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Outdoors March 9-17

Outdoors March 9-17

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San Pedro River Walk

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.

Outdoors & Recreation

Birding Agua Caliente Park — Roy P. Drachman-Agua Caliente Regional Park, 12325 E. Roger Road. A guided walk to look for spring migrants, tanagers, warblers, flycatchers, hummingbirds, orioles and vireos. 8-9:30 a.m. March 9 and 16. 615-7855.

Historic Craft Demonstrations — Tumacácori National Historical Park, 1891 E. Frontage Road. Artisans demonstrate traditional crafts. May include, paper flower making, pottery or O’odham basket weaving. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 9-13, 16 and 17. 377-5060.

Kangaroo Rat: Super Survivor — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. Easy hike to learn about behavioral and physical adaptations. Suitable footwear. 3:15-4 p.m. March 9 and 16. 733-5158.

Panning for Garnets — Sabino Canyon, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road. Instruction and equipment provided. Bring lunch. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 9 and 16. 749-8700.

Geology 402 Walk — Sabino Canyon. Guided geology walk on moderately difficult trails led by Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. 8:30 a.m.-noon. March 9 and 16. 749-8700.

Synergy in the Desert: The Sonoran Habitat — Saguaro National Park West. A walk and talk with the saguaro as the focal point. 2:15-3 p.m. March 9 and 16. 733-5158.

Twilight Glow to Moon Shadows — Saguaro National Park West. A 2.5 mile walk that bridges sunset into moonlight. Ages 10 and up. Reservations required. 5-8 p.m. March 9. 733-5158.

Bird Walks — Patagonia Lake State Park, 400 Patagonia Lake Road. A three hour walk following the birding trail. 9 a.m.-noon. March 10, 13 and 17. $15 per vehicle. 287-2791.

Desert Jigsaw Puzzle — Saguaro National Park West. A short walk in an intricate jigsaw puzzle of plants and animals. 2:15-3 p.m. March 10, 12 and 17. 733-5158.

Sunset Hike — Saguaro National Park West. A 3.5 mile walk that descents by the light of the moon. Ages 10 and up. Reservations required. 4:15-8:15 p.m. March 10. 733-5158.

Boat Tours — Patagonia Lake State Park. Tours led by park volunteers. Choose form avian, lake discovery and twilight tours. Call 287-2794 for times, dates and cost. 287-2791.

Calabazas and Guevavi Mission Tours — Tumacacori National Historical Park. Ruins, normally closed to the public. Reservations required at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 11. $25. 377-5060.

Family Nature Walk — Sabino Canyon. Learn about the desert environment on an easy walk led by Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. 10 a.m.- noon. March 11. 749-8700.

History Walk: Murray Springs Clovis Site — Murray Springs, Moson Road, Sierra Vista. Join The Friends of the San Pedro River to learn about the people who hunted Ice Age mammals. Suitable footwear. 9-11 a.m. March 11. 459-2555.

Leapin’ Lizards — Roy P. Drachman-Agua Caliente Regional Park. Learn about the unusual habits and adaptations. Online registration required. 9-10:30 a.m. March 11. 615-7855.

Life on the Edge — Saguaro National Park West. Stroll the cactus garden. 11:15 a.m.-noon. March 11; 10:15-11 a.m. March 17. 733-5158.

River Walk — San Pedro House, 9800 E. Highway 90, Sierra Vista. Interpretive walks to find mammals, reptiles/amphibians and birds. Suitable footwear. 9-11 a.m. March 11. Donations accepted. 459-2555.

Silhouettes at Sundown — Saguaro National Park West. A walk in a sandy wash, grade and a dirt road. Reservations required. 3:30-6:30 p.m. March 11. 733-5158.

Sunset and Moonlight Hike in the Rincon Mountains — Saguaro National Park East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail. A moderately difficult hike of 5 miles. Ages 12 and up. Reservations required 3-9 p.m. March 11. 733-5153.

The Plants Tell All — Saguaro National Park West. A moderate 1.5 mile walk with a park naturalist to learn the secrets of what ties the plants and animals together. Suitable footwear. 9:45-11:45 a.m. March 11. 733-5158.

Tour of Historic Canoa Ranch — Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley. A walking tour of the historic buildings and corrals. Online registration required. 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 11 and 14. 724-5220.

Bird Walk — Environmental Operations Park, Hwy. 90 east of Sierra Vista. A 2 hour walk led by docents from Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory and the Friends of the San Pedro River to view migrating and nesting birds. 8-10 a.m. March 12. 459-2555.

Moonrise Over The Mountains — Saguaro National Park West. Guitarist Mark William and Native American flute player Robert Hval will play music on the patio. Bring a chair. 7:15-8 p.m. March 12. 733-5158.

Petanque — Reid Park. Learn and play the French game. 2-4:30 p.m. March 12. 664-4133.

Geology 401 Walk — Sabino Canyon. Guided geology walk on fairly easy trails led by Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. 8:30-11 a.m. March 13. 749-8700.

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. March 13 and 14. 733-5153.

Thirsty Mammals — Saguaro National Park West. A mile walk to learn how they survive in the harsh, extreme dry climate. 10:45-11:45 a.m. March 13. 733-5158.

Adaptations: Recipe for Survival — Saguaro National Park West. An easy walk to discover physical and behavioral adaptations of desert plants. 10:15-10:45 a.m. March 14. 733-5158.

Life Cycle of the Saguaro: Seeds to Giant — Saguaro National Park West. A short walk to learn why so few saguaro seeds make it to fruition. 11:15 a.m.-noon. March 14. 733-5158.

Nature Walks — Sabino Canyon. Guided walk led by volunteer naturalists. 8:30-11:30 a.m. March 15. 749-8700.

Parents and Tots Walk — Saguaro National Park West. Ranger guided walk. Backpacks available for loan. For reservations call 733-5158. 10 a.m.-noon. March 15.

Spiny, Shady, and Cool — Saguaro National Park West. A short walk to discover a variety of cacti. 11:15-11:45 a.m. March 15 and 17. 733-5158.

Tucson Jet Rally — TIMPA radio control flying field, 3250 N. Reservation Road, Manana. A fly-in of radio controlled model jets, both sport and scale. Bring a chair. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 16-19. $5. 744-0633.

Night Walk — Saguaro National Park East. Join a park naturalist to experience the desert at night. Reservations required. 7-9 p.m. March 17. 733-5153.

Springtime in the Desert Nature Hike — Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary at Arthur Pack Regional Park, 9101 N. Thornydale Road. Enjoy a spring morning hike to search for wildflowers and other blooming plants. Online registration required. 8-10 a.m. March 17. 615-7855.

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