Recognized as one of the top environmental education centers in Arizona the Desert Outdoor Center at Lake Pleasant annually attracts over 20,000 people. Conveniently located outside of metropolitan Phoenix this award winning facility was built on the hillsides of Sonoran desert overlooking Lake Pleasant, an ideal location for students to learn about and experience nature. The Center’s classes align with Arizona Academic Standards and are packed with outdoor activities, science, and exploration!

Environmental Education

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Mission Statement

To offer quality facilities and programs that provide opportunities in a natural environment for education, recreation and inspiration.

Our Philosophy

The Desert Outdoor Center provides a fun, hands-on, and inquiry-based learning experience to:

  • Encourage a curiosity about nature
  • Create an interest in scientific concepts
  • Nurture an appreciation for the desert

Hours of Operation

Reservations must be made to visit the Desert Outdoor Center. For more information, pricing, to arrange a personal tour, or make reservations, call (602) 372-7470 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.