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Cochise County is one of America's most scenic places and offers the perfect opportunity to see all the winter migrants that travel into and through Southeastern Arizona.

Along with the opportunities for birdwatching, you will have the opportunity to learn about photography, geology, history, botany, and agriculture in this area and see other wildlife and natural wonders of Southeastern Arizona.

Along with the wildlife, comes more than 3,000 years of gastronomic history and culture that has developed in this area. Enjoy learning and experiencing this cultural heritage on this adventure.


Winter Southwest Birding and Wildlife Photography Immersion


January 11, 2022 days and January 17, 2022 nights

Your Curriculum

At A Glance

DAY 1: Arrive to TUS (Tucson, AZ and Tucson International Airport)

Welcome to Arizona! Your program begins upon arrival at the Tucson Airport. (*Please arrive at the Tucson Airport before 1 p.m.)

DAY 2: Sonoran Desert/Old Tucson/Mission San Xavier

Today we are off to Saguaro National Park to explore the Sonoran Desert Museum.

DAY 3: Kartchner Caverns/Tombstone/Willcox

Enjoy a beautiful winter day with incredible views of Tucson as you travel south to Kartchner Caverns to explore this unique cave system.

DAY 4: Birdwatching in Willcox

Cochise County is one of America's most scenic places and offers the perfect opportunity to see all the winter migrants that travel into and through Southeastern Arizona.

DAY 5: Birdwatching in Willcox

This morning, enjoy birdwatching in the Chirichaua Mountains.

DAY 6: Birdwatching in Willcox

This morning will start with sunrise photographing at Sandhill Cranes.

DAY 7: See You Again!

Don’t leave yet!


Why Learning Journeys?

At Learning Journeys we believe in a new kind of vacation. Our unique journeys help you explore and develop your skills and interest, travel the world, give back to the community and ultimately re-connect with yourself.


The destinations are chosen specifically to make practicing that skill more accessible, and more fun. Typical skills offered are health and wellness, cooking, photography, art, birding and wildlife, language study, architecture, music, dance and more. Programs range from beginner to professional certification. You will even have the opportunity to attend off the beaten path festivals in your specific area of interest which will take your learning immersion to new heights!

Brand Pillars

Transformation

The quest for knowledge as we open our hearts and minds to new experiences can transform us. As we see the world through the eyes of others, the communities we visit and touch are also transformed. This cycle of positive change is at the heart of every Learning Journeys experience.

Education

Learning Journeys is designed to nurture that ember of curiosity inside you into a flame of life-long discovery. Continued learning ensures continued growth, whether pursuing any number of interests that intrigue you or a passion you have honed over the years.

Exploration

Truly, the world is your classroom. Exploring the rich and varied cultures of the destinations you visit multiplies the value of your educational pursuits, and the exploration of yourself. The journey itself – to a new place and new you – is what truly matters.

Self-reflection

Through reflection, we bring learning to life. Pausing from the chaos of our daily lives allows us to sort through experiences to create meaning, from which we learn more deeply about ourselves. Understanding what truly moves us leads to rich and profound actions that shape our lives.

Community service and sustainability is at the core of the Learning Journeys mission. In addition to hands-on interactive classes, we work in the local communities, helping to improve lives and our planet. Destinations are chosen for their exceptional beauty, abundant wildlife, accessibility to expert practitioners, and generally fun places to visit! The destinations are near and far-North America, Latin and South America, Europe, India, Asia, Australia and more.

Finally, just as you remember specific meals from a trip taken many years ago, your ability to recall information is enhanced when combined with a unique setting. “Learning Journeys” are an excellent value for money and an investment.


Departure

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What You Will Learn/Do

•    Natural & Cultural History of Southern Arizona
•    Bird Watching
•    Wildlife Watching
•    Photography
•    Local Cuisine Immersion
•    Natural & Cultural History of Southern Arizona
•    Bird Watching
•    Wildlife Watching
•    Photography
•    Local Cuisine Immersion

Why We Love This Traveling Classroom

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<p> Guided by a Wildlife Biologist & Professional Photographer </p>
<p> One of North America’s widest varietals of migratory fowl concentrated in an area </p>
<p> A UNESCO Gastronomy Heritage City </p>

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How This Program Benefits The Local Community

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<p> Helps sustain the Native American cultural heritage through cooking with native ingredients </p>
<p> Helps sustain the wildlife refuges </p>
<p> Brings visitors to remote areas during a slow time of the season </p>


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Program

DAY 1: Arrive to TUS (Tucson, AZ and Tucson International Airport)

After you meet your Learning Journeys expert, we will visit the Pima Air and Space Museum. One of the world’s largest non-government funded aerospace museums, it features nearly 350 historical aircraft spread over 80 acres.

You will have the opportunity to learn about this unique facility and the opportunity to enjoy a docent-led tour of the Aircraft Boneyard. Once finished, you will transfer to your hotel.
After checking in and getting unpacked, you will join the group for a welcome dinner at one of the many unique restaurants found in Tucson.

