Tumacacori National Historical Park

Tumacácori sits at a cultural crossroads in the Santa Cruz River valley. Here O’odham, Yaqui, and Apache people met and mingled with European Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries, settlers, and soldiers, sometimes in conflict and sometimes in cooperation. Follow the timeworn paths and discover stories that connect us to enduring relationships, vibrant cultures, and traditions of long ago.

Manzo Elementary

At Manzo, we empower children to be future leaders. With innovative math and science initiatives and project-based learning, like our hands-on ecology project complete with on-site garden, greenhouse and animal habitat, our students become critical thinkers, problem solvers and lifelong learners.

Offering your child…

  • Leadership development
  • Hands-on learning
  • Ecology focused education
  • English language development for grades K-5

From the time students enter to the time they graduate, Manzo Elementary develops the whole student—preparing each child for greater heights of education, achievement and global citizenship.

Go Manzo. The greenest elementary school on the planet — the pride of TUSD.

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.

Arizona Wildlife Federation (Statewide)

Arizona Wildlife Federation is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and assisting individuals and organizations to value, conserve, enhance, manage, and protect wildlife and wildlife habitat.

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (Scottsdale)

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) rescues and rehabilitates wildlife that has been injured, displaced, and orphaned.

Once rehabilitated, they are returned to the wild. Sanctuary is provided to animals that cannot be released back to the wild.

Educational and humane scientific research opportunities are offered in the field of conservation medicine, including advice on living with wildlife and the importance of native wildlife to healthy ecosystems.

Liberty Wildlife (Phoenix)

Liberty Wildlife is committed to nurturing the nature of Arizona by providing quality wildlife rehabilitation, environmental education, and conservation services for the community. Provides a intake window for hurt animals, open to the public.

Tonto Creek Hatchery (Payson)

Owned by the U.S. Forest Service, offers self-guided tours of the facility.

Gilbert Riparian Preserve (Gilbert)

Providing tours, camping, an observatory, field trips, this 110-acre wetland, wildlife sanctuary even includes a orienteering course.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum (Superior)

As you approach the Arboretum on Highway 60, you will see towering Picketpost Mountain dominating the southern horizon. The Arboretum brings together plants from the planet’s many varied deserts and dry lands displaying them alongside unspoiled examples of the native Sonoran Desert vegetation.

Maricopa County Parks

Apart from hiking and other outdoor activities, many parks have education centers.