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2012-10-27 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Groups and Organizations\
Annie apple orchard
Last year I wrought about my trip to annie's apple orchard on this website. This year I went back and I found out some new stuff and did some new things there. I found out that there is a corn maze there. The corn maze was my favorite part of the trip ... read more

2012-10-27 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
Edith ball swimming pool http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/parksandrec/arc
A couple nights ago my family went to the pool. We needed something to do and everyone agreed that swimming sounded fun. So we headed out to the Edith ball swimming pool. Since it is starting to get cold in Tucson the pool seemed a little chilly. I could ... read more

2012-07-18 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Santa Cruz River\
Tonight's the night - toad chorus : tadpole rescue?
Unfortunately the toads miscalculated - the river has dried up, and it is likely that the deep puddles remaining have tadpoles that will need rescue if it doesn't rain again soon!

2012-07-16 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Hiking Trails\
Tumamoc Hill http://tumamoc.org
Paved uphill walk with beautiful desert scenery.  Very popular in the mornings and evenings!  Limited hours on weekdays, see sites for information.

http://tumamoc.org
http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/TumamocHill_8520.asp
http://tumamoc.wordpress ... read more

2012-07-16 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Santa Cruz River\
Tonight's the night - toad chorus
For Red-spotted and Couch's Spadefoot toads in the Santa Cruz River, tonight is the night they have been waiting for all year.  The frenzied chorus of 'brat...brat' and 'rat-tat-tat' wooing calls signify that the toads judge this to be the first opportunity ... read more

2012-07-08 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Sabino Canyon\
Is there water in Sabino Canyon? http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?si
From USGS: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/usa/nwis/uv?site_no=09484000

If the number under 'Discharge, cubic feet per second' is more than zero, then water is flowing in the creek.   Scroll down the page and 'Gage height, feet' will tell you the creek depth ... read more

2012-07-08 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Santa Cruz River\
Water flow in the Santa Cruz http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_n
Graphs of flow and height in the Santa Cruz river.  On July 4 (2012) we had over 500 cubic feet per second - more than the Salt River on the same date.  The difference is that the Salt River flows a bit all the time.  I wonder how far we are from having ... read more

2012-07-03 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
Summer Track & Field
Family track and field every Tuesday and road races every Thursday.  For $3 per kid and $4 per adult you can run in all the races you like, in a relaxed atmosphere with runners of all types - from 4-something minute milers to first-timers.  The longer ... read more

2012-04-19 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
Cheerleading Tryouts : www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7bM_4j5__E
2012-2013 Tryouts begin May 5. TCA has cheer, hip hop and Pom teams for ages 4 to 18. Watch us at www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7bM_4j5__E

2012-04-18 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
TCA All Star Cheer & Dance Tryouts : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgaVs3Vip
Tucson Cheer Academy just became Arizona's first dance team to win a partially paid bid to Worlds in Florida. Check out the national champion routine at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgaVs3Vipyk

2011-12-28 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
Kartchner Caverns : Bacon,Applesauce,Popsicles
Kartchner Caverns

Kartchner caverns have two tours that you can take: the big room, and the Rotunda-Throne Room tours. Personally I have only been on

the Rotunda-Throne room tour. In the Rotunda-Throne Room there are a lot of cool things well first ... read more

2011-12-28 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
Kartchner Caverns : Family Trip to Kartchner http://azstateparks.com/parks/kaca/
Today me, my sisters, mom and cousins went to Kartchner Caverns.  It was a little humid in there but it was also very fun!  (And pretty).  I really liked the rocks shaped like bacon.  It was really worth going to.

Ruby age 6

2011-12-28 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
Kartchner Caverns : Kartchner Caverns
Today I went on a tour through the rotunda room in Kartchner Caverns. It all started with an hours drive out there. When we got there we learned that the people that owned the cave were very picky on keeping the cave a natural cave ( which is a good thing ... read more

2011-11-25 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Zoo\
Reid Park Zoo : We Went to the Zoo
  One day, I went to the Reid Park Zoo.  Well, I've gone there a lot, ever since I was three.  I really like going there, and I especially like the two black jaguars.  I forgot their names.
At the zoo, there is a gift shop, the stuffed animals they call ... read more

2011-10-16 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
Annie's Apple Orchard http://www.appleannies.com/
2081 W Hardy Rd
520-384-2084
Family fun and U-pick apples, peaches, pears and more. Also Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins.

