Tohono Chul hosts a variety of special events through the year. From the ever popular Holiday Nights to the quintessential Bloom Night there is always something going on. Below is a list of some of our upcoming events.
The Desert Players present “One Starry Night”
Tuesday | July 2
Tuesday | August 6
10am | Ed. Ctr. #1 | Free with Admission
Rumpelpigskin and Jacqueline Jackrabbit listen as Granny Sweet tells the age-old story of how Grandmother Spider set out to place the stars in the sky in a neat and orderly manner until mischief-maker Coyote decided to “help!” As her story unfolds, a variety of nocturnal desert animals — bats, bobcats, coyotes, Gila monsters, owls and mice — go about their daily lives, all while we are sleeping. There is even an activity to take home.
The Desert Players will also be appearing at your local Pima County Library this summer!
- Wednesday, June 5 | 3pm | Mission Library
- Wednesday, June 12 | 1pm | Arivaca Library
- Saturday, June 15 | 1pm | Green Valley Library
- Wednesday, June 19 | 3pm | Oro Valley Library
- Friday, June 28 | 2pm | Abbett Library
- Wednesday, July 3 | 10:30am | Martha Cooper Library
- Monday, July 8 | 3:30pm | Woods Library
- Friday, July 12 | 10:15am | Bear Canyon Library
- Monday, July 15 | 10am | Catalina Community Center
- Thursday, July 25 | 2pm | Wilmot Library
Monsoon Madness Plant Sale
Friday | July 26 | 3 – 7 p.m.
Saturday | July 27 | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free Admission During the Sale
The wet and wonderful monsoon season brings you more than just rain as we host local growers and nationally-renowned plant experts with their specially-selected inventory at this Tucson tradition. The annual sale is for more than just plant nerds, anyone can come on down to buy the weird and wondrous and learn plant care from the professionals. With a variety of shrubs, succulents, and cacti from the bizarre and edible to the showy and tricky, you are bound to bring home a peculiar plant.
Stories in the Garden
Tuesdays | 10 a.m. | Children’s Ramada
Join us for traditional and original stories about the desert and its creatures under the Children’s Ramada. Free with admission.
Butterflies of Tohono Chul
October – April | Saturdays at 11 a.m & Sundays at 1 p.m.
May – September | Saturdays & Sundays at 10 a.m
Nature lovers, shutterbugs and bug lovers will get an in-depth glimpse of some of the most engaging creatures in the Sonoran Desert, butterflies! Free with admission.
March – May & Sept. – Nov. | Fridays at 10 a.m. | Overlook
Learn to identify resident reptiles and find the answer to the age-old question, “Why do lizards do push-ups?” Be prepared to get to know some friendly, non-venomous snakes, and perhaps a lizard or tortoise or two. We’ll even introduce you to a few venomous reptiles as well, like a rattlesnake and maybe a Gila monster, all to illustrate how we can learn to live together in the desert. Free with admission.
Birds of Prey – Night & Day
October-December, February-April | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2nd & 4th Wednesdays | Children’s Ramada
Naturalist and wildlife rehabilitator Kathie Schroeder rejoins 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.