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 some of our upcoming events.
Seasonal Yoga in the Outdoors!
Tuesdays | May 1 – June 5 | 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. | Children’s Ramada
$8 members | $8 plus cost of admission for the general public
Before the full heat of summer strikes, enjoy the cool early morning outdoors. Join Barbara Sherman, LifeForce Yoga® practitioner and registered Yoga instructor for an hour of uplifting yoga practice. Enjoy accessible poses and breathing exercises to energize your body and ease your mind. Please bring your own mat. Students pay instructor directly.
Monsoon Madness Plant Sale
Friday | July 27 | 3 – 7 p.m.
Saturday | July 28 | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The monsoon season brings you more than just rain as we host local growers & nationally-renowned plant experts with their specially-selected inventory. The annual sale is for more than just plant nerds, anyone can come on down to buy the weird and wondrous and learn plant care from the professionals.
The Desert Players | Where Saguaros Sing
June 5 | July 2 | August 7
10am | Ed. Center 1 | Free with Admission
The Desert Players are visiting the Pima County Libraries again this summer with a new story about desert plants and their pollinators. In “Where Saguaros Sing,” fan favorites, nectar-feeding bats Shadow and Eve, are back, heading up the agave trail on their spring migration. El Capitán, knows the dangers that await them along the way, but Elf Owl Midget is sure he’ll be the first to spot them from his perch high atop the old-timer saguaro. When Shadow arrives in the Sonoran Desert all alone, everyone fears the worst for Eve. Little do they know that Night Eyes the Great Horned Owl has moved the moon, throwing Eve off course and allowing him to capture her. Whoooo will save her? Will Shadow be her hero? Or will someone else save the day? Drawing on this year’s theme of pollinators and their plants, you’ll thrill to bees showing off their waggle dance designed to get Eve back on course and delight to the sound of saguaros singing across the desert, guiding Shadow and Eve home.
Performances at local Libraries | Free
Friday, May 25 | 2pm | Wheeler-Taft Abbett Library
Wednesday, June 6 | 2pm | Salazar-Ajo Library
Wednesday, June 13 | 3pm | Himmel Park Library
Monday, June 25 | 10am | Dewhirst-Catalina Library
Friday, July 6 | 2pm | Murphy-Wilmot Library
Monday, July 9 | 2pm | Oro Valley Library
Wednesday, July 25 | 1pm | Caviglia Arivaca Library
Stories in the Garden
Tuesdays | 10 a.m. | Children’s Ramada
Join us for traditional and original stories about the desert and its creatures under the Children’s Ramada. Free with admission.
Butterflies of Tohono Chul
October – April | Saturdays at 11 a.m & Sundays at 1 p.m.
May – September | Saturdays & Sundays at 10 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.
March – May & Sept. – Nov. | Fridays at 10 a.m. | Overlook
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. Free with admission.
Birds of Prey – Night & Day
February-April | 2nd & 4th Wednesdays | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Children’s Ramada
Naturalist and wildlife rehabilitator Kathie Schroeder rejoins us with her Harris’ Hawk buddy Sueño and two new friends Poppy, the Western Screech Owl, and Banshee, the Barn Owl. Discover the different habits of birds of prey who hunt by night or by day, and get to know a collection of the most unflappable birds in town. Free with admission.