2016 Field Trips
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world class museum/zoological park/botanical garden located in spectacular setting just west of Tucson. It is devoted to understanding the Sonoran Desert. After a short introduction to the facility by staff, people are free to explore the grounds on their own. A cafeteria, restaurant, and snack bar are available on site. The Museum’s webpage is https://www.desertmuseum.org/. The $20 rate is for paid conference attendees; family and friends will have an additional museum entrance fee.
Humans have occupied the Sonoran Desert or millennia. This afternoon fieldtrip explores the indigenous and Hispanic landscapes around Tucson. The first stop will be at the Mission Garden, a private organization in central Tucson which is preserving early Spanish crops, especially the fruit trees. We will then drive along the Santa Cruz River to San Xavier del Bac, “the dove of the desert,” a lovingly restored and maintained Spanish mission on the Tohono O’odham Nation. In addition to visiting the mission, we will tour the Co-Op farm which is adapting ancient local crops to modern agriculture. Visit: The Mission Garden www.tucsonsbirthplace.org & San Xavier www.sanxaviermission.org.