Middle and High School Programs

Middle and High School programs provide students with skills, engaging and thought provoking ideas, and hands on opportunities to learn about our local environment, find creative solutions to environmental problems, and focus on key environmental issues and concepts. In addition to the programs listed below, we may be able to adapt other grade level programs to meet your needs.  For an extra cost we are also able to develop alternative programs specifically for your class or school.

Middle and high school programs typically run around 50 minutes to an hour (unless otherwise noted or requested).  Programs cost $150 per class per program.  We work with one class at a time.

Email our Program Director, Cassandra to discuss options and schedule a date and time for your program.


Programs Offered

200px-LBC_Evolution_iconAdapt to Survive

Students will understand the roles of natural selection and adaptation with a fun activity exploring the need for generalist and specialist species.




2eb8bd-grass-128Alien Plant Invaders

Learn why invasive species are a program and explore the challenge of identifying and managing invasive species found around Flagstaff.




icon_013359_128Downtown Flagstaff Geology

Discover the history and geology of downtown Flagstaff with a focus on historic buildings made from local rock.  Alternatively, take a field trip: “Downtown Flagstaff Geology.”




volcanoErupting Earth

Look at different types of volcanoes with an emphasis on northern Arizona and the San Francisco Peaks Volcanic Field. Suggested follow-up field trip: Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument with the National Park Service.



fireFire Ecology

Are forest fires always a bad thing? We’ll take a look at the role of fire in our ponderosa pine ecosystem and how land managers use fire to maintain and create healthy habitat. 




geneGMOs and Us

Students discover the pros, cons, and effects of gene modification on foods.




canyonGrand Canyon Geology

Explore history through the layers of the Grand Canyon and Grand Canyon formation!




icon_054889_128Groundwater in Flagstaff

Exploring Flagstaff’s water through a Project WET groundwater flow model and activities.





Living within your Climate: From the Sinagua to Now.

Sustainable living isn’t a new idea! Learn about sustainability through local examples.  We will study traditional techniques used by the Sinagua at Wupatki, Walnut Canyon, and Sunset Crater before looking at Willow Bend as a modern example of sustainable design and living.   Suggested follow-up field trip: Wupatki or Walnut Canyon National Monuments with the National Park Service.



canyonPeople of the Grand Canyon

Get a picture of people’s activities in the Grand Canyon throughout history.





icon_036999_128Secret Life of a Plastic Bag

Learn the life cycle of a plastic bag and the effects these everyday items have on our planet.





2eb8bd-fog-night-128Starry Skies

Understand how the Earth’s rotation and revolution affect the stars we see throughout the year.





2eb8bd-recycle-sign-12Trash and the Three Rs

The 3 Rs in Flagstaff. Supported by the City of Flagstaff.  Alternatively, take a field trip: “Recycling Center Tour”




Windmill Challenge and Renewable Energy 

Learn about renewable energy, the fundamental parts of a windmill, and construct a functioning windmill model out of a limited amount of materials. Using the
scientific method, they will conduct trials, change variables, and work
to improve the performance of their windmills.