Date(s) - 01/26/2017
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Old Tucson and Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation
To Host the 27th Annual Ted Walker Youth Day
January 26, 2017
Old Tucson will welcome 3,200 local 4th – 6th graders during the 27th Annual Ted Walker Youth Day on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids receive complimentary park admission and enjoy a hot dog lunch donated by the Dan Felix Memorial Foundation and Pima County Parklands Foundation. Old Tucson will be open to the public until 2 p.m. during the event, and admission is only $10!
Co-sponsored by Old Tucson and Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, Ted Walker Youth Day is a one-of-a-kind field trip for Southern Arizona students. The event is dedicated to enhancing the childhood experience and expanding students’ knowledge of local western heritage through experience-based learning. Pima County Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ted Walker started Youth Day in 1988; in recognition of his charitable and civic contributions to the community, the annual event was named for him after his death in 1993.
Old Tucson will present western entertainment, living history presentations, and a special flag ceremony recognizing the cultures that contributed to the development of Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora, Mexico. Living History presentations cover topics like Schools on the Frontier, History of the Stagecoach, and The American Cowboy throughout the day. These programs align Old Tucson with the work of the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation whose mission is to inspire people to embrace the diverse history and cultures of the Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico regions.
The event also features educational exhibits by more than 20 local organizations including Arizona State Parks, Pima County Public Library, Pima Air & Space Museum, and Postal History Museum. The program is designed to provide a fun-filled day of activity and education to local area school children who might not otherwise have this opportunity.
For information on how to include a school group for 2017, please contact Kelly Cheeseman (Recreation Program Manager, Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation) at (520)724-5208 or Kelly.Cheeseman@pima.gov