See What’s New for 2017-18!

Sky Islands is proud to offer the following new classes this upcoming school year, in addition to its regular lineup of core classes and electives. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store for 2017-18!

Animal Studies is a new upper level, applied course at Sky Islands in 2017-18. It provides an interdisciplinary study of the relations between human and non-human animals, their ethical implications and their ecological effects. Students will raise chickens, design and build a chicken habitat that includes a coop and free range areas, and take responsibility for the health and safety of the flock.

  • Taught by Alexandra Berger

Design/Build is a new introductory level, skills-based course at Sky Islands in 2017-18. Students will learn the fundamentals of architectural drawing using artistic, technical or conceptual expressions. They will learn to make hand drawn images, higher skilled detailed axonometrics, and use Sketchup. Students will also take active part in building from sustainable designs that use repurposed, locally sourced materials.

  • Taught by Ray Clamons/ Xylon Designs

Environmental Chemistry Lab is a new upper level, applied class at Sky Islands in 2017-18. Environmental chemistry is the interdisciplinary science that includes atmospheric, water, and soil chemistry. It involves the study of chemical processes occurring in the environment on local or global scales that are impacted by humankind’s activities.

  • Taught by Allie Silber

Social Issues is a new upper level course designed to study the interactions of race, class, gender, and culture as they relate to contemporary human societies, particularly in the United States. It also includes a special emphasis on the social construction of the environment, environmental justice, and the social connection to spatial arrangement of cities and neighborhoods, especially in the Tucson region.

  • Taught by Lukas Bogard

Regional Ecosystems is designed to study distinct vegetation and wildlife communities that occur in association with a particular combination of geology, soil and landform in a specific bioregion. This study of botanic and biologic ecosystems includes the history and nature of science; and an in-depth look at our regional ecosystem, including the geology, ecology, history and culture of the Sonoran Desert region.

  • Taught by Lukas Bogard


To find out more, visit the Course Guide page