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 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. Dewhirst-Catalina Library, 15631 N. Oracle Road #199, 85739
Thursday, October 17 • 10:30 a.m.-Noon

Gardening for Birds and Butterflies
Want to attract birds and butterflies to your yard? Learn which native and arid-adapted plants, and other elements to include in your landscape to provide attractive wildlife friendly habitat. Free. Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road 85749
Saturday, October 19 • 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.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 Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive 85743
Sunday, October 20 • 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Birding Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary
Take a guided walk on flat trails through saguaro-ironwood desert habitat to see a variety of upland birds as well as water birds on the adjacent ponds. Loaner binoculars available. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Arthur Pack Regional Park, 9101 N. Thornydale Road 85742
Tuesday, October 22 • 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Gardening for Birds and Butterflies
Want to attract birds and butterflies to your yard? Learn which native and arid-adapted plants, and other elements to include in your landscape to provide attractive wildlife friendly habitat. Free. Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Road 85706
Thursday, October 24 • 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Prickly Park Nature Walk
Learn about native species of cacti and succulents as we explore Pima Prickly Park and tour the county’s Native Plant Nursery with Pima County staff and the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society. All ages welcome. Free with Membership. Non-member $5 fee. Online registration required. Pima Prickly Park, 3500 W. River Road, 85741.
Friday, November 1 • 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Guided Birding Tour at the El Rio Preserve
This month, fall migration should be in full swing and El Rio Preserve is an excellent site to observe migrants, such as waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds, along with residents like wrens, flycatchers, and thrashers. All ages welcome. Free with Pima County Membership, Non-Members (Resident) $5 fee for resident Non-Members (Non-Resident) $6.50 fee. El Rio Preserve, 10191 N. Coachline Boulevard, 85743. For more information: www.maranaaz.gov/recreation, or 520-382-1950.
Tuesdays, November 5 and December 10 • 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Wildlife of the Sonoran Desert
Wildlife that inhabit the Sonoran Desert have specialized adaptations that allow them to thrive. From roadrunners to regal horned lizards and round-tailed ground squirrels, explore how animals are adapted to life in the Sonoran Desert. All ages welcome. Free. Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N Schisler Drive, 85743.
Saturday, November 9 • 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Birding Cienega Creek
Join Jeff Babson on this guided walk to observe the rich birdlife in the diverse habitats of Cienega Creek Natural Preserve as we search for raptors, flycatchers, tanagers, warblers, and more. 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, November 12 • 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Full Moon Wander
Join a Pima County naturalist to walk the loop trail at El Rio Preserve as the full moon rises. 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 Pima County Membership, Non-Members (Resident) $5 fee for resident Non-Members (Non-Resident) $6.50 fee. El Rio Preserve, 10190 N. Coachline Boulevard, Marana, 85743. For more information: www.maranaaz.gov, or 520-382-1950.
Tuesday, November 12 • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 11 • 5:30-7:30 p.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. Free with Membership. Non-member $5 fee. Online registration required. Group meets in front of Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, 85743.
Sundays, November 17 and December 1 • 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Birding Feliz Paseos Park
Bird the urban paradise of Feliz Paseos Park to observe birds of the Sonoran Desert. Free with Membership. Non-member $5 fee. Online registration required. Feliz Paseos Park, 1600 N. Camino de Oeste, 85745.
Tuesday, November 19 • 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Archaeological Tour of Honey Bee Village
Honey Bee Village is one of the largest Hohokam villages in the northern Tucson Basin. Join Pima County archaeologist Ian Milliken for a tour of this prehistoric village which was occupied from about A.D. 750 to 1300 and contained a ceremonial ball court, domestic houses and a series of trash mounds. Ages 12 and up. 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, November 22 • 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Hike Painted Hills
Enjoy a crisp, fall morning hike along Pima County’s Painted Hills Trail System. During a 2-3 mile, easy to moderate level, interpretive hike, we will focus on the natural history and adaptations of Sonoran Desert plants and wildlife. Ages 12 and up. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Painted Hills Trailhead, 3590 W. Anklam Road, 85745.
Saturday, November 23 • 9:00 a.m.-Noon

Nature Walk at Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary
Enjoy a naturalist-guided walk through Sonoran Desert habitat on mostly-level trails and learn about the diverse plants and wildlife that inhabit the area. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Arthur Pack Regional Park, 9101 N. Thornydale Road, 85742.
Saturday, November 30 • 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Hike Colossal Cave Mountain Park
Discover the rich natural and cultural history of Colossal Cave Mountain Park during a 2 to 3-mile moderate level interpretive hike. Ages 12 and up. Free with Membership. Non-member $5 fee. Online registration required. Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, 85641.
Saturday, December 7 • 9:00 a.m.-Noon

Archaeological Tour of Los Morteros
During an easy walking tour with Pima County archaeologist Ian Miliken, explore Los Morteros, an ancient Hohokam village. Los Morteros is named for the numerous mortars on boulders and outcrops in the area that were used to grind and mill mesquite pods, corn, and seeds. Ages 12 and up. Free with Pima County Membership, Non-Members (Resident) $5 fee for resident Non-Members (Non-Resident) $6.50 fee. Park on the south side of W. Linda Vista Boulevard, just east of Silverbell Road. For more information: www.maranaaz.gov/recreation, or 520-382-1950.
Saturday, December 14 • 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Plants of the Sonoran Desert
The Sonoran Desert is home to more than 2,000 species of plants, ranging from towering saguaro to tiny desert ferns, from ancient ironwoods to ephemeral poppies. Discover the many strategies plants employ to not only survive in their arid environment, but to thrive! All ages welcome. Free. Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, 85743.
Saturday, December 14 • 2:00-3:30 p.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.
October 2 – October 30: Mission Library, 3770 S. Mission Road 85713
November 2 – November 29: Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 E. 36th Street, 85713
December 3 – January 2: Eckstrom-Columbus Library, 4350 E. 22nd Street, 85711
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