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The crew for Jodie’s Touch of Style has found some of the best Arizona field trips while going out and about to take blog photos. Personally, my favorite option is to take a tour if there is one available because you get so much more knowledge of the place you are visiting.

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Best Arizona Field Trips 1-Biltmore Hotel Tour 2-Phoenix Zoo Tour 3-River of Time Docent Tour 4-Liberty Wildlife Tour 5-BTS Tour at MIM 6-Lake Pleasant Cruises 7-Rosson House Tour 8-Elk Theater Tour 9-Boyce Thompson Arboretum Tour 10-Desert Botanical Gardens Tour

That’s why I wanted to share my 10 favorite Arizona field trips that include tours and things to do. While you will find some of these destinations on the top places to see in Arizona, I find it even better if you can schedule a tour at the time you are visiting.

In fact, I’ve shared the logistics of what is involved in our “field trip” days if you are interested with a little humor and true confessions thrown in for good measure.

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Biltmore hotel tour

1-Biltmore Hotel Tour

2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016 Website The Legendary History 90-minute tour is $35 and well worth it

Built in 1929, this luxury resort is set on 39 lush acres, The McArthur brothers wanted to make Arizona a tourist destination – but they needed proper accommodations. Thus the Arizona Biltmore is built with a strong Frank Lloyd Wright influence. I consider this one of the best Arizona field trips because it incorporates much of the history of the hotel as well as stories about many of the famous people who have stayed here.

Phoenix zoo behind the scenes tour for Arizona field trips

2- Phoenix Zoo Tours

455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008 Website Many different tour options, but the guided tour is only $5 in addition to the admission price. Other tours have different prices. Call 602.914.4333 (three weeks advance notice required for scheduling)

The Phoenix Zoo opened in 1962 and is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States. While it’s fun to walk around on your own, you learn a ton more about how the animals are cared for in the Arizonan environment on the Custom Guided Tour. There are a ton of different kinds of tours available and while some are categorized for young kids, aren’t we all kids at heart?

River of Time museum docent tour

3-River of Time Museum Docent Tour

12901 N La Montana Dr #4742, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Website Docent tour free with paid admission. Call 480-837-2612 or email [email protected] to schedule your tour

Again, the docent tour makes this exhibit much more interesting. This museum focuses on the Verde River Valley’s formation & history, including the experiences of the Yavapais. It’s a small place, but they’ve done an incredible job of creating a wonderful timeline of the area.

Liberty Wildlife in Arizona

4-Liberty Wildlife

2600 E Elwood St, Phoenix, AZ 85040 Website $15 for a private tour. Request a tour one month ahead of your planned tour on their site.

Wildlife rescue service in Phoenix, Arizona is where you can see an amazing array of birds, owls, and reptiles that have been rescued. If the animal can’t be healed and released into the wild again, they are kept here. Even if you don’t request a tour, you can walk around the area and there are volunteers to answer your questions plus some exhibitions depending on the time of day.

Insider tip : Their hours are limited, so make sure to check their website before you go.

Museum of Musical Instruments tours

5-MIM VIP Tour

4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050 Website The VIP tour is $7 on top of the general admission to the museum

BTS at MIM Opened in April 2010, it is the largest museum of its type in the world. The collection of over 15,000 musical instruments and associated objects includes examples from nearly 200 countries and territories. With the VIP tour, you get to see how the pieces are stored, and how exhibits are made as well as getting access to areas that you can’t see otherwise.

Lake Pleasant cruises for a wonderful outing

6-Lake Pleasant Cruises

8708 W Harbor Blvd, Peoria, AZ 85383 Website Many different music, narration, or dinner cruises start at $30

Lake Pleasant Regional Park is a large outdoor recreation area straddling the Maricopa and Yavapai county border northwest of Phoenix, Arizona. It’s a huge expanse of water and enjoying one of the cruises is a fabulous way to forget you are in the desert.

Insider tip: Even in the summer, being on the water tends to be cooler, so take a jacket or wrap.

Rossen house tour for best Arizona field trips

7-Rosson House Tour

113 N 6th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Website $15 to take the 60-minute tour for a glimpse into the lifestyles of early Phoenix families.

The Museum is a fully-restored 1895 Queen Anne Victorian house museum in the heart of downtown Phoenix. You are not allowed in the house unless you sign up for a tour, but you can walk around the Heritage Square at Science Park for free.

Elks theater in Prescott

8-Elk Theater Tour

117 E Gurley St # 115, Prescott, AZ 86301 Website There is a free tour explaining the history and renovations of this historic place. However, you cannot find information about the tour on their site. We happened to just walk into it. I would suggest calling to find out their schedule. Phone: (928) 777-1370

The Prescott Elks Theater and Performing Arts Center is a classically designed turn of the 20th century opera house seating over 500. Completed in 1905 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Elks Building and Theater, it was one of many “Elks’ Opera Houses” across the country. 

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9-Boyce Thompson Arboretum

37615 E Arboretum Way, Superior, AZ 85173 Website There are a variety of tours available which are free with admission to the park.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is the oldest and largest botanical garden in the state of Arizona. It is one of the oldest botanical institutions west of the Mississippi River. While it’s fun to walk around on your own, you can learn much more from being on one of the tours.

Desert Botanical Garden docent tours

10-Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008 Website Docent tours are free with admission during certain parts of the year

Desert Botanical Garden is a 140-acre botanical garden that is incredible to walk around on your own. However, joining a docent tour gives you insider information about how cacti and succulents survive in our harsh climate. It’s truly an amazing way to learn more about these plants that you see all over Arizona.

Insider tip : Each docent shares different things on the tours, so even if you’ve been here before, you learn different things with different docents.

If you ever have questions about where to go or what to see when visiting Arizona, I hope you reach out to me. We have stumbled across some of the best Arizona field trips and I’m constantly looking for more ideas.

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Field Trips to Take in Phoenix

The American Southwest has so much to offer groups looking for a memorable educational experience, especially when you visit cities such as Phoenix!

Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and the 5th biggest city in the United States. This desert mecca offers a myriad of museums, environmental education centers, art galleries, and memorable experiences for students and travelers of all ages, making it one of the best cities in the southwest for field trips.

Below we have listed the area's top educational experiences, broken down by specific student age groups. Take a look at what Phoenix has to offer your student group, then give our agents a call today and start planning your next big adventure!

Kindergarten and Younger

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Elementary School

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High School

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College Visits

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The Phoenix Zoo is the ultimate destination for an enriching and memorable field trip! Whether you want to explore the Phoenix Zoo on your own during a self-guided field trip or want to enhance your trip with a guide-led excursion, the Phoenix Zoo is your learning destination! Field trips to the Phoenix Zoo are available year-round, with the exception of December 25 th  when the Zoo is closed.

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  • We offer an educational rate for all school groups of $8 per student and $10 per adult for admission to the Zoo for a minimum of 15 people. To qualify for this rate, all children must be accompanied by at least one adult (18 years and older) per 10 children and your school must be an institution established for the purpose of offering instruction to pupils in programs for preschool, kindergarten, any combination of elementary grades or secondary grades 1-12, colleges and universities.
  • Field trips are available Monday – Friday.
  • Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.
  • We offer a discounted rate for all Special Needs Education classrooms, and schools working with kids with special needs.
  • Everyone that enters the Zoo needs to be accounted for in your headcount. Groups must arrive and enter together. We will be asking for total number of students and total number of adults/chaperones. There must be at least one adult for every 10 students, with no more than one adult for every student.
  • Any additional group members must be paid for at one time and enter with the prepaid group. Anyone not paying with and entering at the same time as the group will be charged the regular admission rate of $39.95 for adults and $29.95 for children ages 3-13. ( It is up to the school to collect money and pay for any adults or chaperones to be included at the school group rate. Parents cannot pay separately )
  • We require that payment or purchase orders be received two days in advance of your visit for each person in your group. We accept payment in the form of school or organizational checks, credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover) and cash.  Please note that we no longer accept purchase orders on the day of entry.
  • Field trips are not booked until you receive a confirmation email from Phoenix Zoo Reservations.
  • If you do not qualify for the field trip rate you may qualify for our   youth group rate.

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 Thursdays and Fridays in February, March and April are the busiest times of the year for field trips. We limit group reservations each day to maximize your field trip experience therefore some dates may be unavailable. We recommend visiting earlier in the week or during other months throughout the year when the Zoo is less crowded.

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Groups visiting the Zoo may add on a guided tour to enhance their experience. Guided tours are led by a Zoo instructor and are designed to support academic standards, are grade-level appropriate and include a variety of inquiry-based techniques. Guided tours last 45 minutes and cost an additional $2 per person. Guided tours are available to groups of at least 15 and are capped at 25 participants a tour. Groups larger than 25 may be split into multiple tours.

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Choose from one of the topics below, each covering a wide span of animal and conservation sciences:

What is an Animal (K-2 grades)

What makes an animal an animal? Through the What is an Animal tour, students discover several characteristics of what makes something an animal, what makes something a plant, and what makes something non-living. A Phoenix Zoo instructor leads students on a tour of the zoo’s Children’s Trail, highlighting the characteristics of living and non-living, and the characteristics of animals and plants. The instructor challenges students, through inquiry, to improve their observation and critical thinking skills.

Crazy Classification: Arizona Animals (K-2 grades)

Mammal, bird or reptile? How do you know what type of animal you’re looking at? Through the Arizona Animals Guided Tour, students discover the five major traits that scientists use to categorize animals. A Phoenix Zoo instructor leads participants on a tour of the Zoo’s Arizona Trail, classifying desert vertebrate species. The instructor challenges participants with interactives and inquiry to improve their observation and critical thinking skills.

Crazy Classification: Rainforest Animals (K-2 grades)

Mammal, bird or reptile? How do you know what kind of animal you’re looking at? Through the Rainforest Animals Guided Tour, participants discover the five major traits that scientists use to categorize animals. A Phoenix Zoo instructor leads the tour of the Zoo’s Tropics Trail, classifying rainforest vertebrate species. The instructor challenges participants with interactives and inquiry to improve their observation and critical thinking skills.

Crazy Classification: Children’s Trail Animals (K-2 grades)

Mammal, bird or reptile? How do you know what kind of animal you’re looking at? Through the Rainforest Animals Guided Tour, participants discover the five major traits that scientists use to categorize animals. A Phoenix Zoo instructor leads the tour of the Zoo’s Children’s Trail, classifying rainforest vertebrate species. The instructor challenges participants with interactives and inquiry to improve their observation and critical thinking skills.

Desert Discoveries: Exploring Arizona (3-5 grades)

Food, water and shelter are hard to find in the Sonoran Desert. Avoiding predators and scorching temperatures are just some of the challenges living organisms must face. Through the Exploring Arizona Guided Tour, participants explore and learn about several desert animals along the Phoenix Zoo’s Arizona Trail by comparing and contrasting their habitats and adaptations. Utilizing manipulatives, a Zoo instructor will guide small discussion groups to uncover how various Arizona animals survive in the harsh extremes of our local ecosystem.

Desert Lives: Exploring AZ Native Plants & Animals (6-8 grades)

Food, water and shelter are hard to find in the desert. Avoiding predators and scorching temperatures are also the challenges desert plants and animals must face. In Arizona, there are four deserts, each one unique and presenting different trials. Through the Exploring Arizona Guided Tour, participants explore and learn about several desert animals along the Phoenix Zoo’s Arizona Trail by comparing and contrasting their habitats and adaptations. A Zoo instructor will guide discussion groups to uncover how various Arizona animals survive in the harsh extremes of our state deserts.

Dynamic Deserts: Exploring Desert Conservation (9-12 grades)

Conservation in the desert requires a unique understanding and perspective of one of nature’s harshest, and often misunderstood, biomes. With scarce resources and fierce competition, life in the desert has adapted creative techniques for survival. During this tour, a Zoo instructor will lead participants on the Arizona Trail while exploring different adaptations from our resident plants and animals, and the impact humans play on this surprisingly rich and diverse ecosystem.

More Than a Zookeeper (10-12 grades)

How many people does it take to run a zoo? There’s a lot of work going on every day at the Phoenix Zoo that many never even notice. Throughout the More Than a Zookeeper Guided Tour, participants will view the zoo from a different perspective. A zoo instructor will lead the group in discussions and an activity, while exploring some of the jobs necessary to run a successful zoo and conservation program. Participants will discover the importance of the Phoenix Zoo’s role in conservation while uncovering STEM career opportunities along the way.

Enriching Experiences: Exploring Behavioral Enrichment (K-12)

Movies, music and video games provide us with hours of entertainment, but what does a zoo do to keep a monkey from getting bored or a zebra from being stressed? Behavioral Enrichment! By providing mental and physical stimulation through naturalistic settings and environmental enhancements, managed setting animals’ lives are greatly improved. The benefits include increased natural behaviors and healthy, stress-free individuals. The Enriching Experiences Guided Tour provides participants with the opportunity to explore and learn about different types of behavioral enrichment used by the Phoenix Zoo through comparing a variety of exhibits and species. Utilizing manipulatives, a Zoo instructor will facilitate observations and discussions to discover some of the intricacies involved in the behavioral management of managed setting animals — making life more stimulating for the Zoo’s animals and guests alike!

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There are way more exciting animals and topics than can possibly fit into one of our Guided Tours, so let us design a Custom Guided Tour for you based on your specific interests and needs. Our trained Zoo staff works with you to create a completely customizable 60-minute educational walking tour of one of our Zoo trails – covering the exhibits and topics you are interested in. Custom Guided Tours cost an additional $5 per person and are available to groups of at least 10 and are capped at 25 participants a tour. Subject to availability. Does not include behind-the-scenes viewing areas.  

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virtual field trips

Can’t make it to the Phoenix Zoo? No problem! You can visit the Phoenix Zoo from the comfort of your home or classroom through a virtual field trip.

