Travel

Travel 2018-04-23T11:11:57+00:00

Travel

There’s always someplace to go…

Tohono Chul’s trips are some of the most rewarding ways you can spend just a day or an entire week in the Southwest. Always modestly priced, our Travel “Ed-ventures” are perfect for anyone who is simply curious about our region or looking for an adventure that will reward mind and body alike. Take a look at what we’re offering!

Kingbirds along the San Pedro

Thursday, April 26 | 6:30am-4pm
$99 members | $120 general public

The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) protects nearly 40 miles of the San Pedro River, a waterway originating in the Mexican highlands. One of the last riparian ecosystems in Arizona, the lush vegetation is a haven for an impressive array of birds and who better to take us there than our resident birder, Lynn Hassler? April is a particularly good time to see migrants, breeding birds, and year-round residents. We hope to see Cassin’s and Western Kingbirds; Lucy’s, yellow, and Wilson’s warblers; Summer Tanager; Green-tailed, Canyon, and Abert’s Towhees, a variety of flycatchers and hummingbirds; Gray and possibly Zone-tailed Hawks and many more. Cost includes transportation, guide services and a boxed lunch.

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Flagstaff Birds, Blooms, Butterflies and something more . . .

Tuesday-Thursday | July 17-19
$675 double occupancy | $840 single occupancy

We always have such a good time chasing birds, butterflies and summer blooms in the White Mountains that we decided to head a little further north to Flagstaff and the Colorado Plateau this summer. Nestled in the shadow of the San Francisco Peaks, the highest mountain range in Arizona and sacred to more than thirteen Native American tribes, Flagstaff got its name from a Ponderosa pine flagpole erected on the spot to celebrate the first U.S. Centennial on July 4, 1876.

The first stop on our drive north will be for birds, summer wildflowers and a picnic lunch at Montezuma Well (pictured above), a collapsed limestone cave which supports a unique freshwater aquatic habitat and attracts species such as Cliff Swallow, Bewick and Rock Wrens, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Black-throated Sparrow and Yellow Warbler. Once settled in Flagstaff, we’ll bird and botanize such locales as Kachina Wetlands and The Arboretum at Flagstaff. Likely species include Lewis’s Woodpecker, Violet-green Swallow, Western Bluebird, Yellow-headed Blackbird and Broad-tailed Hummingbird. For flowers, we can expect Wandbloom Penstemon, Red Dome Blanketflower, Bergamot and Silver Lupine. Butterflies may include Spring Azure, Gray Hairstreak, Western Tiger Swallowtail and Orange Sulphur.

For that “something more,” we are planning an evening program at the Lowell Observatory and a tour of the Museum of Northern Arizona to explore its connection to Tohono Chul!

Transportation is by motorcoach, we’ll be staying at Fairfield Inn and Suites and we’ll be sampling several of the city’s restaurant gems – from microbrew pubs to spots where the fusion focus is on locally sourced ingredients. The cooling pines are calling, so won’t you join us – Lynn Hassler, noted author, birder and naturalist, and Jo Falls, TCP’s Director of Education, on this summer getaway? Cost includes transportation, accommodations, meals, guide services and admissions.

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First Nations and the Gardens of the North | SOLD OUT | call 742-6455 x 228 to be wait listed

September 6 – 15 | $4275 per person / double occupancy ($1225 single supplement)
a $500 deposit will hold your spot!

Travel that edge with us in 2018 as we encounter the people of the First Nations of British Columbia and experience the world-class gardens of Vancouver and Victoria. Led by respected, second-generation Indian arts trader, Mark Bahti, and renowned horticulturist and landscape artist, Greg Corman; our host is Stephen Bernier of South of the Border Tours.
We’ve included a variety of remarkable experiences from a visit to the first Chinese “scholar’s garden built outside of China and dinner in Vancouver’s Chinatown on day one to ceremonial dances and a traditional seafood feast in the Long House at U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay on day eight.

Cost includes three nights at 4-star Westin Bayshore (Vancouver), two nights at 4-star Hotel Grand Pacific (Victoria), two nights at legendary Painter’s Lodge (Campbell River), and two nights at tribally-owned and art-filled Kwa’lilas Hotel (Port Hardy); all meals except two lunches and three dinners; land and water transportation in British Columbia (except during free time in Victoria); admissions and guide fees (except during free time in Victoria and at Painter’s Lodge). Airfare is not included, but recommendations will be made as to best choice flights from Phoenix (non-stop) and bus transportation to and from Sky Harbor Airport will be provided at no charge, based on those flights.

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