Tours

DAILY TOURS AND ECO-STATIONS

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When available, all public tours are included in the price of admission, no reservations are necessary. For bus tours, corporate or destination management companies please contact marketing@tohonochul.org.


Reptile Ramble

March 4 – May 27 | Fridays | 10am | Overlook

Learn to identify resident reptiles and find the answer to the age-old question, “Why do lizards do push-ups?” Be prepared to meet a few non-venomous snakes, perhaps a lizard or even a tortoise. Free with admission.


Birds of Prey – Night & Day

February – April | 2nd and 4th Wednesdays | 11 am – 1 pm | Children’s Ramada

Naturalist and wildlife rehabilitator Kathie Schroeder joins us with her Harris’ Hawk buddy Sueño and two new friends Poppy, the Western Screech Owl, and Banshee, the Barn Owl. Discover the different habits of birds of prey who hunt by night or by day, and get to know a collection of the most unflappable birds in town. Free with admission.


Butterflies and their Plants

Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m.

Explore the seasonal world of butterflies and discover the plants favored by caterpillars and adults. Free with admission.

View the Butterfly ID Guide here.


Chillin at the Chul

Fridays & Saturdays |
5-8p.m.

Desert Discovery Days

Monday-Friday | Mornings

Nature Niños

Saturdays | 9-11a.m. &
6-8p.m.

Spin N’ Stroll

Daily | 7-10a.m.

Weekly Happenings

MONDAYS

EVENT | Sip N’ Stroll | Spanish Colonial Garden
June 1 – Sept. 3 | 7-10a.m.

TOUR | Birds of Tohono Chul
Year-round: 8:30a.m.

EVENT | Desert Discovery Days | Children’s Ramada
June 1 – Sept. 2 | 8:30a.m.

ECO STATION | Winged Things | Overlook
May-Sept: 9a.m. to 11a.m. | Oct-Apr: 11a.m. to 1p.m.

TOUR | Walk in the Gardens
May-Sept: 10a.m. | Oct-Apr: 10a.m., 12p.m. & 2p.m.


TUESDAYS

EVENT | Sip N’ Stroll | Spanish Colonial Garden
June 1 – Sept. 3 | 7-10a.m.

EVENT | Desert Discovery Days | Children’s Ramada
June 1 – Sept. 2 | 8:30a.m.

ECO STATION | Ocean to Desert | Overlook
May-Sept: 9a.m. to 11a.m. | Oct-Apr: 11a.m. to 1p.m.

TOUR | Walk in the Gardens
May-Sept: 10a.m. | Oct-Apr: 10a.m., 12p.m. & 2p.m.

TOUR | Wildflowers: What’s Bloomin’?
Mar-Apr: 10a.m.

EVENT | Gallery Buzz | Oct-Apr: 11a.m.


WEDNESDAYS

EVENT | Sip N’ Stroll | Spanish Colonial Garden
June 1 – Sept. 3 | 7-10a.m.

EVENT | Desert Discovery Days | Children’s Ramada
June 1 – Sept. 2 | 8:30a.m.

TOUR | Birds of Tohono Chul
Year-round: 8:30a.m.

ECO STATION | Rock & Ruins | Overlook
May-Sept: 9a.m. to 11a.m. | Oct-Apr: 11a.m. to 1p.m.

TOUR | Walk in the Gardens
May-Sept: 10a.m. | Oct-Apr: 10a.m., 12p.m. & 2p.m.

EVENT | Birds of Prey – Night & Day | Children’s Ramada |
Oct-Dec, Feb-Apr | 2nd & 4th Wednesdays | 11a.m. to 1p.m.


THURSDAYS

EVENT | Sip N’ Stroll | Spanish Colonial Garden
June 1 – Sept. 3 | 7-10a.m.

EVENT | Desert Discovery Days | Children’s Ramada
June 1 – Sept. 2 | 8a.m.

ECO STATION | Desert Chow | Overlook
May-Sept: 9a.m. to 11a.m. | Oct-Apr: 11a.m. to 1p.m.

TOUR | Walk in the Gardens
May-Sept: 10a.m. | Oct-Apr: 10a.m., 12p.m. & 2p.m.

TOUR | Wildflowers: What’s Bloomin’?
Mar-Apr: 10a.m.

EVENT | Gallery Buzz | Oct-Apr: 11a.m.


FRIDAYS

EVENT | Sip N’ Stroll | Spanish Colonial Garden
June 1 – Sept. 3 | 7-10a.m.

EVENT | Desert Discovery Days | Children’s Ramada
June 1 – Sept. 2 | 8:30a.m.

TOUR | Birds of Tohono Chul
Year-round: 8:30a.m.

ECO STATION | Creepy Crawlies | Overlook
May-Sept: 9a.m. to 11a.m. | Oct-Apr: 11a.m. to 1p.m.

TOUR | Walk in the Gardens
May-Sept: 10a.m. | Oct-Apr: 10a.m., 12p.m. & 2p.m.

