UA Sky School

Location: UA Science Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter (at the summit of Mt. Lemmon)


The UA Sky School provides year-round residential science programs (1-5 days) to Arizona K-12 students at a 25-acre campus on Mt. Lemmon and in the Coronado National Forest. Based at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter, programs focus on core University of Arizona science areas such as sky island ecology, geology, tree ring science, and astronomy, and meet state and national science standards. Using the unique sky island environment in the Catalina Mountains, the Sky School merges a wide variety of science and engineering disciplines to foster a deeper understanding of our earth, while also building an appreciation for sense of place. Programs are individually customized to meet the needs of the visiting school/group, and are led by qualified instructors from the U of A.

What We Offer:

  • Daytime field instruction in small groups on Mt. Lemmon
  • Nighttime astronomy experiences with University telescopes
  • Capstone student-led research projects and presentations to school groups / parents
  • Post-trip relationships built with students via exploration of long-term datasets and web resources for classrooms
  •  All meals and housing provided on-site

Audience: 4th - 12th grade; programs vary by student age

Science Field: Ecology, Geology, Tree-Ring Science, Astronomy

Schedule: Open year-round with most programs occurring during the school year.

Cost: Varies by length of program ($80 - $250/participant) inclusive of day and night instruction, lodging and meals at the Mt Lemmon SkyCenter campus. Reduced rates available for Title I schools.

Contact: Alan Strauss, Director, UA Science Mt Lemmon SkyCenter,, 520-626-8122

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