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             December 2017             January 2018            February 2018                

Many programs are free.  Those with a fee are generally only $5/person or you can purchase an annual pass for $50.  To register for a program that requires a fee, go to: http://webcms.pima.gov/government/natural_resources_parks_and_recreation/. and select "Register Now".  If you have any questions, you can email Pima County Environmental Education at:  eeducation@pima.gov

 Programs fill up quickly, so make your reservations soon.

NATURAL WONDERS IN THE PARK (Agua Caliente Park Specific-may include a couple non-Agua Caliente Park)  - December 2017 - February 2018                                      & Ranch House Gallery Artists

December 2017

Birding Agua Caliente Park

What: Take a guided walk through the park and along the ponds to see a variety of resident and migratory birds. Ducks should be arriving for the winter and we expect to see raptors, sparrows, and many other birds. Loaner binoculars available. All ages welcome.
Date: Every Thursday in December
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free with NRPR Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

Historical Tour of Agua Caliente Park

What: Enjoy a guided walk around the lush grounds and historic buildings of Agua Caliente Park and gain insights into the rich farming and ranching history of the site. All ages welcome.
Date: Saturday, December 9
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free. Registration not required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

A Night Under the Stars

What: Explore the wonder and unfold the mysteries of the night sky. Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association volunteers provide an introduction to the night sky and set up telescopes for celestial viewing. Feel free to bring your lawn chair. All ages welcome. Weather permitting.
Date: Saturday, December 9
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free. Registration not required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-615-7855

Nuts about Nature Preschool Hour at Agua Caliente Park

What: Join us for child-friendly fun as we learn about nature through stories, crafts, and games.  Explore a new nature topic each month. Children ages 3-5 with an adult companion.
Date: Friday, December 15
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Children free. Adults free with NRPR Membership, Non-Member Adult $5 fee. Online registration required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

Duck ID Class

What: Ducks are common birds at wetlands throughout southern Arizona during the winter, however, their identification has its challenges. Join Jeff Babson to learn the intricacies of identification as we examine the ducks of southern Arizona. Ages 12 and up.
Date: Sunday, December 17
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: $10 with NRPR Membership, Non-Member $15 fee. Online registration required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery

What: All in the Family: A dynamic family of artists celebrating Southwest landscape, flora, fauna and culture in watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, oil, and photography.
Date: November 18 – December 20
Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Hours: November – April: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

 Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery

What: Double Vision – Two Artists, Two Views of the Southwest: A southwestern native and a transplant come together to share their impressions of our desert region.
Date: December 23 – January 24
Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Hours: November – April: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

January 2018

Birding Agua Caliente Park

What: Take a guided walk to see a variety of birds such as warblers, flycatchers, hummingbirds, orioles, and vireos. Loaner binoculars available. All ages welcome.
Date: Every Thursday in January
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free with NRPR Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

Full Moon Nature Walk

What: Stroll gentle trails with a naturalist under the light of the bright moon. Nature reveals another side in the night hours, there’s always something to discover. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water, and a flashlight. Ages 12 and up.
Date: Tuesday, January 2
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free with NRPR Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

Arizona Stories: Frontier Characters and Communities

What: From mammoth hunters and canal builders to Native Americans, Hispanics, Americans, Irish, Serbians, and just about every nationality under the sun, Arizona has always been a land of many cultures. Historian Jim Turner shares how Arizona evolved from a violent frontier to a just and civil society. All ages welcome.

Date: Sunday, January 7
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free with NRPR Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

 

Arizona Place Names: Our Map and How It Got That Way

What: Place names are like fossil poetry. They afford a kind of folk history, a snapshot in time that enables us to read in them a record of important events. In this lively presentation, Arizona writer and historian Gregory McNamee examines the history of Arizona place names.
Date: Sunday, January 14
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free with NRPR Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

Nuts about Nature Preschool Hour at Agua Caliente Park

What: Join us for child-friendly fun as we learn about nature through stories, crafts, and games.  Explore a new nature topic each month. Children ages 3-5 with an adult companion.
Date: Friday, January 19
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Children free. Adults free with NRPR Membership, Non-Member Adult $5 fee. Online registration required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

Stargazing Agua Caliente Park

What: Explore the wonder and unfold the mysteries of the night sky. Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association volunteers provide an introduction to the night sky and set up telescopes for celestial viewing. Feel free to bring your lawn chair. All ages welcome. Weather permitting.
Date: Saturday, January 20
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free. Registration not required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-615-7855

Apaches and Their Horses

What: Horses changed the ancestral Apache lifeway, shaped warfare and intercultural relations, were intertwined with family and inter-band relations, and were integrated into Apachean lives. Dr. Deni Seymour, internationally recognized authority on Native American and Spanish colonial archaeology, discusses the historical role of horses in rock art, landscape use, and artifacts.

