Special Events

Tohono Chul Hosts a variety of special events through the year. From the ever popular Holiday Nights to the quintessential Bloom Night there is always something going on. Below is a list of our most popular events throughout the year.

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“Fall” Back to Yoga!

Wednesdays, September 16 to November 4 | 8:15 – 9:30 A.M. | Children’s Ramada

Get back into a healthy routine by joining Barbara Sherman, registered yoga instructor, for an hour of gentle yoga practice in the outdoors! Open your senses to an understanding of our connection to the earth. Stroll the park afterwards or visit the Garden Bistro for a healthy breakfast. Please bring your own mat. Please pay the instructor directly: $7 members | $7 plus cost of admission for the general public



Saturday, September 19 | 9 a.m. meet at the Children’s Ramada

Saturday, October 10 | 9 a.m. meet at the Children’s Ramada

Saturday, November 14 | 9 a.m. meet at the Children’s Ramada

Saturday, December 12 | 9 a.m. meet at the Children’s Ramada

Attention New Members! Did you know we host special behind-the-scenes new member tours just for you? Each 1.5 hour tour is led by our fabulous volunteer docents and was designed to welcome you and to thank you for your generous support. So now that you are part of the Tohono Chul family, we’d love to meet you and show you how the gardens, art exhibits, museum collections, special events and many other programs express the mission of Tohono Chul. In the propagation area, you’ll discover all that goes into nurturing seeds and growing them into healthy plants for our gardens and retail greenhouse. In the garden you’ll learn about nourishing edible plants and the native peoples that have grown them for centuries. And, you’ll top off your tour with a tasty snack from the gardens. To sign up for a tour, please contact Cindy Jakobs, CJakobs@tohonochul.org or 520.742.6455 ext. 246

ACT One…another Library Partnership

Beginning this fall, Tohono Chul will be a part of Act One’s Culture Pass program, providing low- and middle-income Pima County Library users with free admission for two people at participating cultural institutions like us! In eight local libraries, library card holders can select the venue of their choice from the display rack and check out the admissions pass just like they would check out a book. Passes are valid for seven days and may be used only once during that time. One pass per week can be checked out and households are limited to two passes per month. This is a great way to affordably experience all that local cultural institutions have to offer. For the general public, it’s a great way to “try out” a museum visit risk-free before deciding to become a member – it’s a win-win! For more information about the Act One Culture Pass, visit act1az.org


The Reason for Flowers

Sunday, October 4 | 2 p.m. | Ed. Ctr. #1

Flowers, and the fruits they become, feed, clothe, sustain, and inspire all of us and they have done so since before recorded history. Flowers are used to celebrate important occasions, to express love and to delight our senses. They are also the basis of a global industry with Americans buying ten million cut flowers a day. Yet, we know little about them, their role in nature or how we depend on them. Stephen Buchmann, pollination ecologist and bee specialist with the University of Arizona, has written an engaging and definitive story of the beauty, sexuality, ecology, lore and economics of flowers. This afternoon, Buchmann will present a short illustrated talk, followed by select readings from his book. From the gardens of ancient Rome to those of Washington and Jefferson, discover how flowers run the world! Copies of The Reason for Flowers: Their History, Culture, and Biology and How They Change Our Lives will be available for sale and signing. Free admission to the event.


Books about Birds…for clever kids and the adults who adore them!

Saturday, October 24 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Lomaki

Presaging our upcoming “Taking Flight” exhibit, we’ve pulled together a couple of local children’s authors who love birds as much as we do — former Tucsonan Jennifer Ward with her latest Mama Built A Little Nest and Midji Stephenson premiering The Ravenous Raven. Meet the authors, chat about their work, learn about birds, and participate in some “birdy” craft activities with Jennifer Ward. For some extra fun, wildlife rehabilitator Kathie Schroeder will bring her famed Harris’ Hawk Sueño to meet everyone and the Winged Things Eco-Station will be on hand. Books will be available for sale and signing. Free admission to the event.


Chasing Arizona: One Man’s Yearlong Obsession with the Grand Canyon State

Saturday, November 7 | 2 p.m. | Ed. Ctr. #1

It seemed like a simple plan for a master storyteller, visit fifty-two places in fifty-two weeks. But for author Ken Lamberton, a veteran of life in the Sonoran Desert, the results were anything but easy — a yearlong, twenty-thousand-mile joyride across Arizona during its centennial, racking up more than two hundred points of interest along the way. Lamberton chases the four corners of the state, attempting to visit every county, reservation, national monument and state park, driving through the longest tunnels and across the highest suspension bridges, hiking the hottest deserts, and climbing the tallest mountain, all the while visiting the people, places, and treasures that make Arizona great. Meet the “road-warrior” author and join us on an adventure! Copies of Chasing Arizona will be available for sale and signing. Free admission to the event.


Members’ Reception

Saturday, January 16, 2016 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Performance Garden

This reception celebrates you, our members. Your support helps sustain and grow Tohono Chul, and we truly appreciate you! So please join Christine Conte, our Executive Director, and Tohono Chul’s board members for a presentation on what’s new in the gardens and our future plans. Enjoy a light refreshment and meet old and new friends amongst the beauty of the gardens.


Sonoran Seasons Gala – Save the Date!

Sunday, April 3, 2016 | 4 – 7 p.m.

Join us for Tohono Chul’s annual Sonoran Seasons Gala, April 3, 2016. Celebrate the opening of the new Penstemon Garden. Enjoy culinary delights, libations, live music, dancing and a fabulous silent auction featuring artwork from local artists and more.

For ticket or sponsorship information, please call 520.742.6455 x0


Butterflies of Tohono Chul

Sept. – Nov. & Mar. – May | Saturdays at 11 a.m

Nature lovers, shutterbugs and bug lovers will get an in-depth glimpse of some of the most engaging creatures in the Sonoran Desert, butterflies! Free with admission.


Reptile Ramble

Apr. – Jun. & Aug. – Oct. | Fridays at 10 a.m.

Learn to identify resident reptiles and find the answer to the age-old question, “Why do lizards do push ups?” Be prepared to meet a few non-poisonous snakes, perhaps a lizard or even a tortoise. Free with admission