Saguaro National Park West is offering three new programs for kids and families this summer.
The goal of the programs is to give participants the chance to explore the desert by looking at hidden washes, searching for animals and their signs, learn how to travel safely day and night, and gain insight as to how science and data help preserve and protect the park for future generations.
The new programs are:
- Park After Dark (June 10 - July 29)- Participants can explore the park after dark with the family and park staff. Experience the sights, smells, and sounds of a desert night. For families with children ages 7-18. Runs from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
- Junior Ranger Field Camp (Tuesdays, June 13 - July 25)- The half-day camp allows children to explore the natural and cultural resources of the park while completing activities about the plants, animals, and people of the Sonoran Desert. For children ages 9-10. Runs from 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Fee: $10.00
- Field Science Experience (Thursdays/Fridays, June 15-July 27)- Two- day science-based adventure provides and introduction to the biodiversity of the park and how science is performed in the field. The program will also show the science behind the park's mission to protect and preserve the park's resources. For children ages 11-13. Times - Day 1 7:30am - 3:30pm. Day 2: 1:30pm - 8:30pm. Fee: $20.00
The programs will start at the Environmental Education Center (2700 North Kinney Road). Reservations are required and must be made no later than two weeks before the event.
To reserve your spot, contact Park Ranger Chip Littlefield at 520-733-5157, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.