TOUR | Connecting Plants & People
Year-round: 11a.m.

EVENT | Chillin at the Chul | Spanish Colonial Garden |
June 3 – Sept. 3 | 5-8p.m.

EVENT | Reptile Ramble | Overlook |
mid-Aug to mid-Nov & Mar-May | 10a.m.


SATURDAYS

EVENT | Sip N’ Stroll | Spanish Colonial Garden
June 1 – Sept. 3 | 7-10a.m.

TOUR | Birds of Tohono Chul
Year-round: 8:30a.m.

TOUR | Desert Landscaping
Year-round: 9a.m.

EVENT | Nature Niños | Children’s Ramada
June 4 – Sept. 3 | 9-11a.m.

ECO-STATION | Plants and People | Overlook
May-Sept: 9a.m. to 11a.m. | Oct-Apr: 11a.m. to 1p.m.

TOUR | Walk in the Gardens
May-Sept: 10a.m. | Oct-Apr: 10a.m., 12p.m. & 2p.m.

TOUR | Butterflies & Their Plants
Year-round: 11a.m.

EVENT | Chillin at the Chul | Spanish Colonial Garden |
June 3 – Sept. 3 | 5-8p.m.

EVENT | Nature Niños | June 4 – Sept. 3 |
Children’s Garden | 6-8p.m.

TOUR | Wildflowers: What’s Bloomin’?
Mar-Apr: 10a.m.


SUNDAYS

EVENT | Sip N’ Stroll | Spanish Colonial Garden
June 1 – Sept. 3 | 7-10a.m.

TOUR | Walk in the Gardens
May-Sept: 10a.m. | Oct-Apr: 10a.m., 12p.m. & 2p.m.

TOUR | Butterflies & Their Plants
Year-round: 11a.m.

TOUR | Art in the Gardens | Oct-Apr: 12p.m.

Activity Descriptions

Walk in the Gardens –

Experience Tohono Chul while learning some of the basics of the ecology of the Sonoran Desert.


Birds of Tohono Chul –

Learn to identify residents and those just passing through, plus information on habits and habitat.
Download Tohono Chul Bird Checklist (PDF)


Catch the latest look at our changing art and cultural exhibits.


Stories in the Garden –

Traditional and original stories about the desert and its creatures in the Children’s Ramada.


Wildflowers: What’s Bloomin’? –

Bring your camera to capture the colors of spring and develop more than a nodding acquaintance with our annual wildflowers. View the Wildflower ID Guide here.


Reptile Ramble –

Learn to identify resident reptiles and find the answer to the age-old question, “Why do lizards do push-ups?” Be prepared to meet a few non-venomous reptiles, perhaps a lizard or even a tortoise, and a few venomous, rattlesnakes and or a Gila monster.


Connecting Plants and People –

Discover the edible and useful plants of the Sonoran Desert.


Butterflies and Their Plants –

Explore the seasonal world of butterflies and discover the plants favored by caterpillars and adults.


Desert Landscaping –

Unearth the how-tos for using native and arid-adapted plants in water-saving landscapes.


Art in the Gardens

Get to know the sculptures and art pieces that embellish our gardens.


Eco-Stations at the Overlook

These touch carts, staffed by Docents, feature hands-on Sonoran Desert learning opportunities for visitors of all ages. Stocked with everything from binoculars and hand lenses to mounted specimens and scientific models, and supplemented with an amazing array of feathers, bones, skins, and plant parts, these investigation stations allow for a full range of sensory experiences.


Winged Things – Mondays

From birds to butterflies, a look at the winged things of the skies


Ocean to Desert – Tuesdays

Explore the tide zones of the Gulf of California and witness how the desert changes as you travel inland


Rocks and Ruins – Wednesdays

Explore Tucson Basin geology and archaeology


Desert Chow – Thursdays

Follow the predator/prey trail and explore a tangled food web


Creepy Crawlies – Fridays

Sometimes scary, but always cool! – spiders, scorpions, snakes, and lizards


Plants and People – Saturdays

Living side by side for millennia, plant use has shaped people along the way


Summer Events

This summer we are excited to launch a slew of events perfect for locals to connect with nature, beat the heat, and be well!


Chillin at the Chul

You can literally chill down in the gardens in the shade of mature trees that contribute to a cooling 10° difference in temperature. Join us every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. this summer for music, refreshing spirits, and light bites.


Desert Discovery Days

Join us this summer as we get in touch with nature and make some desert discoveries! Each week will focus on a different desert theme – from cactus to clouds. Come gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the desert we call home. There is something for everyone this summer at Desert Discovery Days!


Nature Niños

Join us in the morning and evening every Saturday this summer for nature play with the Children’s Museum Oro Valley!


Sip N’ Stroll

Visit the new Garden Bistro summer pop-up location in the Spanish Colonial Garden! Bring your own reusable coffee mug for $0.50 off your first cup. Coming Soon, purchase one of our new Sip N’ Stroll hot/cold tumblers for $1 off your first cup.