Our mission is to create a stronger bond between youth and the natural world.
The summer camp is held at the Hirsch Conservation Education Area. The Hirsch Conservation Education Area is located at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Ben Avery Shooting Facility in North Phoenix. This site was named after and is dedicated to Bob and Mary Hirsch, longtime Arizonans. It was Bob and Mary’s dream to have a place for youth to experience the magical wonders of nature. Whether this involved fishing, hunting, camping, boating, bird watching or other outdoor pursuits, they understood the importance nature played in shaping the lives of children.
Some of the introductory programs offered here include: boating and off-highway vehicle safety, paddlesports, fishing, hunter education, and wildlife watching. In addition, the Department provides a variety of professional development programs for educators to help them integrate wildlife conservation topics into their classrooms. For more information about any of these programs, please visit www.azgfd.gov/education.
This unique facility allows the Arizona Game and Fish Department to provide a variety of outdoor recreation and wildlife management education programs to citizens in the Phoenix metropolitan area and beyond.