The public is invited to enjoy shady summer fun at The Nature Conservancy’s Ramsey Canyon Preserve southeast of Tucson. Savvy volunteers will lead guided walks on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings from 9 -11a.m.
Nature lovers will wander up an easy, shady trail while learning about the lively natural and cultural history of Ramsey Canyon. Tour guides focus on birds as well as background about The Nature Conservancy, a worldwide conservation organization that has cared for the canyon since 1975.
“Visitors from around the world visit Ramsey Canyon to get a glimpse of some of the 170 species of birds found in the area,” says Brooke Gebow, preserve manager. “This place is incredibly scenic and the high canyon walls keep temperatures cooler during our hot summers.”
Also on tap this summer is the annual summer kids’ program, All Hands on Earth. There are just a few spots left for each weeklong, half-day session of outdoor fun. Camps run July 8-12 (ages 7-9), July 15-19 (ages 10-12), and July 22-26 (ages 7-9). Call 520-378-2785 X 116 for more information.
Bargain shoppers beware. Selected merchandise at the preserve book store will be on sale this summer. Nature-themed books and gifts will be marked down from 10 to 40 percent.
Also, beginning July first, general admission will be $6, up from $5. Members of the Conservancy and local residents pay only $3. Anyone under 16 gets in free. There is no extra charge for the guided walk, and reservations are not needed.
Ramsey Canyon is nestled in the Huachuca Mountains surrounded by the Coronado National Forest near Sierra Vista. The address is 27 E. Ramsey Canyon Road, Hereford AZ 85615. To get directions, click here.
The preserve is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. year ‘round. The phone number is 520-378-2785.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
The Nature Conservancy in Arizona