Desert Botany 101 — Saguaro National Park East. An easy walk through the cactus garden. 10-10:30 a.m. Aug. 16. 733-5153.

Desert Wildflowers

OUTDOOR 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.

Hikes and walks

Synergy in the Desert: The Sonoran Habitat — Saguaro National Park West. A walk and talk to learn about the saguaro. 2:15-3 p.m. Aug. 10 and 17. 733-5158.

Guided Hike — Mt. Lemmon, Sunset Trailhead at milepost 22.9. A 4 mile hike guided by Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists with an elevation gain of 500 feet. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 11. 749-8700.

Cooking with Prickly Pear — Saguaro National Park West. A live cooking demonstration on how to prepare and cook prickly pear. 3:15-3:45 p.m. Aug. 13. 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. 13. 733-5153.

Life Cycle of the Saguaro: Seeds to Giant — Saguaro National Park West. A short walk to learn about saguaros. 11:15 a.m.- noon. Aug. 15. 733-5158.

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. 15. 733-5153.

Desert Botany 101 — Saguaro National Park East. An easy walk through the cactus garden. 10-10:30 a.m. Aug. 16. 733-5153.

Who's Who — Saguaro National Park East. 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.

Wildlife

Birding Agua Caliente Park — 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. 10 and 17. 615-7855.

Kangaroo Rat: Super Survivor — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. 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. Aug. 10. 733-5158.

Batapalooza — Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road. Observe live bats up close after sunset as wildlife biologists from Arizona Game and Fish Department catch and release bats as part of an ongoing study. 6-9:30 p.m. Aug. 12. 615-7855.

Hidden Wildlife — Saguaro National Park East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail. Learn to look for the signs that animals leave behind in their existence in the desert. 10-10:30 a.m. Aug. 12. 733-5153.

Monsoon Nature Hike — Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead at Cienega Creek Natural Preserve, 16000 E. Marsh Station Road. A guided hike to in search of native fish, toads and other wildlife. Online registration required. 7-9 a.m. Aug. 12. 615-7855.

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 13. 459-2555.

Birding  — Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail. Join a local birding expert to explore the birdlife that inhabits the Arizona Uplands of Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Online registration required. 7:30-9:30 a.m. Aug. 15. 615-7855.

Bird Walk — San Pedro House, 9800 E. Highway 90, Sierra Vista. The San Pedro River is considered one of the largest and most critical avian migratory corridors remaining in the western United States. 7-9 a.m. Aug. 16. Donations accepted. 459-2555.

Morning Bird Walks — Sweetwater Wetlands, 2511 W. Sweetwater Drive. Join Audubon Society staff member Luke Safford, 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. 16. 209-1811.