All public tours are included in the price of admission, no reservations are necessary. Private group tours are also available. For non-profit and education groups please contact lmalanga@tohonochul.org. For bus tours, corporate or destination management companies please contact marketing@tohonochul.org.

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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.


Hawk Happening

2nd & 4th Wednesdays | Feb. – April, Oct – Dec | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Children’s Ramada

Traveling avian ambassador Sueño and her human, Kathie Schroeder, are here to share secrets in the lives of the Southwest’s amazing Harris’ hawks. Free with admission.


Walk in the Park

Oct. – Apr. | Mon. – Sat. at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m | May – Sept. at 9 a.m only
Experience Tohono Chul Park while learning some of the basics of the ecology of the Sonoran Desert.

Birds of Tohono Chul

May – Sept.  | Mon., Wed., Fri. & Sat. at 8 a.m. | Oct. – Apr. at 8:30 a.m.
Learn to identify residents and those just passing through, plus information on habits and habitat.
Download Tohono Chul Park’s Bird Checklist (PDF format)

Art in the Park

Sept. – May | Tue. & Thur. at 11 a.m. & Sun. at 2 p.m.
Get an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at our changing art and cultural exhibits.

Stories in the Garden for Children

Tue. at 10 a.m.
Traditional and original stories about the desert and its creatures in the Children’s Ramada.

Wildflowers: What’s Bloom’n?

Mar. & Apr. | Tue., Thur. & Sat. at 10 a.m.
Bring your camera to capture the colors of spring and develop more than a nodding acquaintance with our annual wildflowers.

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-venomous reptiles, perhaps a lizard or even a tortoise, and a few venomous, rattlesnakes and or a Gila monster.

Connecting Plants and People

1st Saturday of every month at 10 a.m.
Discover the edible and useful plants of the Sonoran Desert.

The Great Xeriscape

3rd Saturday of every month at 10 a.m.
Unearth the how-to’s for using native and arid-adapted plants in water-saving landscapes.

Eco-Stations at the Overlook

October – April: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

May – September: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

These touch carts, staffed by Park Docents, feature hands-on Sonoran Desert learning opportunities for visitors of all ages. Stocked with everything from binoculars and hand lenses to mounted specimens and scientific models, and supplemented with an azing array of feathers, bones, skins, and plant parts, these investigation stations allow for a full range of sensory experiences.

Winged Things – Mondays

from birds to butterflies, a look at the winged things of the skies

Wild Woolies – Tuesdays

the warm, hairy beasties of our deserts

Rocks and Ruins – Wednesdays

explore Tucson Basin geology and archaeology

Who Eats Whom – Thursdays

follow the predator/prey trail and explore a tangled food web

Creepy Crawlies – Fridays

sometimes scary, but always cool! – spiders, scorpions, snakes and lizards

Prickly Plants – Saturdays

spiny and downright hostile, plants are well adapted to our desert environment