What better place to get kids excited about learning than the outdoors? Watching a creepy tarantula amble across a rock only feet from your students is more likely to solicit their interest than a picture in a textbook. Dissecting owl pellets among the trees where mice are actually preyed upon divulges greater understanding of the food chain, niches, and population control within the forest. Here at Tonto Rim, everywhere you walk an opportunity arises to discover botany, zoology, entomology, meteorology and of course astronomy.
The surrounding Tonto National forest, with its stunning hiking trails and rippling brooks make a great environment for a science camp for kids. If you are here in the summer, you may see native berry bushes or grape vines and get to try some organic, locally grown fruit. Just up the mountain, Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery provides students the opportunity to observe how fish are bred and familiarize them with the native fish and game of Arizona.
With lots of fun things to do around camp your students are sure to have a blast with ping pong tables, downhill mountain boards and scooters, 8 miles of hiking trails, eighteen-hole disc golf, volleyball, and indoor and outdoor basketball courts
Our friendly staff strives to exceed your expectations and will work diligently to support you in creating an excellent learning experience for your students. Our facilities can house up to 240 students and we provide special leadership housing which is designed with the comfort of teachers in mind. Water stations are located throughout the camp and there is a filtered water spigot in the dining hall to keep kids hydrated.
Sit down and enjoy a meal in our comfortable dining hall and never have to worry about dishes. Imagine starting every morning off right with a hot drink station that is always open boasting hot cocoa, coffee, and a variety of teas. The kitchen staff consistently delivers crowd-pleasing meals and can cater to the guests with dietary needs. The kid-friendly meals help to ensure your students will be focused throughout the day on learning and exploring.