OUTDOORSCATALINA CLIMB. The Forest Service Volunteers offer free guided hikes in the Santa Catalina Mountains Fridays at 9:30 a.m., through August. On July 25, meet at the Palisade R.S. restroom lot for a four-and-a-half hike to the Peck Basin Overlook. Wear hiking boots or comfortable foot wear, bring 1 to 2 quarts of water, a snack or bag lunch, and sunscreen. Temperatures are usually 20 degrees cooler than in Tucson. Hikers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Call 881-1309 for information.
PROYECTO TORTUGA. The Coastal Conservation Foundation of Tucson offers a field study program in sea turtle restoration continuing through September. The program, Proyecto Tortuga, is located in Nayarit, Mexico. Participants will patrol beaches nightly to aid in the protection of the endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, and have the opportunity to help with local environmental education classes and biodiversity studies. Contact the CCF at P.O. Box 2083, Tucson, AZ 85702, for information.
TOHONO CHUL PARK. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Look for the Birds of Tohono Chul, with this docent-led birdwatching tour at 7 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday. Walk in the Park tours are offered at 8 a.m. Tuesday and Saturday. Art in the Park tours, docent-guided looks at gallery exhibits, are at 11 a.m. Thursday and Sunday. The park offers additional guided tours for your enjoyment. Grounds are open from 7 a.m. to sunset daily. Exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2. Call 742-6455 for park information and daily events schedule.
XERISCAPE TOUR. Visit Tohono Chul for an Xeriscape Landscape Tour at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 19. Visitors will learn the principles and types of plants used in xeriscape design. A drip irrigation demonstration will follow. Call 742-6455 for information.
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