Date: Sunday, January 21
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free with NRPR Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

Nature Stories at Agua Caliente Park

What: Join us outdoors for a nature-themed story hour and art activity. This program is a partnership between Pima County and Tucson Audubon Society. Children ages 2-5 with an adult companion.
Date: Friday, January 26
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

How to Compose Photos with Impact 

What: Almost every camera and cell phone today is capable of taking great photographs, but unless you know the rules of good composition, every camera will just take great... snapshots! Bring your camera and join landscape and nature photographer James Capo in a fun, hands-on photography workshop to learn how to instantly improve your photos by understanding simple principles of good composition. Ages 12 and up.
Date: Wednesday, January 31
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: $10 with NRPR Membership, Non-Member $15 fee. Online registration required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery

What: Double Vision – Two Artists, Two Views of the Southwest: A southwestern native and a transplant come together to share their impressions of our desert region.
Date: December 23 – January 24
Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Hours: November – April: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

 Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery

What: The Great American Southwest has inspired artists with its amazing landscapes, rich and diverse cultures, and storied history. The Lensmasters of Camera Club Tucson have captured the southwest in an exhibit as interesting and diverse as its landscape.
Date: January 27- February 28
Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Hours: November - April: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

February 2018

Birding Agua Caliente Park

What: Take a guided walk to see a variety of birds such as warblers, flycatchers, hummingbirds, orioles, and vireos. Loaner binoculars available. All ages welcome.
Date: Every Thursday in February
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free with NRPR Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

The Camera Dilemma

What: How do you know which camera is right for you? Compare the virtues of various camera types from camera phones, point and shoot basic and advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses. Learn the questions every photographer should ask to improve photo taking and processing skills. This hands-on seminar led by landscape photographers James Capo and Steve Dell is perfect for all skill levels. Ages 12 and up.
Date: Wednesday, February 7
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: $10 with NRPR Membership, Non-Member $15 fee. Online registration required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

Father Kino: Journey to Discovery

What: Father Kino was a cartographer, explorer, and a man on a mission who bridged the gap between the Anglo world and the Native American through his charismatic and caring heart. Historical geographer and author Dr. Barbara Jaquay shares how Father Kino brought a new religion to the native in a nonthreatening manner.
Date: Sunday, February 11
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free with NRPR Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

Nuts about Nature Preschool Hour at Agua Caliente Park

What: Join us for child-friendly fun as we learn about nature through stories, crafts, and games.  Explore a new nature topic each month. Children ages 3-5 with an adult companion.
Date: Friday, February 16
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Children free. Adults free with NRPR Membership, Non-Member Adult $5 fee. Online registration required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

Stargazing Agua Caliente Park

What: Explore the wonder and unfold the mysteries of the night sky. Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association volunteers provide an introduction to the night sky and set up telescopes for celestial viewing. Feel free to bring your lawn chair. All ages welcome. Weather permitting.
Date: Saturday, February 17
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free. Registration not required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-615-7855

High Dynamic Range Photography 

What: There is a lot of information, some inaccurate, about High Dynamic Range photography. Learn when and why to shoot with HDR techniques, how to do it in the field, and what to do on the computer to make these captures elegant images. Landscape and travel photographer Steve Dell will lead this seminar designed for the photographer with a reasonable grasp of camera controls who wants to step up the creative process. Ages 12 and up.
Date: Wednesday, February 21
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: $10 with NRPR Membership, Non-Member $15 fee. Online registration required.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

 Nature Stories at Agua Caliente Park

What: Join us outdoors for a nature-themed story hour and art activity. This program is a partnership between Pima County and Tucson Audubon Society. Children ages 2-5 with an adult companion.
Date: Friday, February 23
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Gallery

What: The Great American Southwest has inspired artists with its amazing landscapes, rich and diverse cultures, and storied history. The Lensmasters of Camera Club Tucson have captured the southwest in an exhibit as interesting and diverse as its landscape.
Date: January 27- February 28
Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Hours: November – April: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road 85749
Cost: Free.
For more information: www.pima.gov/nrpr, eeducation@pima.gov or 520-724-5375

Other Activities

Audubon Nature Shop Hours:  Call for specific hours -- Phone: (520) 760-7881.