Saguaro National Park May & June Programs Schedule

Saguaro National Park May & June Programs Schedule

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of walks and talks that explore the park’s wonderful natural and cultural histories.

Program listings also are available on the park’s website, www.nps.gov/sagu, or visit on Facebook.

Interpretive programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Program schedules are subject to change; visitors should call the visitor centers for updates or reservations.

Naturalist Programs at Tucson Mountain District (West District), 2700 N. Kinney Rd.:

Programs are offered on most days in the morning at 10:15 and/or 11:15, and in the afternoon at 2:15 and/or 3:15 and last 30 to 45 minutes. Topics include mountain lions, lizards, coyotes, javelinas, kangaroo rats, insects, birds, survival strategies, the saguaro cactus, and other topics related to the desert. All programs are subject to change. Call the visitor center at (520) 733-5158 for updates the day of the program.

MAY

May 30 10:15 a.m. Living With Giants Talk 45 minutes: The saguaro celebrates events and faces challenges throughout its life. A biologist explains how it provides shelter and substance for wildlife; when it flowers; its growth patterns; and how it fights for survival against drought, lightning, frost, and other dangers. Wheelchair accessible

May 28, 31 2:15 p.m. Marvelous Mimicry Talk 30 minutes: Not all is as it appears… Come learn all about the optical illusion that is mimicry and adaptation, of which has helped shape some of the life in the Sonoran Desert! Wheelchair accessible.

May 26 3:15 p.m. Cooking With Prickly Pear Talk 30 minutes: Learn how you can incorporate prickly pear into your diet. This program will show you how to collect and prepare prickly pear. Prepare for a sweet treat! Wheelchair accessible

JUNE

June 6, 8, 13, 20, 22, 27, 29 11:15 a.m. Living With Giants Talk: 45 minutes: The saguaro celebrates events and faces challenges throughout its life. A biologist explains how it provides shelter and substance for wildlife; when it flowers; its growth patterns; and how it fights for survival against drought, lightning, frost, and other dangers. Wheelchair accessible

June 3, 10, 11, 17, 18 2:15 p.m. Marvelous Mimicry Talk: 30 minutes: Not all is as it appears… Come learn all about the optical illusion that is mimicry and adaptation, of which has helped shape some of the life in the Sonoran Desert! Wheelchair accessible

June 5, 12, 19, 26 10:15 a.m. Mountain Lions: Beyond the Myth: Talk: 45 minutes: Envision a puma stalking its prey, then uncover the true nature of this elusive but essential predator. Misunderstood, maligned, and nearly eradicated by settlers, the cougar remains threatened by human encroachment. Wheelchair accessible

June 19, 2:15 p.m. Raptors! Talk: 30 minutes: Southern Arizona and the Sonoran Desert Region are renowned for the large variety of animal and plant species, especially birds that can be found in the area. Among the most fascinating of those are the raptors, top predators of the avian world, who either live here year-round, or migrate through the area. Wheelchair accessible

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 3:15 p.m. Cooking With Prickly Pear Talk: 30 minutes: Learn how you can incorporate prickly pear into your diet. This program will show you how to collect and prepare prickly pear. Prepare for a sweet treat! Wheelchair accessible

June 4, 18, 11:15 a.m. Life Cycle of the Saguaro: Seed to Giant Talk: 45 minutes: Hear some astonishing reasons about why so few Saguaro seeds make it to fruition. Wheelchair accessible.

June 22 10:15 a.m. Scorpions of the Tucson Mountains and Avra Valley Talk: 45 minutes: Larry will share information on scorpions of the area, including the results of his three years of study. Also, he will discuss precautions and what to do if stung. No reservations necessary.

June 22 8:30 p.m. Scorpions of the Tucson Mountains and Avra Valley Field Trip Walk: 2 1/2 hours: We will target scorpions, but we will also look for native snakes. Bring flashlight/headlamp, black light, (if you have them), close-focus binoculars, boots, water, camera, and cell phone. Meet at Red Hills Visitor Center. Reservations required; 733-5158

Naturalist Programs at the Rincon Mountain District (East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail):

MAY

May 25 10 a.m. Meet the Saguaro Garden Walk: Get to know the world’s most famous cactus – and learn its fascinating life story in this place where we “celebrate saguaros”! Accessible Program

May 27 11 a.m. It Takes a Community to Raise a Saguaro Presentation: Come explore the life of a saguaro, from seed to death, in this 30-minute presentation, Discover how the saguaro and other desert life are closely connected. Accessible Program

May 29 9:30 a.m. Showers of Saguaros Presentation: The majestic Saguaro depends on the billions of tiny raindrops shed by the mighty summer monsoon storms for its long-term survival. Accessible Program

May 25 1 p.m. The Point of the Matter is Cactus Presentation: Cacti are uniquely equipped to thrive in the desert environment and every year bloom with spectacular flowers. We will look at the ones in Saguaro NP using a stunning photo gallery and learn a few of their uses for those living here and beyond. Accessible Program

May 26 10 a.m. Cactus Caravan Auto Tour: Begin your exploration of the Cactus Forest Drive with a park ranger and become familiar with some of the common cacti. A great introduction to the park! Accessible Program

JUNE

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 1 p.m. The Point of the Matter is Cactus Presentation: Cacti are uniquely equipped to thrive in the desert environment and every year bloom with spectacular flowers. We will look at the ones in Saguaro NP using a stunning photo gallery and learn a few of their uses for those living here and beyond. Accessible Program

June 3, 24 11 a.m. It Takes a Community to Raise a Saguaro Presentation: Come explore the life of a saguaro, from seed to death, in this 30-minute presentation, Discover how the saguaro and other desert life are closely connected. Accessible Program

June 3, 24 2 p.m. Adventures of Thelma the Tortoise Presentation: Go on a fantastic trip across the Sonoran Desert with one adventurous tortoise who called Saguaro National park her home – until she set her eye on farther horizons! Accessible Program

June 5, 26 2 p.m. What’s New at Saguaro NP? Presentation: Saguaro National Park is best known for its variety of cactus, including the Giant Saguaro. Join park staff in the visitor center theater to take a look at the Rincon Mountains and the new plant species recently discovered up there. Accessible Program

June 22, 25 10 a.m. Desert Botany 101 Presentation: Join a park naturalist for a stroll through our Cactus Garden and learn the basics of desert botany. Accessible Program

June 22 2 p.m.; June 30 11 a.m. Meet the Saguaro Garden Walk: Get to know the world’s most famous cactus – and learn its fascinating life story in this place where we “celebrate saguaros”! Accessible Program

June 23 11 a.m. Is it a Cactus or A … sparagus? Garden Walk: We all know a cactus when we see it, right? Maybe not! Find out how our two families of spiny succulent plants are the same, but different. Accessible program.

June 26 9:30 a.m. Showers of Saguaros Presentation: The majestic Saguaro depends on the billions of tiny raindrops shed by the mighty summer monsoon storms for its long-term survival. Accessible Program

Both visitor centers are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Christmas Day.

  • Red Hills Visitor Center (Saguaro WEST): 2700 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743; (520) 733-5158
  • Rincon Mountain Visitor Center (Saguaro EAST): 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85730 (520) 733-5153

For more information about Saguaro National Park and some of its partners, Friends of Saguaro National Park, Western National Parks Association, and the Rincon Institute, visit these websites: www.nps.gov/sagu; www.wnpa.org; www.friendsofsaguaro.org; www.rinconinstitute.org

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