Registration opening for many youth summer activities

Registration opening for many youth summer activities

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Summer camp registrations are opening up. Looking for something for your kids to do during the summer?  There are camps that range from the Humane Society to

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona's Dog Days in the Desert Summer Camps are open for registration.

Dog Days Camps are for children interested in learning about companion animals. These camps provide children with in-depth, hands-on animal care education while instilling kindness and compassion. Utilizing classroom activities, individual and group exercises and arts and crafts, participants will develop good animal stewardship skills by caring for dozens of homeless pets from the Humane Society.

Program Costs:  $225 for the public /$200 for Hand-In-Paw Kids Club Members; register online at

For ages 6 to 8 years old:

Young Animal Advocates

- Monday – Thursday June 1-4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This program is designed to teach campers about important animal welfare concepts including preventing overpopulation, kindness to animals, and responsibility. Kids will learn these concepts through hands-on animal care while forming meaningful and safe bonds.

Pet Vet: Caring for Furry & Four-Legged Friends at the Children's Museum Tucson

- Monday – Thursday July 13 – 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The HSSA and the Children's Museum are teaming up to focus on our wonderful furry friends. Campers will explore animal careers and animal care using the Children's Museum Pet Vet and Bodyology exhibits. On the last day participants will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the HSSA.

For ages 9 to 11 years old:

When Dogs Were Wolves and Cats Were Wild

- Monday – Thursday June 15 – 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Take a walk on the wild side of pets as we compare domestic companion animals to their wild counterparts. How are our pets' needs different from their wild relatives'? And how do zoos best care for their animals? Spend two days exploring the habitats and ecology of our pets' wild relatives at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum followed by two days at the Humane Society.

The History of Animal Welfare: Animal Sheltering in Southern Arizona

- Monday – Thursday July 20-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This camp is designed to introduce participants to the world of animal welfare, prevention, education, placement and sheltering.  Campers will discover the history behind our local HSSA as well as other animal rescues. Additionally, campers will tours several local animal rescue organizations that help various types of animals.

For ages 12 to 14 years old:

Exotic Pets and Animals in Entertainment -

Monday – Thursday June 8 – 11,  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This camp will explore the concerns with exotic animals kept as pets as well as how the use of animals in entertainment reflect a belief that animals are here for human entrainment and exploitation. Topics will include illegal capture of wild animals, zoos, circuses, racing, poaching and more. Children will be provided with the tools to make educated decision regarding their views of these sensitive topics.

Bearizona Launches Summer Day Camp Program for Youth age 6 to 15.

Bearizona's Explorers, Adventures, and Rangers (B.E.A.R.) Camp focuses on outdoor fun and environmental education and is jam-packed with fun hands-on activities that connect kids to animals of all shapes and sizes.
Bearizona Wildlife Park is excited to offer it's first ever summer day camp program. Camps will run from June 8 to July 2. Participants are provided opportunities to learn about the North American Model of Conservation, recycling in nature, amazing animal adaptations and preserving wildlife for the future. Each day features hands-on animal encounters and fully integrates science, physical activity, and creative arts.  
Parents can register their campers at and follow the link at the bottom of the website.  Each week has a different theme and each day has its own focus.  

Saguaro National Park offers summer Jr. Ranger Camps for ages 6 to 11 years old. 
Saguaro National Park is seeking 6 to 11 year old day campers to participate in  the long-standing tradition of Junior Ranger Camps in the Rincon Mountain District (east) this summer.   
The camps, open to children ages 6 to 11, offer a variety of fun and exciting opportunities to learn about our national parks and the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert.  Campers will participate in early morning hikes, games and crafts, presented by National Park Service rangers and volunteers.
"Animals, plants and humans all share this desert and we each have adapted to the environment in our own way," according to Chief of Interpretation, Andy Fisher.  "We are recruiting the next group of young campers to come learn, explore and protect what makes Tucson so unique."
Each camp meets for three days, Monday through Wednesday, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m.  A fee of $30 will be charged per child, per camp, scholarships may be available.  The two camps for first-time campers are scheduled for June 8 through 10 and June 15 through 17.   
"As we prepare to celebrate the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service, we are focusing on connecting to the next generation of  people who will care about, and care for, the world around them." 
Space is limited and advance registration is required.  For more information, or to get an application, visit on-line at, stop by the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center, located at 3693 S. South Old Spanish Trail, or call (520) 733-5153.

SummerGO youth pass pilot program launched 
Sun Tran and City of Tucson's Department of Transportation have launched the SummerGO Youth Pass pilot program, available for purchase now through June. The new Youth Pass provides high school-aged students with a valid student ID, unlimited rides on Sun Link, Sun Tran and select Sun Shuttle routes as well as unlimited use of City of Tucson pools from May 22 through August 5. Additionally, the SummerGO Youth Pass offers pass holders special summer discounts at Skate Country, Funtasticks Family Fun Park and Goodness Fresh Food and Juice Bar. 
The pilot program launches in time for the summer vacation, providing an ideal transit option for teenagers and an alternative to the current 1-Day and 30-Day pass options. 
The new SunGO Card with a SummerGO Youth Pass costs $45, a great value offering a discount of over 50 percent off. The pass can be purchased at the following select sales locations:

Sun Tran Special Services Office - 35 W. Alameda St. 

Sun Tran Administrative Office - 3910 N. Sun Tran Blvd. 

Archer Neighborhood Center and Pool - 1665 S. La Cholla Blvd.

Donna R. Liggins Northwest Neighborhood Center - 2160 N. 6th Ave. 

El Pueblo Activity Center - 101 W. Irvington Rd. 

El Rio Neighborhood Center - 1390 W. Speedway Blvd. 

Randolph Recreation Center - 200 S. Alvernon Way 

Santa Rosa Neighborhood Center – 1055 S. 10th Ave. 

Udall Pool and Recreation Center - 7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd. 

Clements Pool - 8155 E. Poinciana Dr. 

Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center 3455 E. Zoo Court

El Pueblo Pool - 5100  S. Missiondale 

Freedom Pool - 5000 E. 29th St.

Mansfield Pool - 2000 N. 4th Ave.

Additionally, select high schools throughout the community are selling the SummerGO Youth Pass to their student body. Students are asked to check with their high school's front office to determine if they are a sales location. Promotional materials can be found on campus at select sales outlet high schools. 
Pass sales will be tested and then evaluated to determine if the pilot program or similar program will be integrated into the public transportation fare structure on a long-term basis.
For additional information on the SummerGO Youth Pass visit, or call Customer Service at (520) 792-9222. 

Summer 2015 Program Guide and Class Catalog Release
Tucson Parks and Recreation Department's Summer 2015 Program Guide and Class Catalog is available at all Parks and Recreation facilities, including district offices, centers and pools. The summer issue can also be viewed online at 
The Program Guide contains complete information on leisure classes, swim lessons, summer KIDCO, aquatics, sports programs, sports camps, registration and the Discount Program. In addition, this guide contains valuable information on other programs and services, including the Department's recreation, senior, and fitness centers, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson City Golf courses, and 18 swimming pool locations. 
To register, visit Timely registration is recommended, since summer offerings fill up quickly. 

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