September events at Oracle State Park - Tucson News Now

September events at Oracle State Park

(Source: Arizona State Parks) (Source: Arizona State Parks)
ORACLE, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Hikes and walks are featured from July to September at Oracle State Park, a 4,000-acre wildlife refuge with over 15 miles of trails. 
 
The park is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The park also offers school programs and facility rental for events including weddings by reservation. Except as noted, programs are free with park admission of $7 per vehicle at the main gate on Mt. Lemmon Rd. in Oracle. Call the park office at (520) 896-2425 to make reservations, if needed.

Saturday, September 16 - Prickly Pear Fruit Processing Workshop from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Join Sonoran Herbalist, John Slattery, for a trail walk and talk to learn about the wonders of the prickly pear cactus, with some discussion about prickly pear medicine. With blender and straining equipment, John will demonstrate a relatively quick and simple method to process prickly pear at home. Enjoy a freshly made juice drink at the end. Botanical products and books for sale as well. Workshop is $15 in addition to the park entrance fee. Reservation is required by calling the park. The program is limit to 15. Program is sponsored by Friends of Oracle State Park.
 
Saturday, September 23 - Star Party from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.: 
The Tucson Amateur Astronomers Association will bring telescopes and give night sky interpretation. More details will be announced at later date.

Guided and self-guided tours of the historic Kannally Ranch House: Guided tours are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. for 45-minutes. The multi-level Mediterranean-Revival style house, built in 1929-1933 by one of the earliest cattle ranching families in Oracle, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can also take a self-guided tour. Visit the park office/gift shop to take the tour.  
 
Lee Kannally paintings exhibit continues. An exhibit of impressionist-style paintings by self-taught cowboy artist, Lee Kannally, is on display at the Kannally Ranch House. Nearly 30 oils are included in the exhibit, thanks to the Oracle Historical Society and Friends of Oracle State Park.
 
Wildlife Slide Show -  See what's showing up at waterhole cameras in the park.

The American Avenue trail head parking lot is open every day to access the National Scenic Arizona Trail, and to accommodate use by night-time stargazers. The park is an International Dark Sky Park, designated in 2014 by the International Dark Sky Association. 

Oracle State Park is located in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains, northeast of Tucson.

For more information click here: AZStateParks.com/Parks/ORAC

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