OUTDOORSAUDUBON WORKSHOPS. Join the Tucson Audubon Society for a Neighborhood Nature Workshop Saturday, November 1. This workshop will teach you the names of the plantlife you see in your neighborhood. Cost is $25, $15 for members. Also inquire about their future campouts and workshops. Call 624-4745 for information.
DESERT ARCHAEOLOGY TOURS. The Center for Desert Archaeology offers whole- and half-day tours of local archaeological treasures, including: the Romero Ruin Tour, a look at the remnants of the four great cultures that once inhabited the Catalina State Park area; the Rock Art Tour, an in-depth look offering hikers a chance to visit petroglyph sites near Tucson; and the Downtown Tucson Tour, featuring more than 30 centuries of history. Half- and full-day tours available for individuals and groups. Wear long-sleeved clothing and a hat, and make sure you've got sturdy shoes with ankle support and good traction. Water is provided. Call 885-6283 for information.
FALL HIKE SERIES. The Friends of the San Pedro River, the Bureau of Land Management, and the San Pedro Riparian national Conservation Area present their Fall Hike Series. All hikes will be led by a trained guide, and are a great opportunity to learn about local history, animals, plants, and birds along the San Pedro River. On November 1, hike to Gaybanipitea, A Sobaipuri Site. This strenuous six-mile hike will take you to the ancient remains of this Sobaipuri Indian settlement, and up the Babocomari. Hikers are asked to bring a minimum of one-quart of water, food, hat, sunglasses, binoculars and a camera, if desired. Hikes are not appropriate for pets or young children. Cost is $5, and pre-registration is required. Call 1-520-459-2555 for registration and information.
SABINO RUIN. Join the Old Pueblo Archaeology Center for a hands-on archaeological dig program and guided tour of the Sabino Canyon Ruin from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, November 1. The Ruin was a vibrant Hohokam Indian Village between 1000 and 1350 A.D. The Center's excavations there have recovered thousands of pottery, stone, bone and seashell artifacts. The dig session is $69; with tours of the site available for $10, $2 for kids 6 to 12. Call 798-1201 for registration, meeting times and locations.
TOHONO CHUL PARK. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Look for the Birds of Tohono Chul, with this docent-led birdwatching tour at 8 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Walk in the Park tours, an overview of the Park's 48 acres and its flora and fauna, are offered at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and at 1 p.m. Sunday. Art in the Park tours, docent-guided looks at gallery exhibits, are at 11 a.m. Thursday and Thursday, and at 2 p.m. 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. Join Russ Buhrow, Park Grounds Curator, for a few hummingbird gardening tips at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 6. Buhrow will share which plants attract the birds, including some lesser-known desert varieties. Cost is $2, free to park members. Reservations are required. Call 742-6455 for park information and daily events schedule.
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