Meals included: Dinner
Overnight in Tucson
Embassy Suites by Hilton


DAY 2: Sonoran Desert/Old Tucson/Mission San Xavier

You will hike while exploring the unique landscape and learning about the fragile ecosystem that survives in this extreme environment.

After exploring the beauties of nature, you will step back in time with a visit to Old Tucson Movie Studios and Adventure Park for lunch. Built in 1939 by Columbia Pictures, this area has been used in multiple movies and gives you an opportunity to experience the Wild West.

Once finished, you will travel south to Mission San Xavier del Bac and explore this unique and historic Spanish Catholic Mission, originally built in the late 1700s, and a pertinent piece of the architectural and cultural history of the area.

Afterwards, enjoy a foodie tour/dinner experience in Tucson. Named a UNESCO Gastronomy Heritage City, you will have the opportunity to experience some of the cuisine that has been in existence for over 3,000 years in this region.

Learning Experience: Food Immersion

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight in Tucson


DAY 3: Kartchner Caverns/Tombstone/Willcox

Discovered in 1974 and protected until its creation as a state park in 1988, this cave has beautiful features that will be a joy to see. You will also enjoy exploring other areas of the park, including the Hummingbird Garden.

When concluded, you will travel to Tombstone, AZ for another experience in the history of the West.

You can visit to the OK Corral and other unique areas of Historic Allen Street, including the Boothill Cemetery and the Historic Courthouse. Dinner will be held at one of the local historical establishments in Tombstone before traveling north to Willcox, AZ, where you will be based for the rest of the week.

7:30 AM Depart hotel for Kartchner Caverns
8:30 AM Explore Kartchner Caverns State Park
Learning Experience: Photography of Kartchner Caverns
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight in Willcox, AZ


DAY 4: Birdwatching in Willcox

Along with opportunities for birdwatching, you will have the chance to learn about photography, geology, history, botany, and agriculture in this area and to see the other wildlife and natural wonders of Southeastern Arizona.

This morning you will start with birding at Indian Bread Rocks Recreation Area and Dos Cabezas. After a late lunch you will have time to relax before heading out for an evening of sighting Sandhill Cranes and other fowl.

Learning Experience: Photography and Birdwatching
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Willcox, AZ


DAY 5: Birdwatching in Willcox

This is one of the best places in Southern Arizona for birding with more than 300 species documented to be in the area.

With elevations ranging from 4,000 to 9,700 ft. above sea level, there are multiple plant communities able to support a wide variety of birds in this northernmost range for many species found in Mexico.

In the late afternoon you will travel south and enjoy more birdwatching at Whitewater Draw. This area has droves of Sandhill Cranes and other waterfowl that call this place home for the winter.

With the Dragoon Mountains in the background, this area offers fantastic photographic opportunities and is one of the many hidden gems of Southwest Arizona.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Willcox, AZ
Learning Experience: Photography and Birdwatching


DAY 6: Birdwatching in Willcox

Afterwards you will enjoy a Hawk Stalk northward towards Safford, AZ. After lunch, enjoy birdwatching at Roper Lake and Dankworth Pond.

Along with multiple species frequenting these areas, you will have an opportunity to possibly see bobcat, raccoons, and coyotes. You will finish the evening with a final sunset search for Sandhill Cranes.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Willcox, AZ

Learning Experience: Photography and Birdwatching


DAY 7: See You Again!

Extend your journey on one of our numerous photography, birding, and wildlife programs in the Southwest, Northwest, and Alaska.

Need to head back? We look forward to welcoming you on another Learning Journeys immersion. Choose from programs in Peru, South Africa, Kenya, Costa Rica, India, and Ecuador.




Program Registration Fees

All itinerary prices are listed in USD

Per person for Standard $2,750.00

Per person for Standard Single $300.00


Program Departure Dates:

Services Included

Comfortable Transportation (Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van or similar)
6 nights lodging
6 Breakfasts
3 Lunches
4 Dinners
Park Entrance Fees
Applicable Taxes and Fees
Learning Journeys Certificate of Completion
1/11/2022 8:00:00 AM

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Program Type

Adventure Learning
Ancient Traditions
Arts-Crafts-Textile
Birding and Wildlife
Bucket List Learning
Dance
Fashion
Gastronomy
Genealogy
Language
Music
Photography
Unplugged Learning
Wellness and Spirituality
Wine and Spirits
Woman's Focused
Writing and Literature

Learning Level

Explore an Interest
Pursue a Passion
Change My Life!

