The Arizona Game and Fish Department Homeschool Program is part of the Focus Wild Arizona wildlife education program. Our goal is to provide enriching field experiences for homeschool families that will immerse students of all ages in outdoor recreation and real science.
Past opportunities have included kayaking, bald eagle banding, bat viewing, elk collaring, digital photography, night herping, fishing, desert tortoise monitoring, and urban bird watching.
Beginning in 2014, we started to offer a monthly Homeschool program at the improved and expanded Hirsch Conservation Education Area located at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. In addition to these regularly scheduled programs, we still offer unique "in the field" experiences around the state as they become available! As usual, all of these events are free to participate. We do ask, however, that adults attend the programs with their children.
Our 2014 schedule is concluding. However, we are currently planning and scheduling our events for 2015. We will be posting information to this website soon. You can also subscribe to our Homeschool email listserv below to get timely updates and information. We also provide updates at our Focus Wild Facebook page.
- January 24, 2015 - Wildlife Management Career Exploration Panel - High School/College (INFORMATION HERE)
MONTHLY EVENTS: The 2015 schedule will be posted on Friday, December 5. Registration for events in the first quarter (Jan-Mar) will open on Friday, December 12.
Each month, we offer a program at the Hirsch Conservation Education Area located at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in north Phoenix. Participant age levels may vary. Please click on the registration link (when available) for more information about the program.
Yes, a separate registration is required for each program. They are expected to fill up fast, so prioritize which ones you would like to register for first.
REGISTRATION FOR ALL MONTHLY PROGRAMS IS NOW CLOSED. IF ADDITIONAL SPOTS OPEN UP, THEN REGISTRATION MAY OPEN AGAIN.
January 9 - Sportfishing - Ages 8+
February 13 - Raptors of Arizona Live Animal Presentation - All Ages
March 13 - Off-Highway Vehicle Safety - Ages 10+
April 10 - Digital Photography - Ages 10+
May 8 - Macroinvertebrate Mayhem with Arizona Project WET - Ages 10+
June 12 - Kayaking - Ages 10+
July 10 - Kayaking - Ages 10+
August 14 - Exploring Predator/Prey Relationships through Owl Pellets - All Ages
September 11 - Chillin' with the Chubs Native Fish Program with Arizona Project WET - Ages 10+
October 9 - Watchable Wildlife and Optics - All Ages
November 13 - Introduction to Geocaching and the Science of GPS - All Ages
- December 11 - Counting and Tracking Wildlife - All Ages
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The Homeschool Program is funded through The Heritage Fund, a voter-passed initiative, which started in 1990 to further conservation efforts in the state, including protecting endangered species, educating children about wildlife, helping urban residents to better coexist with wildlife, and creating new opportunities for outdoor recreation. Funding comes from Arizona Lottery ticket sales.