Urban Foragers: Lesser Long-nosed Bats

Sat., March 4 | 10am | Ed. Ctr. #1

You’ve likely seen a Lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae) taking advantage of your hummingbird feeders on a fall evening. Dr. Ted Fleming (Universities of Arizona and Miami) shares the amazing life history of this nectar-feeding bat and its foraging behavior in Tucson and southern Arizona. Affectionately known as “Lepto,” the Lesser… Read More


Tucson's El Presidio Historic District

Tues., March 7 | 7pm | Ed. Ctr. #1

Local historian and preservationist, Ken Scoville is passionate about Tucson and its past. Whenever development threatens the Old Pueblo, Scoville is there to argue for the streets, the buildings and the history that cannot speak for themselves. This evening talk peels back the layers of culture, architectural styles and citizen’s attitudes and… Read More


Tucson Walkabout: El Presidio Historic District - SOLD OUT - call 742-6455 x 228 to be wait listed

Wednesday, March 8 | 9:30am-2:30pm

Wild about Wildflowers | SOLD OUT | call 742-6455 x 228 to be wait listed

Tuesday, March 14 | 7:30am-7pm

Wild about Wildflowers #2

Thursday, March 16 | 7:30am-7pm

You asked, and we’ve answered – a second Wildflower Tour is now available. We think the rains this winter have been sufficient to give us a good shot at a decent wildflower display. With naturalist Lynn Hassler to help with flower ID, we’re heading west through the Tohono O’odham reservation towards Why and Organ Pipe National Monument. We are… Read More


Pocket Sketching

Mon.-Wed., Mar. 20-22 | 10am-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #2

This quick-draw technique of artist Kath Macaulay is perfect for travel journaling, hiking, biking, sauntering or just sitting in a roadside café. Capture what you see in 25 minutes or less using a water soluble pen, 4×6 inch pad and a small paint set. Workshop includes basic technique anyone can learn, and working ‘on location’ in the Park,... Read More


Mt. Lemmon SkyNights Adventure

Thursday, March 23 | 2:30pm-11pm

Star-gazing is a popular pastime among Tucsonans and we are pleased to offer a truly cosmic experience at over 9,000 feet at the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter! Celestial wonders like star clusters and distant galaxies that have fascinated humanity since the dawn of time are waiting to be explored. Learn about sunset points and star charts and view the… Read More


Sacred Sea: Ammonite Gourd Workshop

Fri./Sat., Mar. 24/25 | 9am-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #2

The ammonite, a fossilized sea squid from Madagascar, makes a wonderful focal point when integrated into the body of a Southwest-grown canteen gourd. This piece features fretwork designed in a spiral form and articulated with pygmy date palm. Gourd artist Sue Brogdon leads students from marking the pattern and drilling the holes to coloring the… Read More


Desert Shade – Tucson’s 20 Best Trees

Sat., March 25 | 10am | Ed. Ctr. #1

Trees are the largest and most important plants in a landscape, so it’s critical to choose, plant and maintain them correctly. Greg Corman, horticulturist, landscape designer and owner of Gardening Insights discusses his picks for the top 20 trees for Tucson and demonstrates the proper techniques for planting and care of young trees. Part of the… Read More


2017 Gala Raffle

Drawing on Sunday, March 26

Get your 2017 Sonoran Gala Raffle tickets – buy lots and buy often! Did you know Raffle tickets are only $5, and if you buy 4, the 5th is FREE? Don’t miss your chance to win a two-night stay for two at Bear Mountain Lodge in Silver City, New Mexico. Raffle drawing will be held Sunday, March 26 during the Sonoran Spring Gala. You do not need to… Read More


2017 Sonoran Spring Gala

Sunday, March 26 | 4-7pm

Enjoy a lovely evening celebrating the beauty and majesty of springtime! Let the gardens of Tohono Chul charm you with fantastic fare from the Garden Bistro, refreshing libations, live music by Michael Salerno and Domingo DeGrazia’s Spanish Band, and most importantly, good company. Please join us in savoring the sights and sounds of the… Read More


California Bloomin' — The Botanical Gardens of Southern California and More

March 29-April 6, 2017

Botanic gardens influence our style and practice of gardening and outdoor living. They affect our choice of plants by introducing us to overlooked natives as well as new species and cultivars, while showing us creative ways to move our lives out onto the patio and under the sky. Botanic gardens introduce casual visitors to the wonderful… Read More


Advanced Pocket Sketching

Wed.-Fri., April 5-7 | 10am-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #2

Not only an in-depth review, this workshop includes the things you asked for, such as clouds, running water and glass. Kath Macaulay is back to offer those who have had the pleasure of joining one of her Pocket Sketching workshops advanced techniques that will take their work to the next level. New are the use of pencil and the Micron pen,... Read More


100 Best Plants for Tucson – Other Than Trees

Sat., April 15 | 10am | Ed. Ctr. #1

Besides the trees, what else belongs in a water-saving, desert-friendly landscape in Tucson? Greg Corman (Gardening Insights) is back to provide the answers with a list of what he considers to be the best for our climate, soils and wildlife. From understory plants and screening shrubs to accents and annuals, Corman has recommendations for just… Read More


Artistic Expression under Glass – Desert Cactus

Sat., April 15 | 2-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #2

Using the technique of reverse-painting on acrylic glass, artist Bonnie Pisik captures the beauty and movement in nature in each of her works. Meticulously applying up to 30 layers of color, her artwork takes on a multi-dimensional aura. In this afternoon workshop, Pisik demonstrates her dramatic and fascinating techniques of reverse-painting as… Read More

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