DAILY TOURS AND ECO-STATIONS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For bus tours, corporate or destination management companies please contact email@example.com.
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.
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