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National Parks Store February-March Events
February 15, 2016 @ 8:00 am - March 9, 2016 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
The National Parks Store is operated by Western National Parks Association, a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service. These are the major events happening in Tucson in February and March.
Film: Sky Island
February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 11 AM only
Sky Island brings to vivid life the plants, animals, landscapes, and human history that combine to make up the special place now preserved as Bandelier National Monument.
Find Your Park Series: Monumental Places
Saturday, February 4, 12 PM & 2 PM
Gregory McNamee explores the history of the national park system, with special attention to how it came to bear on Arizona—a relationship that is ongoing. Participants are encouraged to share their photos and park stories on findyourpark.com. For reservations, please call during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.
A Place for Your Stuff
The life of a gatherer was made much easier with a container, and for thousands of years, American Indians made high-quality baskets from local grasses, sturdy leaves, and the woody shoots of shrubs to store and transport food and other important items. These baskets were practical and necessary; some baskets were crafted and sealed with pitch so they would hold water. Antique native basketry is also a highly collected fine art. The materials woven into these vessels, along with the stories and songs of the people who created each basket, create a connection of nature and humanity that connects people to American Indian basketry. To reserve seats, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.
On the Trail of the Ancient Ones-The Story of the Anasazi
Wednesday, February 8, 12 PM & 2 PM
Take a journey to another place and another time. Join Terry Poppleton as he takes you back 1,000 years to the Four Corners region of the U.S. for a look into the Ancestral Puebloan people. For reservations, please call during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.
Oaxacan Woodcarvings Trunk Show
Saturday & Sunday, February 11 & 12
Join acclaimed Oaxacan artists, Jacobo and Maria Angeles, as they display their colorful and imaginative Oaxacan woodcarvings. Working together, they create gorgeous carvings with Zapotec-inspired patterns. This trunk show will celebrate their dedication to Mexican folk art and to creating a sustainable artistry. Artist demonstrations throughout each day.
Photography Workshop: The Art of Photography
Wednesday, February 17, 12 PM–2 PM
In session two of this two-part workshop, Al Efron explains how to use your natural ability to see and discover artistic opportunities. Combine subject, lighting, and surrounding elements to create a work of art you will be proud to frame and display. Al will share artistic photographs that demonstrate the rules of composition and vision. Examples include landscapes, wildlife, portraits, macro, and human interest subjects.
Film: Casa Grande–House of Many Stories
February 18 & 25, 11 AM
Narrator Adam Beach takes you on a spirit-filled cinematic journey to explore the mystery and complexity of Casa Grande Ruins. Six southwestern tribes trace their ancestry back to the ancient ones who lived here; learn about this Sonoran Desert people’s farming community, their complex system of irrigation canals, and their great house. Was the great house a ceremonial center, an observatory, or simply a trade center in a large group of villages? This film chronicles their history through story, studies, and reports by prominent archaeologists and anthropologists.
Find Your Park Series: Mythical River
Saturday, February 18, 12 PM & 2 PM
In a lyrical mix of natural science, history, and memoir, Melissa L. Sevigny ponders what it means to make a home in the American Southwest at a time when its most essential resource, water, is overexploited and undervalued.
Hike the Canyon Loop Trail at Catalina State Park with Melissa Sevigny before attending the presentation. Meet at the picnic tables in the trailhead parking lot at 9:30 AM on Saturday, February 18. The hike is limited to 15 participants. For reservations, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.
Good Luck, Bad Luck, and the Apache Ambush on Millar and Tappan
Saturday, February 20, 12 PM & 2 PM
March 1866, two army officers with an escort of seven soldiers and a teamster depart from Fort Yuma, Arizona Territory. Their orders: travel 250 miles to Fort Grant at the confluence of the San Pedro River and Aravaipa Creek. On March 22, a large group of Apaches ambush the officers and their men. In a few, fateful moments, four members of the party are killed. Historian Doug Hamilton describes the violent encounter, the fate of the survivors, rescue efforts, and the dominant role luck (both good and bad) played in events leading up to the ambush.
The Explorations and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell, the Father of Glacier National Park
Wednesday, February 22, 12 PM & 2 PM
Join Hugh Grinnell, distant cousin of George Bird Grinnell, for a sixty minute show in which the audience does not “hear about” historical events, but experiences them. For reservations, please call during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.
WNPA Book Club
Tuesday, February 23, 1 PM
The WNPA Book Club is looking for new members! Read books written about or by authors from the Southwest. Members take turns volunteering to lead the discussion each month, and all members are encouraged to suggest books. If you are interested in visiting prior to committing, please feel free to join us at any of our meetings. This month we will be discussing Take the Train to Tucson by Barbara Marriott. For more information contact [email protected]
The Switchback Kids
Thursday, February 25, 11:30 AM
Visit 59 national parks in one year? That’s what the Switchback Kids are attempting. Who are the Switchback Kids, you ask? Cole and Elizabeth are two twenty-five-year-olds dedicating one year of their lives to visit all 59 National Parks. Join them as they discuss their journey and their efforts to share the 59 gems in the national park system with the world. They’ll also discuss details of their adventures: their most challenging five-mile hike, how to budget for an adventure, the proper footwear to hike in sand dunes, and how they came up with their name.
