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<October 2015>

5/26/2015 - Extended due to dry conditions. A date to cancel the fire ban has not yet been determined.
Maricopa County's regional parks will initiate the annual fire ban. This includes banning the use of all campfire, fire pits and charcoal grills; however, it is still acceptable to use gas/propane grills in designated areas such as the ramada areas, semi-developed and developed camping sites, and along the shoreline at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. If the parks do not receive ample rain during the monsoon season, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department may extend the fire ban to protect the parks resources and ensure visitor safety. To learn more, click here.

Evening ProgramsTeenagers singing around a campfire
Below are evening programs available to groups staying overnight at the Desert Outdoor Center. Each Program is 1 hour in length and presented by staff.

Amazing Race. This evening program will lead students through an obstacle course of activities. Participants will accomplish activities focusing on specific skills, such as listening, leadership and group cooperation. Accomplishing these tasks is dependant on how well the group works as a team.

Camp Songs. Gather around and sing some of your favorite camp songs. A great activity in all weather (held indoors when raining), children will have fun learning new tunes and singing old favorites. Add this tradition to the end of a wonderful experience.

Desert Idol. The entire world’s a stage as participants showcase their talents and try to impress the judges. Students will be able to express their more creative sides by signing up to participate in a talent show hosted by one of the rangers. This program can be done indoors/outdoors and can accommodate groups of all sizes. Participants can perform as soloists or in small groups. We will dance, sing and laugh our way into the night. Break a leg and try to avoid the wrath of the dreaded judges!

Desert Jeopardy. Participants can test their skills on the big board. Categories and questions are chosen from daytime programs and include academic standards related topics. This program is done indoors and can accommodate groups of 100 or less. Who will be the next Desert Outdoor Center jeopardy champion?

Dream Catcher. In this twilight activity, participants are introduced to folklore and Native American craft. Students will learn the legend of the Dream Catcher while creating their own. Campers are invited to hang their Dream Catchers above their bunks as they sleep at the Desert Outdoor Center. A minimal fee is charged for this program.

Evening Hike. Become a nocturnal creature and gain a sense of who is out and about during the evening hours. This is a great opportunity to spot animals not active during the day, like the owl, coyote, or ringtail. The hike starts at sunset and continues into night, allowing visitors to view the desert in a different way.

Investigating Owl Pellets
Art, Science/Grades 3-8. Students will learn and be able to understand the predator/prey relationships between the common owl and its prey through examining and dissecting the owl pellet.  They will make predictions about the types of food and material that are consumed by owls and be able to critically think about why scientists may use owl pellets to examine the biology and characteristics of an owl. A minimal fee is charged for this program.

"BRING-ALONG" LIST for Overnight Stays

Sleeping bag or 2-3 blankets & sheets
Pillow and pillowcase if desired

Daily change of underwear
Daily change of socks
Two pairs of shoes (no open toed sandals)
Heavy and light shirts
Sweater or warm jacket
Raincoat or ponchos (necessary in certain season)
Pants or shorts
Plastic bag for dirty clothes

Bath towels & washcloth
Comb or brush
Facial tissues
Lip Balm
Toothpaste & toothbrush
Sun Screen
Pencils and notebook

Leaders should bring battery/wind-up alarm clocks.
For schools coming to camp in the cooler and warm months, please keep in mind that we are an outdoor center, and your children will be outside except in cases of extreme weather.

Please prepare your children with proper clothing for outdoor activities.



STARGAZING for EVERYONE - 10/17/2015

Park Hours
Entrance to the DOC is by reservation only.
Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant
41402 N. 87th Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85383
Ph: 602-372-7470
    Fax: (602)372-8596
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