Classes, Lectures & Workshops

The learning never stops at Tohono Chul – discover this for yourself in our Classes, Lectures & Workshops!

We’re all about connecting our members and visitors to the amazing world around us, offering them opportunities to make their own discoveries about the nature, art and culture of our region. Read on for our latest listings of classes, lectures and workshops designed to engage and delight!


The Doctor’s In, in the Old Pueblo

Saturday, July 13 | 10am | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $6 members | $10 general public

Horace Greeley admonished the youth of 19th century America to “go west young man, go west,” embodying a turning point in U.S. history. Many went for adventure and fortune, many others for their health. Tuberculosis may have brought hundreds to Tucson in the 1890’s but physicians made the trip much earlier, traveling with the military and developing advances in surgery. Dr. Goodfellow became famous for his work with bullet wounds in Tombstone and Dr. Handy for his medical work in Tucson. Ken Scoville shares the stories of the doctors, the patients and the hospitals we still know today that began as TB clinics more than 100 years ago.


Mosaic Table

Saturday, July 20 | 10am-4pm | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $200 members | $225 general public

Starting with a custom metal base (13”x13”x19”) craft your own mosaic patio table, selecting from a wide variety of mosaic tiles to create a custom design. Using 2”x2” porcelain tiles, the focus in this workshop is on design, so please come prepared with ideas to ensure a masterpiece — whether abstract, geometric or floral, it will look great on your patio this summer. The class includes everything you need – custom base, tiles and backer. Note, some hand strength is needed to work with porcelain tiles. Please bring a brown bag lunch. 


Tucson Celebrates a Birthday!

Saturday, augsut 17 | 10am | Ed. Ctr. #1 | $6 members | $10 general public

4,000 years ago, the Hohokam were living along the banks of the Santa Cruz River, but we tend to date Tucson from a particular August 20th in 1775. Ken Scoville examines the founding of our town and describes how a simple Spanish Presidio became the city we know today. From the first wooden palisade, he charts the changes that have occurred over time, the sequence of governments that have occupied the same location and the architectural traditions of each major era in the development of Tucson. And find out why downtown’s Presidio Museum sits at the corner of Church and Washington.