OUTDOORS AND RECREATIONS
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.
Learn how to prepare and cook prickly pear.
Birding — Roy P. Drachman-Agua Caliente Regional Park, 12325 E. Roger Road. Take a guided walk to look for warblers, flycatchers, hummingbirds, orioles, and vireos. Binoculars available. Online registration required. 7:30-9 a.m. Aug. 17 and 24. 615-7855.
Synergy in the Desert: The Sonoran Habitat — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. A walk and talk to learn about the saguaro. 2:15-3 p.m. Aug. 17 and 24. 733-5158.
Who's Who — Saguaro National Park East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail. A walk through the cactus garden to learn names. 10-10:30 a.m. Aug. 17. 733-5153.
Guided Hike — Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley Trailhead, right at milepost 24.9. A 6 mile hike guided by Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists with an elevation gain 1200 feet. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 18. 749-8700.
Birding — Sweetwater Wetlands, 2667 W. Sweetwater Drive. Join a naturalist to look for wetland and desert birds as well as other wildlife. Online registration required. 6:30-8:30 a.m. Aug. 19. 615-7855.
Desert Night Shift — Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary: Arthur Pack Regional Park, 9101 N. Thornydale Road. Join Pima County naturalists on an easy hike to discover who is out at night. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 19. 615-7855.
Hidden Wildlife — Saguaro National Park East. Learn to look for the signs that animals leave behind in their existence in the desert. 10-10:30 a.m. Aug. 19. 733-5153.
Lizards of Agua Caliente Park — Roy P. Drachman-Agua Caliente Regional Park. Search for whiptail, spiny, ornate tree, and other lizards. Binoculars available. 7:30-9 a.m. Aug. 19 and 22. 615-7855.
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. Aug. 19. 459-2555.
Sonoran Desert Weedwackers — Pima County Tucson Mountain Park: Tucson Mountain Park. Join the Sonoran Desert Weedwackers to eradicate buffelgrass and fountain grass. Work requires hiking and pulling buffelgrass on steep slopes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting location. Ages 18 and up. 6:30-9 a.m. Aug. 19. 615-7855.
Tour of Historic Canoa Ranch — Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley. A walking tour of the ranch headquarters. Online registration required. 8:30-10 a.m. Aug. 19 and 22. 724-5220.
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. 7-9 a.m. Aug. 20. Donations accepted. 459-2555.
Cooking with Prickly Pear — Saguaro National Park West. A live cooking demonstration will show how to prepare and cook prickly pear. 3:15-3:45 p.m. Aug. 20. 733-5158.
Easy Being Green — Saguaro National Park East. A walk to learn how plants get by with little rain. 10-10:30 a.m. Aug. 20. 733-5153.
Monsoon Rains in the Desert — Saguaro National Park East. A walk with a park naturalist to learn the vital role that the rains play in the lives of plants, animals and humans. 10-10:45 a.m. Aug. 22. 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. Aug. 22. 733-5158.
Anza Tour at Historic Canoa Ranch — Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley. A 5-mile segment of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Online registration required. 9-10 a.m. Aug. 23. 724-5220.
Desert Botany 101 — Saguaro National Park East. An easy walk through the cactus garden. 10-10:30 a.m. Aug. 23. 733-5153.
Restoration Tour — Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley. Take a behind-the-scenes tour to examine the processes and materials used in the restoration of the structures at Historic Canoa Ranch. 9-10:30 a.m. Aug. 23. 724-5220.
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, regular and visiting warblers, and other species hiding in the reeds. 6-8 a.m. Aug. 23. 209-1811.
Bats in Flight — Pima County Pantano River Park, 2500 S. Pantano Parkway. Join Pima County naturalists and volunteers to watch as hundreds of bats emerge from daytime roosts under the 22nd Street bridge over the Pantano Wash. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 25. 615-7855.
Guided Hike — Mt. Lemmon Sunset Trailhead milepost 22.9. A 3 mile hike guided by Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists with little elevation gain, but not flat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 25. 749-8700.