Tucson Mountain Park Interpretive Programs

Online registration

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

Tucson Mountain Park
Ironwood Picnic Area
1548 South Kinney Road

The entrance to Ironwood Picnic Area is 3.9 miles north of Ajo Way or 1.5 miles south of Gates Pass Road. Signs along the Ironwood Picnic Area drive will direct you to the meeting place for each event listed below.

Tucson Mountain Park Programs

Online registration for Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Activities is required unless otherwise noted. You may purchase an annual Tours and Outdoor Activities Membership Pass for significant savings on activity registration fees. Click on the Register Now button. For more information call (520) 724-5375 or e-mail Environmental Education


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. Desert Discovery Center, 7798 W. Gates Pass Road 85745
May 1 – June 30 multiple sessions • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
July 11-27 multiple sessions • 8:00-11:00 a.m.

‘Forest Bathing’ Among Giant Saguaros
Go to the Forest. Walk slowly. Breathe. Open all your senses. This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing, the restorative power of simply being in the forest. Walk among Saguaros in the Tucson Mountains with instructor Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, engage your creativity—draw, paint and write your Forest Bathing experience. No art skills necessary. For program details and online registration view the Special Interest Classes booklet. Desert Discovery Center, 7798 W. Gates Pass Road 85745
May 3 – June 30 multiple sessions • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
July 6-9 multiple sessions • 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Art & Science: Ways of Knowing the Sonoran Desert
Combine art-based practices with Western science methods and other ways of knowing to study the desert’s biodiversity. 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. Desert Discovery Center, 7798 W. Gates Pass Road 85745
June 1 – June 30 multiple sessions • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Sonoran Desert Weedwackers
Join the Sonoran Desert Weedwackers to eradicate buffelgrass and fountain grass in Tucson Mountain Park. Work requires hiking and digging buffelgrass on steep slopes. Meeting locations change frequently. Email eeducation@pima.gov for meeting location. Ages 18 and up. Free.
Saturday, June 15 • 6:00-10:00 a.m.
Saturdays, July 20 and August 17 • 6:00-10:00 a.m.

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Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation

3500 W. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85741

(520) 724-5000


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