Canoa Ranch Interpretive Programs

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The system will allow you to register for tours, bird walks, nature hikes and other activities.

Historic Hacienda de la Canoa
Raul M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park
5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road
Green Valley, AZ

Online registration for Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Activities is required unless otherwise noted. You may purchase an annual Tours and Outdoor Activities Membership Pass for significant savings on activity registration fees. Click on the Register Now button. Program information: Phone: 520-724-5375 or Email: CanoaRanch@pima.gov

Tour of Historic Canoa Ranch
Join a walking tour of the Canoa Ranch headquarters. Visit the historic buildings and corrals and enjoy the special exhibits of the people of Canoa. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
Every Saturday in April • 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30 -11:00 a.m.
Every Tuesday in April • 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Every Saturday in May and June • 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Anza Tour at Historic Canoa Ranch
Learn about Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza and the group of Spanish colonial settlers who, in 1775, made their first stop at Canoa Ranch as they began an epic 1200-mile journey from Sonora, New Spain to colonize the port of what is now San Francisco. A 5-mile segment of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail extends through Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
Wednesdays, April 10 and April 24 • 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Wednesdays, May 8 and June 12 • 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Restoration Tour
From deteriorating ruins to functional buildings: take a behind-the-scenes tour with Architectural Preservationist Simon Herbert to examine the processes and materials used in the restoration of the structures at Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
Wednesday, April 24 • 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Wednesdays, May 22 and June 26 • 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Gardens of Canoa
Enjoy a guided tour of the gardens of Historic Canoa Ranch with Raydine Taber from the Green Valley Gardeners. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
Wednesday, May 15 and June 19 • 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Birding Canoa Ranch
Join birding enthusiast Brian Nicholas to see a wide variety of sparrows, raptors, and the possibility of waterfowl on the pond at Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
Every Saturday in April • 7:00-9:00 a.m.
Every Saturday in May • 7:00-9:00 a.m.
Saturdays June 1, 15, 22, and 29 • 7:00-9:00 a.m.

Stargazing at Historic Canoa Ranch
The Sonora Astronomical Society volunteers set up telescopes for celestial viewing and provide an introduction to the night sky. Come before dark for a presentation by Whipple Observatory. Bring your flashlight and lawn chair. Weather permitting. All ages welcome. $5 suggested donation. Reservations not required.
Friday, April 26 • Presentation 6:00-7:00 p.m.; Stargazing 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Canoa Country Market
Artists and musicians, masseuse, garden art, rugs, crafts, pottery, and food. All ages welcome.
Every Thursday in April and May • 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Desert Night Shift
When most people retreat indoors, our desert comes alive! Join Pima County naturalists on an easy hike to discover “who” is out and about in the desert at night. Learn why many animals, and even some plants, are nocturnal and how they manage life in the dark. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. All ages welcome. Children free. Adults free with Membership, Non-Member Adult $5 fee. Online registration required.
Saturday, May 11 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 • 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Art as a Way of Knowing the Sonoran Desert
Engage your creativity—draw, paint and write the desert’s story in this progressive mini-course with guided instruction in Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) methods taught by ABPE pioneer, Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, ecologist and artist. For program details and online registration view the Special Interest Classes booklet.
May 1 – June 30 multiple sessions • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Art & Science: Ways of Knowing the Sonoran Desert
Combine art-based practices with Western science methods and other ways of knowing to study the desert’s biodiversity. Guided instruction in Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) methods taught by ABPE pioneer, Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, ecologist and artist. For program details and online registration view the Special Interest Classes booklet.
June 1 – June 30 multiple sessions • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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Tucson, AZ 85741

(520) 724-5000


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