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School field trips are few and far between as schools grapple with budget cuts

from Arizona Daily Star

About 40 first-grade students sit in the shade of a ramada on a hot autumn day at the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning. They were visiting Camp Cooper for a half-day field trip with TUSD's Lineweaver Elementary School. "You know, this is also a classroom," says camp leader Kellie Sheehan. "The floor is dirty. The ceiling is blue and the walls are different colors of green and brown. And, we have lots of neighbors." After hearing from the camp leaders, the children split into two groups to go for a nature hike through the lush desert of the Tucson Mountains on the west side . more

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