2011-10-16 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
Annie's Apple Orchard : From Pickled Eggs to Stuffed Animals to Sweet Apples Annie's Apple Orchard has it all
If you want juicy sweet apples that don’t taste like rotten cookies come to Annie's Apple Orchard where there are sweet delicious apples that you can feast on all day long. There are lots of different kinds of apples.

          When we went there it ... read more

2011-10-16 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
Annie's Apple Orchard : Annie's Yummy Apples
Sometimes the people there might tell you that there is not any left but you just might get four full buckets!!!

And if you look at the ground you can find good stuff there too!!!

Plus they have delicious pumpkin pie and icecream!!!

They even ... read more

2011-10-16 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
Annie's Apple Orchard : Apple Annes Orchard rocks
      Have you ever been home on hot day and thought about eating a nice juicy red apple. But when you found that apple in the back of the refrigerator it looked great but when you took a bite it was neither juicy or fresh.
          If you have this ... read more

2011-10-16 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
Annie's Apple Orchard : Eating Apples!!!!!!!
If you are sitting at home, being bored, or on the computer reading this article because you haven't anything else to do, and you are either really sick of old, moldy apples in your fridge, or you just wanna eat an apple, you could at least consider going ... read more

2011-08-31 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
Seen a lizard, snake, toad or tortoise? http://herpcount.org
Record your observation at http://herpcount.org and help with local wildlife conservation!

Take a photo of the critter, if possible from front and side, and the biologists running the project will help you ID it.  Did you know that Arizona has wild ... read more

2011-07-27 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Hiking Trails\
The Arizona Trail http://aztrail.org
Hike, hoof or mountain bike from Mexico to Utah on the Arizona Trail.

2011-07-22 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
Sonoita's Empire Ranch - History, Nature, and Family Fun! http://www.empireranchfoundation.org/
By Korene Charnofsky Cohen

Pack up the family, and head out to Empire Ranch this summer. You will take a step back in time, and also experience the beautiful 42,000-acre Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. The Empire Ranch house is a 22-room, ... read more

2011-07-21 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
Toads laying eggs in Santa Cruz : Front legs!
Tiny front legs have popped out on the more developed toads

2011-07-17 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
Toads laying eggs in Santa Cruz : Back legs appearing
About July 17, tiny back legs appeared on the larger tadpoles.  Not all - mainly the ones that had more space and algae to eat.""

2011-07-12 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
Bat Flight - an Exciting Tucson Summer Evening!
by Korene Charnofsky Cohen

Looking for an interesting way to spend a summer evening in Tucson? Think bats! An adventure for the whole family awaits you at the 'bat bridge' on Campbell Avenue, just south of River Road. There are at least 20,000 bats ... read more

2011-07-12 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Zoo\
Duck Family
While not official zoo residents, these mother ducks find the flamingo pond an excellent place to nurture their baby ducklings.  

The zoo is a good place to birdwatch for wild visitors as well as the guaranteed exotic species in cages.  Sometimes the ... read more

2011-07-12 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Zoo\
Cool Capybara
Cool, clean water on a summer day.  Capybaras love to swim, so this critter is pretty happy except maybe lonely - they are very social animals in the wild.

Capys are the world's largest rodent and have been around in various forms for about 9 million ... read more

2011-07-12 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Zoo\
Laying Llama
No need to hurry, no need to worry..this lovely llama lady is showing the way to relax.

Llamas seem to be among the better-adapted Zoo animals and don't appear particularly stressed out by captivity.

2011-07-12 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
Bat Flight - an Exciting Tucson Summer Evening! : Rillito River Project and Bat Night http://www.rillitoriverproject.org
A neat coalition of artists and scientists work on the Rillito River Project including an amazing Bat Night of performance art and environmental talks.

