Ed-ventures & Experiences

One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.

— Henry Miller

Journey with like-minded, lifelong explorers and spend a day discovering amazing things about the world around us. Whether it is a “behind-the-scenes” visit to an artist’s studio, a hike through a southern Arizona riparian habitat in search of elusive warblers, a journey through history following the trail of Spanish missionaries, or an in-depth cultural immersion in lands beyond our own, join us and engage the world, you never know what you will find!

Cancellation Policy

For one-day travel events:

  • within two weeks of registration, but at least one month before date of trip = full refund
  • at least two weeks before date of trip = 50% refund
  • less than two weeks before date of trip = refund only if your space can be filled

Sandhill Cranes with Pinau Merlin at Whitewater Draw Tour 2

Tuesday | February 7 | 7:30 am to approx. 5 pm | $160 members, $180 general public

Just as exciting as the first Crane Tour, you never know what additional birds or other wildlife may show up! Join us for an unforgettable wildlife experience. One three ft tall Sandhill Crane is impressive. Thirty thousand Sandhill Cranes flying, calling, and flocking is a true spectacle of nature, evoking awe, wonder, and excitement! It touches us on a primordial level.

We meet at Tohono Chul at 7:15 am and board a coach for our trip to Whitewater Draw. The cranes, who left at dawn to feed in agricultural fields, begin arriving en masse back to Whitewater Draw around noon, where they spend the rest of the day. The flight of thousands of canes circling, dropping from the sky, and settling down on the ground while calling the entire time is evocative of an American Serengeti!

As we meander along the water’s edge we’ll look at and interpret the crane’s gestures and body language to see what’s going on. Most of the cranes are in small family groups of parents with one or two young colts. We may see colts practicing their dance moves and mimicking adult behaviors. Occasionally a hunting eagle flying by, a coyote, or other predator will cause an uproar, with major crane liftoffs.

We’ll also explore and learn about the many other birds – ducks, harriers, shrikes, sora rail, red-winged blackbirds, and other wildlife at Whitewater Draw. Plus, we will look for tracks and other natural opportunities that we’ll encounter – perhaps a hunting falcon.

Additional guides in the field will help identify birds, provide spotting scopes for close-up views, and assist beginners with the use of binoculars.

Please pack a sack lunch. Tohono Chul will provide snacks and water for the return journey. After an exciting day we board the bus to return to Tohono Chul by approximately 5 pm.

Sold out! Email khayes@tohonochul.org if you’d like to be added to the waitlist.

Wildflower Tour with Pinau Merlin to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Tuesday | February 28 | 6:30 am to approx. 6:15 pm | $180 members, $200 general public

This spring shows all the signs of being a banner wildflower year with a not-to-miss special show! We will meet bright and early at Tohono Chul where we will board a bus for spectacular Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and the area around Ajo, AZ, a place known for its wildflowers and other unusual plants. We’ll stop along the way as flowers (Ajo lilies, owl clover, tackstem, chia, poppies, etc.) beckon to us and arrive at Organ Pipe CNM Visitor Center where we’ll have lunch amid the desert flora. Our activity will be determined by where the best flower shows are at the time. We may drive around the Ajo Mt Loop and stop for a walk along one of the trails or washes. We’ll explore and admire flowers at various places and discover the different plants that live at this lower, warmer elevation, including organ pipe and senita cactus and some of the fascinatingly odd plants such as desert spiny herb (Chorizanthe rigida). Expert guides will be on hand to ID flowers and talk about their natural history. Please pack a sack lunch. Tohono Chul will provide snacks and water for the return journey.

Sold out! Email khayes@tohonochul.org if you’d like to be added to the waitlist.

65th Annual Heard Guild Indian Fair & Market

Sunday | March 5 | 8 am to 5 pm | $95 members, $115 general public

Known as the world’s preeminent museum for the presentation, interpretation, and advancement of American Indian art, the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market is a world-acclaimed cultural event that draws 15,000 visitors and nearly 600 of the nation’s most outstanding and successful American Indian artists. In booths throughout the grounds of the Museum, you will have the opportunity to meet both established traditional and contemporary artists, as well as cutting-edge younger artists selling their works alongside their relatives. Director of Arts & Engagement, James Schaub will be along to help navigate the array of vendors, explain things like technique, design, and materials, and answer your questions. You may also visit the Heard Museum’s current exhibition, He’e Nalu | The Art and Legacy of Hawaiian Surfing. Cost includes transportation and Market admission. Lunch can be enjoyed on your own at any number of food booths or in the restaurants on the Museum grounds. If you have always wanted to attend but the drive to Phoenix and the parking challenge seemed just too daunting, leave the car at home and leave the driving AND the parking to us!

Image (cropped) by the Heard Museum featuring 2022 Best of Show, Arthur Holmes, Jr. (Hopi)