Hopi Katsinas Trunk Show
Saturday, February 25, 11 AM & 2 PM
The spirit messengers of the universe: Katisnam! Hopi Katsina dolls, carved representations of the Katsinam, have captured the public imagination for more than a century. Explore a remarkable selection of katsinas from the finest Hopi artists. Attend talks by Patty Topel from Kachina House about the history of this traditional Hopi art form at 11 AM & 2 PM. To reserve seats, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Thursday, February 25
If you haven’t visited the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, make your first visit an Insider Tour–an unforgettable behind-the-scenes tour of the nationally acclaimed museum. If you’re a frequent visitor, discover the museum’s hidden secrets. Don’t miss this opportunity for an enriched desert experience. $130 for members/$175 for nonmembers. Price includes transportation, lunch, expert interpretation, and all entrance fees. Lunch provided in the museum restaurant. Limited to 10 participants. Tickets must be prepaid and are nonrefundable. To purchase, click here or call 520-622-6014.
Spanish Colonial History
Thursday, March 24
Immerse yourself for the day in Spanish colonial history and the culture of the Santa Cruz River Valley. We’ll explore Tumacácori National Historical Park, Tubac Presidio, and the San Xavier Mission. Do not miss this opportunity to experience the past in the context of the present. $130 for members/$175 for nonmembers. Price includes transportation, lunch, expert interpretation, and all entrance fees. Limited to 9 participants. Tickets must be prepaid and are nonrefundable. To purchase, call 520-622-6014.
Begining Basket Weaving Workshop
Wednesday, February 24, 10 AM–4 PM
Join Tohono O’odham weavers Fred and Della Cruz as they share the treasured art of American Indian basket weaving in a hands-on workshop. Basket weaving is an integral piece of many American Indian cultures. Share in this ancient art with Mr. and Mrs. Cruz, renowned for crafting beautiful baskets and lively human and animal figures. $110 for members/$130 for nonmembers. Price includes lunch and all materials. Limited to 15 participants. Tickets must be prepaid and are nonrefundable. To register call 520-622-6014.
Saturday, February 27, 10 AM–5 PM
Presenting a wide selection of antique California and contemporary baskets. Terry DeWald speaks at 11 AM & 2 PM. Demonstrations throughout the day. Click here for more information.
Beaded Gourd Rattle Workshop
Wednesdays, March 2 & 9, 10 AM–2 PM
Join R. Carlos Nakai in this hands-on workshop as he teaches the art of handcrafting and decorating gourd rattles with traditional materials. In two 3-hour-long sessions, Nakai will instruct in woodworking and the cultural significance of the instrument. $95 for members/$115 for nonmembers. Price includes lunch and all materials. Limited to 10 participants. Tickets must be prepaid and are nonrefundable. To register call 520-622-6014.
Santo Domingo Jewelry Trunk Show
Saturday, March 5, 10 AM–5 PM
Join us as acclaimed artists Priscilla Nieto and Harvey Abeyta visit The National Parks Store to exhibit their Santo Domingo jewelry and discuss traditional techniques involved in their work, including handpump drilling, sandstone bead shaping, and flint knapping. Talks at 11 AM and 2 PM. Click here for more information.
To reserve seats for free events, please call 622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event. Unclaimed reservations are cancelled 5 minutes prior to program. Additional parking in rear of building.
Gardening for Birds and Butterflies
Wednesday, March 29, 12 PM only
Want to attract birds and butterflies to your yard? Learn which native and arid-adapted plants, and other elements to include in your landscape to provide an attractive wildlife friendly habitat. $3 for members and nonmembers. Tickets must be prepaid and are nonrefundable. To register call 520-622-6014.
Beginners Tohono O’odham Basket Weaving Workshop
Wednesday, March 22, 10 AM – 4 PM
Join Fred and Della Cruz as they share the treasured art of Native American basket weaving in a hands-on workshop. Basket weaving is an integral piece of many Native American cultures, often telling stories or serving as spiritual vessels. Share in this ancient art with Mr. and Mrs. Cruz, a husband and wife team from Bobcat Mountain Village near Sells, Arizona–the couple is renowned for crafting beautiful Native American baskets and lively human and animal figures. Join them as you learn the art of basket-weaving. Participants will learn about plants, materials, tools, designs, techniques, and customs associated with this unique art form. $110 for members and $130 for nonmembers. Price includes lunch and all materials. Limited to 15 people. To register call 520-622-6014.