2011-07-08 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
Toads laying eggs in Santa Cruz : Swimming purposefully & eating, I think
This morning - two days after we picked up round eggs in gel - the tadpole-lets are swimming around in a purposeful way. I think they are looking for food, and a few of them seem be eating the algae pellet fragments we put in.  We also scrape the algae ... read more

2011-07-06 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
Toads laying eggs in Santa Cruz
Walking down in the Santa Cruz River (yes, today it is a river and not just a wash) we found freshly laid toad eggs up on the muddy banks.  It may be they should have been down in the water - the level had decreased some since last night.  Look for small ... read more

2011-07-06 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
Toads laying eggs in Santa Cruz : Fast developers!
Because some of the eggs were laid where a muddy bank was drying out and no rain was predicted, we took a small cluster home to raise.  By 6PM, many of the eggs had eye bumps and tiny tails, and by 8 PM some of them were starting to wiggle every so often ... read more

2011-07-05 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
Monsoon Arrived! (at 3:22 AM) : Monsoon Madness at Flandrau http://www.flandrau.org/now-showing/mons
Get the whole scoop about Monsoon Ecology with hands-on exhibits at Flandrau Planetarium on the University of Arizona campus.  Exhibit runs thru September.  No one understands Monsoons better than Dr Monson (what an excellent name!) and co-workers at ... read more

2011-07-04 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
What makes a Bat Bridge
Every evening right at sunset, an enormous cloud of bats emerges from the bridge at River and Campbell.  Bats are common around Tucson, and often roost under bridges in smaller numbers.  What makes this bridge so special?

A short walk underneath answers ... read more

2011-06-30 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
Monsoon Arrived! (at 3:22 AM)
The Monsoon season has arrived with a crack and a bang, reaching the Southwest side of Tucson in the early morning hours.  

Look for life in the desert - ant and termite queens should emerge today or tomorrow, followed by a feeding frenzy of birds ... read more

2011-06-15 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
cicadas out?
I think just heard my first cicada of 2011 - 6/15/11

Confirmed 6/16/11 many more cicadas calling along the Santa Cruz river walk.

2011-06-15 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
Lunar Eclipse going on now
This isn't a first hand observation, since you can't see the moon from Tucson at the moment - but here is the live youtube of the eclipse going on

2011-05-02 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Santa Cruz River\
Santa Cruz photos : Burrowing owl homes will be saved!
The county knows about these particular owl homes and is planning to conserve them when the Paseo de Iglesias project is implemented along the Santa Cruz river between Silverlake and Ajo.  We went to the community meeting at the Sam Lena Library on April ... read more

2011-04-17 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Groups and Organizations\
Friends of Ironwood Forest http://ironwoodforest.org
Volunteer and recreational opportunities in nearby Ironwood Forest National Monument

2011-04-04 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Desert Museum\
Trail across the road
Almost directly across from the entrance to the Desert Museum and a few yards further west is a trailhead that is said to lead to petroglyphs down the wash.  We walked only a short distance as we did not bring water, and saw the typical black rocks that ... read more

2011-04-04 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
Tough babies - preying mantis have hatched
Tiny tigers of the bug world, you may see baby mantises running along the ground or on tree branches, hunting for any prey they can catch.  My best guess is that they hatched around 3/26/11 but that's only an estimate.   Saw a several-day-old baby mantis ... read more

2011-02-01 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Farms and Stables\
Cogburn Ostrich Ranch http://www.roostercogburn.com/index.php
Feed an ostrich, hike picacho peak.  The Rooster Cogburn ranch not only has ostriches, but petable donkeys, goats and lorikeets that might land on your shoulder.  Don't pet the ostriches though - they bite!

Paintable and painted ostrich eggs, ostrich ... read more

2011-01-02 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Hiking Trails\
Signal Hill Petroglyphs
A short walk out in Saguaro National Monument West brings visitors to a large set of petroglyphs carved into the black rocks.  The walk to the petroglyphs is very short - about a quarter mile - but a trail does continue on offering a longer hike with ... read more

2011-01-01 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Santa Cruz River\
Santa Cruz photos
The Santa Cruz wash offers plenty of photography opportunities, as well as local history and possible archeological finds (look for chipped obsidian).  This item is a placeholder for collections of photos along the Santa Cruz wash.

2010-12-15 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Astronomy\
: Morningstar Observatory http://morningstarobservatory.com
A Tucson Backyard Observatory with some nice scope pictures - and pictures of the scope.