Virtual Field Trips include pre-recorded guided tours with three different animals, a review activity, accompanying worksheet and challenge activity. All Virtual Field Trips are aligned with Arizona State Academic Standards. Virtual Field Trips vary in length depending on the topic and are limited to 40 participants. Virtual Field Trips cost $50 per classroom. 

Virtual Field Trip Topics:

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  • Grades K-2: Who Eats Whom?: Fangs, beaks, and tusks, oh my! Did you know that animals have different types of teeth? Come join us as we visit some of our animals at the Zoo to uncover what their teeth can tell us about what they eat and where they get their energy.
  • Grades 3-5: Energy Flow: Have you ever wondered how energy moves within an ecosystem? Explore the Tropics Trail with us and have an up-close encounter with three animals who play important and unique roles in the rainforest!
  • Grades 6-8: Human Impact: How do humans affect wildlife and ecosystems? Assume the role of a wildlife manager while we explore the Arizona Trail to discuss and observe three extraordinary species that we can directly impact!
  • Grades K-2: Animal Features: Why are some birds colorful? How do monkeys use their tails? Observe three astounding animals at the Phoenix Zoo as we consider why they have certain features and how these features help them survive in the wild.
  • Grades 3-5: Adaptations: How do animals survive and thrive in the harsh climate of the desert? Discover the amazing adaptations of three exceptional animal species on the Africa Trail.
  • Grades 6-8: Genetics and Inherited Traits: Why are some species endangered while others thrive? Investigate the genetic and environmental factors affecting three rare species at the Phoenix Zoo!

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Throughout our 47 years in business, Project Exploration has organized thousands of field trips throughout the Southwestern United States. From scheduling educational visits based on state curriculum standards, to teaching and entertaining your students on the bus, we do it all!

Safety and education are our top priorities; however, we pride ourselves on making learning fun . Project Exploration instructors turn your bus into a moving classroom with informative yet engaging activities. Students often mention the bus ride as a highlight of their trip.

While making memories that last a lifetime , students on Project Exploration field trips acquire important life skills. Students learn to budget their money, be responsible for their belongings, and positively represent themselves and their school at each venue. The unique experience of traveling with friends and peers is one your students won’t want to miss

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Superstition Mountain Museum – Apache Junction

Queen Mine – Bisbee

Out of Africa Wildlife Park – Camp Verde

Montezuma Castle – Camp Verde

Cave Creek Museum – Cave Creek

Bricks 4 Kidz – East Valley

Lowell Observatory – Flagstaff

Museum of Northern Arizona  – Flagstaff

Riordan Mansion – Flagstaff

The Bible Museum – Goodyear

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium – Litchfield Park

Commemorative Air Force Airbase Arizona Museum – Mesa

The Idea Museum – Mesa

Arizona Museum of Natural History – Mesa

Grand Canyon – Northwest Arizona

Challenger Space Center – Peoria

Desert Botanical Garden – Phoenix

Arizona Science Center – Phoenix

Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA – Phoenix

Phoenix Zoo – Phoenix

Mystery Castle – Phoenix

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Butterfly Wonderland – Scottsdale

OdySea Aquarium – Scottsdale

Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs – Scottsdale

Harkins IMAX Theaters – Tempe

Childsplay – Tempe

Arizona SeaLife Aquarium – Tempe

Dolly Steamboat – Tortilla Flat

The University of Arizona Planetarium & Mineral Museum – Tucson

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – Tucson

Pima Air and Space Museum – Tucson

Colossal Cave Mountain Park – Vail

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Exciting exploration. Endless fun. Customizable experiences. And all the air conditioning you can handle! There’s no better place to ignite imagination and reinforce your STEM lesson plans than Arizona Science Center. Start planning your field trip today. Your visit can include general admission, allowing students to explore the exhibits that most interest them at their own pace. Or, you can custom-design an experience to complement your academic plan. As always, admission to featured exhibitions, Dorrance Planetarium and Irene P. Flinn Theater may easily be added to any field trip. 

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Field trip pricing.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Arizona Science Center offers discounted general admission for field trip groups. 

  • Children (ages 3–17): $15.50 each
  • Adults (teachers/chaperones): $20.50 each

You’ll also receive discounted prices on our shows and attractions. 

  • Irene P. Flinn Theater ticket: $5 per person
  • Featured exhibition entry: $7.95 per person

Field Trip Hours

Arizona Science Center welcomes field trips as early as 9 a.m. Monday to Friday. The Center is open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Be sure to consider our planetarium showtimes and giant screen theater showtimes during your planning.

Amazing Add-on Demonstrations

Customize your field trip by adding a demonstration to complement your class’s current STEM studies. Demonstrations take place in the Daniel Cracchiolo Theater on Level 1, unless otherwise noted. Below are some examples of the programming we have available. Or contact [email protected] to find a demonstration that will align with your lesson plans. Demonstrations may be added to your field trip for an additional fee.

  • Creepy Crawly Critters – Students get up close and personal with insects and arachnids to learn about their importance within their ecosystems.
  • Great Balls of Fire – Learning about the chemical reaction responsible for combustion is way more fun when fire is involved!
  • States of Matter – This super cool demo shows students the amazing things that happen to solids, liquids and gasses when they are introduced to temperatures approaching -320 F.
  • Stomach This – Get a better understanding of what happens to food when it moves through the different organs of the digestive system.

Follow Your Heart: Sheep Heart Dissection – Students look on during a dissection to understand why it is so important and how scientists use animal organ dissection to explore human anatomy. Please call 602.716.2028 to schedule a dissection for your field trip.

Transportation and Parking

Arizona Science Center requests that you secure transportation prior to booking your field trip. 

Buses and oversized vans may drop off students in Heritage and Science Square, entering from North Sixth Street. Waiting vehicles will need to be parked in the Civic East Garage. Parking passes are required and are $6 per vehicle. 

Groups arriving by standard-size vehicle should park in Heritage and Science Park Garage, which is conveniently located at the southeast corner of North Fifth Street and East Monroe Street. Please advise drivers to bring their parking pass to the Information Zone to be validated for a discounted parking rate.

Lunch Seating and Food for Purchase

Field trip groups can reserve our lunchroom and/or outdoor eating area in 30-minute increments between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on weekdays. Our lunchroom can accommodate up to 152 visitors per time slot. 

We recommend field trip groups bring packed lunches as our café is currently closed. You can purchase grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and snacks from our Byte Machines, located in the lobby of Level 1.

Free Field Trip Admission Program for Title 1 Schools

Thanks to APS, K–8 Title 1 schools can qualify for free general admission for students, teachers and chaperones when educators complete Arizona Science Center’s Focused Field Trip Orientation. This online companion program covers the myriad ways in which educators can use our exhibits and galleries as extensions of the classroom and provides tips for leading a successful field trip. This free course counts as two hours of professional development.

Program requirements:

  • Educators must work for a K–8 school that meets Arizona Department of Education requirements for being a Title 1 school, including having at least 40% of enrolled students on free or reduced lunch
  • All grade-level teachers must complete the online program for field trip participants to receive free admission
  • Teachers must receive a completion rate of at least 80% 

Educators can register for the Focused Field Trip Orientation program any time. Course must be completed every two years to maintain eligibility for free field trip admission. 

Questions? Please email [email protected].

Teacher and Chaperone Policy

Teachers and chaperones must remain with their students and maintain an adult-to-child ratio of 1:5 at all times.

Payment Options

Payment arrangements are due prior to the day of your visit. Arizona Science Center accepts cash, check, credit card and purchase order (PO). POs must be paid in full within 30 days of your visit. 

Payments can be mailed to:

Arizona Science Center c/o Group Sales Department 600 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

Field Trips to CREATE Makerspace

CREATE at Arizona Science Center® is where science, engineering and art collide. Our makerspace provides the tools, equipment and inspirational environment for students to become inventors. With a field trip to CREATE, students use science and technology to design and build cool projects to take home.

Check out the projects available for your grade level to CREATE. Workshops last up to two hours and range in price from $6 to $10 per student, depending on the project you select.

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Arizona is a diverse state.  For residents looking to spend a day exploring local wonders, the possibilities are endless.

This website is ever-changing. As we, the editors, find new discoveries, we will post them here.  Bookmark our site and check back often to share our latest day-trip.  As residents of north-central Arizona, we will begin our day-trips locally and branch out frequently.

This is a website of family-oriented ideas for short, one-day, explorations of Arizona. We wish to spotlight the natural wonders of Arizona, therefore we don’t list lodging, resorts, eateries, shopping opportunities or any commercial establishments.  While we often note that an experience can be enhanced through the purchase of a tour or expedition, we leave it to you choose a provider.

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We are a facility dedicated to educating and inspiring both children and adults about the wonders of space exploration and earth conservation.

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Saturday planetarium show schedule: 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, $9 senior / military, $8 children, children 5 or under and pv students free.

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Seasonal Camps

The Earth and Space Expedition Center in Phoenix offers exciting and educational seasonal camps for students of all ages. Each day, our camps will take students on a journey of discovery as they explore the latest advancements in Earth and space science.

With a focus on hands-on learning and discovery, our camps are designed to inspire and engage students, allowing them to make new discoveries and see the impact that science and technology have on their daily lives.

Featured Exhibits

Our science center features a variety of exhibits and interactive displays that showcase the latest discoveries in Earth science, astronomy, and space technology. From the mysteries of the universe to the latest missions to Mars and beyond, we have something for everyone to explore.

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For Students

For children, we offer hands-on activities and educational programs that make learning about space fun and engaging. Our dedicated tours and field trips feature interactive displays and games that teach important science concepts in a way that is easy for young minds to understand.

We also provide a wide range of field trip opportunities for local schools to partake in. With a variety of activity-based workshops, we guarantee that you and your students will learn something new in a fun and engaging way!

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Our gift shop features distinctive items curated for space & science enthusiasts of all ages; even out of this world pets. Plus, all of the proceeds of our shop benefit programs providing field trips to Title One Schools and camperships for students that wouldn’t be able to attend without some help.

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Adults can learn and discover new things at our center, too! We have exhibits and programs that delve into the latest developments in space technology, as well as the history of space exploration and Earth conservation. Our planetarium shows offer an immersive experience that transports you to the stars, while our museum provides a plethora of knowledge that is sure to teach you something new.

This is a hidden gem! Not a high-budget operation, but my kids had a blast here! We all thought the space shuttle tire was cool, and enjoyed watching the tour of the ISS. The kids especially loved the room with the giant foam blocks and they built their own space station.  We also loved the planetarium and interactive exhibits in the second building. There was plenty of information to read and take in for adults and kids. We spent four hours here, and we totally got our money’s worth. My kids love building and space, though, so I imagine most families would probably be satisfied after about two hours.

“Excellent place with a lot of history as well as modern, interactive, and fun means of learning. Even better than their old location but all the same passion and excitement.”

“Was a great place to visit. Lots of history learned and also current events. Lots of hands-on things to check out.”

“I absolutely loved it. This is a good place for the entire family to go.”

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The earth and space expedition center offers a journey, of discovery into fascinating new worlds.

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Through our immersive technologies, students of all ages and abilities realize the possibilities for their future. Hands-on exhibits teach in a fun way. Multimedia technology rewards curiosity and reinforces learning about space and the world around us.  

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At the Earth and Space Expedition Center, we believe that space exploration is not just for scientists and astronauts, but for everyone to experience and enjoy. We invite you to come and explore the wonders of the universe with us and discover the infinite possibilities that lie on and beyond our planet!

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In this desert wilderness, you may drive a lonely road, hike a backcountry trail, camp beneath a clear desert sky, marvel at magnificent cactus, or soak in the warmth and beauty of the Southwest. We welcome you into this desert wild. It is yours to discover.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument website

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Collects, preserves and displays the artifacts, history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction and the surrounding region.

Superstition Mountain Museum website

Named after the fabled lost gold mine, this park is located in the Sonoran Desert at an elevation of 2000 feet. The park offers a variety of hiking trails, nature trails, 70 regular campsites, picnic facilities, and special programs throughout the year.

Lost Dutchman State Park website

Guided cave tours, Discovery Center, interactive displays, theater with video program, gifts shop, restrooms, telephones, food vending machines, lockers, amphitheater

Kartchner Caverns State Park website

(SABO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the birds and their habitats in southeastern Arizona.

Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory website

Once known as "The Queen of the Copper Camps", Bisbee nestles among the Mule Mountains of southeast Arizona, world renowned for its diverse minerals and wealth of copper. Although its mines closed in the 1970s, the town's legacy has been preserved not only in its architecture and mining landscape, but in a museum that has welcomed, educated and entertained hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Bisbee Mining & Historical museum website

Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers a wealth of things to do and places to go year-round. Its huge lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while its desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers, and roadside sightseers. It is also home to thousands of desert plants and animals, adapted to survive in an extreme place where rain is scarce and temperatures soar.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area website

ort Bowie commemorates the bitter conflict between Chiricahua Apaches and the U.S. military - a lasting monument to the bravery and endurance of U.S. soldiers in paving the way for settlement and the taming of the western frontier. It provides insight into a "clash of cultures," a young nation in pursuit of "manifest destiny," and the hunter/gatherer society fighting to preserve its existence.

Fort Bowie National Historic Site website

Prehistory and history of Buckeye Valley. Changing exhibits highlight portions of the museum's collection. Visit the museum and picnic in the surrounding park.

Buckeye Valley Museum website

The park offers visitors a glimpse of life during the Indian Wars period in Arizona. The fort was home to officers, doctors, families, enlisted men, and scouts from 1865 to 1890. Today visitors experience three historic house museum; Commanding Officer's Quarters, Bachelors' Quarters and Doctor's Quarters on Officer's row. All are furnished in the 1880's period and listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places.

