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"The World is Our Classroom!"
Four Kino students on the California trip, 1999

Field trips are an essential part of the Kino curriculum because the world we live in is a perfect place to engage education firsthand. Hiking in the Catalinas, backpacking in Arivaipa Canyon, camping in the redwoods of northern California; attending a mariachi festival, visiting an art gallery, celebrating Chinese New Year in Los Angeles; exploring old-time bowling alleys, ghost towns, and caves. Trying out ethnic restaurants. Helping out at a homeless shelter. Learning about science, art, other people and places, each other, and ourselves. This is just a sample of some of the trips we do, because getting out and about is a central part of Kino's curriculum.

Our two vans get a regular workout almost every day to ferry us on field trips far and near, usually to places around town to learn about the sciences, the arts, the local culture, or sometimes just to have fun with others away from school. Recent local field trips have inlcuded puppet shows, plays, ice skating, the Tucson Children's Museum, the San Pedro Reparian Area center, local water harvesting systems, and the Phoenix Art Museum.
Often regular courswork may take place off campus, such as gardening at the Tucson Community Food Bank and serving at Casa Maria Soup Kitchen.

The great outdoors are also visited: we often take day hikes in the mountains nearby. This year's hikes have included Romero Pools, Pima Canyon, David Yetman Trial, and Sabino Canyon. In April, a group of nine students and two teachers backpacked for three days in the Catalina Mountains.
Coordinated groups of all ages also go walking in the untouched desert that is a part of the ten acres of school property. Some classes take place outside when weather permits.

 

"We spent a lot of time in the van complaining that one Indian ruin looked like another, but I decided to become an archeology major because of that trip." -- Jamie van Olphen, Class of 94, reminiscing about a junior high field trip.


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