2010-10-09 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
Tree Preservation in Tucson.
1078 N Swan Rd
520-401-3184
When hiking Ventana Canyon or Sabino please be considerate of the trees that may be in the way of your path. Tucson is full of beautiful trees and we ask that you care for them as we do."

[posted by Tree Removal Service Tucson]

2010-08-27 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Zoo\
Reid Park Zoo on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tucson-AZ/
Check out the cute photos and informative posts from zoo staff.

2010-08-07 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
Tadpole Rescue Opportunity
Shrinking puddles in the Santa Cruz and perhaps other washes today hold tiny tadpoles.  Our Couch's Spadefoots have what is probably the world record for fast amphibian development, but even their quick metamorphosis may be too slow this week.

We found ... read more

2010-07-18 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
Watch out for toads! http://www.desertmuseum.org/books/nhsd_s
Monsoon or no monsoon, a few fat Couch's Spadefoot toads have emerged to eat the june beetles and cicadas.  I saw one tonight hopping near the Santa Cruz river.  

Sounds like the thunder may have called them out: according to the Desert Museum website ... read more

2010-06-28 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
Peak Cicada Emergence
Tonight 6/28/10 is a good time to watch cicadas emerging from their larval stage.  About 9PM, go to any wall or tree where a number of cicada shells have been observed, and watch for larvae crawling up out of the ground and onto the wall.  It only takes ... read more

2010-06-20 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Hiking Trails\
Green Mtn trail on Mt Lemmon http://blog.summithut.com/post/2010/05/1
Views from the Green Mtn trail, about 1.5 - 2 miles in.  The trail starts off parallel to the road, but soon leaves the roadside and climbs up to some piney ridges.  The trailhead is between milepost 11 and 12, and is signed "Green Mountain, Bug Spring ... read more

2010-06-11 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Zoo\
Tapir Going for a Swim
The Baird's Tapir enjoying his pool on a spring day. This is a young animal who arrived at the zoo about a year or so ago.

2010-06-11 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
Spring Wildflowers
The wet winter of 2010 gave us a beautiful spring wildflower season.  Most of these photos were taken in late April or early May 2010.

2010-05-18 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\
3 day Video Camp
4501 E. 22nd St.
520-548-4892
Laughing Dog Productions Youth Video Camp
This summer have your child or teen learn about video and uploading their own youtube videos. During this workshop we will teach the basics of story telling with a camera and learning how to edit these videos ... read more

2010-05-05 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Conservation\
Zoobot Summer Camp http://www.tucsonbotanical.org
2150 N. Alvernon Way
326-9686 ext:31
Limit 15 participants for each class . $225 per class for non-members which includes a family membership to the Gardens and $ 200 per class for members .

Zoobots 1 – June 14-18 – Grade 1 & 2 – ages 6 & 7 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m .

Zoobots 2 – July ... read more

2010-05-01 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
: Saguaros mostly buds, one bloom
Pima Canyon trail at the N end of 1st avenue, most of the saguaros are just buds, but we did see at least one white flower.  The whitewing doves are starting to check the tops of the saguaros.

2010-05-01 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
: Prickly Pear blossoms starting
Hiking up in Pima Canyon, about half the prickly pears were blooming, the rest are budding.  Seems maybe the ones on the sunny side of the slope are blooming first.

2010-04-24 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
: Ocotillos in full bloom
Over Gates Pass, down on Kinney Road, the octotillo plants are all bursting with red flowers

2010-04-20 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Nature Observations\
Palo Verde Blossoms Bursting Out
First noticed this spring on Mon Apr 19.  Some trees are partially in bloom, others fully so.  Small trimmed landscape palo verdes seem to be fully in bloom before the large mature trees.

2010-03-28 \Tucson\Parks & Rec\Hiking Trails\
Trail at the W end of 36th St
A nice short hike at the end of 36th St (a couple miles West of Mission Rd) leads to an old stone building, now roofless, up on a hilltop.  I believe the trails also connect to others in the Tucson Mtn system, but we never go that far.

