Sonoran Desert Hike:

During a 45 minute hike the students discover uncommon facts about desert plants and animals.  They also learn how ancient people survived in the desert.


The Dons host a Discovery Camp for Arizona Third graders.  Discovery Camp is a one day field trip in the Superstition Mountain wilderness area located at the Dons Base Camp.  The content is aligned with Arizona Third Grade Social Studies curriculum.  There is no charge to the schools to attend Discovery Camp.  Everything is included.  Students must bring their own lunch.  Juice is provided by the Dons.  

Groups of students move through five stations plus a presentation at lunch by the Tonto National Forest.

The following activities are typical for a days activities.

  Each station lasting approximately 45 minutes.

Birds of Prey, Reptiles & Mammals: 

Students are introduced to some desert animals by a representative of Liberty Wildlife, a wildlife rescue organization.

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Gold Panning:

Students learn the role that precious metal played in the settling of Arizona.  Students are given the opportunity to pan for real gold and each student leaves with a souvenir of their gold panning experience.

Hohokam Rock Art:

Students are introduced to local petroglyph symbols by a docent. Students then create their own petroglyph to take home.

Cattle Ranching:

Students learn about ranching and its role in Arizona history.  Cattle brands and how to brand horses. They are shown lariats and how to rope. These are some of the topics covered.