Fort Verde State Historic Park website

Crowning a desert hilltop is an ancient pueblo. From a roof top a child scans the desert landscape for the arrival of traders, who are due any day now. What riches will they bring? What stories will they tell? Will all of them return? From the top of the Tuzigoot Pueblo it is easy to imagine such an important moment. Tuzigoot is an ancient village or pueblo built by a culture known as the Sinagua. The pueblo consisted of 110 rooms including second and third story structures. The first buildings were built around A.D. 1000. The Sinagua were agriculturalists with trade connections that spanned hundreds of miles. The people left the area around 1400. The site is currently comprised of 42 acres.

Tuzigoot National Monument website

Gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a 1,000 year-old story of ingenuity and survival in an unforgiving desert landscape. Marveling at this enduring legacy of the Sinagua culture reveals a people surprisingly similar to ourselves.

Montezuma Castle National Monument website

Experience life through the eyes of a frontier soldier at Fort Verde State Historic Park. The fort was a base for General Crook's U.S. Army scouts and soldiers in the 1870s and 1880s. From 1865-1891, Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and Fort Verde were home to officers, doctors, families, enlisted men, and scouts. The park is the best-preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. Several of the original buildings still stand and living history programs are scheduled periodically, giving visitors a glimpse into Arizona's history. The park offers picnic tables, restrooms, RV and tour bus parking.

Come spend an hour, or an afternoon at the Historical Museum. Explore the rich heritage of rural Southern Arizona. The museum offers tours, lectures series, workshops and children's programs. Experience the 19th Century mining boom as you tour the exhibit. See the miniature agricultural display. Learn how irrigation turned sandy plains into lush cotton fields. See what Casa Grande looked like in 1879 when the railroad ended here and the city was named Terminus. Discover the people that come alive through our Research Facilities and Photographic Reproductions. Tour the historic Heritage Hall and the Rebecca Dallis School House.

The Museum of Casa Grande website

Helping Arizona save wildlife with education and relocation. So future generations can enjoy Arizonas beautiful creatures. As we move outward animals move in. All wildlife plays a important role in the eco system. Habitat destruction is the biggest killer of Arizona's wildlife. We can all play a part in co-existing together. Arizona's wildlife was here first, it is their land too.

J&R Reptile Wildlife Rescue/Relocation website

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Huhugam Heritage Center website

For 5,000 years, people have lived in the canyons. Navajo families today, make their homes, raise livestock, and farm the lands in the canyon. The park offers a Junior Ranger and Webranger programs.

Canyon de Chelly National Monument website

Hohokam Pima National Monument was authorized by Congress on October 21, 1972, to protect an ancient Hohokam village known today as "Snaketown." Excavations in the 1930's and again in the 1960's revealed the site was inhabited from about 300 BC to around 1200 AD and may have had up to 2,000 inhabitants. Following the last excavations, the site was completely recovered with earth, leaving nothing visible above ground.

Hohokam Pima National Monument website

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument preserves an ancient Hohokam farming community and "Great House." Created as the nation's first archeological reserve in 1892, the site was declared a National Monument in 1918 "in order that better provision may be made for the protection, preservation and care of the ruins and the ancient buildings and other objects of prehistoric interest thereon."

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument website

Situated amidst an abundance of life along the Verde River. A six-mile reach of the river is known as the Verde River Greenway. Its unique ecosystem, the Cottonwood / Willow riparian gallery forest, is one of less than 20 such riparian zones in the world. Life along the river changes with the seasons, giving visitors a glimpse of the numerous species of raptors, neotropical migrants, resident songbirds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

Dead Horse Ranch website

The Amerind Foundation is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) anthropological and archaeological museum and research center dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Native American cultures and their histories. Located in spectacular Texas Canyon in the Little Dragoon Mountains of southeastern Arizona, the Amerind houses one of the finest private collections of Native American art and artifacts in the country.

Amerind Museum website

Visit The Arboretum at Flagstaff's collection of over 2,500 species of high country wildflowers.

The Arboretum at Flagstaff website

Less than 800 years ago, Wupatki Pueblo was the largest pueblo around. It flourished for a time as a meeting place of different cultures. Yet this was one of the warmest and driest places on the Colorado Plateau, offering little obvious food, water, or comfort. How and why did people live here? The builders of Wupatki and nearby pueblos have moved on, but their legacy remains.

Wupatki National Monument website

Sunset Crater Volcano was born in a series of eruptions sometime between 1040 and 1100. Powerful explosions profoundly affected the lives of local people and forever changed the landscape and ecology of the area. Lava flows and cinders still look as fresh and rugged as the day they formed. But among dramatic geologic features, you'll find trees, wildflowers, and signs of wildlife -- life returns.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument website

Walk in the footsteps of people who lived at Walnut Canyon more than 700 years ago. Peer into their homes, cliff dwellings built deep within canyon walls. The presence of water in a dry land made the canyon rare and valuable to its early human inhabitants. It remains valuable today as habitat for plants and animals. See for yourself on trails along the canyon rim and into the depths.

Walnut Canyon National Monument website

Land and Peoples of the Colorado Plateau

Museum of Northern Arizona website

Located just one mile west of historic downtown Flagstaff, Arizona, Lowell's scenic Mars Hill campus is the site of our 6500-square foot Steele Visitor Center. We offer daytime guided tours at 15 minutes past the hour from 9:15 AM through 4:15 PM, and tours, exhibits and telescope viewing in the evenings. Experience outstanding views of the heavens and wide-screen, cinematic multimedia shows. Come to Lowell and discover your Universe!

Lowell Observatory website

Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, the Mansion is an impressive reminder of gracious living in a small, territorial logging town. The historic building is an Arizona treasure - a remarkable example of Arts and Crafts style architecture featuring a rustic exterior of log-slab siding, volcanic stone arches, and hand-split wooden shingles.

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park website

The Arizona Historical Society has the world's largest collection of Arizona history artifacts, documents, and photographs. Feel free to ask us about research, educational programs, and tours.

Arizona Historical Society website

Fort Huachuca Historical Museum endeavors to bring to the military community and general public a heightened awareness of, and an increased appreciation for, the colorful history of the Southwest and, especially, the prominent part played by the U.S. Army.

Fort Huachuca Historical Museum website

American Indians, Mormon pioneers, plants, animals, and others have depended on the life-giving water found at Pipe Spring. Learn about pioneer and Kaibab Paiute life at the Visitor Center and Museum, on guided tours of an historic fort, during living history demonstrations, and on self-guided tours of the grounds (historic buildings, farm animals, an orchard, garden, and 1/4 mile trail).

Pipe Spring National Monument website

Hubbell Trading Post is the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation.

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site website

The Gilbert Historical Society was organized in early 1960 with the goal of "Preserving the Past for the Future." Collections of pictures, documents and artifacts relating to the history of the community were preserved with the hope that a history of the area would be written and a historical center would be developed. In 1977, the old elementary school at Gilbert and Elliot Roads was abandoned for classroom use. This seemed to be the ideal location for the Museum.

Gilbert Historical Museum website

The Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory (GRCO) is located at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch in Gilbert, Arizona, east of the Southeast Regional Library (southeast corner of Greenfield and Guadalupe Roads). The observatory is open every Friday and Saturday evening at nightfall. The GRCO is owned by the Town of Gilbert and operated by the Riparian Institute.

The Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory website

A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep.

Grand Canyon National Park website

Butterfly Lodge was built in Greer in 1914. The cabin's name ("Apuni Oyis" in Blackfoot) was inspired by the countless butterflies in the nearby meadows. It was the mountain residence and hunting lodge of James Willard Schultz (1859 - 1947) and his son, Hart Merriam Schultz, known as Lone Wolf (1882-1970). The lodge housed two colorful careers: the father's fashioned in words, the son's through painted images and sculptures of the West. They were two free spirits who found inspiration in this little cabin in the high mountains of Greer.

Butterfly Lodge Museum website

It was a journey of exploration, filled with wonder and cruelty. Inspired by rumors of vast quantities of gold, 339 soldiers and over 1100 Indian allies embarked on an epic journey through arid deserts and rugged mountains. They brought rich traditions and new technology into the southwest, irrevocably changing the lives of the native peoples and continuing to influence the area today.

Coronado National Memorial website

The Mohave Museum of History and Arts is dedicated to the purposes of preserving the heritage of Northwestern Arizona and of presenting that history to the public.

Mohave Museum of History and Arts website

An ideal place to enjoy beautiful beaches, nature trails, boat ramps, and convenient campsites. This spot is truly a watersport haven located near the famous London Bridge of Lake Havasu City.

Lake Havasu State Park website

A broad spectrum of activities for all to enjoy. Whether you're interested in swimming, fishing or just lounging and relaxing, Lake Havasu was formed when the Colorado River was dammed near Parker. The 45-mile long lake creates a haven for all kinds of water sports. Fish for largemouth and striped bass, bluegill and crappie. Boat on the blue waters, sail into quiet coves, or water ski or jet ski out on the open lake. The area surrounding the park is also a rock hound's paradise. Volcanic rock, geodes, jaspers, obsidian, turquoise and agate can be found outside Lake Havasu City.

Cattail Cove State Park website

Wildlife World Zoo has Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals with over 6000 individual animals representing more than 600 exotic and endangered species. The zoo specializes in African animals and has a 0.6 mile train.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium website

Mesa's International Award winning facility is the largest and most comprehensive performing, visual and educational arts center in the state of Arizona. Mesa Arts Center is an entity of the City of Mesa, and home to theaters, Museum, art studios and more.

Mesa Arts Center website

If you're interested in educational field trips that are hands-on and engaging, check out Tyrannostorus in Mesa, Arizona! Children of all ages can experience the fun and adventure of safely excavating fossils and searching for gems and minerals. Tyrannostorus offers STEM field trips focused on paleontology, geology, oceanography, food chains, life cycles, anthropology, astronomy, and space exploration. Packages start at $10 per participant.

Tyrannostorus website

Come to Superstition Farm to see where the milk on your morning cereal originates before it ends up in the grocery cooler! Experience the process of how natural feeds and surplus bakery, pastas, grains and cotton turn into nature's most perfect food. Put on your work boots (or closed toed shoes) and join us for a tour of our family farm. Hands on fun!

Superstition Farm website

Your place for dinosaurs that roar and much more. The valley's only natural history museum has the best dinosaurs in town, a history courtyard where visitors pan for gold, a native peoples' gallery includes a replica village and pottery. Where else can you enjoy a cool indoor waterfall? Three changing exhibition galleries offer a variety of interesting subjects.

Arizona Museum of Natural History website

Learn how Phoenix went from the Wild West to a thriving metropolis. Enjoy stops, stories and entrance into the Wells Fargo Museum, the old Post Office, St. Mary's Basilica and relaxing outdoor spaces. Includes hands on activities and exciting stories of the Hohokam, settlers, modes of transportation, historic buildings & more! Children of all ages are welcome when accompanied by a responsible adult. Limit 4 children below age of 10 per adult. Group rates available!

Arizona "ING" Tours website

The Museum houses an interesting array of artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia depicting the economic and social life of the Globe-Miami-San Carlos region's early years.

Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum website

The 71,000-acre Agua Fria National Monument encompasses two mesas and the canyon of the Agua Fria River. Elevations range from 2,150 feet above sea level along the Agua Fria Canyon to about 4,600 feet in the northern hills. In addition to the rich record of human history, the monument contains outstanding biological resources. The area is home to coyotes, bobcats, antelope, mule deer, javelina, a variety of small mammals and songbirds. Eagles and other raptors may also be seen. Native fish exist in the Agua Fria River and its tributaries. Get the free guide to the geology, archaeology, and history of Badger Springs Trail in Agua Fria National Monument.

Agua Fria National Monument website

In 1776, as Americans fought for their independence in the East, Anza led almost 300 people over 1200 miles to settle Alta California. It was the first overland route established to connect New Spain with San Francisco. Walk in their footsteps from Nogales, Arizona to San Francisco, California.

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail website

The purpose of the park is to act as a wildlife refuge and environmental learning center. Educational programs are being developed to focus on basic ecologic principles, and to enhance public awareness of the importance of safeguarding natural resources.

Oracle State Park Center for Environmental Education website

Within the museum, you can see sketches, photos and other memorabilia of Powell's epic Colorado River voyages in 1869 and 1871, along with a unique collection of Native American and pioneer artifacts. Exterior view of Powell Museum Other exhibits focus on the geology of the canyons cut by the Colorado and the history and development of Page. Films on Lake Powell, dam construction and other subjects are shown free upon request.

John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum website

Encompassing over 1.2 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA) offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area website

One of the finest views along the Parker strip, an 18-mile stretch between Parker Dam and Headgate Dam. Mountains line the river on both the Arizona and California sides, and the wildlife is as varied as the recreational opportunities along the river. This picturesque park provides scenic respite, mountain hikes, a desert escape and fun-filled water adventure. The nearby River Island Unit, about one mile north, is ideal for tent campers. It offers a ramada with campfire ring, which may be reserved for group use (fee required) except on holiday weekends. A sandy beach, cove, and boat launch area are also located at the River Island Unit. Boating Safety Classes in Parker and Lake Havasu.

Buckskin Mountain State Park website

Popular for a variety of recreational activities, including water skiing, fishing, camping, picnicking, and hiking. Created by the damming of Sonoita Creek, the lake is habitat for bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish, and is stocked with rainbow trout during the winter.

Patagonia Lake State Park website

The rolling short-grass prairie of the San Rafael Valley is one of the last places left in the West where the eye can roam free across vistas of lush land. Park is currently not open to the public, however, website offers educational information about the goal of land conservation easements that will protect the natural habitat with its rare native plants and animals.

