May and June events at Saguaro National Park - Tucson News Now

May and June events at Saguaro National Park

(Source: National Park Service) (Source: National Park Service)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of walks and talks this winter 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.

MAY:

May 27 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.

May 26, 27  10:15 a.m.   Spiny, Shady, and COOL!  Walk: 30 minutes, 100 yards
Come for a short walk and discover the great variety of cacti that inhabit this unique and fascinating desert.

May 26  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. 

May 27  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.

JUNE:

June 21   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
 
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29   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
 
June 4, 11, 18, 25   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
 
June 4, 11, 18, 25   3:15 p.m.   Cooking With Prickly Pear     Talk: 30 minutes     
Learn how you can incorporate prickly pear into your diet. A live cooking demonstration will show you how to prepare and cook prickly pear. Prepare for a sweet treat! Wheelchair accessible
 
June 8, 15, 22, 29   11:15 a.m. also June 10, 17, 24  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
 
June 6, 13, 20, 27   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
 
June 6   10:15 a.m. also June 6, 13, 20, 27  2:15 p.m. What is the Reason for the Saguaro Fruit Harvest?  Talk: 30 minutes
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
 
June 2, 3, 8   10:15 a.m. also June 16, 23, 28, 30 11:15 a.m.  Spiny, Shady, and COOL!  Talk & Walk: 30 minutes, 100 yards
Come for a short walk and discover the great variety of cacti that inhabit this unique and fascinating desert.
Wheelchair accessible

Naturalist Programs at the Rincon Mountain District (East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail):

MAY:

May 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    

May 27    2:00 p.m.    The Changing Cactus Forest    Presentation
Change is constant – and accelerating – in the area of Saguaro National Park called the Cactus Forest.  We’ll take a look at the forest then and now, and consider how the future will shape what your grandchildren see here. Wheelchair accessible

May 26, 28    2:00 p.m.    National Parks: The Second 100 Years    Presentation
Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary with a tour through time. We’ll share history and scenery from every corner of the country, going back 100 years and more! Wheelchair accessible

May 27  1:00 p.m.             A Sticky Situation at Saguaro        Presentation
Here at Saguaro National Park East we have over thirty species of cacti and each is beautiful in its own way. Finding them all is hard, but we will look at them in a stunning photo gallery and learn a few uses these plants have for those living here and beyond. Wheelchair accessible

May 26        7:00 p.m.    Night Walk        1 mile guided walk
Join a park naturalist for this easy two-hour hike to explore and experience the Sonoran Desert at night.  Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water and a flashlight.  As space is limited, advanced reservations are required, and can be made by calling (520) 733-5153.

JUNE:

June 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29          10:00 a.m.         Desert Pollinators        Easy Stroll
Join us for this leisurely walk through our Cactus Garden to discover the interrelationships between desert plants and the creatures who pollinate them.  Wheelchair accessible
 
June 2, 16, 30  3:00 p.m.          A Century of Tales                    Presentation
Join us as we review a century of fun and interesting stories from those who lived and worked in what today is Saguaro National Park. Wheelchair accessible
 
June 3, 10, 17, 24         10:00 a.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  
 
June 3 & 24                  1:00 p.m.          The Point of the Matter is Cactus          Presentation 
Cacti are much more than strange plants with spines. They are uniquely equipped to thrive in the desert environment, and every year bloom with spectacular flowers. This theater presentation will highlight these survival marvels with a beautiful photo gallery. Wheelchair accessible
 
June 9 & 23                  3:00 p.m.          Creating Saguaro National Park           Presentation
Saguaro National Park has a unique and interesting history. This theater presentation will highlight the commitment, compromise, and decision’s that created the Park. Wheelchair accessible
 
June 9                    7:00 p.m.              Full Moon Hike        2-mile, 2-hour Guided Hike
Explore the Sights and Sounds of the Sonoran Desert as it comes alive under the full moon. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water and a flashlight. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (520) 733-5153.
                                                                                                                        
June 10 1:00 p.m.  & June 28 11:00 a.m.      Flash, Whoosh, Gush &Growth: Monsoons     Presentation
The summer heat and humidity bring the mighty and sometimes destructive monsoon rain. Saguaros, toads, and others depend on these drenching afternoons to begin a new season of life in the dry desert. A fabulous video opens this theater presentation.  Wheelchair accessible
 
June 16, 23, 30    10:00 a.m.      Monsoon Rains in the Desert              Easy Walk
Join a park naturalist to learn the vital role monsoon rains play in the lives of Sonoran Desert plants, animals and humans. Wheelchair accessible
 
June 17                1:00 p.m.          A Sticky Situation at Saguaro                       Presentation
Here at Saguaro National Park East we have over thirty species of cacti and each is beautiful in its own way. Finding them all is hard, but we will look at them in a stunning photo gallery and learn a few uses these plants have for those living here and beyond. Wheelchair accessible

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.

  • Red Hills Visitor Center  (Saguaro WEST) - 2700 North Kinney Road Tucson, AZ 85743  (520) 733-5158                            
  • Rincon Mountain Visitor Center  (Saguaro EAST) - 3693 South Old Spanish Trail Tucson, AZ  85730 (520) 733-5153

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:
www.nps.gov/sagu
www.wnpa.org  
www.friendsofsaguaro.org
www.rinconinstitute.org

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