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Saguaro National Park October Program Schedule

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Date: September 29, 2018
Contact: Richard Hill, 520-733-5158
Contact: Melanie Florez, 520-733-5153

Saguaro National Park News Release  

For Immediate Release
October  2018                                                                                                                                                                     
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 October 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.
Oct.  3, 10, 17, 24, 31   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
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28  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
Oct. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 25,   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
Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  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
Oct. 5, 19   10:15 a.m. Creepy Crawlers: The Silent - Majority   Talk: 30 minutes
Oct. 5, 6, 13, 20, 27  2:15 p.m.
Learn about some of our most feared and misunderstood arthropods who call this park home. Come discover how essential they are for our desert community and why we shouldn’t fear these mostly harmless creatures.Wheelchair accessible
Oct. 8, 22   10:15 a.m. Picture This..Life Through A Different Lens    Talk and Walk: 45 minutes.
Oct. 10, 24, 31 11:15 a.m.
Experience the desert from a whole new view with this interactive photography program; designed to present the basics of photoghaphy while envoking emotional connections with the desert.
Oct. 20, 27    9:45 a.m.     The Plants Tell All      Walk: 2 hours, 1½ miles
Plants are the foundation of the web of life. Join a park naturalist to learn the secrets of what ties the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert together. Plant survival, insects and spiders, birds and mammals -- nothing is off limits for discussion on this discovery trek through the desert. For this moderate walk, closed-toed shoes, a hat, and water are required.

Naturalist Programs at the Rincon Mountain District (East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail):    
October 6, 13, 20, 27                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 Progra
October 12 & 26                     3:00 p.m.              A Century of Tales                   Presentation
Join us as we review a century of fun and interesting stories from those who lived and worked in what today is Saguaro National Park. Accessible Program

October 15, 17, 22        10:00 a.m.        Sonoran Lifestyles       1-Mile Guided Walk
              24, 29, 31
Join a park naturalist on this 2-hour, 1-mile walk to discover how plants and animals adapt to life in the desert. Comfortable walking shoes and water are recommended.
October 15, 22, 29        2:00 p.m.          The Adventures of Thelma the Tortoise           Presentation
Go on a fantastic trip across the Sonoran Desert with one adventurous tortoise who called Saguaro National park her home – until she set her eye on farther horizons! Accessible Program
October 17, 24, 31        2:00 p.m.          What’s New at Saguaro National Park?           Presentation
Saguaro National Park is best known for its variety of cactus, including the giant Saguaro. Join park staff in the visitor center theater to take a look at the Rincon Mountains and the new plant species recently discovered up there. Accessible Program
October 19                             3:00 p.m.               Creating Saguaro National Park          Presentation
Saguaro National Park has a unique and interesting history. This theater presentation will highlight the commitment, compromise, and decisions that created the Park. Accessible program
October 25 & 28           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
October 28       2:00 p.m.          The Changing Cactus Forest   Presentation
Change is constant – and accelerating – in the area of Saguaro National Park called the Cactus Forest.  We’ll take a look at the forest then and now, and consider how the future will shape what your grandchildren see here.Accessible Program
October 30                  10:00 a.m.        Desert Botany 101       Garden Walk                 `
Join a park naturalist to discuss the principles of botany. Our native plants have extreme adaptations to the arid and hot environment, so come learn about them! Accessible program
October 30           2:00 p.m.               Cattle & Cactus    1.5 Hour Auto Tour                   
Drive the Cactus Forest Loop with a ranger to discuss the changing ecosystem after cattle grazing ended and as the climate changes.  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:


Last updated: September 29, 2018

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