San Rafael Ranch Natural Area website

Sonoita Creek State Natural Area's mission is to preserve this fragile riparian area and its surrounding environment. The "Healthy Water" education program at Sonoita Creek State Natural Area is a field trip environmental education program designed for 3rd - 6th grades. Students test water to determine water quality, look at aquatic insects under microscopes and learn about the importance of protecting water dependent habitats in Arizona. Call the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area Visitor Center for more information. Registration must take place at least six weeks prior to your visit. (520) 287-2791

Sonoita Creek State Natural Area website

Believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world, Tonto Natural Bridge has been in the making for thousands of years.

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park website

West Valley Art Museum Permanent Collections contains over 4000 items from more than 75 countries. Our permanent collections holds over 1000 pieces of Ethnic Dress and textiles. Currently, West Valley Art Museum has the largest collection of ethnic dress in the southwest. Due to the already strong representation, a special emphasis is given to Asia, Africa and Latin American cultures.

West Valley Art Museum website

With one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, multi-hued badlands of the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, and displays of 225 million year old fossils, this is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science.

Petrified Forest National Park website

The Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park has been renamed to "S'edav Va'aki Museum." An archaeological site museum and repository. We collect, preserve, research, interpret, and exhibit cultural materials from the site of Pueblo Grande and the Greater Southwest. The Museum, part of the City of Phoenix park and Recreation Department since 1929, is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge of prehistory, history, and ethnology of inhabitants of the Southwest, and promoting a greater understanding of the diversity of cultures past and present, for our guests and the citizens of Phoenix

S'edav Va'aki Museum (Pueblo Grande Museum) website

The Arizona Military Museum is operated by the Arizona National Guard Historical Society, a private non-profit corporation. The officers and directors serve as docents, and they perform other necessary functions in conjunction with National Guard support to operate and maintain the museum. The museum building is a significant part of Arizona's military history. The raw adobe building was constructed in 1936 as a Depression-era public works project. It served as a National Guard arsenal until World War II, when it was converted into a maintenance shop for German prisoners of war confined at a nearby POW camp.

Arizona Military Museum website

The mission of the Deer Valley Rock Art Center is to preserve and to provide public access to the Hedgpeth Hills petroglyph site, to interpret the cultural expressions found here, and to be a center for rock art studies

Deer Valley Rock Art Center website

A historical site operated since 1984 by the City of Phoenix park and Recreation Department. It is a family-oriented art education center and museum, offering artists and community members a unique and inviting atmosphere to enjoy and learn about the visual arts.

Shemer Art Center and Museum website

Our groundbreaking exhibitions, here only for a limited time, will fascinate, entertain, and educate. From the four corners of the world, from ancient to modern, from masters to rising stars, see what we have on display now.

Phoenix Art Museum website

Acting on the principle that learning is a joy, the Children's Museum of Phoenix's mission is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum will focus on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

Children's Museum of Phoenix website

We offer Homeschool days the first Monday of each month to families and their students that will engage and enrich their studies. Each month is a different topic, and includes lessons, activities, a planetarium show and a light and electricity demo. We also have a block room with large foam blocks that encourage team work and imagination. you may sign up on our website.

Earth & Space Expedition Center website

The Desert Botanical Garden's educational programming for children, adults and educators promote greater enjoyment, understanding and stewardship of the Sonoran Desert.

Desert Botanical Garden website

Our Family Story Hour program introduces parents and children to Irish authors, stories and traditions in a fun and interactive fashion. We will include songs and activities, plus a fun Irish based craft to take home! Story Hour is suitable for all ages and will last approximately 1 hour.

McClelland Library Family Story Hour website

A beautifully restored 1895 historic home open for public tours in downtown Phoenix,

Rosson House Museum website

The Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum commemorates the mining industry that helped build Arizona. Arizona is the Nation's number one mining state with the largest value of non-fuel mineral production in the country.

Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum website

The Phoenix Police Museum is located at 17 South 2nd Avenue, on the 1st floor of the Historic Phoenix City Hall. The museum highlights the history of the Phoenix Police Department from 1881, when Henry Garfias, was elected the first city marshal to the present.

History Of The Phoenix Police Museum website

Arizona Capitol Museum virtual field trip support Arizona Social Studies Standards with an emphasis on government and civics. The field trip is offered free of charge and consists of filmed recordings that follow Arizona's journey from westward expansion through statehood, the Arizona legislative process, and more. Additional components of the field trip include pre- and post-tour activities and an opportunity to interact with a museum educator through a live Q&A or a digital question form.

Arizona Capitol Museum website

The mission of the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is to educate the public about the heritage and living cultures and arts of Native peoples, with an emphasis on the peoples of the Southwest.

Heard Museum website

See the Opera House where Lilly Langtry sang; look through a rifle port in the actual cabin that survived Arizona's bloodiest range war; laugh your way through a "melodrama"; or browse through an 1890's dress shop and much more! All of this, plus a blacksmith shop, sheriff's office and jail, complete ranch complex, and costumed interpreters including cowboys, lawmen, and lovely Victorian ladies - await you at Pioneer Living History Village, Arizona's most authentic Old West town.

Pioneer Living History Village website

Arizona Science Center provides exploration, education and entertainment for all ages. The Center contains four levels of exciting hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art planetarium and a five-story high IMAX® theater.

Arizona Science Center website

The Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, located in Phoenix, Arizona, has almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus on display, dating from 1725 to 1969. Most of the exhibits are American, but we also have pieces from England, France, Austria, Germany, and Japan. The Hall of Flame sponsors the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, which honors firefighters who have died in the line of duty or who have been decorated for heroism.

Hall of Flame Fire Museum website

The Hall of Flame Museum, located in Phoenix, Arizona, is home to the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes and has almost an acre of fire history exhibits, over 100 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus on display (dating from 1725 to 2004), a children's area, and museum gift shop. While most of our collection focuses on the American firefighting experience, we also have fire apparatus and related artifacts from England, France, Austria, Germany, and Japan. The Hall of Flame Museum is sponsored by the National Historical Fire Foundation. School tours offer students historical firefighting curriculum related to the 13 colonies, the Industrial Revolution, and Industrialization and Urbanization in America.

The Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting website

Rooser Cogburn Ostrich Ranch offers Fun, Outdoor, Fresh-Air Field Trip Opportunities. AZ State Standaed Curriculum Available For School Groups. Come FEED All the CRITTERS: Ostrich, Sting Rays, Miniature Donkeys, Deer, Goats, Bunnies, Sheep, Lorikeets, Parakeets, Giant Tortoises and MORE! Check out our website and email for special pricing for school groups!

Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch website

The park and surrounding area are known for its unique geological significance, outstanding and varied desert growth, and historical importance. The unique shape has been used as a landmark by travelers since prehistoric times. One of the first recordings was in the 1700s by the Anza Expedition as it passed through the area. The park offers a visitor center with exhibits and a park store, a playground, historical markers, a campground and picnic areas. Many hiking trails traverse the desert landscape and offer hikers both scenic and challenging hikes.

Picacho Peak State Park website

The mission of the Smoki Museum of American Indian Art & Culture is to instill an understanding and respect for the indigenous cultures of the Southwest.

Smoki Museum of American Indian Art & Culture website

The Highlands Center works with local public, private, and charter schools through our year-round school programs. Highlands Center School Programs are a special point of pride, and are the longest running and most requested. The Highlands Center's field trips and Schoolyard Habitat Program are wonderful ways to help students have positive outdoor learning experiences

Highlands Center for Natural History website

Sharlot Hall Museum's newest exhibit examines the history of water management in Arizona, and bring to life the story of this critical and ever-changing natural resource.

Sharlot Hall Museum website

Art (Cowboy Capital) of the American West. The Phippen Museum offers history-based guided tours from trained docent leaders, studio art activities led by certified art teachers and trail hikes where students engage in an outdoor classroom exploring local geography, geology, and the ecology of the region. Museum educators work closely with classroom teachers to develop learning targets that correspond with STEM initiatives and Common Core curriculum standards.

Phippen Museum website

"Educating the public about Arizona Agriculture is our number 1 priority at Schnepf Farms; everything you eat and wear comes from a farm. We are proud to continue the tradition." Mark Schnepf, owner. Seasonal Hours: October through May. Closed the months of January, February, June-September.

Schnepf Farms website

An elegant, edible oasis in the desert, the Queen Creek Botanical Gardens celebrates the farming heritage of the area across 10 acres of river, waterfalls, Mill ponds, and uniquely designed culinary demonstration gardens that inspire and delight the senses. Come grow with us and Taste The Beauty of the worlds 1st all-edible gardens surrounding the only working water mill in the American Southwest and more!

Queen Creek Botanical Gardens website

Situated within rugged terrain in the northeastern part of the Sonoran Desert, these well-preserved cliff dwellings were occupied during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries.

Tonto National Monument website

An astrophysical research site...

Mount Graham International Observatory website

A great place to spend a few days or just a few hours. Desert vegetation, a peaceful lake and a view of Mount Graham, picnic ramadas, an Indian Village and a playground all for families to enjoy!

Roper Lake State Park website

The EAC Discovery Park Campus hosts K-12 school students from local communities and surrounding areas. These science field trips give these children opportunities to learn and enjoy hands-on activities about astronomy and ecology. These activities are available at no cost to schools wishing to bring students to enjoy these wonderful educational experiences.

Discovery Park Campus website

The only remaining Titan II site open to the public, the Titan Missile Museum allows visitors a look at the threat of nuclear war between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.

Titan Missile Museum website

Exhibit of Jewish life cycle and holiday archival material and artifacts as well as a composite Tunisian Synagogue.

Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum website

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation was established in 1940 as the repository of the life work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Foundation maintains its international headquarters at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is committed to advancing the ideas and principles of organic architecture, organic education, and conservation of the natural environment. The Foundation also seeks to preserve and enhance the lifetime contributions and ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright, and make available to the public opportunities to study and experience organic architecture.

Taliesin West website

History of the Old Red Brick Schoolhouse. The Museum has hosted thousands of visitors, civic groups and school children over the decades.

Scottsdale Historical Museum website

Great fun for all ages! Train Museum, train rides, and merry go round at low cost. For free a beautiful kids park done in the style of the old west with picnic areas and if you dont want to pack a lunch visit the train car diner! Free entrance.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park website

Scottsdale center for the performing arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts, and Scottsdale public Arts.

Scottsdale Arts website

Tour the wildlife sanctuary with your students to learn how to safely coexist with native Arizona wildlife. Small groups get an up-close view of Southwest Wildlife as we share the compelling stories of our sanctuary residents. 90 minutes to 2 hours, takes place completely outdoors. Tours are led by experienced Trail Guides using standard based curriculum covering Mammal Habitats in grades K-4, Food Webs and Food Chains in grades 5-8, and Habitat Fragmentation in grades 9-12. Students make determinations as they see the sanctuary animals and hear their stories.

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center website

Our Museum is focused on the lifestyles and works of the people who pioneered this community, from 1876 to the present. The Sedona Historical Society's mission is to research, preserve and teach the history of the greater Sedona area.

Sedona Heritage Museum website

The park's 286 acres were originally part of the Smoke Trail Ranch, owned by Jack and Helen Frye. Arizona's famous Oak Creek meanders through this scenic park, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife. This riparian habitat, the land-based ecosystem closely associated with Oak Creek, provides the setting and the opportunity for Red Rock State Park to offer a center for environmental education.

Red Rock State Park website

Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historical apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. As one of the few homesteads left intact in the canyon today, Slide Rock State Park is a fine example of early agricultural development in Central Arizona.

Slide Rock State Park website

A state of the art recreation area, located in the Apache - Sitgreaves National Forest.

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area website

Follow the routes of mule pack trains across the Southwest on the Old Spanish National Historic Trail between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California. New Mexican traders moved locally produced merchandise across what are now six states to exchange for mules and horses.

Old Spanish National Historic Trail website

Situated on terraces of a fallen basalt cliff along the upper Little Colorado River, the site dates from late Pueblo III to early Pueblo IV (AD 1250-1325) times. Casa Malpais appears to incorporate features of both early and late Mogollon Culture settlement patterns. Site is accessible only via guided tours, which start at the Visitor's Center in Springerville.

Casa Malpais Archaeological Park website

Grand Canyon Parashant's natural splendor provides a sense of solitude to those who venture into its isolated domain. Located on the edge of one of the most beautiful places on earth, the Grand Canyon, the Monument's expansive landscape encompasses a chronicle of natural and cultural history.

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument website

First came the dinosaurs to the banks of the Little Colorado River, and then the Indians. In (1540) Coronado crossed the river near St. Johns and later descendants of the Conquistadors settled here. Pioneer families arrived from the East in the 1880's.

Apache County Historical Society Museum website

Our farm tour isn't just a tour. It's your chance to see where fresh ideas are made and open your mind to everything that milk makes possible. Exciting, entertaining and educational, you'll never look at milk the same way again.

Shamrock Farms Tour website

Discover a wide variety of exciting field trip ideas & learning opportunities for students & families! Arizona is a wonderful state where past and present, nature and technology, newcomers and old-timers alike all meet amid spectacular scenery ranging from beautiful desert landscapes to breathtaking mountain peaks. This diversity makes it possible to experience a wide variety of educational adventures. The field trip opportunities in Arizona are virtually unlimited!

Arizona Edventures website

"The Mission of Boyce Thompson Arboretum is to instill in people an appreciation of plants through the fostering of educational, recreational, research, and conservation opportunities associated with arid-land plants."

Boyce Thompson Arboretum website

The place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Featured are plants from the world's deserts, towering trees, captivating cacti, sheer mountain cliffs, a streamside forest, panoramic vistas, many natural habitats with varied wildlife, a desert lake, a hidden canyon, specialty gardens and more.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park website

Education programs at the ASU Art Museum are as varied and intellectually stimulating as the people who visit the museum. A myriad of educational activities engage audiences of all ages with captivating and provocative exhibitions and programs.