Activity Level

Moderate


What You Will Learn/Do

Natural & Cultural History of Southern Arizona

Bird Watching

Wildlife Watching

Photography

Local Cuisine Immersion


Why This Program Is Unique

Guided by a Wildlife Biologist & Professional Photographer

One of North America’s widest varietals of migratory fowl concentrated in an area

A UNESCO Gastronomy Heritage City


How This Program Benefits The Local Community

Helps sustain the Native American cultural heritage through cooking with native ingredients

Helps sustain the wildlife refuges

Brings visitors to remote areas during a slow time of the season


Program Itinerary

Start/Finish City:

Open All Days


DAY 1: Arrive to TUS (Tucson, AZ and Tucson International Airport)

Welcome to Arizona! Your program begins upon arrival at the Tucson Airport. (*Please arrive at the Tucson Airport before 1 p.m.) After you meet your Learning Journeys expert, we will visit the Pima Air and Space Museum. One of the world’s largest non-government funded aerospace museums, it features nearly 350 historical aircraft spread over 80 acres. You will have the opportunity to learn about this unique facility and the opportunity to enjoy a docent-led tour of the Aircraft Boneyard. Once finished, you will transfer to your hotel. After checking in and getting unpacked, you will join the group for a welcome dinner at one of the many unique restaurants found in Tucson. Meals included: Dinner Overnight in Tucson Embassy Suites by Hilton

DAY 2: Sonoran Desert/Old Tucson/Mission San Xavier

Today we are off to Saguaro National Park to explore the Sonoran Desert Museum. You will hike while exploring the unique landscape and learning about the fragile ecosystem that survives in this extreme environment. After exploring the beauties of nature, you will step back in time with a visit to Old Tucson Movie Studios and Adventure Park for lunch. Built in 1939 by Columbia Pictures, this area has been used in multiple movies and gives you an opportunity to experience the Wild West. Once finished, you will travel south to Mission San Xavier del Bac and explore this unique and historic Spanish Catholic Mission, originally built in the late 1700s, and a pertinent piece of the architectural and cultural history of the area. Afterwards, enjoy a foodie tour/dinner experience in Tucson. Named a UNESCO Gastronomy Heritage City, you will have the opportunity to experience some of the cuisine that has been in existence for over 3,000 years in this region. Learning Experience: Food Immersion Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner Overnight in Tucson

DAY 3: Kartchner Caverns/Tombstone/Willcox

Enjoy a beautiful winter day with incredible views of Tucson as you travel south to Kartchner Caverns to explore this unique cave system. Discovered in 1974 and protected until its creation as a state park in 1988, this cave has beautiful features that will be a joy to see. You will also enjoy exploring other areas of the park, including the Hummingbird Garden. When concluded, you will travel to Tombstone, AZ for another experience in the history of the West. You can visit to the OK Corral and other unique areas of Historic Allen Street, including the Boothill Cemetery and the Historic Courthouse. Dinner will be held at one of the local historical establishments in Tombstone before traveling north to Willcox, AZ, where you will be based for the rest of the week. 7:30 AM Depart hotel for Kartchner Caverns 8:30 AM Explore Kartchner Caverns State Park Learning Experience: Photography of Kartchner Caverns Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner Overnight in Willcox, AZ

DAY 4: Birdwatching in Willcox

Cochise County is one of America's most scenic places and offers the perfect opportunity to see all the winter migrants that travel into and through Southeastern Arizona. Along with opportunities for birdwatching, you will have the chance to learn about photography, geology, history, botany, and agriculture in this area and to see the other wildlife and natural wonders of Southeastern Arizona. This morning you will start with birding at Indian Bread Rocks Recreation Area and Dos Cabezas. After a late lunch you will have time to relax before heading out for an evening of sighting Sandhill Cranes and other fowl. Learning Experience: Photography and Birdwatching Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Willcox, AZ

DAY 5: Birdwatching in Willcox

This morning, enjoy birdwatching in the Chirichaua Mountains. This is one of the best places in Southern Arizona for birding with more than 300 species documented to be in the area. With elevations ranging from 4,000 to 9,700 ft. above sea level, there are multiple plant communities able to support a wide variety of birds in this northernmost range for many species found in Mexico. In the late afternoon you will travel south and enjoy more birdwatching at Whitewater Draw. This area has droves of Sandhill Cranes and other waterfowl that call this place home for the winter. With the Dragoon Mountains in the background, this area offers fantastic photographic opportunities and is one of the many hidden gems of Southwest Arizona. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Willcox, AZ Learning Experience: Photography and Birdwatching

DAY 6: Birdwatching in Willcox

This morning will start with sunrise photographing at Sandhill Cranes. Afterwards you will enjoy a Hawk Stalk northward towards Safford, AZ. After lunch, enjoy birdwatching at Roper Lake and Dankworth Pond. Along with multiple species frequenting these areas, you will have an opportunity to possibly see bobcat, raccoons, and coyotes. You will finish the evening with a final sunset search for Sandhill Cranes. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch Overnight in Willcox, AZ Learning Experience: Photography and Birdwatching

DAY 7: See You Again!

Don’t leave yet! Extend your journey on one of our numerous photography, birding, and wildlife programs in the Southwest, Northwest, and Alaska. Need to head back? We look forward to welcoming you on another Learning Journeys immersion. Choose from programs in Peru, South Africa, Kenya, Costa Rica, India, and Ecuador.


Program Registration Fees

2022 Departures & Fees 1 Departures

Date Double Occupancy Single Supplement
January 11, 2022
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£2,062.50
Per Person
£225.00
Per Person
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