Saguaro National Park East offers summer camp options - Tucson News Now

Saguaro National Park East offers summer camp options

Junior rangers on a hike in 2016. (Source: Saguaro National Park) Junior rangers on a hike in 2016. (Source: Saguaro National Park)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Before you know it summer will be here and all parents will be hearing is "I'm bored!", Saguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District (East) is offering a solution, Junior Ranger summer camp. 

This camp will be available to youngsters aged 6 to 11 years old.  

There will be a variety of activities that focus on the country's national parks, like hiking, games, arts and crafts as well as presentations from park rangers and volunteers. Programs will focus on resources that Saguaro National Park and other national parks offer, in addition to career pathways.  

“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, in a recent release.  “We are recruiting the next generation of park owners, users, and managers 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.  

There will be a fee of $30, per child, per camp. This might be steep for some families, scholarships may be available.  

The two camps for first-time campers are scheduled for June 5 - 7 and June 12 - 14.   Last year’s returning campers may register for “graduate camp” June 19 - 21.

Space is limited and advance registration is required.  

For more information, or to get an application, visit on-line at www.nps.gov/sagu/planyourvisit/junior-ranger-camp-east-district, stop by the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center, located at 3693 S. South Old Spanish Trail, or call (520) 733-5153.

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