ASU Art Museum website

The Tempe History Museum is a center where the community comes together to explore Tempe's past, share its present and imagine its future. Admission is free.

Tempe Historical Museum website

A fun way to take a field trip into space! The theater employs Definiti SkySkan Planetarium technology in which the viewer is taken out into space in real time. There are different shows scheduled for a variety of interests. All ages are accepted. Also there is a quaint museum in the lobby, and the second level is dedicated to real space rocks.

ASU 3D Astronomy Shows website

Witness the dramatic events that made Tombstone famous: the silver boom, the great fire, the O.K. Corral® gunfight, the assassination of Morgan Earp, and more. Actor Vincent Price narrates this exciting multimedia history of Tombstone from Geronimo's Apaches to modern times.

O.K. Corral website

Many tourists visit the Boothill Graveyard in Tombstone Arizona on a daily basis. Many tourists stop by the counter and ask the sales clerk in the gift shop questions like which part of the cemetery are the Earps buried in? Where is Ike Clanton and Johnny Ringo buried? The answer they hear from the clerk amazes them most of the time. None of the Earps are buried in Tombstone, neither is Ike Clanton or even John Ringo.

Boothill Graveyard website

In the 1880s it was not only a theater, but also served as a saloon, gambling hall and brothel. It was open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - even on holidays. The New York Times called it, "the wildest, roughest, wickedest honky tonk between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast." That statement was well deserved, since the Bird Cage was the scene for twenty-six deaths during its eight years of business. Today the floor of the Bird Cage has been converted into a museum.

Bird Cage Theater website

A historical museum that features exhibits and thousands of artifacts which tell of Tombstone's colorful past.

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park website

Navajo National Monument preserves three intact cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people. A visitor center, museum, three short self-guided trails, two small campgrounds, and a picnic area are available for visitors.

Navajo National Monument website

Sightseeing and Dinner Steamboat Cruises in Tortilla Flat, Arizona

Dolly Steamboat website

The church and the military were the vanguards of Spanish frontier expansion throughout New Spain. The Jesuit, Eusebio Francisco Kino, established missions from 1687 to 1711 to Christianize and control Native Americans in the area. He established nearby Tumacacori in 1691, and Tubac, then a small Piman village, became a mission farm and ranch. Spanish Colonists began to settle here during the 1730s, irrigating and farming the lands along the river and raising cattle, sheep and goats on the northern frontier of Spain's New World empire.

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park website

Features original and traveling exhibitions focusing on Art of the Americas, Art of the American West, and Modern and Contemporary Art as well as tours, education programs, Art School, and Museum Shop to delight and educate visitors.

Tucson Museum of Art website

Visit The Museum Neighborhood - four great museum in walking distance from each other. The University of Arizona Museum of Art + Center for Creative Photography + Arizona State Museum + Arizona Historical Society.

University of Arizona Museum of Art website

You have embarked on an adventure learning experience at Southern Arizona's only children's museum. A visit to TCM will find you enjoying the numerous interactive exhibits, the daily hands-on activities and the monthly special events.

Tucson Children's Museum website

Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze - October

Buckelew Farm website

Listed Tohono Chul Park as one of the Ten Great Botanical Gardens in the world.

Tohono Chul Park website

Located on the site of the historic Porter property, Reader's Digest named Tucson Botanical Gardens as the BEST Secret Garden in America. Among mature trees and expertly cultivated foliage, specialty gardens such as the Cactus and Succulent Garden, Barrio Garden and Herb Garden highlight the diversity of native plants while offering a lush oasis in the heart of Tucson. Tropical butterflies from around the world are featured in the Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion Oct to May. Experience year-round tours, community events, classes, and art exhibits, as well as the creative, seasonal menu of Cafe Botanica.

Tucson Botanical Gardens website

Here you can learn more about the fascinating arthropods and the resources SASI has to help you in your quest.

Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute website

ASM is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest, established in 1893. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution it is the state's official archaeological repository and the largest non-federal archaeological repository in the country.

Arizona State Museum website

The Center for Creative Photography is an archive and research center located on the University of Arizona campus. We retain the archives of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Garry Winogrand, Harry Callahan, and other great 20th century photographers--over fifty archives in all.

The Center for Creative Photography website

The Museum is dedicated to providing public education and the preservation of minerals and meteorites while also serving the research needs of professionals, students and collectors. The collection is world-wide in scope, but with specific emphasis on minerals from Arizona and Mexico.

University of Arizona Mineral Museum website

The Flandrau Planetarium and Science Center, constructed in 1971, is on the northeast corner of Cherry Avenue at University Boulevard. Made possible by a bequest of more than $1 million dollars from the estate of Grace H. Flandrau, the domed planetarium theater is surrounded by numerous exhibit halls. Flandrau is available to host special events and the theater produces shows and education programs that are open to the public. The Mineralogical Museum is housed in the Science Center.

Flandrau: The University of Arizona Science Center website

You can take your own tour of the heavens with the Observatory's 16-inch telescope (no reservations are needed or can be taken), available for free viewing Wednesday through Saturday after sunset, all year long (the only such telescope open on a regular basis, free to the public, in the state of Arizona). Flandrau's Cassegrain reflector is the same optical design as professional telescopes on Arizona mountaintops. An expert astronomer or telescope operator is available (weather permitting) to point you toward the sky's best sky show this month and visitors can request different objects to view.

Flandreau Observatory website

A world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place!

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum website

Research, education, history, excavation, preservation and protection, presentations, day trips, travel tours

Old Pueblo Archaeology Center website

The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum exists to interpret the history of transportation in Southern Arizona with a focus on the Tucson Historic Depot and Steam Locomotive #1673. Dedicated to education, research and preservation.

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum website

Integrating Science and Community for the Conservation of the Northern Gulf of California and Sonoran Desert

Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans website

Dioramas depicting wild animals in their natural settings, videos, interactive computers, and hands-on exhibits promote wildlife appreciation and conservation. Your visit is an excellent opportunity to see animals up close and gain a better understanding of their adaptive characteristics, habitats and conservation issues.

International Wildlife Museum website

Pima Air & Space Museum, where history takes flight, is one of the largest air and space museum in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum. You'll see more than 275 aircraft and spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced, both from the United States and throughout the world.

Pima Air & Space Museum website

Our mission is to preserve the proud heritage of the original cadre, the ground support personnel, the aircrews, the staff, and the commanders of the 390th Bombardment Group (Heavy).

390th Memorial Museum website

Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth for nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun. Sharing the mountaintop site with the National Solar Observatory, KPNO, founded in 1958, operates three major nighttime telescopes and hosts the facilities of consortia which operate 19 optical telescopes and two radio telescopes. (See the Tenant Observatories list.) Kitt Peak is located 56 miles southwest of Tucson, AZ, in the Schuk Toak District on the Tohono O'odham Nation and has a Visitor Center open daily to the public.

Kitt Peak National Observatory website

The Tucson Auto Museum is a fun-filled day for students learning about automobiles and its long history as well as engineering and technology advancement! Youth groups will have access to all 80 plus cars during their visit. Please note that all Youth groups are self-guided through the museum unless you have arranged for a private class or tour.

Tucson Auto Museum website

For over 55 years, Ms. Morales has been creating dolls representing the Tarascan/Purepecha people of Michoacan engaged in their daily activities. Her dolls have been exhibited internationally as well as throughout Mexico.

The Castaneda Museum website

Enormous cacti, silhouetted by the setting sun, for most of us the Giant Saguaro is the universal symbol of the American West. And yet, these majestic plants are only found in a small portion of the United States. Saguaro National Park protects some of the most impressive forests of these sub-tropical giants, on the edge of the modern City of Tucson.

Saguaro National Park website

This scenic desert park offers camping, hiking, picnicking, bicycling, horseback riding, plant and wildlife viewing, and an archaeological site, all just a few minutes from Tucson. Bring along your curiosity and your sense of adventure as you take in the beautiful mountain backdrop, desert wildflowers, cacti and wildlife that call this area home.

Catalina State Park website

Tucson Audubon sponsors education programs for all ages.

Tucson Audubon Society website

Reid Park Zoo offers a variety of educational, hands-on programs for individuals, families, scouts and private groups. Kids can print out zoo activities to use on your next Zoo visit.

Reid Park Zoo website

Listed as one of the Ten Great Botanical Gardens in the world.

Tumacacori NHP protects three Spanish colonial mission ruins in southern Arizona: Tumacacori, Guevavi, and Calabazas. The adobe structures are on three sites, with a visitor center at Tumacacori. These missions are among more than twenty established in the Pimeria Alta by Father Kino and other Jesuits, and later expanded upon by Franciscan missionaries.

Tumacacori National Historical Park website

The museum features scenes of the Old West, including blacksmithing, saddles, and cowboy life on the range. Many historic wagons and carriages are displayed, including buckboards, surreys, farm wagons, and Tucson’s first "paddy" wagon, as well as stagecoaches, a school bus, and much more.

Tucson Wagon and History Museum website

Explore the different sections of this site to experience the area's history, meet some of our abundant wildlife, learn about our educational resources and facilities and check out the FAQs section to answer some of the most commonly asked questions.

Colossal Cave Mountain Park website

One of Arizona's best kept secrets. The stark desert beauty is reflected off the water. Cacti dot the mountainous landscape that surround the lake. Nestled in the Bill Williams River Valley away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Alamo Lake State Park offers outdoor fun, premier bass fishing, rest and relaxation. For nature lovers, spring rains bring an abundance of wild flowers and the lake environment attracts a variety of wildlife year round, including bald and golden eagles, waterfowl, foxes, coyotes, mule deer and wild burros. Stargazers are sure to enjoy the unbelievable view of the night sky with the nearest city lights some forty miles away!

Alamo Lake State Park website

Arizona's Most Western Museum

Desert Caballeros Western Museum website

Home to Arizona's largest gold strike, Vulture City Ghost Town offers unique and exciting historical tours for classrooms and groups of all ages. Discovered in 1863 by Henry Wickenburg, this rare historic site now has 17 fully restored and curated 19th century buildings open for field trip tours 7 days a week. Groups of all sizes welcome and all tours are handicap accessible. For more information: https://www.vultureminetours.com/schools-education

Vulture City Ghost Town website

School field trips and group tours: Apple Field Trips and Pumpkin & Corn Maze Field Trips.

Apple Annie's Orchard website

A "Wonderland of Rocks" is waiting for you to explore at Chiricahua National Monument. This forest of rock spires was eroded from layers of ash deposited by the Turkey Creek Volcano eruption 27 million years ago. The 8 mile paved scenic drive and 18 miles of day-use hiking trails provide opportunities to discover the beauty, natural sounds, and inhabitants of this 11,985 acre site. Visit the Faraway Ranch Historic District to discover more about the people who have called this area home: Chiricahua Apaches, Buffalo Soldiers, Erickson and Stafford families.

Chiricahua National Monument website

Rex was a real cowboy legend starring in western movies. His voice is still treasured in the narrations he did of Walt Disney's "Wonderful World of Color" nature shows and behind 150 different cartoon characters created for Walt Disney.

Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum and Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame website

All aboard to Grand Canyon National Park! Book your Grand Canyon Railway vacation online on one of four classes of service on our vintage train from Williams to Grand Canyon National Park. Or, select a hotel package that includes lodging at our own Grand Canyon Railway Hotel and in Grand Canyon National Park at select Grand Canyon hotels. Learn about the new Grand Canyon Railway RV Park, or experience the magic of the Polar Express.

Grand Canyon Railway website

Meteor Crater is the breathtaking result of a collision between an asteroid traveling at 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth over 50,000 years ago. What scientists have learned here has helped unlock secrets of the formation of our solar system and the universe! See where NASA astronauts train and learn about asteroids, meteors, and meteorites!

Meteor Crater & Barringer Space Museum website

The Peanut Patch gives free tours of their facilities every Tuesday and Friday at 10 am, in the months of January, February, March and November. They are open Monday - Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, October 1 - April 30th.

The Peanut Patch website

Located in the southwestern corner of Arizona, Yuma served as a vital crossing of the Lower Colorado River in the 19th Century and an innovator of water management and desert agriculture in the 20th Century. The Heritage Area's mission is to conserve and enhance the Colorado River, the historic downtown, but most importantly, its sense of place in a rapidly changing community.

Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area website

On July 1, 1876, the first seven inmates entered the Territorial Prison at Yuma, and were locked into the new cells they had built themselves. Schooling was available for convicts, and many learned to read and write in prison. The prison housed one of the first "public" libraries in the territory, and the fee charged to visitors for a tour of the institution was used to purchase books. The Yuma Union High School occupied the buildings from 1910 to 1914.

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park website

Was used by the US Army to store and distribute supplies for all the military posts in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas. A six month supply of clothing, food, ammunition, and other goods was kept at the depot at all times. The supplies were brought from California by ocean vessels traveling around the Baja Peninsula to Port Isabel near the mouth of the Colorado River. There, cargos were transferred to river steamers and brought upstream to Yuma. A few structures from the depot's active period are still standing. The commanding officer's quarters were acquired by the U.S. Customs Service. 1908. The Bureau of Reclamation, the Boundary Commission, the Yuma County Water Users Association, and the Assistance League of Yuma have also utilized portions of the old depot during the twentieth century.

Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park website

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The Top 5 Field Trip Destinations in Phoenix

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Educators and youth organizers in Phoenix, you’re in luck. There are so many great field trip destinations around town, the hardest part can be deciding where to start.

