Youth & Scout Programs


ice-scorpionOvernight Camping

Camp overnight at the Preserve at Water Ranch!  Three campsites are available, 2 larger sites (20-35 campers) @ $40.00/night and the smaller campsite (up to 20 campers) is $30.00/night. 

  • Bathrooms are open all night with campsite reservations
  • Campsite hours run from 1pm to – 12noon the next day
  • No electricity
  • Biodegradable materials only
  • Gas grills allowed
  • Fishing till 10pm
  • Campfires are permitted (with your own firewood)

The troop/group is responsible for providing food, gear, and firewood.  Reservations are required.

For reservations and information contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 480-503-6200.  

Scout Tours and Badge Work

jr--rangers-woodsWe offer a variety of guided group activities, designed to cover some badge work achievements for both boy scout and girl scout programs. 

Fee for a badge program is $5 per participant, with a minimum of $45 per group. Smaller groups are encouraged to combine with another small troop or den if needed to meet the minimum requirement.

Please complete the following form, Scout Tour Request, and the office will contact your group for scheduling. 

Other Youth Groups

red-dragonflyWe offer a variety of group activities at the preserve, such as bird walks, nature hikes, dinosaur and archaeological digs, astronomy viewings, and camping. We can also provide group lessons on conservation, ecology, water, plants and wildlife.

Standard fee for a youth program is $5 per participant, with a minimum of $45 per group.

For more information and to schedule a visit, contact Jennie Rambo, (480) 797-2019.

Learning Materials

Riparian Preserve Field Guides are available for sale at the Parks and Recreation Counter, 90 E. Civic Center Drive. These guides provide a wonderful opportunity for scouts and youth to study the various birds and vegetation of the Preserve. Cost is $6 each.