2011-12-30 \Tucson\Community\Museums\
Tucson's Childrens Museum http://www.tucsonchildrensmuseum.org
200 S 6th Ave
(520) 792-9985
Cool summer fun - the Tucson Children's Museum is not only open during construction this summer, several inside areas have already been upgraded: The Wee World for 4's and under has a jungle look with Mayan pyramid and highly original flying frogs (you ... read more

Area Parks

Manzanita Park
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great park

Astronomy

Morningstar Observatory


Birding

Sweetwater Sunday
Tucson Audubon Society Birding Resources

Botanical Gardens

Butterflies Emerging to do their magic
Butterfly Magic at the Gardens
Rake your own zen garden
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Tucson Botanical Gardens official site

Conservation

Arizona Rivers
Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan
Zoobot Summer Camp

Desert Museum

"Pebbles in our shoes"
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Butterflies by the dozen
Chuckwalla died shortly after this photo
Chuckwalla not in the cage today
Do pipevine swallowtails lay eggs twice a season?
Dragonflys mating, baby lizards, barrel cactus flowers
It was the scale bugs
Lizard Friends
Mineral Magnifier fixed!
Native trees and concrete
Reptile Room
Title correction on book.
Trail across the road
Twice-stabbed ladybird beetles
Where are the Horseshoe Crabs?

Ecology

Win-Win Ecology Part II
Win-win Ecology Interview

Farms and Stables

Campus Agricultural Center
Cogburn Ostrich Ranch
Horses, horses and colts

Groups and Organizations

Annie apple orchard
Friends of Ironwood Forest
SASI : Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute
SASI Saturday report

Hiking Trails

Flowers in the Tucson Mtns
Gates Pass Lookout
Green Mtn trail on Mt Lemmon
North from Sentinal Ridge Trail parking lot
On the way to SASI, Orcut Trail
Sentinal Ridge Trail
Signal Hill Petroglyphs
The Arizona Trail
Trail at the W end of 36th St
Tucson Hikes site
Tumamoc Hill
Unsigned trail across from Kennedy Lake
Views from Sentinal Peak in the fog
W End of 36th St
de Anza historical trail along Santa Cruz wash
love of the irregular

Kennedy Lake & Park

Down trees
Healthy ducks
Hummingbirds at Kennedy Lake
Kennedy Park
Tangled Geese at Kennedy Lake
how to know what events are going on at kennedy park

Natural History

Fossil Finds in Southern Arizona


Nature Observations

Back legs appearing
Cliff Swallows nesting under I-10 by Colorado river
Fast developers!
Ferocious Water Bug!
Front legs!
Horse Lubber Grasshoppers
Lunar Eclipse going on now
Monsoon Arrived! (at 3:22 AM)
Monsoon Madness at Flandrau
Ocotillos in full bloom
Palo Verde Blossoms Bursting Out
Passion Vines bring Gulf Fritillarys
Peak Cicada Emergence
Prickly Pear blossoms starting
Prickly pears can't be picky...
Saguaros mostly buds, one bloom
Seen a lizard, snake, toad or tortoise?
Spring Wildflowers
Swimming purposefully & eating, I think
Tadpole Rescue Opportunity
Toads laying eggs in Santa Cruz
Tough babies - preying mantis have hatched
Watch out for toads!
What makes a Bat Bridge
cicadas out?

Orchards and Gardens

Parks & Rec Classes

Movers and Shakers adds class
The Parks & Rec Class Catalog

Sabino Canyon

Deer tracks & phainopeplas
Is there water in Sabino Canyon?
Streamside
creek fun

Santa Cruz River


Burrowing owl homes will be saved!
River walk
Santa Cruz - wildlife throughfare
Santa Cruz graded south of Irvington?
Santa Cruz photos
Tonight's the night - toad chorus
Water flow in the Santa Cruz
tadpole rescue?

