Wickenburg Outdoor Education Partnership (WOEP)
WCF partners with different organizations to create, host, and fund hands-on nature programs to increase student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and support AZ science standards. Some of these organizations include:
GFWC Hassayampa Woman's Club
Maricopa County Parks
Friends of Hassayampa (Hassayampa River Preserve)
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
AZ Game and Fish
Bureau of Land Management
Town of Wickenburg Parks & Recreation
Wickenburg, Nadaburg and Morristown schools
Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce
BLM Junior Ranger Program
Bureau of Land Management's Jr. Ranger program for kids, families, and teachers provides opportunities for young people to connect to the natural world and their cultural heritage.
Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace (LNT) is a set of outdoor ethics promoting conservation in the outdoors built on seven core principles that are used to communicate how to minimize impact while enjoying the outdoors. These Principles are the most robust and widely utilized minimum impact outdoor practices. These can be applied anywhere - from the backcountry, to local parks, to your backyard - and for any recreational activity. Our 1-1/2 hour Awareness class is presented in a fun, interactive manner.
Hug-A-Tree and Survive
What do a whistle, reflector, and trash bag have in common? They might just save a child's life! This 45-minute fun and interactive program provides children with safety tips such as staying in one place using trees, and how to be "big" and get noticed by people searching for them. There are demonstrations on signaling for help using a whistle and a reflector, as well as how to stay dry and warm using a trash bag. Participants receive a free survival pack. This program is geared for ages 6 - 12.
Presented by Yavapai County Search & Rescue
This two part program is tailored to meet 4th grade AZ science and history standards. Part 1 is a 90 minute round robin for desert explorers. Students rotate through 6 stations: stalwart skeletons, scrubby skins, desert predators, desert soils, ancient civilizations and trash lasts. Part 2 is a field trip to a nearby trail to explore rocks and minerals, plants and animals. This program can also be scaled for grades 3-6.
Citizen Science Phenology Nature Trail
WCF is working with its partners to use existing nature trails at local venues as outdoor classrooms for Citizen Science phenology* programs. Grade-level appropriate activities teach scientific methods of study and data collection and encourage students to formulate and answer questions. Data collected by students becomes part of the National Phenology Network database which is used by scientists in their studies.
*Phenology: the study of seasonal changes in plants and animals.
PO Box 20008
Wickenburg, AZ 85390