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Desert Outdoor Center Overnight Field Trip for K-6

January 18 - January 19

K-6 students of The Inspiration Academy will travel to the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant for an overnight field trip to participate in various group learning experiences and challenges.

  • Depart TIA at 8:30 am on January 18th
  • Arrive Desert Outdoor Center at approximately 10:00 am on January 18th
  • Depart Desert Outdoor Center at approximately 1:30 pm on January 19th
  • Arrive TIA at approximately 3:00 pm on January 19th

Classes and Activities:

The rangers at the Desert Outdoor Center have a full schedule of classes and activities for us! We will do 5 classes during the day on Thursday, 2 activities at night, and 4 classes on Friday.

The classes/activities they are planning for us are:

Aquatic Life, Mammals, Feathers Friends, Bat Attitudes, Mind Boggle, Desert Survival I & II, Cactimendous, Tracking, and Stones, Hoops & Sticks.

The evening activities will include Camp Songs and Amazing Race.

I have included more details about them below.

Aquatic Life

In this course students will play the role of microbiologists. Students will discover aquatic communities and animals, and learn the difference between lakes and ponds as they examine living specimens under a microscope.


Students will learn how mammals use their physical characteristics for survival, and how they differ from other creatures. Students will examine mammal pelts, skulls, and tracks. Activities will be incorporated to assist students in remembering Arizona mammals.

Feathered Friends

Students will explore the many adaptations that allow birds to thrive in almost any environment on the planet. A hands-on experiment will allow students to recognize the relationship between a bird’s beak and its ability to find food and survive in a given habitat. The talons, wings, and feathers of many native Arizona birds will be available for students to examine up close, giving them a unique perspective on these ‘masters of the air.

Bat Attitudes

This creative class will invite students into the dark realm of bats. Students will examine the uniqueness, physiology and adaptations of bats through presentation and simulated activities. This class is designed to dispel any misconceptions about these often misunderstood creatures.

Mind Boggle

In this class students will experience group dynamics and develop team-building skills such as communication, leadership, cooperation, and trust. Students will work together in fun group activities to overcome challenging obstacles.

Desert Survival I & II

In Desert Survival I (DS I), students will learn the basic skills of constructing a fire, building a shelter, and signaling for help. Desert Survival II (DS II) consists of group participation in a simulated exercise to apply skills learned in DS I. DS I and DS II are two separate classes.


Students will study various species of cactus, examine them closely, and learn how to use a taxonomic key. Students will use the process of gathering information, interpreting data and thinking deductively. This program may be modified into a ranger led hike.


Students will use their senses to learn the science of animal tracking. The first part of this class will be an indoor discussion of animal signs and track identification. The second part will be held in the natural setting, and involve a simulated tracking hunt that will allow students to practice their newly learned tracking skills. This program may be modified into a ranger led hike.

Stones, Hoops & Sticks

In this class students will actively participate in games developed by Native Americans. Students will learn how modern team sports such as basketball, soccer and baseball evolved from games of early America.

Camp Songs

Gather around and sing some of your favorite camp songs. A great activity in all weather (held indoors when raining), children will have fun learning new tunes and singing old favorites.

Amazing Race

This evening program will lead students through an obstacle course of activities. Participants will accomplish activities focusing on specific skills, such as listening, leadership and group cooperation. Accomplishing these tasks is dependent on how well the group works as a team.

Lisa Ristuccia


January 18
January 19
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41402 N. 87th Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85383 United States
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