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    mapThe Raul M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park
    5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road
    Green Valley, AZ
    (520) 724-6680
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    The Raúl M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park comprises 4,800 acres of the original San Ignacio de la Canoa Grant. Hacienda de la Canoa was the name given to the 30-acre ranch headquarters in the 1920s by Levi Manning. People from all periods of time have contributed to the special history of this place.

    Historic Canoa Ranch is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Come out for a tour, an environmental education program such as one of our bird walks or stargazing events, or just sit and enjoy the wildlife at Canoa Lake. You can also take a virtual tour of Historic Canoa Ranch or watch our promotional video. Historic Canoa Ranch welcomes you!

    Conserve Canoa! Your tax-deductible donation helps preserve and restore Historic Canoa Ranch. Click on the “Donations” tab below to learn more.

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    Historic Canoa Ranch Bird Brochure

    Entry gate is open 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 7 days a week, for Canoa Lake and access to the Anza Trail.

    Open Hours at the ranch are 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays when tours are scheduled, see tour schedule below. Passport stamp available during these times.


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    Events

    Canoa Cup Collector Car Show Fundraiser 
    September 21
    Flyer for Car Club Participants
    Registration Form
    Antique & Vintage Fair - September 28
    7th Annual Anza Day - October 19

    Reserve a Ramada

    Ramada 1
    Ramada 2
    Ramada 3
    Ramada 4

    Fee is $25 for the full day.
    Reserve Ramada

    Cookbook

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    News release for cookbook

    Master Plan and Reports


    Tours and Programs

    Please Note: Some sections of the tour are not ADA accessible at this time. Special arrangements can be made in advance by calling (520) 724-5375 or via email at canoaranch@pima.gov

    If you are unable to make a reservation online, or during business hours 8-5, Monday thru Friday, please show up for the Saturday morning tour and we will accommodate you. 

    Sign up for a tour by clicking the register now button. You can also purchase an Annual Tours and Outdoor Activities Pass to get free or reduced cost for tours and programs.

    Call (520) 724-5375 or email canoaranch@pima.gov for additional information.

    Guided Tours at Canoa

    Tours

    Tour of Historic Canoa Ranch

    Join a walking tour of the Canoa Ranch headquarters. Visit the historic buildings and corrals and enjoy the special exhibits of the people of Canoa. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. 

    Every Saturday in August • 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    Every Saturday in September and October except September 21 and October 19 • 8:30-10:00 a.m.

    Anza Tour at Historic Canoa Ranch

    Learn about Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza and the group of Spanish colonial settlers who, in 1775, made their first stop at Canoa Ranch as they began an epic 1200-mile journey from Sonora, New Spain to colonize the port of what is now San Francisco. A 5-mile segment of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail extends through Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Wednesday, August 14 • 9:00-10:00 a.m.
    Wednesdays, September 11 and October 9 • 9:00-10:00 a.m.
     

    Restoration Tour

    From deteriorating ruins to functional buildings: take a behind-the-scenes tour with Architectural Preservationist Simon Herbert to examine the processes and materials used in the restoration of the structures at Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Wednesday, August 28 • 9:00-10:30 a.m.
    Wednesdays, September 25 and October 23 • 9:00-10:30 a.m.

    Gardens of Canoa

    Enjoy a guided tour of the gardens of Historic Canoa Ranch with Raydine Taber from the Green Valley Gardeners. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Wednesday, August 21 • 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    Wednesdays, September 18 and October 16 • 8:30-10:00 a.m.

    Programs

    Astronomy Lecture: Ridge Telescopes at Historic Canoa Ranch

    Hidden beyond the private gates of the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory lies the Ridge telescope. From supernovae to exoplanets, learn what happens on the Ridge. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Wednesday, August 14 • 10:00-11:00 a.m.

