Donations and program sponsorships allow us to support quality environmental education like:

Classroom Critter Pen Pal Program

The Friends of the Desert Outdoor Center Critter Pen Pal Program is a one of a kind learning experience for classes and youth groups! There truly is no other interactive program like it! Sponsors may correspond with one animal that lives in the Desert Outdoor Center Animal Exhibit Hall through a series of four letters. An "introduction packet" contains a thank you letter, a photo, a certificate of sponsorship, species profile sheet and the first letter. Letters are written from the animal or caretaker/park ranger’s perspective. Letter themes include cold-blooded animals, venomous creatures, shedding, diet, and hibernation. The correspondence among a series of letters enables the animal or park ranger to personalize and answer some specific questions from the children’s responding letters. This program offers students a fun and interesting avenue to practice sentence formation, letter writing and spelling, while learning about Sonoran Desert creatures!

Classroom Critter Pen Pal Program Form

Ban the Bottle Campaign

Please join the Friends of the Desert Outdoor Center in the environmental push to Ban the Bottle. This is an effort to reduce plastic waste from the use of disposable water bottles. Bulk quantities of the following water bottles can be purchased for your students.

Ban the Bottle Order Form

Purchase of Patches, Cameras, Window Decals, Water Bottles, and Solar Beads

Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in purchasing these prior to your Desert Outdoor Center visitation.