Just for Kids

For the Kid in All of Us

Playing, laughing and learning, the gardens at Tohono Chul provide a wonderful place to enjoy the day with your little one. Chasing lizards and butterflies or floating your boat down our children’s stream, your children will delight at the beauty of Tohono Chul. It’s a wonderful place to learn about the Sonoran deserts unique habitat and special critters and create lasting memories.

I’ve been bringing my granddaughters to play since they were toddlers and even now that they’re teenagers they always want to come back with me.

Julia Wait Bonse

Stories in the Garden

Tuesdays | 10 a.m.

Traditional and original stories about the desert and its creatures. Appropriate age range: preschool to 10:

Free with admission

Reptile Ramble

August 23 to November 8 (except October 25) | Fridays at 10 a.m.

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-poisonous snakes, perhaps a lizard or even a tortoise. Free with admission


GUIDED TOURS 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

Subjects — 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

To schedule a tour for your school group please contact Stephen Spikes at sspikes@tohonochul.org


Fun and Smart Projects for Kids

Before your next visit, why not explore one of these activity sheets, great for a rainy (or too hot) day at home! Note: activity sheets are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format (portable document format) and some are for legal-sized paper (8-1/2 × 14″). (To access these forms you need the free downloadable software, Adobe Acrobat Reader.)