    Venomous and Poisonous Animals of Arizona

    Learn about the biology and adaptations of some of Arizona’s amazing creatures including rattlesnakes, scorpions, spiders, Gila monsters, and toads. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Saturday, August 17 • 11:00 a.m.-Noon

    Wondering About the Wild Things

    Naturalist Jeff Babson shares “Frogs and Toads: Night-time Vocalists” in an informative hour-long talk followed by a Q and A session on any nature topic that you may have been wondering about. If the weather is nice we will be outside, feel free to bring a lawn chair. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Friday, August 23 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.

    Birding Canoa Ranch

    Join birding enthusiast Brian Nicholas to see a wide variety of sparrows, raptors, and the possibility of waterfowl on the pond at Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Saturdays, August 24 and August 31 • 7:30-9:30 a.m.
    Every Saturday in September and October except September 14 and October 5 • 7:30-9:30 a.m.

    Shorebird Workshop

    Shorebirds are a diverse group and include such birds as plovers, sandpipers, curlews, gulls, terns, and more. They are also full of contradictions; some make epic migrations while others are fairly sedentary, in some species males are less colorful than females and take on all of the responsibilities for raising their young. This workshop explores these intriguing birds, including tips on how to identify members of this challenging group. Ages 12 and up. $10 with Membership, Non-Member $15 fee. Online registration required.
    Tuesday, September 3 • 9:00 a.m.-Noon

    Prickly Pear Workshop

    Enjoy the bounty of the desert as we prepare the sweet and succulent fruit of the prickly pear cactus. Learn about the many uses for prickly pear cactus, check out cochineal bugs, make prickly pear juice, and enjoy some ice cream with prickly pear syrup. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Saturday, September 7 • 9:30 a.m.-Noon

    Wondering About the Wild Things

    Naturalist Jeff Babson shares “Moths: Amazing Unseen Diversity” in an informative hour-long talk followed by a Q and A session on any nature topic that you may have been wondering about. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Friday, September 13 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    1st Canoa Cup Collector Car Show Fundraiser

    Enjoy Classic Cars in a Classic Venue! Enjoy collector cars, live music DJ, food trucks, drinks, raffle, vendors and more! Buildings and exhibits will be open to the public. $5 general admission. All proceeds go towards the restoration of the Tradesman House for a new Visitor Center.
    Saturday, September 21 • 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Wondering About the Wild Things

    Naturalist Jeff Babson shares “Spiders and Scorpions” in an informative hour-long talk followed by a Q and A session on any nature topic that you may have been wondering about. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Saturday, October 12 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Anza Day at Historic Canoa Ranch

    FREE event open to the public with vendors, music, dance performers, presentations, food, drinks and more! All ages welcome.
    Saturday, October 19 • 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Canoa Country Market

    Vendors, artists, crafts, local produce, food and music every Thursday to April 16, 2020. Free. For more information: canoacountrymarket@gmail.com or 520-909-3218
    Thursdays, October 24 and October 31 • 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    Anza Trail Hike

    Explore a 2 to 3-mile section of the Anza Trail during an easy level interpretive hike and discover the cultural and natural history of the Santa Cruz River Valley. Following the hike there will be an optional tour of the historic Canoa Ranch headquarters. Ages 12 and up. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
    Friday, October 25 • 8:30-11:30 a.m.

    Butterfly Biology Workshop

    Butterflies are the world’s most popular insects. This workshop explores the diversity of butterflies, as well as, their life cycle, the miracle of metamorphosis, foods of adults and caterpillars, migration, and identification. Attracting butterflies to your yard will also be discussed. Ages 12 and up. $10 with Membership, Non-Member $15 fee. Online registration required.
    Saturday, October 26 • 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    Green Valley Concert Band at Canoa

    Enjoy the artistry and musical sound of the all – volunteer Green Valley Concert Band under the direction of Dr. John Snavely! Please bring a folding chair. $10 per person.
    Sunday, October 27 • 5:00-6:30 p.m.