Sonoran Sea Aquarium

Interview - Sonoran Sea Aquarium
Sonoran Sea Aquarium

T-Rex Museum

T-Rex Museum official site


Zoo

About the Tucson Zoological Society
Baheem and Raja, Tiger Brothers
Cool Capybara
Duck Family
Elephant Art Notecards
Giant Anteaters
Gibbons in the morning
Giraffe Feeding Station
Laying Llama
New Baird's Tapir
Polar Bears Playing
Reid Park Zoo
Reid Park Zoo on Facebook
Tapir Going for a Swim
The story of Pip the Vulture
We Went to the Zoo
contact vs protected/no contact
vandalism
2006-06-13
Tucson Zoo at http://tucsonzoo.org

now has electric train for kids to ride on out in front of the zoo
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2010-05-18 3 day Video Camp
4501 E. 22nd St.
520-548-4892
Laughing Dog Productions Youth Video Camp
This summer have your child or teen learn about video and uploading their own youtube videos. During this workshop we will teach the basics of story telling with a camera and learning how to edit these videos with industry software Final Cut Pro. During this three day course the individual will plan, create, and edit their creation along side other Tucson youth. Participants will have the opportunity to act, direct and edit their creation. Special guests include Mark Headley, Jon Proud Star. Lunch will be provided for the particpants aswell as equipment being used.
Where: 4501 E. 22nd St. & U of A Campus
Times: 9pm-2pm June 11,12,13. Presentation is June 18th.
Costs: Each person costs $350, or two for $600
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2011-10-16 Annie's Apple Orchard
http://www.appleannies.com/
2081 W Hardy Rd
520-384-2084
Family fun and U-pick apples, peaches, pears and more. Also Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins.
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2011-07-12 Bat Flight - an Exciting Tucson Summer Evening!
by Korene Charnofsky Cohen

Looking for an interesting way to spend a summer evening in Tucson? Think bats! An adventure for the whole family awaits you at the 'bat bridge' on Campbell Avenue, just south of River Road. There are at least 20,000 bats that roost here, and each night, thousands of bats take flight in search of dinner. These are Mexican free-tailed bats, and they eat an enormous amount of insects including moths, mosquitoes and flies.

On Thursday evenings through August docents from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will be on hand from about 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. to provide visitors with basic information about bats, dispel some myths and give you information how to build a bat house for your yard.  "One of the myths is about bats and rabies," says Marie Long, interpretive p ...read more...
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2008-03-21 Cheer Camp and All-Star Cheerleading Tryouts
http://www.desertcheer.com
2008 Team Tryouts

Desert Cheer Athletix is holding Team Placement Tryouts for our 2008-2009 Season on Saturday, May 3rd from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM.  Private Audtitions are available by request on dates after May 3rd.  

Note: Ages for all teams are based on your child's age as of May 31, 2008.   Our Tiny (Age 3-5) Team does not require tryouts and is open to everyone.  

April Cheer Camp

Starting on April 15th and going through May 1st, DCA will hold a Cheer Camp to help the athletes prepare for their Tryouts.  The Cheer Camp will include Fundamentals (Motions & Jumps), Dance, Tumbling, Stunting and Tosses.  Sessions will be held on Tuesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's as follows:

Tuesday's & Thursdays:  Athletes age 11 and under - 4:30 to 6:00PM ...read more...
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2008-04-05 Cheerleading Tryouts
http://www.tucsoncheeracademy.com
320 S Plumer Ave
770-1860
Tucson Cheer Academy is getting ready to hold tryouts for their national champion cheer and hip hop teams.

Tryouts will begin Saturday, May 10. Got to TCA to pick up the tryout application or download it at www.tucsoncheer.com. Tucson Cheer Academy is open Monday - Thursday 10am to 8pm and Friday - Saturday 10am to 6pm.

TCA is Tucson's oldest and most successful all star program in Tucson. If competitive teams are not for you we offer classes year round and summer camps.

Call 770-1860 for more information."
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2012-10-27 Edith ball swimming pool
http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/parksandrec/arc
A couple nights ago my family went to the pool. We needed something to do and everyone agreed that swimming sounded fun. So we headed out to the Edith ball swimming pool. Since it is starting to get cold in Tucson the pool seemed a little chilly. I could barely swim it was so cold.
     Then one of my sister spotted the therapy pool that looked heated and everyone was in that pool.  We hurried over to the therapy pool to find that It was almost like a hot tub it was so warm. In this pool they had jets and lots of things for elderly people and for people who need the therapy pool. Some of these things were weights that float and a tread mill on the side. The pool was highly chlorinated so when I went under water I was sure to close eyes.
            I had a great time the pool over all. ...read more...
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2011-12-28 Kartchner Caverns
http://azstateparks.com/parks/kaca/
Kartchner Caverns State Park
(520) 586-2283
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2008-11-04 New trail for walking & hiking
On the Tucson television news they anounce a new trail that just opened . It was for walking and hiking . Do you know the name of the new trail or park or where I could find oiut .

