OUTDOORSBEGINNING BIRDING. Start birding now! Learn Basic Birding on Saturday and Sunday, February 7 and 8. This fully-accessible class held in and near Green Valley will teach you the skills necessary to start identifying and enjoying birds. This simple, low-stress method is fun and easy for everyone. Class will be conducted so that all mobility levels can participate. Cost is $50, $40 for Audubon members. Call 624-4745 for registration and 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. 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.
ORGAN PIPE TOURS. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument presents free, guided drives along the Ajo Mountain Drive. This two and a-half-hour tour include desert landscapes, geological formations and more. Tours are offered at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through April. Tours are free, and begin at the Visitors Center. There is a $4 Monument entrance fee. Call 1-520-387-6849 for directions and information.
SABINO RUIN TOUR. The Old Pueblo Archaeology Center presents a guided tour of the archaeological dig at the Sabino Canyon Ruin site at 10 a.m. Sunday, February 8. Visitors may also participate in a dig session from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost for the tour is $10, $2 for 6 to 12 year olds; cost for the dig is $69. Call 798-1201 for reservations and information.
TOHONO CHUL PARK. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Birds of Tohono Chul, a docent-led birdwatching tour, meets 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. Tuesday 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. Call 742-6455 daily events schedule.
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