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Contact: Melanie Florez, (520)733-5153
Contact: Richard Hill, (520)733-5158
Naturalist Programs at Tucson Mountain District (West: 2700 N. Kinney Road)
Daytime Indoor or Patio Programs at the Visitor Center
April 2, 9, 16, 23,30 2:15p.m. The CCC in the Tucson Mountains Talk: 45 minutes
The Civilian Conservation Corps (1933-1943) was launched in the midst of The Great Depression to give young men jobs restoring the country's depleted soil and forest resources. Much of this involved building the infrastructures of publicfacilities in the Tucson area, including many of the stone structures andtrails at Saguaro National Park and Tucson Mountain Park. Wheelchair accessible.
April 6, 13, 20, 27 3:15 p.m. Against All Odds Talk: 30 minutes
A saguaro might produce 40 million seeds in its lifetime, but only one or two seedlings will survive into maturity. Discover how the "deck is stacked" against their survival and what conditions are needed for growth into the majestic icon of the desert. Wheelchair accessible.
April 15, 19, 27 2:15 p.m. CSI Saguaro Talk: 45 minutes
Who killed Sam Saguaro? Meet us in the "morgue" at the Red Hills visitor center as the cactus examiner makes the initial "Y cut" in the corpus cactus;then you figure out who did what to Sam Saguaro.
April 3 2:15 p.m. A Desert Trio: Snakes, Tortoises, and Monsters Talk:30 minutes
April 16, 25, 30 10:15 a.m.
Snakes, desert tortoises,and gila monsters -- oh, my! This desert trio couldn't be more different,but yet they have a few things in common, such as being fascinating but misunderstood. Come learn about their communication skills, special adaptations, and defense systems. A bit of folk lore is also shared. Wheelchair accessible.
April 12, 26 3:15 p.m. Meet the Cuckoo of the Desert: The Roadrunner Talk: 30 minutes
The Greater Roadrunner is a popular and charismatic member of the desert community.Join a park naturalist for a Power Point presentation about the natural history, behaviors, and other traits and facts about this colorful creature. Wheelchair accessible.
April 13, 27 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 mountain lion remains threatened by human encroachment. Wheelchair accessible.
April 1, 8, 22, 29 2:15 p.m. Lizards are Hot, Lizards are Cool Talk:30 minutes
April 15 3:15 p.m.
Lizards are small denizens of the desert that are a critical component of our desert community. Find out what it means when they do push ups or exhibit other odd behaviors. Wheelchair accessible.
April 12, 26 11:15 a.m. Life Cycle of the Saguaro: Seed to Giant Walk: 45 minutes, 100 yards
Hear some astonishing reasons about why so few Saguaro seeds make it to fruition.
April 12, 26 10:15a.m. Adaptations: Recipe for Survival Easy100-yard walk: 30 minutes
Take a walk in our Cactus Garden Walk to discover some physical and behavioral adaptations of desert plants.
April 13, 20, 27 11:15a.m. Synergyin the Desert: The Sonoran Habitat Talk and Walk: 45 minutes
For all of life, "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" is true.The iconic Saguaro is the focal point for a discussion of how the parts of the Sonoran Desert work together to create a rich living desert that is unique in the world.
April 11, 24, 25 2:15 p.m. Homesteading Adventures Talk: 30 minutes
April 9, 16, 233:15 p.m. The Hispanic women from homesteading families in the Tucson area left records of their adventures, and a ranger reads some of these fascinating first-person accounts. Wheelchair accessible.
April 3, 4, 11, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25 3:15 p.m. Javelinas: Our Desert Neighbors Talk:30 minutes
Some times referred to as the "desert pig," the javelina is not a pig at all. Learn aboutthis intriguing creature and how it survives in this arid environment. Wheelchair accessible.(This program also will be given in Spanish at 12:15 p.m. April 2, 23)
Daytime Hikes And Short Walks
April 6, 20 2:15 p.m.Kangaroo Rat: Super Survivor Walk: 45 minutes
Learn about the remarkable behavioral and physical adaptations these rodents possess that allow them to survive harsh desert environments. Find out how the rodents escape predators, evade heat, and endure aridity while you search for burrows,runways and tracks of this nocturnal animal. The easy hike is on level ground but closed-toed shoes are required. Bring water and a hat.
