The details below are to help you determin if you want to apply for SAI and how to prepare if you are accepted.
By March 1
Determine if you can commit to being away from home and work for the 5 days of SAI. If so, apply by March 1 and only pay $125, if you are accepted. Visit the Application page to get started.
After March 1
You missed out on the early-bird rate; however the standard rate of $175 is still an exceptional deal for an all-inclusive, 5-day traveling workshop. Remember, there is no cost to apply and only pay if you are accepted.
By May 1
Be sure to get your application in by the deadline of May 1.
By May 10
You will be notified via email if you've been accepted. In your application, be sure to include an email address that you check regularly.
By May 15
Let us know if you are committed to participate in SAI. Most educators who apply to SAI and aren't accepted get placed on an alternate list. If for some reason you aren't able to go, these people need ample time to be notified and to get ready.
AFTER receiving notification of acceptance, complete the online Participant Info Form. This is needed in a timely manner in order to provide a well-planed, five-day tour.
You will also need to let us know if you are going to pursue graduate level credits through The University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. These credits are paid for at your own expense and require registering with the University. The level of course work required by the professor will vary depending on the number of credit hours in which you enroll. Contact us immediately after receiving notification of acceptance into SAI in order to begin the graduate level credit process.
By May 27
Make your payment (visit the Payment page for more details). Remember, if your school is paying for your participation, it is your responsibility to stay in communication with them to ensure payment is completed on time. Immediately after receiving notification of acceptance, contact your school to review their procedures and your role.
Contact us for a refund if you've paid and are no longer able to participate. After May 27, received funds will be allocated to costs accrued for SAI as a whole.
Be Aware of Food Safety Practices and Policies
Food safety practices and policies are an essential part of agriculture in order to reduce the risk of contaminating the food we eat. Agricultural employees follow these safety measures while at work, and touring guest must also abided these safety measures while onsite.
For these reasons, participants are not to wear false fingernails or fingernail polish during the week, and to bring medical dressings to cover any minor cuts or abrasions on exposed parts of the body.
Some touring sites will require the removal of jewelry (with or without stones; including rings, wedding bands, body piercings, watches, bracelets, etc.).
It is easy to manage the jewelry policy, and others, prior to entering the site; however, some sites do not allow items in pockets. It may be helpful to have a zip-lock baggie or container to store these items in your bag on the bus.
Further discussion regarding food safety will occur during the week.
What to Pack
Dress for the week will be cool and casual since you will spend much of your time outside in the heat (shorts, T-shirts, & a swim suit for free time at the hotel). Pack lightly since you will be transporting your own luggage on and off the bus.
What to Bring
- A pair of good, closed-toe walking shoes is required for many of our tours.
- Food safety policy at a particular tour requires legs to be entirely covered. Bring an oversized pair of sweat pants to wear over shorts for a quick change on the bus. Otherwise, plan to wear pants for one day.
- A single business casual outfit for sponsor banquet dinner (i.e. men: slacks and polo; women: modest sundress).
- A bus bag (like a backpack) to carry your immediate needs, like some of the things below.
- Sun screen.
- A hat. An umbrella will be provided (an excellent source of shade on a sunny day).
- Something to take pictures. You'll have plenty of fun capturing memories!
- Writing utensils and plenty of paper for notes.
- Plenty of $5 and $1 (credit/debit isn’t always available, and those $10 and $20 really slow things down – yes, we are on a tight schedule). Some of the places that we visit allow for the purchase of items.
- ½ pound of your favorite snack that we can combine into a trail mix for all the participants (M & M's, raisins, peanuts, granola, etc.). Do not include easily crushable items, like fish crackers, they turn to powder.
What to Do with Your Vehicle
You will not need your vehicle during SAI. We will provide bus transportation for the entire week. If at all possible, we encourage you to have someone drop you off, especially if you live in Maricopa County. Tell your driver that we will adjourn at 2:30 p.m. on Friday at the same drop-off location.
SAI - Monday Morning
Please arrive promptly at 7:00 a.m. on Monday at The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension building for Maricopa County (4341 E Broadway Rd Phoenix, AZ 85040). The week will be very full and we want to start on time so that we may finish on time.
If you are traveling east on I-10, take exit 152 (40th St).
- Exit and turn right, driving until you reach your first main intersection (Broadway Rd).
- Turn left onto Broadway Rd, and drive approximately 0.5 mi. until you reach your first traffic light (43rd Pl).
- Turn right, approximately 50 ft. past the traffic light, into the Cooperative Extension parking lot.
If you are traveling west on I-10, take exit 153B (52nd St).
- Exit and turn left onto Broadway Rd.
- Travel west for approximately 1.1 mi. A helpful intersections to look for is 48th St (the only main intersection to drive through). After driving through 48th St, look for the next street light (43rd Pl).
- Turn left, approximately 50 ft. before the street light (43rd Pl), into the Cooperative Extension parking lot.
If you choose to drive your own vehicle, there is plenty of un-gated parking available in an open lot. You are encouraged to park underneath a light pole. Although there has not been an instance of theft or vandalism during SAI, the parking lot is not secure and SAI cannot be held responsible for vehicles left on the premises.
Bring everything with you that you will need for the week. Have your contributing snack ready. You'll come in, drop of your snack and luggage, sign-in, gather your materials, find a seat to unload, then grab some provided breakfast, and start on paperwork.
SAI - Week's Schedule
- 8:00 a.m. - Depart hotel
- 2:30 p.m. - Adjourn