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.
NEW FOR 2014: We are very excited to announce that our Homeschool program has a new home that will allow us to provide regularly scheduled opportunities. Starting in January, we will be offering a program on the second Thursday of each month. Most of these programs will take place in the improved and expanded Hirsch Conservation Education Area located at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. In addition to these regularly scheduled programs, we will still be offering 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.
We expect these new programs to be as popular as our previous ones. As a result, we will still require registration to participate in all events. There is a separate registration for each one. Special events will be added throughout the year and registration will be available prior to the event. All event and registration information will be posted on this website. We also encourage you to sign up for our Homeschool electronic newsletter using the form below. This will keep you informed on new programs and resources as they become available.
May 16 - Nonnative Turtle Trapping Outreach @ Phoenix Zoo
- Invasive Crayfish Trapping and Removal (DETAILS COMING SOON)
The second Thursday of 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.
"I want to thank AZ Game and Fish for providing these hands-on learning opportunities for my homeschool children. I want my kids to know what is being done to protect and preserve wildlife here in AZ. There is nothing better than for them to be able to participate in these activities and see it first hand." - Parent participant, Turkey release, 2009
"It was very fun and educational, and I'd be willing to do that again." - Youth participant, Nonnative turtle trapping, 2012
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