

MS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics
MS-LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
LS4.C: Adaptation

 

 
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Energy Of The Archers

Students learn about the relationship between kinetic and potential energy. They then use bows and arrows to put their learning into action.

Standards:

MS-PS3: Energy

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
PS3.C: Relationship Between Energy and Forces

 

 
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Shelter Building

Students will predict what goes into building a secure shelter in the woods and what problems they might encounter. They will strategize different ways to build a strong shelter and then put their plans to the test using natural resources.

Standards:

MS-ETS1: Engineering Design

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions
ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

 

 
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Owl Pellets

Students learn about physical and behavioral adaptations of desert owls and what makes them elite predators of the area. Later, students will have a chance to dissect an owl pellet and log abundance and diversity of the owl's diet.

Standards:

MS-LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
LS4.B: Natural Selection
LS4.C: Adaptation

 

 
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Water In The West

Students will learn about the different stages of the water cycle and how it specifically relates to Desert Environments. They will then come up with different ways pollutants enter the cycle and brainstorm ways they can minimize human impact in their everyday lives.

Standards:

MS-ESS2: Earth’s Systems

MS-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
ESS3.A: Natural Resources
ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

 

 
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Everybody Needs A Rock

Students acquire a deeper appreciation for rocks while gaining a geological perspective on landscape formation.

Standards:

MS-ESS2: Earth’s Systems

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions


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Team Building

Students will learn skills in communication and teamwork while participating in different levels of challenging games and initiatives.

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Zip Line

Students will learn how to set personal goals and work through personal limitations while participating in our zip line.


Evening Activities

Our evening activities are the perfect way to end the day. We adjust all evening activities ensuring it accommodates everyone’s age, ability, and energy level.

Campfire

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At Camp Fire, our facilitators tell stories and teach students a variety of camp songs. It’s also a place where students can perform rehearsed skits for one another. After the singing and story telling, students roast marsh mellows over the fire and enjoy s’mores with one another. A true camp classic.

Game Night

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Game night is centered around students having fun and playing. Students will be split up into their small groups and have different tasks assigned to them by either their teachers or chaperones. Then, it’s a race to see which team can fulfill the most tasks by the night’s end. Laughter and silliness is sure to fill the room.


Sample Schedule

Below is what your time will typically look like when coming to camp.

Day 1

11:00 - 1:00 Arrival & Lunch

1:15 - 5:00 3 Periods

5:30 - 6:30 Dinner

7:00 - 8:30 Evening Activity

8:30 - 9:30 Prepare for Bed

Day 2

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast

9:15 - 11:45 2 Periods

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 4:45 3 Periods

5:30 - 6:30 Dinner

7:00 - 8:30 Evening Activity

8:30 - 9:30 Prepare for Bed

Day 3

7:00 - 7:30 Pack Luggage

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 Stage Luggage

8:45 Group Photo

9:00 Busses Depart