- “sit-upon” animal sculptures
- a rattlesnake seat wall
- lizards on a bench and the rocks of a desert wash
- xylophone wind chimes in the re-purposed weather station
- a winding blue stream updated with colorful aquatic tiles, and a saguaro fountain in the midst of a desert landscape of fabricated steel
- “fish” boats for sailing and an “upside-down crawly thing” for climbing
- fanciful birdhouses
- old friends like the peer-o-scope and sundial
- and still to come are spinning cube puzzles, and an interactive saguaro!
Saguaro Discovery Trail
On June 4th Tohono Chul Park officially opened the Saguaro Discovery Trail. This gently sloping trail winds through a previously-undeveloped area of the Park, past saguaro nurseries nestled under protective palo verdes and juvenile and mature saguaros marching up a graveled hillside. Interpretive signage for the trail features original watercolor illustrations by Tohono O'odham artist, Michael Chiago, and conveys the story of the saguaro from both a cultural and natural history perspective, the result of a collaboration with the Tohono O'odham Nation.
SIN AGUA Garden
The first of the Park's three new gardens was unveiled this summer. Funded by the Water Quality Center at the University of Arizona and Central Arizona Project, it utilizes captured runoff from the Park's Education Center to irrigate a variety of native and arid-adapted plants. By taking advantage of runoff from roofs and driveways, and using appropriate plants, homeowners can realize substantial savings in water use and help conserve a limited resource.
We request a minimum of two weeks advance notice when scheduling guided tours, Outreach or Speakers Bureau presentations. 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 and telephone, and area(s) of study or special interest.
We strongly recommend that teachers visit the Park before scheduling a tour and make use of available pre-visit materials. These materials introduce new vocabulary words, discuss ecology concepts presented, and allow teachers to integrate activities into daily lesson plans.
Other Educational Offerings
Tohono Chul Park offers a variety of other educational opportunities from Teacher Training to Special Events for Children and Families. With a focus on inquiry-based learning, the Park presents teacher workshops to facilitate the integration of environmental education and life-science concepts into a multi-disciplinary curriculum. We collaborate with local schools in providing classroom-inquiry activities for multiple grades, and partner with the Tucson-Pima Libraries to offer enrichment opportunities during the summer. "Park After Dark" is our annual family-oriented summer open house, held the first Friday after Memorial Day. It offers hands-on learning opportunities in a desert environment, special performances, and live animal demonstrations.
For more information, please contact Jo Falls: 742-6455 x 228 or firstname.lastname@example.org