That’s why we’ve rounded up the top five best places to take your kids in Phoenix—keep reading to see what they are! And whenever you’re ready to secure a safe and reliable ride for your class, youth group , or after-school program, give us a call at 480-257-7734. Our representatives are available 24/7 to help you book a Phoenix charter bus rental , and we can even offer you a free, no-obligation price quote for your trip.

a lineup of puppets in a theatre

Great Arizona Puppet Theatre

Address: 302 W Latham St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: 602-262-2050

Fun fact: the Theatre’s building used to be the Phoenix LDS 2nd Ward Church, a historic Phoenix landmark constructed in 1929. If you have a moment, take in the preserved Spanish Colonial architecture, Moorish columns, and hand-painted motifs throughout the building.

But if you’re simply here to catch a puppet show, that’s just as well—there’s almost always one playing! From classic fairy tales like Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin to educational musicals about the weather cycle, this theatre rotates through many children-focused programs that are sure to keep kids entertained.

Call 602-262-2050 ext. 3 to secure your group’s show—field trip reservations can only be made over the phone. Availability can vary (sometimes there’s a show available the day after you call, sometimes they’re sold out for months at a time), so call well in advance to ensure you get the day and time you want and the discounted youth group rate.

It’s also worth noting that there are no dining areas or food vendors at the Theatre—so you’ll need to bring a bagged lunch. You can easily store coolers and sandwiches in your charter bus’s roomy luggage bays, and there are reservable picnic areas at Margaret T. Hance Park across the street. Call the city’s parks office at 602-534-2407 to grab a table!

Where to park your charter bus: After unloading everyone on the sidewalk at the rear of the building, your driver can park in one of the two bus parking spaces near the dumpster on the west side of the lot. If for some reason these spaces are unavailable or you need extra parking space, your buses can also park along W Latham Street, south of the Theatre.

A small child pretends to shop in a play grocery store

Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Address: 215 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Phone: 602-253-0501

If you’re on the move with a group of younger kids, there are few places in town better suited for your day out than the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. There’s so much for your little adventurers to experience and learn from—building a tower out of toddler-sized building blocks, pedaling through a tricycle “car wash,” snuggling into a quiet book loft, trapezing through a three-story jungle gym, pretending to run a pint-sized supermarket, and so much more!

Also, it’s one of Phoenix’s more accessible destinations for kids in terms of language, mobility, and stimulation. All exhibits and booklets are navigable in English, Spanish, and Braille. If you’ll be traveling with wheelchair users, call 602-253-0501 ext. 0 ahead of your visit to learn more about where to enter the building, and call Champion Charter Bus at 480-257-7734 to reserve an ADA-compliant motorcoach at no additional cost.

Where to park your charter bus: Parking in the Museum’s lots is free for all vehicles with admission. Buses and motorcoaches are asked to unload and park in the northernmost parking lot. If you make a reservation in advance, there should be plenty of signage set up to direct your driver to the right places.

Heritage & Science Park

This field trip destination is a two-for-one, with both the Historical Heritage Square and the Arizona Science Center located in the same city block. Here, you can spend some time exploring the history of Phoenix and the future of renewable energy all in one trip! Parking for both attractions is the same:

Where to park your charter bus: Because this destination is in the middle of downtown Phoenix, maneuvering a motorcoach can get tricky. Luckily, you have some options. If your group is already heading to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, just keep your bus parked in their lot—it’s directly across the street, and it’s an easy walk. If a trip to the museum isn’t in the cards, see if you can reserve a spot on the lower level of the Phoenix Convention Center’s East Garage (601 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85004) or at the convention center’s marshaling yard (1102 E Tonto St, Phoenix, AZ 85034).

exterior of the Rosson House in Phoenix

Rosson House Museum at Heritage Square

Address: 113 N 6th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Phone: 602-262-5070

Round up your aspiring history buffs and step back in time at the Rosson House: a fully restored 1895 Victorian mansion that originally belonged to the city’s surgeon, Dr. Roland Rosson. In your hour-long tour of the home, you’ll see features commonly found in Victorian mansions (electric lamps, telephones, domestic water systems, etc.) as well as features unique to this house (like a Victorian-era anatomical model and constructions to accommodate the desert climate).

Groups of 8 or fewer don’t need a reservation to tour the house. But if you’re coming in with more people, you’ll need to call 602-262-5070 or email [email protected] at least two weeks before you plan to visit. Be prepared to make a $50 deposit to confirm your reservation.

two children track a ball on a ramp in science museum

Arizona Science Center

Address: 600 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Phone: 602-716-2000

If your kids are more of the science-y type, this interactive learning center will be more their speed. This place is full of interactive exhibits to encourage kids to engage in hands-on learning—from constructing their own desert-friendly homes, to transmitting their names in Morse Code, to playing with alternative energy sources like solar and wind.

Educators and group leaders can even request add-on demonstrations and dissection labs to accompany lesson plans or the group’s specific interests by filling out a field trip request form . Or, you can let the kids get creative with a session at the center’s makerspace , where they can tinker and invent to their hearts’ content. Either way, be sure to enlist at least one chaperone for every five students and to get in touch with the Center’s Group Sales Department to score East Garage parking passes for your bus.

a mother and child play the drums together

Musical Instrument Museum

Address : 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050

Phone : 480-478-6000

Here, you’ll find more than 6,800 musical instruments on display and a bunch of tailored programs for different kinds of groups. Band and orchestra classes can learn more about instruments from across the globe. Younger crowds will enjoy jamming on a variety of drums, harps, and a theremin (with the help of volunteer musicians, of course). Even your physics students can learn a thing or two by checking out the STEM gallery and seeing how musical instruments work and the science of sound waves.

For a typical tour of the museum, expect to spend about two hours walking around the exhibits. School groups are encouraged to reserve a 9 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. time slot, while other youth groups like scout troops or after-school programs are asked to reserve in the early afternoon—though the museum is willing to make exceptions and extend your time slot if need be. Make your reservation by putting down your $75 deposit and filling out the MIM Field Trip Request Form or Youth Group Tour Request Form at least 15 days before your visit. If you have questions, contact the Group Tour Coordinator by calling 480-245-6919 or emailing [email protected].

Where to park your charter bus : The museum’s parking lot is free and very spacious—unless it’s an abnormally busy day, there should be plenty of room to park your bus. There are two bus loading/unloading zones: one near the main entrance on the north side of the parking lot, and one near the cafe on the south side.

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Phoenix Zoo

Address: 455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Phone: 602-286-3800

This Papago Park attraction has delighted the masses since the early 1960s and has hosted a lot of well-known animal residents, like a saved-from-extinction Arabian Oryx herd and Ruby, the painting Asian elephant. The zoo is laid out as a series of four walking trails: the Tropics Trail (rainforest residents), the Arizona Trail (American Southwest flora and fauna), the Africa Trail (animals from Africa), and the Children’s Trail, which has a petting zoo for the little ones. To see everything, you’ll be walking about 2.5 miles total—so make sure everyone wears some sturdy walking shoes and brings plenty of water.

Your group is more than welcome to explore the zoo in your own time—it takes about three hours to see everything. But if you’d like a little more structure, both preset and custom guided tours are available, with a discounted rate for groups of more than 25 people. Both tour options are led by zoo rangers, last about an hour and should be booked at least two weeks in advance.

Where to park your charter bus: Bus drivers are asked to enter the zoo grounds via Galvin Parkway. From there, they can drop your group off at the admissions booth near the turnstiles or the school group entrance to the right of the main entrance. During the summer (June through August), buses can park in the main parking lot if there is availability. However, during the school year (September through May), your driver will need to park in the zoo’s overflow lot. It will be the first right-hand turn after entering Papago Park, and there should be plenty of bus parking signage to direct your driver to the right place.

Plan Your Phoenix Field Trip Today

Whenever you’ve finalized your kids’ field trip itinerary, you can count on Champion Charter Bus to take you wherever you want to go—all on your own schedule and in total comfort. Whether you need a short-and-sweet minibus shuttle for your scout troop outing or a fleet of charter buses for your entire 3rd-grade class, our 24-hour team can set you up with a reliable ride that will keep them all together. Request amenities like free WiFi so your kids can play mobile games, TVs with DVD players so they can marathon their favorite movies, and AUX ports so everyone can join in on a road trip sing-a-long, and everyone will stay entertained between destinations! Call 480-257-7734 today to get started!

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Just say the words "We're going on a field trip"and something magical happens in your classroom! Students are buzzing about the upcoming experience, the energy in palpable, and classroom discussions deepen. For more than ten years we have been providing hundreds of thousands of students from Title I schools access to live dance, music, theater, and museums in Phoenix and Tucson. Arts education can take students beyond the standard classroom environment through active and engaged learning practices and is an essential component of a well-rounded education.

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We want to make educational arts field trips a fun and easy process for teachers., field trip registration is ongoing. please check the website frequently as new opportunities will become available on a rolling basis. .

To qualify for the Act One field trip program , a school must fit the following criteria:

✔️ Designated as Title I with at least 40% of students on free and reduced-price lunch.

✔️ Located in Arizona within busing distance of the field trip location (50 miles or less).

✔️ Be a public/charter school that serves students in grades PreK-12.

Please Note: We have EXTREMELY limited access to charter buses. Please use district buses if available. Act One will reimburse the cost of district buses. If charter buses are available, we require a minimum of 30 passengers.

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For unforgettable fun and learning, few things are as fabulous as a field trip here are bear essential’s 2023–24 guides for field trips and fun family destinations..

Educators are always looking for creative ways to keep their students excited and engaged while learning. Taking a classroom or combined classrooms on a field trip is a perfect way to lead the students on a fun adventure that can be full of animals, marine life, history, art, farming, nature, government, STEM and STEAM. Field trips give students a chance to get away from tablets and screens and do hands-on activities.

For some students a field trip might be their first adventure traveling on a bus to another city without their parents. This helps a child with a feeling of independence. Learning about dinosaurs in a classroom is one thing, but going to a museum to see actual dinosaur skeletons up-close or digging for fossils helps students to connect the dots about what they have learned in the classroom and put it together with what they can see, touch and explore during a field trip.

In Tucson students can learn more about art, music, culture, nature, animals, history and geology with field trips to various places around the Old Pueblo. The Fox Tucson Theatre offers free tours where students will learn history of the theatre, see the unique architecture of the venue or attend a school matinee. Hands-on learning happens at the Mini Time Machine Museum and Children’s Museum Tucson . At Tucson Museum of Art and the UA Museum of Art special exhibits and collections educate students about history, culture, art techniques and more with self-guided or docent-led tours.

Are your students interested in learning about animals, reptiles, wildlife and bugs? The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson Reptile & Amphibian Show, Arizona Insect Festival and International Wildlife Museum has animals and critters of various species. These educational field trips have hands-on activities (some with a petting zoo) and give insight of how to care for, protect and understand domestic pets, exotic reptiles, wildlife and bugs from Arizona and around the world.

Camp Cooper, Tohono Chul, Presidio Museum , The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show and The Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum are great places to learn about history, culture, nature and geology.

If you are looking for a field trip that keeps kids active and has hands-on activities, you might want to check out Golf N’ Stuff, Rock Solid Climbing + Fitness, Tucson Parks & Rec Kidco, Wild Katz Children’s Adventure Playground or the Crayola Experience in Chandler.

Apple Annie’s in Wilcox has a 600,000-stalk corn maze that is a great adventure for students or scout groups. For city kids who want to learn more about what it’s like to work on a farm, Shamrock Farms has educational tours that teach about farm-to-table.

In The Phoenix area a field trip to the Phoenix Zoo or Sea Life Arizona is a fun way to learn about animals and marine life. The Arizona Museum of Natural History, Mesa Grande Cultural Park and Sky Harbor International Airport provide historical displays, exhibits and activities.

Matinees are available at East Valley Children’s Theatre with discounted rates for classrooms. Want to learn about trains and fire engines? A visit to Hall of Flame and McCormick–Stillman Railroad Park teaches the history about firefighting and transportation. And speaking about transportation, Valley Metro offers a free ride to your field trip destination.

Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine, Boy Scouts of America–Catalina Council and Boy Scouts of America–Grand Canyon Council all have programs for students. Scouts learn skills, earn badges, awards, go on field trips, go camping and help their local community.

If you want to stay in your classroom, the Central Arizona Project (CAP) offers educators lessons plans and Bear Essential News provides free classroom presentations. Choose from five topics that cover reading, writing and journalism skills and students in grades 3–8 can sign up to be Young Reporters and write for Bear Essential News.

Visit www.bearessentialnews.com and click on Teacher Grants & Field Trip Funding under the teacher tab to see a list of places that help with field trips, classroom projects and teacher resources.

2024 ARIZONA SCITECH FESTIVAL

The Arizona SciTech Festival is a multi-week, colorful showcase of more than 1,000 science, engineering, technology (STEM) and innovation events in over 50 Arizona cities featuring exhibits, hands-on activities, colorful shows, tours and discussions. Dates coming soon!

APPLE ANNIE'S CORN MAZE

Our 12.5-acre, 600,000-stalk maze has two levels of difficulty–spend as little or as much time as you want exploring the pathways of the maze. Group rates available for the corn maze and hayride combo. Groups must be 15 people or more. 

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS BALLPARK TOURS

The Arizona Diamondbacks are the Major League Baseball team in Arizona. Since its inception as an expansion franchise in 1998, the team has won a world championship (2001) and made six postseason appearances. The club has played in front of 32 million fans at Chase Field, which features a signature swimming pool, retractable roof and a kids play area called the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Sandlot. For more information about the D-backs, or to purchase game tickets, visit dbacks.com

ARIZONA INSECT FESTIVAL

The Arizona Insect Festival is back! Join us Sunday October 1, 2022 from 10 a.m–3 p.m., at the ENR2 building on the University of Arizona campus. This FREE family event features over 20 booths with live insects and hands-on activities. Chat with insect scientists and learn more about amazing Arizona insects! 

ARIZONA STATE FAIR

We are proud to host interactive educational opportunities for public, private, charter, and home school groups. Field trips are FREE for all participants – both students and adult chaperones, and include a curriculum aligned to the Arizona Department of Education State Standards for English, Math, Science and Social Studies. Registration deadline is October 1, 2023.

