OUTDOORS AND RECREATION

All events are free or included in admission or vehicle entrance fee unless otherwise noted. Parking may be additional. Bad weather may change or cancel activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets unless otherwise specified.

Kangaroo Rat: Super Survivor — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. Learn how the rodents escape predators, evade heat, and endure aridity while you search for burrows, runways and tracks of this nocturnal animal. Closed-toed shoes required. 3:15-4 p.m. Oct. 12 and 19. 733-5158.

Spiny, Shady, and Cool — Saguaro National Park West. A short walk to discover the variety of cacti. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Oct. 12 and 14; 11:15-11:45 a.m. Oct. 18. 733-5158.

Star Party — Saguaro National Park East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail. An introduction to astronomy and a look at the desert night sky. Telescopes and binoculars available. Reservations required. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 12. 733-5153.

Synergy in the Desert: The Sonoran Habitat — Saguaro National Park West. A walk and talk about the saguaro. 2:15-3 p.m. Oct. 12 and 19. 733-5158.

Guided Hike: Bug Springs — Mt. Lemmon, General Hitchcock, MP 12 Catalina Hwy. A 4.5 mile hike, 600 feet elevation gain lead by Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist. Meet at the McDonald's Tanque Verde/Catalina Highway at 8 a.m. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 13. 429-4492.

Is it A Cactus or A...sparagus — Saguaro National Park East. Learn the difference between the two most famous families of desert plants on this short stroll in the cactus garden. 10-10:30 a.m. Oct. 13. 733-5153.

Hidden Wildlife — Saguaro National Park East. Learn to look for the signs that animals leave behind. 10-10:30 a.m. Oct. 14. 733-5153.

Historic Craft Demonstrations — Tumacácori National Historical Park, 1891 E. Frontage Road. May include, tortilla making, paper flower making, pottery, or O’odham basket weaving, or other art forms. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15. 377-5060.

History Walk — Clanton Ranch, Escapule Road, Sierra Vista. Learn of the Clanton family history and life before and after the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral. Suitable footwear. 9-11 a.m. Oct. 14. Donations accepted. 459-2555.

Leapin Lizards Guided Lizard Walk — Sabino Canyon, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road. Guided walk with a Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist to spot and identify lizards. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 14. 749-8700.

River Walk — San Pedro House, 9800 E. Highway 90, Sierra Vista. Find 82 species of mammals, dozens of reptiles and amphibians and nearly 350 species of birds. 8-10 a.m. Oct. 14. 459-2555.

Bird Walks — Tumacácori National Historical Park, 1891 E. Frontage Road. A guided walk up to three hours or as long as the birds are active. Binoculars available. Suitable footwear. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 14. 377-5060.

Bird Walk — Environmental Operations Park, Hwy. 90 east of Sierra Vista. A two hour walk led by docents from Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory and the Friends of the San Pedro River. Suitable footwear. 8-10 a.m. Oct. 15. Donations accepted. 459-2555.

Cooking with Prickly Pear — Saguaro National Park West. Learn how to incorporate prickly pear into a diet. A live cooking demonstration will show how to prepare and cook prickly pear. 3:15-3:45 p.m. Oct. 15. 733-5158.

Petanque in the Park — Reid Park, 830 S. Country Club Road. Learn and play the French game of petanque. 2-4 p.m. Oct. 15. 664-4133.

Sonoran Lifestyles — Saguaro National Park East. A two hour, 1 mile walk to discover how plants and animals adapt to life in the desert. Ages 10 and up. 10 a.m.-noon. Oct. 16. 733-5153.

Birding  — Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail. Join a local birding expert to explore the bountiful birdlife that inhabits the Arizona Uplands of Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Online registration required. 8-10 a.m. Oct. 17. 724-5375.

Birding  — Historic Canoa Ranch, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley. Kendall Kroesen will lead a walk in search of resident and migratory birds. Reservations online at pima.gov/canoaranch, click on the Register Now button or call 349-5026. No pets. 8-9:30 a.m. Oct. 17. 724-5000.

Desert Botany 101 — Saguaro National Park East. An easy walk through the cactus garden. 10-10:30 a.m. Oct. 17 and 18. 733-5153.

What is the Reason for the Saguaro Fruit Harvest — Saguaro National Park West. Participate in a cultural experience and learn about this enriching tradition. 2:15-2:45 p.m. Oct. 17. 733-5158.

Nuts about Nature Preschool Hour — Brandi Fenton Memorial Park Visitor Center, 3482 E. River Road. Learn about nature through stories, crafts, and games. Online registration required. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 18. $5. 724-5375.

Project Go Wild Workshop: Paracord Bracelet Making — International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. Make your own paracord bracelet. 1-3 Oct. 4 and 18. $12. 629-0100.

Morning Bird Walks — Sweetwater Wetlands, 2511 W. Sweetwater Drive. Join an Audubon Society staff member on a two hour, 1 mile easy hike to see waterfowl, warblers, and other species hiding in the reeds. 7-9 a.m. Oct. 18. 209-1811.

Project Go Wild Workshop: Pond Exploration — International Wildlife Museum. Pond scavenger hunt, make animal tracks and use magnifying glasses to see what creatures are found in pond water. 1-3 p.m. Oct. 19. $12. 629-0100.

Guided Hike — Mt. Lemmon, MP 18 Catalina Highway. Lead by Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist. a 4.5 mile hike at 7300 feet elevation. Meet at the McDonald's at Tanque Verde/Catalina Highway at 8 a.m. Shuttle back to upper trail head. No pets. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 20.  429-4492.

Night Walk — Saguaro National Park East. Join a park naturalist to experience the Sonoran Desert at night. Reservations required call 733-5153. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 20. 733-5153.

Project Go Wild Workshop: Desert Discovery — International Wildlife Museum. Scavenger hunt on desert trail, encounter live desert animals. 1-3 p.m. Oct. 20. $12. 629-0100.

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