As part of the organization’s Santa Cruz River restoration project, volunteers will replant native mesquite trees and combat invasive species such as Russian thistle, amaranth, and bermuda grass. Volunteers will also conduct water-harvesting tasks such as earth contouring and rock work to help slow the flow of water and increase water infiltration in order to reduce erosion and promote the growth of native vegetation. The restoration project needs funding so that the Sonoran Institute can purchase supplies including an emergency-first-aid kit, pruning shears, spade shovels, McLeod rakes and hoes for water harvesting, and snacks for volunteers.
Nearly a half century ago, horticulturist Harrison G. Yocum opened his backyard to the public, displaying a bounteous collection of cacti and palms. After a few relocations, expansions, and the establishment of a nonprofit charter, Tucson Botanical Gardens now spreads 17 distinct plots across more than 5 acres. A delicate rumble hearkens the arrival of the Garden Railway miniature train, which winds through gardens uniquely dedicated to birds, butterflies, wildflowers, and traditional Native American crops. Admission—which is free for garden members and children younger than 3—grants passage to five different tours, and groups of 10 or more can arrange self-guided or docent-led tours at a discounted rate. If visitors awaken their appetites by savoring aromas from the onsite herb garden or by staring at clouds shaped like canned goods, they can dig in at the Gardens' Café, where sun spills through a slatted gazebo onto iron tables loaded with roast-beef baguettes and mexican tortilla soup.
With its Arizona Center for Responsible Fatherhood program, Child & Family Resources helps dads with low incomes hone parenting skills and achieve economic stability. An array of free classes bolsters responsible childcare and job-searching skills. The program also assists some fathers in obtaining manageable child-support orders. Many program participants face financial barriers to access to transportation, so Child & Family Resources would like to provide at least 80 fathers with a free daily bus pass that will allow them to travel to and from the center where classes are held.
Sponsored by Hope4Heroes and the MLB Players Alumni Association, the Wounded Heroes Baseball Classic game supports charitable causes through a casual game played by war veterans, active soldiers, and MLB greats. This year's game will feature appearances by several baseball pros, including Gaylord Perry, Rollie Fingers, Fergie Jenkins, Jeff Kent, Micah Bowie, Chuck McElroy, Jay Bell, and Jay Johnstone. A portion of the proceeds from the March 12 game will go to a community fund in honor of Christina-Taylor Green, the youngest casualty of the January 8 Tucson shooting, which will be used to provide for education programs in southern Arizona.
There’s little left in Tucson to suggest that back in the mid-19th-century the city served as the Southwest’s hub for highway robbers. But it's a fact that the area hosted a string of stagecoach holdups and served as the starting point for Wyatt Earp’s infamous vendetta ride. At the Arizona History Museum, relics stand testament to this harrowed past, including an original Concord stagecoach, not unlike those whose occupants were forced to surrender their valuables to roadside brigands. The museum doesn’t only explore infamy, though; it illuminates all the forces that took part in Tucson’s transition from Paleo-Indian hunting ground to Spanish colonial outpost to the commercial center it is today. Exhibits cover this vast span of time creatively, including a full-size replica of an underground mine that provides a glimpse into early-20th-century working conditions, hands-on exhibits that recall the day-to-day lives of Native Americans, and archaeology displays that detail the surrounding environment's history over the past 4,000 years.
A partner gym of Rocks & Ropes, The Bloc climbing + fitness is a 20,000 square-foot, air-conditioned rock-climbing destination. Inside, a dozen autobelays allow visitors to make high, harness-assisted ascents. Or, you can test your bouldering skills on a 7,000 square-foot wall. In addition, the gym offers yoga, meditation, and pilates classes in its 2nd-story heartSTONE studio, welcoming both beginners and experts. The gym also includes cardio and weight equipment for those looking for a vigorous exercise or a heart-to-heart talk with a treadmill.