Academy News Field Trips

Horseshoe Dam Waterfall

Billy took our high school students off-road to go see the fantastic waterfall out at Horseshoe Dam. Our students had a great time exploring the falls and enjoyed swimming in the cold river below. The Horseshoe Dam is just 25 miles outside the beautiful town of Cave Creek. There is an 8 mile off-road portion of this trip to reach the dam. The dam is 1,500 feet long and 144 feet high. This dam is unique because there is a walking path that allows you to get behind the water flowing over the dam. You can get very close to the water below the dam, which cascades down into a beautiful multi-teared waterfall flowing over large rocks. The views are stunningly beautiful when there is a release of water. Just below Horseshoe Dam is some of Arizona’s best fishing. Popular spots include Catfish Point and Mesquite Cove. Not all education happens in a classroom. Onwards to our next adventure together!

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Spartan Kids Race AZ 2024

One of the main organizers for Spartan Race has reached out to me to see if students, staff, and parents from The Inspiration Academy would be interested in doing a Spartan Race together. If so, they would offer us a 30% discount on tickets! The race would be on Feb 17th and 18th. Here is a link: https://race.spartan.com/en/race/detail/8065/overview?index=2
There are various distances to race to pick from and time slots to choose from.
Contact Billy Risticcia for our TIA discount code, that gets us 30% off.

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Catch A Trout Trip Report

TIA students and parents enjoyed fishing and cooking together on the beautiful grounds of Catch-A-Trout in Payson. It was a nice day together exploring the fish hatchery and learning more about the various trout and other fish that are native to Arizona. Picking and eating wild blackberries and wild grapes was a favorite activity. Afterwards, TIA students and their parents enjoyed a hike along a secluded creek that leads to a lesser-known swimming hole and falls.

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Catch A Trout Field Trip

TIA Families, please join us for a “family picnic” field trip to Payson on Friday, September 16th. We will depart from the parking lot of Shepherd of the Hills at 8:30 am and carpool via parent and teacher vehicles. First we will visit Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery and then go to Rancho Tonto Catch-a-Trout. Students can catch rainbow trout in the pond. A basic pole and bait will be provided.

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Maryland / Gettysburg / Washington D.C. Trip 2022

We are in the process of planning out all the details of our Maryland, Gettysburg, and Washington D.C. Trip. When we get to D.C., we will be renting a beautiful home that is either 6000 or 8000 square feet. Everyone will need to bring their own flashlight for the most epic games of Flashlight Tag hosted by Billy. NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change as we finalize all the details.

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