In July 2005 the Center for Children and Nature was established by Prescott College to operate the Ironwood Tree Experience, a project founded by Prescott College alumni Eric R. Dhruv (MA ’04) and Suzanne M. Dhruv (MA ’05). Activities of Ironwood Tree Experience are governed by an executive committee of dedicated, creative, and influential members of the Sonoran Desert community of Tucson, Arizona.
Prescott College is a 501 (c) 3 educational institution for the liberal arts and the environment, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees that reflect a commitment to social and environmental justice. The mission of Prescott College reads:
It is the mission of Prescott College to educate students of diverse ages and backgrounds to understand, thrive in, and enhance our world community and environment. We regard learning as a continuing process and strive to provide an education that will enable students to live productive lives while achieving a balance between self-fulfillment and service to others. Students are encouraged to think critically and act ethically with sensitivity to both the human community and the biosphere.
Ironwood Tree Experience is deeply rooted in the following beliefs…
…the diversity and complexity of the natural world sustains humanity and provides metaphors and unbiased lessons for a healthful, mindful and happy life.
…adolescents are intrinsically curious, intellectual, and active. Those who directly experience nature, through multi-sensory connections, reinforce a process of awareness, concern, and respect for self, others, and the natural world.
…our community is a dynamic place, where teens are valued and are able to voice perspectives, share solutions, and contribute action towards contemporary social and environmental issues. By doing so, teens respect and nurture connections between family, friends, neighbors, and the rest of the natural world.