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Youth & Scout Programs

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Overnight Camping

Camp overnight at the Preserve at Water Ranch! Three campsites are available, two larger sites (20-35 campers) @ $40/night, and the smaller campsite (up to 20 campers) is $30/night. 

  • Bathrooms are open all night with campsite reservations
  • Campsite hours run from 1:00 PM – 12:00 PM on the next day
  • No electricity
  • Biodegradable materials only
  • Gas grills allowed
  • Fishing till 10:00 PM
  • Campfires are permitted (with your own firewood)
  • Tent camping ONLY at the three camp sites. No trailer camping permitted.
  • The troop/group is responsible for providing food, gear, and firewood.
  • Reservations are required.

To book a reservation, contact the Gilbert Parks & Recreation Office at 480-503-6200, Monday - Thursday, 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

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.

Scout tours will be available October - April, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM. and may be reserved up to two months in advance.

Please complete the 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.

Youth group tours will be available October - April, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM and may be reserved up to two months in advance.

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

To book a reservation, contact the Gilbert Parks & Recreation Office at 480-503-6200, Monday - Thursday, 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

Learning Materials

Riparian Preserve Field Guides are available for sale at the Parks and Recreation Office, 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.