Out and About in Pima County

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The system will allow you to register for tours, bird walks, nature hikes and other activities.

Program information – Phone: 520-724-5375
or email Environmental Education

Living River Celebration
View the award-winning Living River of Words: Youth Poetry and Art exhibition, take a close-up look at life in the river water under the microscope, enjoy family fun activities, and see the Living River exhibits. All ages welcome. Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive 85743.
Saturday, April 13 • 9:00 a.m.-Noon

Birding Cienega Creek
Join us on this guided walk to observe the rich birdlife in the desert and riparian habitats of Cienega Creek Natural Preserve. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead at Cienega Creek Natural Preserve, 16000 E. Marsh Station Road 85641.
Tuesday, April 23 • 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Art as a Way of Knowing the Sonoran Desert
Engage your creativity—draw, paint and write the desert’s story in this progressive mini-course with guided instruction in Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) methods taught by ABPE pioneer, Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, ecologist and artist. For program details and online registration view the Special Interest Classes booklet. Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead at Cienega Creek Natural Preserve, 16000 E. Marsh Station Road 85641
May 1 – June 30 multiple sessions • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Cactus Hike
Enjoy the showy flowers of our local cacti and learn about their ecology and uses during a 2½-3 mile, easy to moderate level hike, along desert trails at Sweetwater Preserve. Ages 12 and up. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Sweetwater Preserve, 4000 N. Tortolita Road 85745
Saturday, May 4 • 7:00-9:30 a.m.

Birding the Santa Catalina Mountains
Escape the heat and bird the cool beauty of the Santa Catalina Mountains. We explore different parts of the range on each trip. We expect to see a wide variety of birds, such as several warblers, flycatchers, corvids, hummingbirds, and raptors. All ages welcome. Free with Membership. Non-member $5 fee. Online registration required. Meeting location will be provided with registration.
Thursdays, May 9, May 21, June 20, and June 27 • 7:30-10:00 a.m.

Desert Night Shift
When most people retreat indoors, our desert comes alive! Join Pima County naturalists on an easy hike to discover “who” is out and about in the desert at night. Learn why many animals, and even some plants, are nocturnal and how they manage life in the dark. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. All ages welcome. Children free. Adults free with Membership, Non-Member Adult $5 fee. Online registration required. Feliz Paseos Park, 1600 N. Camino de Oeste 85745
Friday, May 10 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Birding Cienega Creek
Join us on this guided walk to observe the rich birdlife in the desert and riparian habitats of Cienega Creek Natural Preserve. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead at Cienega Creek Natural Preserve, 16000 E. Marsh Station Road 85641
Tuesday, May 14 • 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Honey Bee Village Twilight Nature Walk
Enjoy the desert at dusk during a naturalist guided nature walk at Honey Bee Village Archaeological Preserve and learn about the cultural and natural history of the site. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Honey Bee Village Archaeological Preserve, southeast corner of N. Ranch Vistoso Boulevard and E. Moore Road, Oro Valley, 85755
Friday, May 17 • 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Full Moon Wander
Join a Pima County naturalist to send off the sun and welcome the full moon. Nature reveals another side in the night hours; there is always something to discover! Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water and a flashlight. Ages 12 and up. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Pima County Feliz Paseos Park, 1600 N. Camino de Oeste 85745
Saturday, May 18 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Monday, June 17 • 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Buffelgrass: An Alien Invasion
Learn why the spread of buffelgrass is a threat to our desert and urban communities, and how you can join the effort to help manage, control, and eradicate this aggressive, non-native grass. Free. Ages 12 and up. Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Road 85706
Friday, May 17 • 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Living with Urban Wildlife
Learn about our local wildlife, their habitat needs, and why they may be attracted to your yard or neighborhood. Discuss ways to design and manage your property to benefit both you and wildlife, and get practical tips for living in harmony with our fellow desert inhabitants. Free. All ages welcome. Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive 85743
Wednesday, May 22 • 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Hike the Path of the Ancestors
Explore a shaded trail along a riparian corridor in Colossal Cave Mountain Park and discover remnants of an ancient Hohokam village. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail 85641
Saturday, May 25 • 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Santa Cruz River Walk
Take a guided stroll along the flowing Santa Cruz River on the Loop to discover the effects of water on desert habitats. All ages welcome. Children free. Adults free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive 85743
Sundays, May 26 and June 9 • 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Camouflage: Hide and Seek in the Desert
Animals come in all sorts of colors, patterns and shapes that can attract attention or may help them blend into their surroundings. A digital slide presentation will be followed by a series of engaging activities to learn how camouflage plays a role in animal survival. Kids and families welcome. Free. Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive 85743
Saturday, June 1 • 2:00-3:00 p.m.

The Wonderful World of Bats
Explore the exciting nightlife of bats, their intriguing adaptations, and the important roles they play in the environment. Discuss current threats to bat populations and what efforts are being made to protect them. All ages welcome. Free. Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive 85737
Friday, June 7 • 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Butterflies and Dragonflies of Cienega Creek
Join an exploration of Cienega Creek Natural Preserve as we search the desert and riparian habitats for butterflies and dragonflies. We expect to see big swallowtails, subtle skippers, elegant dancers, patrolling skimmers, and more. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead, 16000 E. Marsh Station Road 85641
Tuesday, June 11 • 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Monsoon Mysteries
Explore the interesting events that occur during the monsoon, including weather phenomena and how plants and animals respond to them. We also discuss the outlook for this year’s monsoon. All ages welcome. Free.
Friday, June 14 • 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Road 85706
Tuesday, June 18 • 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Dusenberry-River Library, 5605 E. River Road #105, 85750

Birding Sweetwater Preserve
Explore the scenic Arizona Uplands of Sweetwater Preserve, where we can expect to see three species of woodpecker, flycatchers, wrens, and many other birds. All ages welcome. Free with Membership. Non-member $5 fee. Online registration required. Sweetwater Preserve, 4000 N. Tortolita Road 85745
Tuesday, June 25 • 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Living River of Words Youth Poetry and Art Exhibit
Local children share their view of the natural world in this exhibition of award winning poetry and mixed media art. All ages welcome. Free.
April 13-May 31: Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive 85743
June 4-June 30: Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone 85701
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