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 Hacienda de la Canoa
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 July and August • 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.
Wednesdays, July 10 and August 14 • 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.
Wednesdays, July 24 and August 28 • 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.
Wednesdays, July 17 and August 21 • 8:30-10:00 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.
July 7-11 multiple sessions • 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Astronomy Lecture: VERITAS at Historic Canoa Ranch
Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory - VERITAS measures a star. In April 2019, the VERITAS Collaboration confirmed that they had a new way to measure the smallest stars in the night sky. Hear from our collaborators on the project and what it means for astronomy. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
Wednesday, July 10 • 10:00-11:00 a.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 with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
Tuesdays, July 16 and August 6 • 9:30-11:00 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.
Saturday, July 20 • 7:00-9:00 p.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 with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
Friday, July 26 • 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Bat Biology Workshop
Bats are amazing mammals. They are the only mammals capable of flight, are able to capture small insects in flight in total darkness and are very diverse in species, diet, and lifestyle. Join us for an in-depth presentation of these remarkable, but sometimes misunderstood, creatures. We cover bat diversity, echolocation, diet, migration/hibernation, and other facets of bat biology in preparation for our upcoming outdoor bat programs. All ages welcome. $10 with membership. $15 Non-member fee. Online registration required.
Saturday, July 27 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Family Nature Night at Historic Canoa Ranch
Pima County and Tucson Audubon Society invite you to an evening of fun for all by the lake at Historic Canoa Ranch. We uncover the mysteries of nighttime nature through play, hands-on and discovery-base activities, crafts and food vendors. Bring a headlamp or flashlight and dress appropriately for the weather. Free, donations encouraged. All ages welcome.
Friday, August 9 • 6:00-9:00 p.m.

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.

Historic Canoa Ranch Bird Brochure
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Tucson, AZ 85741

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