                  Dick"
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2006-07-13 Piano Lessons and more
http://www.theredbarntheater.com
Rosemary Snow at the Red Barn Theatre is a marvelous piano teacher!  My daughter just started with her, it is a neat and kid-friendly environment and she charges only $ 10 for a half-hour lesson! "
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2011-07-22 Sonoita's Empire Ranch - History, Nature, and Family Fun!
http://www.empireranchfoundation.org/
By Korene Charnofsky Cohen

Pack up the family, and head out to Empire Ranch this summer. You will take a step back in time, and also experience the beautiful 42,000-acre Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. The Empire Ranch house is a 22-room, adobe-and-wood frame building dating back to 1870, but the ranch was started in 1860s with 160 acres and a four-room adobe ranch house with adjoining corral.

On August 6, 1-4 p.m., come learn about family life on a working cattle ranch during Empire's first annual Family Weekend in the Wild. There will be guided tours, talks, activities for kids, and to top off the day, an ice cream social with Dutch oven-made fruit cobbler baked on site. All this for only a suggested $5 donation!

"We have worked hard to develop programs that encourage ...read more...
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2012-07-03 Summer Track & Field
Family track and field every Tuesday and road races every Thursday.  For $3 per kid and $4 per adult you can run in all the races you like, in a relaxed atmosphere with runners of all types - from 4-something minute milers to first-timers.  The longer races are combined to make the meet go faster.  Our family came last Tuesday and I was really impressed with how well the meet was run, with races and field events all going quickly and smoothly.  Because of the setup there is not much waiting around, one event or another is coming up all night long for each age group.

For more information, see below or attached flyer.  
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Summer␣2012 Track␣&␣Field
Cost:
$3 Youth (17 & Under) $4 Adults (18 & Over)

Times:
On-Site Registration—5: ...read more...
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0000-00-00 TCA All Star Cheer & Dance Tryouts
http://www.tucsoncheeracademy.com
320 S Plumer Ave
520-770-1860
Tucson Cheer Academy is Tucson's biggest all star cheer and dance program. We are now getting ready for tryouts for the 2012-2013 season. Tryout information is now available at TCA or on our website.

If teams aren't your thing we also have classes offered year round and summer camps.

All programs are for both boys and girls. We start at age 6.
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2006-08-07 Termination Tracks from the Dinosaur age
Visited the T-Rex museum today - where else can you see a 260 million year old story of a spider and a hungry lizard?  Amazing that we can see just what happened one day that long ago...
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2006-07-10 Tiny tot splash pool at Quincie Douglas
For toddlers, Quincie Douglas pool at 36th & Campbell has the a great splash wading pool - just a few inches of water and lots of fun fountains.  The big pool also has a beach feature.  "
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2010-10-09 Tree Preservation in Tucson.
1078 N Swan Rd
520-401-3184
When hiking Ventana Canyon or Sabino please be considerate of the trees that may be in the way of your path. Tucson is full of beautiful trees and we ask that you care for them as we do."

[posted by Tree Removal Service Tucson]
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2009-02-12 Tucson nature photos
just a placeholder item to attach lots of cool photos to - add any So. Az nature/scenery photo here
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2011-12-30 Tucson's Childrens Museum
http://www.tucsonchildrensmuseum.org
200 S 6th Ave
(520) 792-9985
Cool summer fun - the Tucson Children's Museum is not only open during construction this summer, several inside areas have already been upgraded: The Wee World for 4's and under has a jungle look with Mayan pyramid and highly original flying frogs (you have to try them to appreciate). The new fitness area features a dance-computer thing and climbing wall, right across from the  doctor's office with a real microscope. Finally a kitchen area has been added to the ever-popular grocery shop.  

Some changes are tiny but cool - look for a simple but neat 'maglev' train right by the pushbutton train exhibit.
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