BEAR ESSENTIAL NEWS & YOUNG REPORTER PROGRAM

Common Core Worksheets: Free standards-based fun sheets for classrooms to use in conjunction with the current issue of Bear Essential News.

Free Young Reporters Program: Students in grades 3–8 develop as young writers by writing news stories for Bear Essential News.

Young Reporters can attend monthly Zoom meetings and interview important people from our community.

Free Presentations: Five dynamic topics are available from a Bear editor.

BOOKMANS ENTERTAINMENT EXCHANGE

Project:Educate. Educators receive a 20% discount on all purchases. To receive your Project: Educate card, you need to sign up online at www.bookmans.com . You will receive a confirmation email, which you need to bring to your nearest Bookmans location, along with a valid ID and proof of educator status.

Kids Club: From birth to age 12 kids receive a 10% discount and a $10 gift certificate on their birthday.

1317: Kids 13-17 receive a 15% discount and a $15 gift certificate on their birthday.

Visit Bookmans.com and click on the JOIN tab to sign up. 

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

Register now! The Catalina Council provides youth with programs and activities that allow them to try new things, provide service to others, build self-confidence and reinforce ethical standards.

The Scouting experience is divided into programs according to age and activities.

Cub Scouts: Grades: K–5

Scouts, BSA: Grades:6–12

Venturing: 14–20 years old

Sea Scouting: 14–20 years old 

CAMP COOPER CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING

Explore the wonders of our Sonoran Desert classroom with a day, overnight, or multi-night field trip experience! All programs are age-specific for PreK-5 learners and focus on ecological understandings, positive emotional connections to nature, and inspiration to live more lightly and sustainably on our planet. Financial aid is available for school buses and student fees. 

For more information or to request a field experience, visit http://coopercenter.arizona.edu. 

CENTRAL ARIZONA PROJECT

CAP offers an Arizona-specific water education program including free downloadable lesson plans for K–3, 4–6, middle and high school students that are standards-based. Lesson plans supported by mixed media tools like videos, posters and activity books! Visit www.cap-az.com/education or call 623-869-2176 for more information.

CHILDREN'S MUSEUM TUCSON

A visit to Children’s Museum Tucson inspires discovery, creativity and learning. Our Museum exhibits and programs are content rich, aligned with Arizona Academic Standards and ignite imagination and curiosity! And the best part - Adventure Learning Field Trips are simple to plan, economical and fun! $7 per child; financial assistance may be available. Grades: K-6. 

FOX TUCSON THEATRE SCHOOL MATINEES

Bring your students to a show. Shows to entertain students in PreK–12. Billingual musical Tomás and the Library Lady, Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System–grades K–5. Giraffes Can’t Dance–The Musical–grades Pre K–2. Timbalooloo and A Musical, Cinematic Journey through US and AZ History–grades 3–8 and Wild Hope–grades 4 and up.

FOX TUCSON THEATRE TOUR

Bring your students to get up close and personal with our beautiful and highly unique 1930’s Southwestern Art Deco theatre. Whether in lounges or lobbies, the stage or dressing rooms, each space opens an experiential window into history. We’ll explore Tucson’s past, spectacular feats of construction and restoration, the history of showbiz in the US, and the marvels of a top-notch working theatre. You may even get to meet a resident ghost or two...While you’re downtown, why not pair a theatre tour with other wonderful educational options right around the corner? The Tucson Museum of Art teaching artists can guide your students in hands-on art workshop built around the visual arts components they just saw at The Fox. You can book an Adventure Learning Program about stage acting at the Children’s Museum, do some volunteer arts and crafts at Ben’s Bells, or enjoy a scavenger hunt at the main Tucson Library.

GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. In Girl Scouts, girls experience adventure and create life-long memories in an all-girl environment where they earn badges, go camping, explore STEM, become leaders and work on community service projects.

GOLF N' STUFF

Enjoy three hours of unlimited Miniature Golf and Laser Tag, plus two ride tickets for Bumper Boats or Go-Karts for only $17.50 per person (plus tax.) Available Monday–Friday, any three hour block of time before 5 p.m. 30 person minimum and reservation required.

If your group is smaller than 30, call to get other group rates.

HUMAN SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona children’s programs will give your child a new perspective on caring for animals, preventing animal cruelty, understanding animal behavior, and more. We use a variety of activities that stress an appreciation of our environment and preservation of our natural world; classroom activities, creative and artistic exercises, hands-on animal care, great games, and character building lessons.

During the school year we offer in-school education, camps during school breaks, reading to shelter pets, HIP Youth Internships, Hand in Paw Kid’s Club events including Humane Heroes, and birthday parties.

MINI TIME MACHINE MUSEUM OF MINIATURES

A visit to The Mini Time Machine is an experience that ignites the imagination and inspires a desire to explore mathematical concepts, leap into literature and art, investigate history, and experience life in another time or culture. Tours and outreach presentations are developed to support objectives in the Arizona Common Core standards. Schools can request free virtual or in-person classroom outreach presentations or apply for funding for field trip admission and transportation. Program details are on the website.

PINSPIRATION TUCSON

Our popular D.I.Y. Craft Studio offers the latest in Field Trips for up to 50 kids. The Jackson-Pollock inspired Splatter Room  is a creative hit for all, 8-10 students at a time. Looking for a fundraiser for your school or charity?  Book a Craft Night Fundraiser with us and 15% of all sales go back to your school. Options:  Craft any projects of your choice, make a family or school inspired craft, pick a collaborative craft for all school attendees to participate in of make messy masterpieces in the Jackson-Pollock-inspired Splatter Room. Call for info.  Accepting reservations now where Community meets Creativity!

REID PARK ZOO

Reid Park Zoo is pleased to provide Title 1 schools with either a free Zoo to You Outreach at your school or Zoo Adventure Program while grant funding lasts. A field trip to the Reid Park Zoo is just one of the fun ways to ignite your students’ interest in wildlife, conservation, and science! Teachers can reserve a Bio Bag filled with hands-on artifact activities and print Activity packets.

ROCK SOLID CLIMBING + FITNESS

Rock Solid Climbing is about making fitness fun for everyone. Whether you are an expert or scaling your first wall, Rock Solid Climbing is here for you. We have climbs for every ability level and our coaches are eager to help get you started. Come with friends and family, bring your classmates on a field trip or host your birthday with us.

SCHOOL VISITS PROGRAM AT THE TUCSON GEM AND MINERAL SHOW

We would like to invite students, their teachers, and chaperones to enjoy this educational experience  on Friday, February 9, from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  All eligible persons from your school, including chaperones and bus drivers, will be admitted without charge.

The Show will be open to the general public during this time, so only a limited number of students, teachers and supervising adults can be admitted to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®.  State law requires that there be  one (1) adult chaperone for every four to six (4-6) students. 

We will attempt to accommodate the needs of the individual schools, but arrival time assignments are prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, it is very important that the “School Visits Application” form be filled in completely and returned to us as soon as possible,  no later than January 31, 202 4. Notification of eligibility will be E-mailed to you shortly after you have applied. Coloring books, plus teacher instructions verifying your scheduled arrival time, entrance and exit points, parking instructions and a floor plan showing exhibit location, will be delivered to your school as soon as possible before the Show. Allow at least one hour to see the exhibits, and an additional hour to visit Dealer booths.

This year the Show will have some extraordinary educational exhibits of minerals, gems, fossils, and other related objects from worldwide museums and collections, many of which have never been publicly displayed. Among these exhibits are world-class examples of “PEGMATITES- Crystal BIG and Beautiful!,” the 69th Show theme for the 2024 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. 

We hope that you will join us at the Show in February and share with your students this unique educational opportunity. Please contact me at the snail-mail address, phone number, or email address listed below if you have any questions or concerns.

We look forward to seeing you there!

https://show.hub.tgms.org/friday-morning-school-visits-program/

SHAMROCK FARMS~~FARM TOURS

Shamrock Farms offers a fun and educational field trip through its working dairy farm that will show your students their pure, fresh farm-to-table story. View the cows being milked, let your students play on Roxie’s Outdoor Adventure on your hour-long guided tour.  Shamrock Farms is happy to offer in-person tours as well as our recently launched virtual tours.  Please visit shamrockfarmstour.com today to reserve an in-person or virtual tour!

TOHONO CHUL

Tohono Chul offers fun–filled walks and activities for school trips, and friends or family outings. Make a reservation to take one of our four school tours: Ethnobotany–relationships between plants and people, Desert Digs–nest, webs and holes where desert creatures dwell, Clever Plants–amazing adaptions that allow plants to thrive in our desert, or calling all Bs–diverse pollinators who set–up the coming of new generations of plants. Visit on your own and uncover desert gems with our art and gardens mobile scavenger hunts or stop by our docents and their eco–sttions that illustrate connections between nature and culture.

TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART

The Museum offers a variety of programs for students to learn about art, history and culture. Whether it is a docent-led tour complete with hands-on art project or a self-guided tour of a special exhibition and a selection of the permanent collection, students will have the opportunity to explore one of Tucson’s treasures. Grades: K-12

TUCSON PARKS & REC KIDCO AFTERSCHOOL

Our KIDCO afterschool recreational program is held at local elementary schools and recreation centers. We offer safe and structured activities for youth currently enrolled in K-5 grades. Planned activities may include sports, games, nutrition, fitness, arts and crafts, performing arts and special events.

TUCSON REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SHOW & SALE

60,000 square feet of reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Petting zoo with tortoises, alligators, snakes and other reptiles. Captive bred reptiles for sale. Cost: Adults: $15; Ages 6–12: $5; Ages 5 and under are Free. 

TUCSON RODEO PARADE MUSEUM

The Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum includes four buildings filled with historic wagons and artifacts. On the site of the first municipal airport in the United States, one can discover where many of the terms used today originated. A large train exhibit represents Tucson of 1880, when the first train arrived in Tucson. See Tucson’s first fire wagon, Tucson’s jail wagon, stage coaches and the famous Maxamillian Coach!

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA MUSEUM OF ART

What is going on in that artwork? Why do we make art? How does art make us think, feel, and dream? Students of all ages will spark their imaginations while exploring amazing artworks from around the world at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. Examining, interpreting, and sharing ideas about artworks helps students build powerful skills like detailed observation, visual literacy, critical thinking, and empathy. Connect with UAMA to plan a field trip or learn more about UAMA resources and using art to explore different subjects in your classroom. 

WILD KATZ CHILDREN'S ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND

Children’s Adventure Playground. For an adventure like no other. We offer the largest indoor playground in Southern Arizonan filled with obstacles, tunnels, spiral slides, mega slides & more. Kids can reach new heights in BearKat Boulder featuring 5 climbing structures. Test their skills in our Ninja Course or our Monkey Maze, the only net course in Arizona. Each field trip includes Wild Katz Grip Socks, 2 hours of play and smiles all around! 

WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO, AQUARIUM

Your field trip will complement any biology curriculum at any grade level. Students can feed Lory parrots, learn about animal ambassadors and see some display natural behaviors during a Wildlife Encounter Show. Meet baby animals in our children’s play area and petting zoo! Cost: $8/student, $20/adult, one adult admission free with every 10 paid students (10 student min.)

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Explore the Arizona scenery and discover rock and gem treasures with your fellow rock explorers.

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West Valley Rock and Mineral Club Field Trips

Explore GPS locations that WVRMC Members have discovered. We’ve identified some of the best places to hunt for treasure in Arizona. In an effort to preserve the natural surroundings and guide adventures under the direction of local laws, our field trips are exclusively for WVRMC club members . We are always looking for new places to visit in Arizona! Our field trips are a blast! Explore Arizona with like minded friends!

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Enjoy our past adventures and learn something new from the comfort of your house. Get inspired to explore through our stories.

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We want you to have the best time ever on our next field trip. Please refer to this handy check list while loading your vehicle for our next adventure.

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Safety First = Fun for all

While rock hunting is a fun way to spend an afternoon, unforeseen dangers can arise especially in our desert landscape. We want to ensure all West Valley Rock and Mineral field trips are safe and enjoyable for everyone.

With this in mind, we have composed the following field trip participate guidelines for you to keep in mind during all WVRMC outings.

Please Don’t Forget

Plenty of drinking water, sunscreen & a hat, close toed shoes, first aid kit, personal responsibilities:.

  • Follow all laws, regulations and rules, including no littering.
  • Always watch for others above, below and close by when collecting or hammering.
  • Closely supervise all children and pets.
  • Print and sign any waiver of liability required.
  • Pay any required fees to trip leader in cash.
  • Be ready and in vehicle at departure time from meeting site.
  • Have a vehicle that meets the minimum trip vehicle guidelines.

Personal Safety Guidelines:

  • Proper clothing, boots, gloves, hat and safety glasses.
  • Plenty of water, sunscreen and a medical kit.
  • When caravaning, never lose site of the vehicle in front or behind, give the vehicle in front of you plenty of room.
  • Never leave for or arrive at trip site before the trip leader. 
  • If you leave the field trip site before or if you plan to stay later than the trip leader, always tell the trip leader or others of your plans.

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Monica Spencer

Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at [email protected].

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We don’t know about you but I’ve been getting an itch for adventure recently. Maybe it’s the time of year, but I’d like to think that it’s because Arizona is a pretty exciting place! If you’re also looking to head out on an adventure but can’t leave home for extended periods of time, you’ll want to check out these incredible day trip ideas. Each one will take you to an awe-inspiring place in Arizona that will remind you of our state’s beauty and history. Here are our picks for some of the best day trips in Arizona :

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When the warmer months are approaching, you might be interested in finding some fun outdoor activities that you can enjoy despite the temperatures. Read some of our suggestions in Things You Must Do Underneath The Summer Sun in Arizona .

