Registration with program's group leader in designated area from 4:00-5:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PMEvening: From 7:00-8:30 PM our group leader will welcome us with a brief orientation to the program, and we'll meet our fellow participants.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Dinner
The celebrated Jesuit missionary and explorer, Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, first visited 'Bac" in 1692. Eight years later in 1700, Father Kino laid the foundations of the first church, some two miles north of the present Mission site. He named it San Xavier in honor of his chosen patron, St. Francis Xavier, the illustrious Jesuit "Apostle of the Indies."
In 1768, Fray Francisco Hermengildo Garces, a man of outstanding personality and prodigious accomplishments among missionaries to the area, established his headquarters at San Xavier. From here, this Franciscan Friar set forth on his many missionary explorations.
We'll return to the hotel by 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: This evening, we'll be treated to a performance by a well-known country and Western guitarist/vocalist.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After a short break, we'll have a preparatory lecture for our afternoon field trip. We will learn about the very special flora and fauna of the Sonora Desert.
We'll then depart for the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.Lunch: Lunch at Ironwood Terraces Restaurant at the Desert MuseumAfternoon: After lunch, we'll begin our exploration of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. The Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden, all in one location. Exhibits depict the natural landscape of the Sonora Desert region so realistically that we find ourselves looking into the eyes of mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters and more! There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert with more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: This evening we'll hear about some of the many movies that have been filmed in and around Tucson.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Since some of us will be interested in different things (such as specific gems or types of gems or beads for jewely making), and some will just want to see as much as possible, we'll have independent explorations on our own in the area.Lunch: Lunch at a selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, we'll got to the Gem and Mineral Show at the Tucson Convention Center. This show has set the standard for these kinds of shows around the world, and is now the largest show in the United States. We'll find a whole new world of amazing gems and minerals to explore.
Bus departs for the hotel at 5:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner on your ownLodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Established in 1922, El Charro Café of Tucson is the nation’s oldest
Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family,
featuring traditional Sonoran-style and innovative Tucson-style Mexican food. They have several locations thoughout Tucson.
Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit Sabino Canyon. This extremely popular recreation area is located along Sabino Creek at the edge of Tucson, Arizona. For many who come to the Southwest, this area provides their first close encounter with the Sonoran Desert and the fascinating variety of plants and animals that make it their home. There is a self-guided Desert Nature Trail at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center that provides an excellent way to get to know the plants that have adapted to living in this demanding environment.
On arrival, we'll take the tram excursion through the property, then have some time for independent explorations on our own.
We'll return to the hotel by 5:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Following dinner, we'll have our program closing and question-and-answer session.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner