Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of walks and talks that explore the park’s wonderful natural and cultural histories. Program listings also are available on the park’s website, www.nps.gov/sagu, or visit us on Facebook. Interpretive programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Be sure to call in advance to make your reservations, as some events require them.
Naturalist Programs at Tucson Mountain District (West District):
Programs are offered on most days in the morning at 10:15 and/or 11:15, and in the afternoon at 2:15 and/or 3:15 and last 30 to 45 minutes, unless noted otherwise. Topics include mountain lions, lizards, coyotes, roadrunners, javelinas, kangaroo rats, insects, flowers, birds, plant and animal survival strategies, and the saguaro cactus.
August 9, 16, 23, 30 10:15 a.m. Mountain Lions: Beyond the Myth Talk: 45 minutes
Envision a puma stalking its prey, then uncover the true nature of this elusive but essential predator. Misunderstood, maligned, and nearly eradicated by settlers, the cougar remains threatened by human encroachment. Wheelchair accessible
August 11, 18, 25 3:15 p.m. Lizards are Hot, Lizards are Cool Talk: 30 minutes
Lizards are small denizens of the desert that are a critical component of our desert community. Find out what it means when they do pushups or exhibit other odd behaviors. Wheelchair accessible
August 10, 31 3:15 p.m. Kangaroo Rat: Super Survivor Talk: 45 minutes
Learn about the remarkable behavioral and physical adaptations these rodents possess that allow them to survive harsh desert environments. Find out how this nocturnal animal escapes predators, evades heat, and endures aridity. Wheelchair accessible
August 13, 20, 27 3:15 p.m. Cooking With Prickly Pear Talk: 30 minutes
Learn how you can incorporate prickly pear into your diet. This program will show you how to collect and prepare prickly pear. Prepare for a sweet treat! Wheelchair accessible
August 10, 17, 24, 31 11:15 a.m. also August 12, 19, 26 3:15 p.m. Living With Giants Talk: 45 minutes
The saguaro celebrates events and faces challenges throughout its life. A biologist explains how it provides shelter and substance for wildlife; when it flowers; its growth patterns; and how it fights for survival against drought, lightning, frost, and other dangers. Wheelchair accessible
August 8 3:15 p.m. Raptors! Talk: 30 minutes
Southern Arizona and the Sonoran Desert Region are renowned for the large variety of animal and plant species, especially birds, that can be found in the area. Among the most fascinating of those are the raptors, top predators of the avian world, who either live here year-round, or migrate through the area. Wheelchair accessible
August 8, 22, 29 2:15 p.m. What is the Reason for the Saguaro Fruit Harvest? Talk: 30 min
For over a hundred years the Tohono O’odham have harvested the saguaro fruit every summer. Come participate in a cultural experience and learn about this enriching tradition. Wheelchair accessible
August 9, 11, 16, 19, 2:15 p.m. Creepy Crawlers: The Silent Majority Talk: 30 minutes
Learn about some of our most feared and misunderstood arthropods who call this park home. Come discover how essential they are for our desert community and why we shouldn’t fear these mostly harmless creatures. Wheelchair accessible
Naturalist Programs at the Rincon Mountain District (East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail):
August 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 2:00 p.m. Exploring the Saguaro Wilderness Presentation
Saguaro National Park includes over 70,000 acres of wilderness within its boundaries. Explore what’s “up there” with a park naturalist. Wheelchair accessible
August 9, 16, 23, 30 10:00 a.m. Desert5 Botany 101 Garden Walk
Review the basic principles of desert botany on this easy walk through our Cactus Garden.
August 17, 31 10:00 a.m. Who’s Who? Garden Walk
The Sonoran Desert is home to many unique and delightful characters. Walk through the garden and get some hints for remembering their names and faces.
August 31 2:00 p.m. Yesterday, Today and Saguaro Presentation
Climate change has come to the National Parks. Let’s discuss what’s happening today, and learn about a specific threat to our Sonoran desert and the Saguaro cactus.
August 11, 18, 25 10:00 a.m. Is it a Cactus or A … sparagus? Garden Walk
We all know a cactus when we see it, right? Maybe not! Find out how our two families of spiny succulent plants are the same, but different.
August 11, 18, 25 2:00 p.m. Fifty States, Fifty Parks Presentation
From Yellowstone to Lady Liberty … and 48 places in-between! We’ll celebrate your National Park System and help you find a nearby park.
August 12, 19, 26 10:00 a.m. Hidden Wildlife Garden Walk
You want to see the park’s wildlife, but the wildlife doesn’t always want to be seen. Learn how to enjoy your visit by looking for the signs animals leave behind as they eke out a tough existence in the desert.
August 12, 19, 26 2:00 p.m. The Second Hundred Years Presentation
Join us for a look at more than a hundred years of park history as we contemplate a new century of protection by your National Park Service.
August 13, 20, 27 10:00 a.m. Easy Being Green Garden Walk
In the desert, you’d think it’s not easy being green. But there are plants everywhere in the Sonoran desert! We’ll give you a model that shows how every plant gets by in this land of little rain.
August 13, 20, 27 2:00 p.m. The Changing Cactus Forest Presentation
Our Cactus Forest has changed greatly over the years – and change is coming even faster now. See what our grandparents saw, and think about what our grandchildren might see.
For a complete listing - please visit the website - https://www.nps.gov/sagu/planyourvisit/guided-programs.htm, or contact the visitor centers for daily updates.
Both visitor centers are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, except Christmas Day.
For more information about Saguaro National Park and some of its partners, Friends of Saguaro National Park, Western National Parks Association, and the Rincon Institute, visit these websites:
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