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May Program Schedule for Saguaro National Park 2019

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Date: April 24, 2019
Contact: Melanie Florez, 520-733-5151
Contact: Richard Hill, 520-733-5158

Saguaro National Park News Release                                 19-21

For Immediate Release
May   2019                                                                                                                                                                  
Contacts:   Saguaro West - Richard Hill (520) 733-5158, 2700 N. Kinney Rd.
                 Saguaro East - Melanie Florez (520) 733-5151, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail
Saguaro National Park May Program Schedule
Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of walks and talks that explore the park’s wonderful natural and cultural histories. Program listings also are available on the park’s website,, or visit us on Facebook. Interpretive programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Program schedules are subject to change; visitors should call the visitor centers for updates or reservations.

Naturalist Programs at Tucson Mountain District (West District), 2700 N. Kinney Rd.:
Programs are offered on most days in the morning at 10:15 and/or 11:15, and in the afternoon at 2:15 and/or 3:15 and last 30 to 45 minutes. Topics include mountain lions, lizards, coyotes, javelinas, kangaroo rats, insects, birds, survival strategies, the saguaro cactus, and other topics related to the desert. All programs are subject to change. Call the visitor center at (520) 733-5158 for updates the day of the program.
May 10   11:15 a.m.   Reptiles of the Tucson Mountains and Avra Valley Talk: 45 minutes
Learn about the snakes, lizards, and turtles of the area, including identification, habitat use, and safety from venomous species.This presentation is by Lawrence L.C. Jones. Just before and after the presentation, Larry will sign copies of his book, Lizards of the American Southwest, which will be for sale at the visitor center.  No reservations necessary. 
May 2, 4, 9, 16, 23, 30   10:15 a.m. Living With Giants Talk: 45 minutes
The saguaro celebrates events and faces challenges throughout its life. A biologist explains how it provides shelter and substance for wildlife; when it flowers; its growth patterns; and how it fights for survival against drought, lightning, frost, and other dangers. Wheelchair accessible
May 3, 10  10:15 a.m.  Spiny, Shady, and COOL!   Talk & Walk: 45 minutes, 200 yards
Come for a short walk and discover the great variety of cacti that inhabit this unique and fascinating desert. Wheelchair accessible
May 8, 22   10:15 a.m.  Mountain Lions: Beyond the Myth     Talk: 45 minutes
Envision a puma stalking its prey, then uncover the true nature of this elusive but essential predator. Misunderstood, maligned, and nearly eradicated by settlers, the cougar remains threatened by human encroachment. Wheelchair accessible
May 6, 14, 21, 28, 31   2:15 p.m.  Marvelous Mimicry Talk: 30 minutes
Not all is as it appears… Come learn all about the optical illusion that is mimicry and adaptation, of which has helped shape some of the life in the Sonoran Desert! Wheelchair accessible. 
May 5, 12, 19, 26   3:15 p.m.  Cooking With Prickly Pear     Talk: 30 minutes    
Learn how you can incorporate prickly pear into your diet. This program will show you how to collect and prepare prickly pear. Prepare for a sweet treat! Wheelchair accessible
May 1, 8, 22   2:15 p.m.    Raptors! Talk: 30 minutes
Southern Arizona and the Sonoran Desert Region are renowned for the large variety of animal and plant species, especially birds, that can be found in the area. Among the most fascinating of those are the raptors, top predators of the avian world, who either live here year-round, or migrate through the area. Wheelchair accessible

Naturalist Programs at the Rincon Mountain District (East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail):    
May 2, 9                    10:00 a.m.                   Is it a Cactus or A … sparagus?             Garden Walk 
We all know a cactus when we see it, right? Maybe not! Find out how our two families of spiny succulent plants are the same, but different.  Accessible program.
May 4, 11, 25              10:00 a.m.                  Meet the Saguaro           Garden Walk 
Get to know the world’s most famous cactus – and learn its fascinating life story in this place where we “celebrate saguaros”! Accessible Program
May 6, 13, 20, 27                    11:00 pam.      It Takes a Community to Raise a Saguaro            Presentation
Come explore the life of a saguaro, from seed to death, in this 30-minute presentation, Discover how the saguaro and other desert life are closely connected. Accessible Program
May 8, 15, 22, 29                   9:30 a.m.                    Showers of Saguaros           Presentation
The majestic Saguaro depends on the billions of tiny raindrops shed by the mighty summer monsoon storms for its long-term survival.  Accessible Program
May 11, 18, 25            1:00 p.m.                    The Point of the Matter is Cactus               Presentation
Cacti are uniquely equipped to thrive in the desert environment and every year bloom with spectacular flowers. We will look at the ones in Saguaro NP using a stunning photo gallery and learn a few of their uses for those living here and beyond. Accessible Program
May 12, 26                  10:00 a.m.                  Cactus Caravan           Auto Tour
Begin your exploration of the Cactus Forest Drive with a park ranger and become familiar with some of the common cacti. A great introduction to the park!   Accessible Program


Both visitor centers are open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, except Christmas Day.
Red Hills Visitor Center (Saguaro WEST)
2700 North Kinney Road 
Tucson, AZ 85743
(520) 733-5158 

Rincon Mountain Visitor Center (Saguaro EAST)
3693 South Old Spanish Trail
Tucson, AZ 85730
(520) 733-5153


For more information about Saguaro National Park and some of its partners, Friends of Saguaro National Park, Western National Parks Association, and the Rincon Institute, visit these websites:

Saguaro National Park
3693 S.Old Spanish Trail
Tucson, AZ  85730

Last updated: April 24, 2019

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