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  • Environmental Education and Interpretive Programs

    bird watcherPima County's outstanding Environmental Education and Interpretive programs engage children, youth and adults with a wide variety of exciting presentations, field trips and classes. You can see event calendars for each park or a complete listing of Environmental Education and Interpretive programs by looking at the the Public Programs brochure.

    If you are planning a trip to Tucson Mountain Park, Agua Caliente Park, or Feliz Paseos Park you may wish to join one of the guided walks, workshops, talks, and special events open to  all ages and abilities.

    We also have programs at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, Mt. Lemmon and Canoa Ranch depending on the time of year.

    Visit the Community Outreach pages to get more information about Living with Urban Wildlife and see the Out and About pages to find a variety of trips and special events, or learn more about Tucson’s River of Words Youth Poetry and Art Contest and traveling exhibit.

    Join the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society (TPAPS) to learn some techniques for painting landscape scenes in the open air.

    Many of the Environmental Education and Interpretive programs are designed to engage all ages but for your convenience we provide program listings by age categories so if you are looking for activities that are most appropriate for kids you will find a quick reference guide to our children’s programs. Or if you are interested in engaging events that are best suited for adults we have a separate listing of those programs.

    For programs that you need to sign up for, use our Environmental Education Registration Form.

    Teachers will want to visit the School Groups page for information on the elementary and middle school or high school field study trips to selected Pima County Parks and the multidisciplinary classroom programs. Our school programs are linked to Arizona Academic Standards.

    The Youth Group programs offer outdoor excursions and creative ways to connect children with the natural world. Organized youth groups can schedule a trip to Pima County Parks or invite the Environmental Education team to your meeting place or community center.

    Pima County’s education team offers an interesting selection of programs geared for adult audiences. Organized Adult Groups can schedule a special park tour or arrange for a presentation on one of several topics related to the Sonoran Desert.

    Learn how you can take part in conservation, or share your interests and expertise as a Volunteer.

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    woman holding a batThe Environmental Education Program is just one facet of the community services and facilities managed by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR). The principle goal of the NRPR Environmental Education team is to provide meaningful experiences to promote Sonoran Desert conservation, elevate environmental and cultural resource literacy, and encourage use of the Natural Resource Parks system.

    A skilled team of educators and dedicated volunteers provide a wide range of educational and interpretive opportunities to reach the broadest possible audience. The programming elements are divided into areas of interest such as: Park Interpretive Programs, School Programs, Youth and Family Programs, Adult and Volunteer Programs, and Community Outreach.

    If you have questions about the NRPR Environmental Education program please feel free to contact any of the staff listed below.

    Contact Us

    Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation
    Environmental Education Team

    Email: eeducation@pima.gov
    Mailing Address: 3500 West River Road, Tucson, AZ 85741
    Phone: (520) 615-7855

    Staff

    EE teamWendy Burroughs
    Environmental Education Program Manager
    Email: eeducation@pima.gov
    Mailing Address: 3500 West River Road, Tucson, AZ 85741
    Phone: (520) 615-7855 ext 0

    Steve Russell
    School Program Coordinator
    Email: eeducation@pima.gov
    Mailing Address: 3500 West River Road, Tucson, AZ 85741
    Phone: (520) 615-7855 ext 1

    Axhel Muñoz
    Family Program Coordinator
    Email: eeducation@pima.gov
    Mailing Address: 3500 West River Road, Tucson, AZ 85741
    Phone: (520) 615-7855 ext 2

    Jeff Babson
    Wildlife Viewing Program Specialist
    Email: eeducation@pima.gov
    Mailing Address: 3500 West River Road, Tucson, AZ 85741
    Phone: (520) 615-7855 ext 3

    Sandy Reith
    Interpretive Program Coordinator
    Email: eeducation@pima.gov
    Mailing Address: 3500 West River Road, Tucson, AZ 85741
    Phone: (520) 615-7855 ext 5

    Meg Quinn
    Adult and Volunteer Program Coordinator
    Email: eeducation@pima.gov
    Mailing Address: 3500 West River Road, Tucson, AZ 85741
    Phone: (520) 615-7855 ext 6

    Yajaira Gray
    Youth Program Coordinator
    Email: eeducation@pima.gov
    Mailing Address: 3500 West River Road, Tucson, AZ 85741
    Phone: (520) 615-7855 ext 7

    Julie Strom
    Interpretive Program and Living with Urban Wildlife Program Specialist
    Email: eeducation@pima.gov
    Mailing Address: 3500 West River Road, Tucson, AZ 85741
    Phone: (520) 615-7855 ext 8
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    Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation

    3500 W. River Road
    Tucson, AZ 85741

    (520) 877-6000


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