Have you ever visited any of these amazing wonders on one of the best day trips in Arizona? Tell us about your favorite in the comments.

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Some fun road trips in Arizona to take include:

  • Driving the 89A from Prescott to Flagstaff, and beyond. The 89A-North between Sedona and Flagstaff is easily one of the most beautiful drives in the country, let alone the entire state.
  • Driving along the famous Route 66, where you'll encounter tons of old gas stations, historic buildings, and more.

Where can I have outdoor adventures in Arizona?

Outdoor adventures in Arizona can be had just about anywhere in the state including:

  • The Grand Canyon where you can spend an entire day hiking, sightseeing, and learning about the fascinating history of the area.
  • In Flagstaff, Arizona where there are hundreds and hundreds of ridiculously beautiful hiking trails that are open year-round.
  • In southern Arizona, Saguaro National Park beckons guests with its incredibly unique landscape (Arizona is one of the only places in the world where Saguaro cacti grow).
  • Adventure awaits even in metropolitan areas like Phoenix; the Desert Botanical Garden is perfect for a low-key outdoor adventure that you can bring the whole family on.

What are some amazing Arizona parks?

Arizona has 31 state parks to choose from. Here are some of the most amazing Arizona parks:

  • Picacho Peak State Park, which was once the site of the only Civil War skirmish Arizona ever saw. The geology here is intriguing, as Picacho Peak is an unusual mountain sticking up out of the southern Arizona desert. The wildflowers there in the spring are nothing short of heavenly.
  • Tonto Natural Bridge is beautiful and home to a natural bridge with a minor waterfall trickling over the edge year-round.
  • Slide Rock State Park is another park with notable beauty and is located on the 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff.

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Last-minute July 4th getaways in Arizona: Fireworks and lots of free fun

This year the Fourth of July falls on a Thursday. For a fortunate few that means a four-day weekend. And anyone in metro Phoenix who is blessed with a string of summer days off immediately starts planning where they can spend them.

This is the perfect chance for a memorable road trip. 

Don’t squander such a golden opportunity to get out and explore Arizona. Independence Day celebrations are taking place in towns all over the state. Start there and then imagine all the other things you can do once you’re in Prescott, Flagstaff, Mogollon Rim Country or the White Mountains. 

No matter what your direction, keep our forests safe. Please obey all fire restrictions. Let’s get through the holiday generating nothing but great memories.

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In Flag, they tend to do Independence Day a little differently. It starts with hundreds of people running through the early morning streets of downtown, many of them in costume. And that’s before the actual parade gets going.

The Downtown Mile is like a parade set to fast forward. Starting at 6:30 a.m. July 4, runners start off in waves, sprinting or jogging through the streets much to the delight of spectators. Some are serious competitors and some are festively adorned. But everyone is there for a good time.   

At 9 a.m., the traditional parade follows the same route through the historic downtown. Perhaps any stragglers from the Downtown Mile will be given a recorder and inducted into the ranks of a marching band. 

Also on July 4, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra performs a family-friendly patriotic pops concert at the Pepsi Amphitheater in Forth Tuthill County Park. The event begins at 3 p.m. and is free. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

The Downtown Street Faire takes place in Heritage Square July 4-5. It features live music, a photo booth, face painters and more. Hours are 1:30-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday. 

Everything turns arty in Flag on July 5. First Friday Art Walk goes from 5-9 p.m. It’s a monthly street party when galleries and businesses stay open with special exhibitions, performances and live music.

Of course, the centerpiece attraction of the weekend is the always popular Art in the Park. The juried arts and crafts festival features more than 70 artists from across the Southwest.

The event takes place on the big shady lawn of Wheeler Park downtown July 5-7. Bands perform through each day, food vendors are on hand and an expansive beer garden serves local and regional brews. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Details:  www.flagstaffarizona.org .  

Show Low Fourth of July events

Cool off in the White Mountains where the Show Low celebration goes on all day July 4.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. as it rolls along the Deuce of Clubs main drag. As soon as the parade wraps up, SplashZone in Frontier Park gets going. Sprinklers and fire hoses soak down a couple of soccer fields and they break out the slip-and-slides and other water toys.

You’ll just have time to dry off for FreedomFest, which starts at 3 p.m. at Show Low High School. There will be food trucks, live music, games and bounce houses. New this year is the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, highlighting logging skills in a thrilling spectacle.

Fireworks are scheduled at 9 p.m. All events are free, except the Fun Zone where unlimited ride wristbands costs $5.

Details:  928-532-4000,  www.showlowaz.gov .

Taylor 4th of July rodeo and anvil firing

The festivities continue all weekend in the White Mountains with Taylor dishing up a little Old West charm. It all happens Friday and Saturday, July 5-6, at Taylor Rodeo Park, including the unique tradition of anvil launching, a night rodeo and fireworks. An arts and crafts show complete with food vendors takes place both days.

On Friday, calf roping starts at noon and cowboy poetry and country music kick off at 7 p.m. But plan on getting an early start because the firing of the anvil kicks things off with a thunderclap at 5 a.m. They pack an anvil with black powder, light the fuse, and watch it fly. That’s followed by a pancake breakfast and barrel racing events.

The 70th annual Taylor Night Rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Friday, fireworks are at 9 p.m. and the evening ends with a dance at the pavilion at 9:30. All events are free, except the night rodeo — those tickets are $10.

Details:  928-536-4331,  www.snowflaketaylorchamber.org .

Payson Fourth of July 2024

Fireworks exploding above Green Valley Lake in Payson will make a gorgeous holiday memory.

On Thursday, July 4, families start gathering at Green Valley Park for a full slate of lawn and water games that begin at 1 p.m. There will be tug of war, cornhole, Connect 4, slip-and-slides and other water games.  A new splash pad was added to the playground in June.

Food trucks and vendors will also be on hand. They start dishing up free watermelon (while supplies last) at 4 p.m., just as the band takes the stage. But don’t get too full because the pie-eating contest is open to hungry adults and kids alike. It starts at 6 p.m.

Fireworks go off at 9, high above the water. Since parking is limited, a shuttle service runs from Payson High School to Green Valley Park starting at noon.

Details:  928-472-5110,  www.paysonrimcountry.com .

Prescott 4th of July 2024

The World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott gets a jump on the holiday, with Prescott Frontier Days starting July 1 and running through July 7 at Prescott Rodeo Grounds. This is Mardi Gras for the bowlegged. For a complete schedule of events, check the website. 

The World’s Oldest Rodeo Parade streams through downtown past Courthouse Plaza beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 6. 

Courthouse Plaza will be bustling all weekend with the Prescott Rodeo Days Art & Crafts Show. The juried art show spreads out beneath the shady elms and features paintings, pottery, jewelry, metal works, home décor and plenty more. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.  www.worldsoldestrodeo.com .

There’s a big party at Watson Lake Park on July 4, and that’s where the fireworks will go off. It’s a full day of revelry from 1-10 p.m. with food vendors, live music, water slides and a beer garden. Fireworks light up the sky above the lake at 9.

General admission is free. The activity zone with water slides, inflatables, face painting and a photo booth is $30. Early entry and VIP experiences are available for a fee. Free parking and shuttle at Pioneer Park.

Details:  For information and to purchase tickets in advance, visit  www.prescottsfourth.com .

Prescott Valley Fourth of July fireworks

Enjoy a great day of family fun at Prescott Valley Civic Center when they unleash their Red, White, and Boom extravaganza.

The festivities start at 3 p.m. July 4 and include carnival rides, water bounce houses, food trucks, live music and a big boom-boom-boom at the end with the fireworks. Best part: It’s all free, except the food, of course. Better get there early for a good spot.

Details:  928-759-3090, www.prescottvalley-az.gov .

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Planning a road trip? Stop at one of these 18 uniquely Arizona roadside attractions

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While the nearest rest stop or fast-food chain restaurant may be the most convenient place for tired travelers searching for a reprieve from the open road, it would be remiss of road trippers to ignore the unusual roadside attractions scattered along the Arizona highways.

If life-sized cartoon characters near the Grand Canyon or exotic animals on the way to Tucson sound like better pit stops than the local gas station, you're in luck when driving in Arizona.

Here are some of the most notable Arizona roadside attractions you can check out the next time you cross the Grand Canyon state.

Bedrock City at Raptor Ranch

As if Fred Flintstone's prehistoric town had always been set in Arizona, visiting Bedrock City at Raptor Ranch will make baby boomers (and anyone else who watched reruns of the popular '60s cartoon) nostalgic for their childhood. Colorful statues of familiar characters and the iconic brontosaurus slide have been essential roadside attractions off State Route 64 in Valle.

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Details: 332 S. State Route 64, Valle. 928-635-3072. www.raptor-ranch.com .

Four Corners Monument Navajo Tribal Park

Less of a roadside attraction and more of a cool fun fact you can share, the Four Corners Monument Navajo Tribal Park recognizes the only place in the U.S. where the borders of four states meet. After visiting, you can finally join many Southwestern residents in saying you have been in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona all at the same time.

Details: 597 NM-597, Teec Nos Pos. 928-206-2540.  www.navajonationparks.org.

Meteor Crater

Over 50,000 years ago, an iron-nickel meteorite approximately 150 feet wide collided with what is now northern Arizona. According to the site's website, the impact hit the Earth with a force 150 times greater than an atomic bomb. The crater this meteor left is now the best-preserved meteorite site on Earth and a historic landmark to visit if you are driving near Flagstaff.

Details: Interstate 40, Exit 233, Winslow. 928-289-5898. www.meteorcrater.com .

Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

If you are heading south near Picacho Peak, it is hard to miss the billboards advertising Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch. Seemingly the only place you can find stingrays, donkeys, deer, parrots and dozens of ostriches in the middle of nowhere, this roadside attraction is a great spot for adults and children to make memories.

Details: 17599 E Peak Lane, Picacho. 520-466-3658.  www.roostercogburn.com .

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Standin' on the Corner Park

You don't have to be an Eagles groupie to be familiar with the nod to this Arizona town in one of their most popular songs, "Take it Easy." "Standin' on the corner in Winslow, Arizona ..." is a line memorialized by Winslow residents at Standin' on the Corner Park. A bronze statue of a young musician is a salute to the troubadours who put Winslow on the classic rock map.

Details: Corner of Kinsley Avenue and Second Street in Winslow. 928-289-2434.  www.visitwinslow.com .

Without spoiling the enigma that can be uncovered in Benson, The Thing is a worthy roadside attraction to consider as you head down the I-10. The various billboards that line the highway are hard to miss as you get closer to the "Mystery of the Desert." Located next to a Dairy Queen and a Shell gas station, you can take care of your hunger, gas tank and curiosity at the same time.

Details: 2631 N. Johnson Road, Benson. 520-586-2581. www.bowlinsthething.com .

Arizona's 'world's largest' roadside wonders

According to a map created by  blog.batchgeo.com , more than 195 roadside attractions in the U.S. consider themselves the “world’s largest” something. These are Arizona's "world's largest" wonders and where they are located.

  • World's Largest Cow Skull, Amado.
  • World's Largest Petrified Tree, Holbrook.
  • World's Largest Map of Old Route 66, Meteor City.
  • World's Largest Kokopelli, Camp Verde.
  • World's Largest Kachina, Carefree.

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Giganticus Headicus

Art is completely subjective. To Kingman residents, Giganticus Headicus is one of the most iconic art pieces off Route 66. Created by local artist Gregg Arnold, the tiki-style head is 14 feet tall and bright green. If taking a picture isn't enough, you can further memorialize your time with the head with a miniature from the local gift shop.

Details: 9855 AZ-66, Kingman. www.antaersvisitorcenter.com .

Wigwam Village Motel

Need a place to stay overnight? Have you considered a wigwam? This quaint village off Mother Road may be just the eccentric place to spend a night while traveling through the state. Constructed in the 1950s, a night in a wigwam will make you forget why you would want to sleep anywhere else.

Details: 811 W. Hopi Drive, Holbrook. 928-524-3048. sleepinawigwam.com .

Lumberjack muffler man

A familiar face to Northern Arizona University students, the 25-foot-tall muffler man resembles the school's mascot, Louie the Lumberjack. Before being moved outside of the Skydome, the lumberjack was located outside the Lumberjack Cafe and appeared in the background of the 1969 movie "Easy Rider."

Details: 1701 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff.

Rainbow Rock Shop Dinosaurs

If you're in search of more prehistoric creatures to gape at, stop at the Rainbow Rock Shop as you drive along Route 66. Fans of geodes and other pretty rocks will be able to admire the variety of concrete dinosaurs while searching for their next gem.

Details: 101 Navajo Blvd., Holbrook.

Located near the Mexico border, Dateland is a necessary stop on Interstate 8. A major producer of the Medjool dates, the dry heat provides the perfect climate for cultivating the fruit. Dates are fiber-rich, sweet as candy and contain more potassium than a banana. Try Dateland's world-famous date shake when you visit.

Details: 1737 Ave. 64 E., Dateland. 928-454-2772. www.dateland.com .

London Bridge

You don't need to travel across the world to experience a little European history. As a result of a strange series of events, the London Bridge , which once crossed the River Thames, was broken down and rebuilt in Lake Havasu City by Robert P. McCulloch. This British import attracts tens of thousands of travelers every year.

Details: 1340 McCulloch Blvd. N., Lake Havasu City. 928-453-3444. www.golakehavasu.com .

Take a break from speeding down the highway by cruising through the ponderosa pine forest. An attraction you don't need to get out of your car to enjoy, Bearizona has over three miles of road surrounded by picturesque nature and North American animals. If your legs need a break from sitting in a cramped car, the park also has a 20-acre walk-through area.

Details: 1500 E Route 66, Williams. 928-635-2289. www.bearizona.com .

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