Canoa Ranch Interpretive Programs

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

Historic Canoa Ranch
Raul M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park
5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road
Green Valley, AZ

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. Program information: Phone: 520-724-5375 or Email: CanoaRanch@pima.gov

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 October except October 19 • 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Every Tuesday and Saturday in November • 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Every Tuesday and Saturday in December • 10:30 a.m.-Noon  

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, October 9 • 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 13 • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 11 • 10:00-11:00 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, October 23 • 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 27 • 10:00-11:00 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, October 16 • 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 20 18 • 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, December 18 • 10:00-11:30 a.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.
Every Saturday in October except October 5 • 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Every Saturday in November • 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Every Saturday in December, except December 21 • 8:30-10:30 a.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.

Wondering About the Wild Things
Naturalist Jeff Babson shares “Wonders of Bird Migration” 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, November 8 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Raptor Workshop
Raptors are iconic birds that are familiar to everyone. But for birders, this group offers some potential identification challenges. We will discuss these challenges and ways to improve your raptor identification skills. Ages 12 and up. $10 with Membership, Non-Member $15 fee. Online registration required. $10 with Membership, Non-Member $15 fee. Online registration required.
Wednesday, November 20 • 9:00 a.m.-Noon

Wondering About the Wild Things
Naturalist Jeff Babson shares “Mistletoes: Myth vs. Fact” in a short talk followed by a Q and A session on any nature subject that crosses your mind. Please bring a lawn chair. All ages welcome. Free with Membership. Non-member $5 fee. Online registration required.
Friday, December 6 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Christmas at Canoa
Join us to celebrate the holiday season with food, music, art-crafts, carolers, vendors, horse wagon rides, and tree lighting! Children FREE, $10 per adult. Cash only. All monies go towards the restoration efforts at Canoa. No Registration required.
Saturday, December 7 • 1:00-7:00 p.m.

Sparrow Workshop
Sparrows are the classic LBJs (‘little brown jobs’) that drive some birders to despair. This workshop aims to remove the confusion and improve your sparrow-identification skills by focusing on size, structure, behavior, and habitat. Ages 12 and up. $10 with Membership, Non-Member $15 fee. Online registration required.
Friday, December 13 • 9:00 a.m.-Noon

Natural Wreath Making Workshop
Use natural materials such as mesquite beans, devil’s claw, pine cones, acorns, herbs, and greenery from our gardens to create unique holiday mini- wreaths. Materials and space are limited. All ages welcome. Children Free; Adults $10 with membership; $15 non-member adults. Online registration required.
Saturday, December 14 • 10:00 a.m.-Noon

Stargazing at Historic Canoa Ranch
Sonora Astronomical Society volunteers set up telescopes for celestial viewing and provide an introduction to the night sky. Come before dark for a presentation by Whipple Observatory. Bring your flashlight and lawn chair. Weather permitting. All ages welcome. Reservations not required. $5 suggested donation.
Friday, December 27 • Presentation 6:00-7:00 p.m., Stargazing 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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Tucson, AZ 85741

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