Register with program's group leader in designated area.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
Afterwards, enjoy a guided bus exploration of the University of Arizona campus area and a few Tucson highlights.
Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00-7:00 PMEvening: Evening discussion/lecture about famous movies filmed in Tucson and receive a list of movies you might want to view when you get homeLodging: 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 beautiful 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 selected locationAfternoon: We have arranged a visit to the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab on the University of Arizona campus. This is a unique opportunity to experience the ground-breaking work being done at this facility. The mirror lab is renowned for developing and implementing technologies that enable production of the world's largest and most challenging ground-based telescope mirrors.
You'll have a behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge optical technology and the revolutionary spin-casting processes involved in making these giant telescope mirrors. The final result in the process is a light-weight mirror ready for transportation to a mountaintop observatory where it will peer into remote regions of the cosmos; exploring the edges of the universe in an effort to answer a vast array of astronomical questions and make new discoveries. The Steward Observatory is the only place in the world where giant-spin-cast telescope mirrors are produced - you'll see how this is done and how the process is changing the way astronomers and telescopes explore the universe today and in the future.
Guided bus tour of Tucson follows.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
In the 1940s, Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia had little success finding a gallery to represent him, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. First he built a studio at the corner of Prince Road and Campbell in Tucson, but as the city grew around him, he and his wife Marion bought 10 isolated acres n the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains to build a chapel, home, and a small adjoining gallery to exhibit his originals. The prolific artist soon needed more space to house his continuing output of originals. As his fame and finances flourished, he designed and built a larger adobe galley on the site and moved his growing collections out of what is now known as the Little Gallery at DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun.
Lunch: Lunch today will be at El Charro Café near Sabino Canyon .
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 cultural style and innovative Tucson style Mexican food. They have several locations thoughout Tucson.
Afternoon: After lunch, you'll have a Sabino Canyon Tram Tour followed by some free time on your own.
This extremely popular recreation area is located along Sabino Creek at the edge of Tucson, Arizona. For many who come to visit 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 which
provides an excellent way to get to know the plants that have adapted to living in this demanding environment. A 45 minute shuttle exploration will be taken upon arrival with time available for your personal exploration. Bus returns to the hotel about 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner will be on your own tonight.
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 take you there and pick you up, if you don't feel like walking. Just inquire in advance at the front desk for shuttle times.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
At 9:30 AM, bus will depart for a field trip to the Arizona-Sonra Desert Museum. This 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 you find yourself looking into the eyes of mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters and more!
You'll see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants.
Although you don't have to walk all of them, there are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.Lunch: Lunch at Ironwood Terraces Restaurant at The Desert MuseumAfternoon: After lunch, bus departs for another field trip, this time to Mission San Xavier del Bac.
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 all missionaries in Arizona, established his headquarters at San Xavier. From here, this Franciscan Friar set forth on his many missionary explorations.
Bus returns to the hotel at 4:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner from 6:00-7:00 PM at the hotelEvening: Following dinner, we'll have our program closing and question and answer time in a hotel meeting room with your group leader.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner