Group/Bus Tours

Private Group Tours

Tohono Chul offers private group tours for conference and convention groups and motorcoach tours.

Customized tours and/or special programs can be arranged to accommodate most requests, covering a wide array of subjects — from overview tours of the Sonoran Desert to birding or ethnobotany. Parking is available for motorcoaches. Private Group dining can also be arranged.

Please contact Marketing,, for pricing information.

For Schools:

With a focus on inquiry-based learning, the Park works to facilitate the integration of environmental education and life-science concepts into a multi-disciplinary curriculum. We can customize any tour to meet the specific needs of your group. For example, if your class is in a social studies unit on Arizona history, we can focus on the role of native plants in the lives of the indigenous people of the region. If our current indoor arts and culture exhibits are of special interest to your students, arrangements can be made to include them as part of your tour.

Number of tour participants – 5 minimum / 60 maximum
Number of student chaperons requested – 1 adult per 10 students
Length of tour – approximately one hour
• Cost – $2 per person | free admission for 1 chaperone for every 10 children | $2 for each additional chaperone

  • Clever Plants: Desert Adaptations (grades 4-12)
  • Desert Digs: Where Animals Live (all grades)
  • Pollinators and Their Plants (K-3)
  • Groceries in the Desert? Edible and Useful Plants (all grades)

Pre-visit materials and Guidelines for Teachers and Chaperones
Arizona State Standards
Desert Pathfinders Activity Booklet — for 1st-3rd grades a multi-page booklet (printed on legal paper) with 20 different desert activities to engage students

Please contact Stephen Spikes at

For other Adult Groups:

Private tours for families, friends and social groups can be customized to meet your interests and time constraints.

• Number of tour participants – 5 minimum / 60 maximum
• Length of tour – approximately one hour
• Subjects – adaptations, birds, Sonoran Desert ecology, ethnobotany, Riparian Habitat, Saguaro Discovery Trail, xeriscape landscaping, and others by pre-arrangement

We request a minimum of two weeks advance notice when scheduling guided tours. Remember, the sooner you call, the more likely you will be to get your first choice of dates. When calling, please have the following information ready – number of students in your class or adults in your group, name of contact person and their address, telephone and email address (if applicable), and area(s) of study or special interest.

Please contact Stephen Spikes at