    Anza Exhibit

    Come view our exhibit about the Anza Expedition. Canoa Ranch was a camp site for the Anza Expedition on their journey to San Francisco, CA.
    To learn more about the expedition visit these websites:
    www.nps.gov/juba
    www.anzahistorictrail.org
     Anza Exhibit  Anza Exhibit

    Mexicano Vaquero Families Exhibit

    The Salcido's, the Murrieta's, the Ahumada's and the Grijalva's were just a few of the hard working Mexicano families that lived and worked at Canoa Ranch.
    Mexicano Exhibit   Mexicano Exhibit

    Baca Float #3 Exhibit

    Learn what the Baca Float #3 was and how it effected homesteading families in the area.
    Baca Float Exhibit  Baca Float Exhibit 

    George Redondo Proctor Western Heritage Collection

    Enjoy of the George Redondo Proctor Western Heritage Collection.
    Proctor Exhibit   Proctor Exhibit

    Scotch Farms

    How Scotch Farms played a role in bringing purebred Herefords to Canoa Ranch.
    Scotch Farms Exhibit  Scotch Farms Exhibit 

    Ranching Families and Ranching History

    The Manning's, the Schnaufer's, the Gayler's, and day to day life on the ranch.
    Manning House Exhibit   Manning House Exhibit

    Tools of the Ranch

    See many of the different tools that were used on the ranch.
     Tool Exhibit  Tool Exhibit


    corralsVolunteer Opportunities

    Call 724-5375 or email CanoaRanch@pima.gov for more information.
      

    Tour/Visitor Greeter

    Greeters are stationed inside the heritage area on the days public tours are scheduled. Greeters help visitors sign in for the tours and assist visitors with directions to restrooms and answer other general questions.

    Interpretive Tour Guide

    Volunteer Tour Guides interpret Historic Hacienda de la Canoa’s preserved and restored historic buildings and landscapes, cultural history, and natural resources at Raúl M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park for scheduled groups and the general public.

    Exhibit Stewards

    Stationed in historic buildings, stewards help keep display areas, artifacts, and other ranch memorabilia safe. Stewards are trained on information related to a specific display and are available to answer questions pertaining to a collection.

    Volunteers helping at Canoa Ranch

    Restoration Aide

    Volunteers assist NRPR staff with light restoration/construction work on the buildings inside the historic heritage areas. Projects will include painting, light woodworking, repair and restoration of the corral areas, and other light construction, repair, or maintenance work as needed.

    Landscape Restoration and Maintenance Volunteer

    Volunteers assist NRPR staff with clearing the areas around the historic buildings of unwanted vegetation and establishing and maintaining plantings and trees that are correct for the site.
    Continuing Restoration WorkPlease help support Canoa Ranch, one of the most historically and culturally significant ranches in Southern Arizona. Monetary donations for Historic Canoa Ranch can be made through Pima County Parklands Foundation at http://pimaparklands.org. You can donate using PayPal or a debit/credit card via this site. Donations are tax-deductible, within the limits of the law. If you would like to make a donation by check, please make check out to Pima County Parklands Foundation with Canoa in the memo line and mail check to:

    Parklands Foundation
    3500 W. River Rd
    Tucson, AZ 85741


    The Parklands Foundation is the ONLY website authorized to accept donations for Historic Canoa Ranch. Currently we’re seeking funds to restore the Tradesman House for a future visitor/story center and gift shop.

    If you have any questions or need more information, please call 520-724-5220 or email mhellon@aol.com

    Please donate now!

    Thank you for your tremendous support!
    Continuing Restoration Work

    Commemorative Tree Program

    Dedicating a tree or group of trees is the perfect way to honor your special person or organization. The first 39 commemorative trees will be planted along the entryway to the Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, the ranch headquarters for Canoa Ranch. The Entryway Grove has the important role of re-establishing the trees that lined the road into Canoa Ranch.

    For more information and the purchase form click here

    tree planting   tree planting

     

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