April 9, 23 9:45 a.m. Bird Walk 30 minutes plus optional additional 30minutes, ½ mile
Join us fora 30-minute walk in the sandy wash behind the Visitor Center to see what birds live among the cacti and shrubs. Learn how they find food, water and shelter. Participants interested in more will drive 2 miles to Sus Picnic area with its rocky canyon and hills for another 30-minute walk to see what wrens, hawks and other birds live there. The walk is on sand and dirt roads. No reservations required. All ages.
April 6, 20 10:15 a.m. Sonoran Secrets to Desert Survival Walk: 60 minutes, 250 yards
Stroll the Cactus Garden and identify the most common hazards hidden in the desert,uncover survival strategies of native plants and animals, and acquire practical tips to ensure your safety. Wheelchair accessible.
April 4, 18, 21, 22, 23 10:15 a.m. Spiny,Shady, and COOL! Walk:30 minutes, 100 yards
Come for a short walk and discover the great variety of cacti that inhabit this unique and fascinating desert.
April 5, 19 3:15 p.m. How Do They Do It? Walk: 15 minutes, 100 yards
Discover how the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert have adapted to the harsh conditions of this unique environment. (This program also is offered in Spanish April 5, 19 12:15 p.m.) Wheelchairaccessible.
Evening and NighttimePrograms and Hikes
April 17 3:30 p.m. Wasson Peak Moonlight Hike: 7 hours, 8 miles roundtrip
This hike climbs 1,700 feet to the highest point in the Tucson Mountains. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the sunset before descending by the light of the moon. The hike is at an easy-to-moderate pace but is considered difficult due to elevation gain and hiking after dark.Ages 12 and older. Reservations required 733-5158
April 18 5:30p.m. Twilight Glow to Moon Shadows Moonlight Hike: 3 hours, 2 ½ miles
This walk bridges sunset into moonlight, letting hikers experience the desert in both the glow of twilight and the light of the waxing moon.It ascends a hill with a gentle, packedslope, and then changes trails to descend a sandy wash. The hike is completed with a return on a dirt road. Ages 10 andolder. Reservations required:733-5158.
April 19 4:45p.m. Sunset Hike Moonlight Hike: 4 hours, 3 ½ miles
Discussions of water, geology, and plants will be highlights of mini-talks along this route, which gains 700 feet (with some switchbacks near the top) before reaching a ridge line for sunset. The descent is by the light of the moon. Ages10 and older.Reservations required;733-5158
April 20 5:30 p.m. Moonlight Reflections Moonlight hike: 2 1/2 hours, 2 miles
The shortest and easiest of the winter monthly moon hikes covers 2 miles in 2 1/2 hours. Imagine yourself living in olden times as you cross a flat terrain, follow a sandy wash that has been nature's highway for centuries, then climb a terraced hillside full of plants adapted to a rocky hillside. After a stop to rest and view the sunset, you will descend and complete your journey on a dirt road in the moonlight. Ages 10 and older. Reservations required: 733-5158.
April 21 7:15p.m. Moonrise Over The Mountains Patio program: 45 minutes
Popular guitarist and singer-songwriter Mark William and Native American flute player Robert Hval will play music on the patio as visitors watch the full moon rise over the mountains. Bring a foldingchair and blankets or coats. All ages.Wheelchair accessible. No reservations necessary.
Spanish Language Programs
April 5, 19 12:15 p.m. ¿Como Pueden Sobrevivir? Walk: 15 minutes, 100 yards
(Spanish version of How Do They Do It?) Charla en Español donde discutiremos como las plantas y animales del desierto Sonorense se han adaptado a través de los años para poder sobrevivir y florecer en nuestro únicoy duro ambiente Wheelchair accessible.
April 2, 23 12:15 p.m. Jabalíes, Nuestros Vecinos Del Desierto Talk: 30 minutes
(Spanish version of Javelina: Our Desert Neighbors)Usted está invitado a acompañar a un naturalista delparque durante su presentación "Jabalíes, Nuestros Vecinos del Desierto." Aveces referido como el cerdo del desierto, averigüe por qué el jabalí no es uncerdo. Descubra la historia natural de este fascinante animal y cómo se lasarregla para sobrevivir en este ambiente árido. Wheelchair accessible.