Register with program's group leader in designated area. If you wish help with your luggage, you need to ask at the front desk.Dinner: Meet for dinner in hotel dining area from 6:00-7:00 PMEvening: From 7:00-8:30 PM in hotel meeting room, your group leader will give you a brief orientation to the program and you'll meet the rest of your fellow program participants.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Dinner
Arrive at approximately 2:00 PM at the first of two Tucson nurseries, where you'll begin to learn about the adaptive characteristics of plants that do well in desert climates. First you'll visit Mesquite Valley Growers, specializing in shade trees, house plants, cacti and succulents - and a huge selection of citrus trees. Next we'll take you to Desert Survivors, a native plant nursery is located on the banks of the Santa Cruz River in Tucson. They grow well over 400 species of bioregional plants and have chosen to define bioregional as plants which are native to within 500 miles of Tucson. This allows them to grow plants from the Sonoran Desert, Chihuahuan Desert, and Mohave Desert, although their primary focus is on plants native to southern Arizona. Over the years, plants of various desert origin have been offered at Desert Survivors, but they now have decided to grow only plants indigenous to our region. As Arizona is the 3rd most biodiverse state in the United States, the nursery is not at a loss of species to choose from. In fact, over 600 species are native to the Tucson Mountains, over 1,000 species are native to the Rincon Mountains and over 1,250 species are native to the Santa Catalina Mountains. All are found within 50 miles of the Nursery, not to mention the rest of southern Arizona. Desert Survivors Native Plant Nursery also feels that is important to being as ecologically sensitive as possible, and thus they use organic gardening practices and only certified organic fertilizers, herbicides and fungicides in the production and maintenance of the plants that grown onsite. The bus will return to the hotel at approximately 5:15 PM.
Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PMEvening: This evening, participate in a discussion/lecture about famous movies filmed in Tucson. You'll receive a list of movies you might want to view when you get home.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At 10:30, board bus for a trip to White Stallion Dude Ranch. A working cattle ranch, this amazing facility offers many wonderful programs to people of all ages. You'll love seeing the beautiful setting and landscaping, and will hear a short presentation about the Ranch's history. Lunch: Lunch at White Stallion Ranch from 12:30-1:30 PM will feature some excellent cuisine, nutritous, colorful and delicious!Afternoon: At 1:30 PM, bus will depart for the Saguaro National Forest West for an easy hike, guided by Sandra McMahan. Fifteen miles west of the city of Tucson, the Tucson Mountain region of Saguaro National Park is smaller, lower and biologically younger than the east section but the saguaros are just as large and extensive. The north and west areas are generally flat with uninterrupted forests of the huge cacti, while the land becomes more mountainous towards the south and east, rising to a high point of 4,687 feet (Wasson Peak) where the saguaro are replaced by scattered bushes and sparse grassland. There, the temperatures are lower and the environment more moist. You'll learn a lot about saguaro cacti as you wander along the trail (this is a fairly easy hike!). Return to the hotel about 4:30 PM - free time to rest and relax prior to dinner.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PMEvening: This evening, you'll be treated to a performance by a country/Western guitarist/vocalist from 7:30-8:30 PM.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Located just a few blocks from the hotel is Restaurant Row, where many different kinds of restaurants will lend themselves to your dining pleasure. The hotel van will pick you up there if you don't feel like walking (after a long day, you may not!). We'll let you know what time the shuttles will pick up.Evening: Free evening after dinner.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch