History Walk: Grand Central Mill — Fairbank Historic Townsite, Highway 82, Whetstone. The Friends of the San Pedro River will explain the history of the site and show the remains of the mill, mostly the foundations where the 200 foot long, multi-story building once stood. Suitable footwear. 1-4 p.m. Dec. 23. Donations accepted. 459-2555. Outdoors.

History Walk: Grand Central Mill


OUTDOORS

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.

A Gneiss Walk — Sabino Canyon, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road. Enjoy a walk and talk about the geology led by a Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist. 8:30-11 a.m. Dec. 21 and 28. 749-8700.

Birding  — Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road. A guided walk through the park and along the ponds to see raptors, sparrows, and many other birds. Ducks should be arriving for the winter. Loaner binoculars available. Online registration required. 8:30-10 a.m. Dec. 21 and 28. 724-5375.

Desert Jigsaw Puzzle — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. A short walk on an intricate, wondrous jigsaw puzzle of plants and animals. 2:15-3 p.m. Dec. 24; 11:15-noon Dec. 21, 27 and 28. 733-5158.

Kangaroo Rat: Super Survivor — Saguaro National Park West. An easy hike to learn how the rodents escape predators, evade heat, and endure aridity while you search for burrows, runways and tracks of this nocturnal animal. Suitable footwear. 3:15-4 p.m. Dec.  21 and 28. 733-5158.

Living With Giants — Saguaro National Park West. A biologist explains how it provides shelter and substance for wildlife. 11:15-noon. Dec. 21 and 28. 733-5158.

Walk With The Saguaros — Saguaro National Park East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail. Join a naturalist for this two hour easy walk to discover the many fascinating facts about the saguaro cactus. Suitable footwear. 10 a.m.-noon. Dec. 21. 733-5153.

Who's Who — Saguaro National Park East. A walk through the cactus garden. 3-3:30 p.m. Dec. 21. 733-5153.

Is it A Cactus or A...sparagus — Saguaro National Park East. Come learn the difference between the two most famous families of desert plants on this short stroll in the cactus garden. 2-2:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 29. 733-5153.

Night Walk — Saguaro National Park East. Join a park naturalist to experience the desert at night. Reservations required call 733-5153. 7-9 p.m. Dec. 22. 

Spiny, Shady, and Cool — Saguaro National Park West. A short walk to discover the variety of cacti. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Dec. 22, 26 and 29. 733-5158.

Synergy in the Desert: The Sonoran Habitat — Saguaro National Park West. A walk to learn about the saguaro. 2:15-3 p.m. Dec. 22 and 29. 733-5158.

The Saguaro Time Hike — Saguaro National Park East. A 1.6 mile hike with one small hill climb. Ages 10 and up. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Dec. 22. 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. Dec. 23 and 24. 377-5060.

History Walk: Grand Central Mill — Fairbank Historic Townsite, Highway 82, Whetstone. The Friends of the San Pedro River will explain the history of the site and show the remains of the mill, mostly the foundations where the 200 foot long, multi-story building once stood. Suitable footwear. 1-4 p.m. Dec. 23. Donations accepted. 459-2555.

Presidio District Walking Tour — Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum, 196 N. Court Ave. Includes a tour of the Presidio Museum, lunch at La Cocina Restaurant, and a tour of the historic buildings at the Tucson Museum of Art. Cost includes lunch. Attendees must register and pay in advance at TucsonPresidio.com. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 23. $45. 837-8119.

Bird Walk — San Pedro House, 9800 E. Highway 90, Sierra Vista. Sponsored by the Friends of the San Pedro River. Suitable footwear. 9-11 a.m. Dec. 23 and 27. Donations accepted. 459-2555.

The Plants Tell All — Saguaro National Park West. Join a park naturalist on a 1.5 mile walk to learn the secrets of what ties the plants and animals of the desert together. 9:45-11:45 a.m. Dec. 23. 733-5158.

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. First-come, first served basis. 8-11 a.m. Dec. 24. Donations accepted. 459-2555.

Bird Walk — Saguaro National Park West. A walk to see what birds live among the cacti and shrubs. 9:45-10:45 a.m. Dec. 24. 733-5158.

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. Dec. 24. 733-5158.

Hidden Wildlife — Saguaro National Park East. Learn to look for the signs that animals leave behind. 3-3:30 p.m. Dec. 24. 733-5153.

Birds of the Sonoran Desert — Saguaro National Park East. A mile walk in search of desert birds. Suitable footwear. Ages 10 and up. 9-11 p.m. Dec. 26. 733-5153.

Tour of Historic Canoa Ranch — Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley. Join a walking tour of the ranch headquarters, historic buildings, corrals and exhibits. Online registration required. 10 and 11 a.m. Dec. 26. 724-5220.

Anza Tour — Historic Hacienda de la Canoa. Learn about Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza and the group of Spanish colonial settlers who, in 1775, made their first stop at the ranch. Online registration required. 9-10 a.m. Dec. 27. 724-5220.

Desert Morning Hike — Saguaro National Park East. Join a park naturalist on this fitness hike. Suitable footwear. 9 a.m.-noon. Dec. 27. 733-5153.

Nature Walk: Plants and Wildlife — Sabino Canyon. Easy trails led by a Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist. Meet at the flagpole in front of the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 27. 749-8700.

Restoration Tour — Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley. Take a behind-the-scenes tour with Architectural Preservationist Simon Herbert to examine the processes and materials used in the restoration of the structures at the ranch. Online registration required. 9-10:30 a.m. Dec. 27. 724-5220.

Holiday Cactus Caravan — Saguaro National Park East. A nighttime drive through the park featuring several stops along the 8 miles. Reservation required. 5-8 p.m. Dec. 28. 733-5153.

Wasson Peak — Saguaro National Park West. An easy to moderate pace 8 mile hike that climbs 1700 feet. Considered difficult due to elevation gain and hiking after dark. Ages 12 and up. Reservations required. 2-9 p.m. Dec. 28. 733-5158.

Twilight Glow to Moon Shadows Hike — Saguaro National Park West. This 2.5 mile hike follows gentle grades along a trail, sandy wash and dirt road. Ages 10 and up. Reservations required. 4-7 p.m. Dec. 29. 733-5158.