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National Parks Store March Events

January 16, 2016 @ 8:00 am - January 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0

Upcoming March Events and Activities at The National Parks Store

The White Dove of the Desert. Mission San Xavier del Bac, known as the “White Dove of the Desert,” has endured wars, neglect, earthquakes, a lightning strike, and leaky walls. Father Eusebio Kino founded the mission in 1692 to serve the Tohono O’odham people while the area was part of New Spain. Construction began on the current church in 1783 and was completed in 1797; it is the oldest European structure in Arizona, and is considered to be the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States. In 1978, community leaders established the Patronato San Xavier to promote conservation of Mission San Xavier del Bac–work that goes on to this day. Located nine miles south of downtown Tucson, 200,000 visitors make the journey to Mission San Xavier annually. Now it’s your turn to see it firsthand. Admission is free! Visit for more information.

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, click here or call 520-622-6014.

Northern Arizona Monuments
April 20–22
Delve into the long history of Arizona’s human inhabitants. Visit Montezuma Well, Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater, Wupatki & Tuzigoot National Monuments. From flowing wells to echoing canyons, from dormant volcanos to ancient pueblos. Experience the stories that matter in the rich and diverse landscape of northern Arizona. $645 for members/$690 for nonmembers. Price includes transportation, meals, lodging, and all entrance fees. Limited to 9 participants. Tickets must be prepaid and are nonrefundable. To purchase, click here or call 520-622-6014. To reserve seats, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.

The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 CE
Wednesday, March 16, 12 PM & 2 PM
Secret messages! Intrigue! Insurrection! Three hundred thirty-six years ago, Popé, or Po’pay, of the Ohkay Owingeh people, led a revolutionary plot against Spanish Colonialists near present day Santa Fe, New Mexico. Presented by Don Sayenga.

Film: Tumacácori Story
March 17 & 24, 11 AM only
Journey back in time to the early 19th century to learn the stories of the Tohono O’odham and the priests who inhabited the Tumacácori Mission! Providing an intimate and insightful look at day-to-day life at Tumacácori Mission, this 14-minute film shares a historical perspective on the Tohono O’odham people and the real-life priests who lived here.

Support Birds by Going Native!
Saturday, March 19, 12 PM & 2 PM
National Audubon currently has eagle eyes on two main conservation initiatives. The first is a landscape-scale program focusing on conservation in major migratory flyways. The second is a “bird friendly communities” program designed to mobilize hundreds of thousands of people to increase habitat and reduce threats to birds in their communities. Join Kendall Kroesen, urban program manager for Tucson Audubon, to learn why native plants are so important for birds and how you can help.

WNPA Book Club
Tuesday, March 22, 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 book selections. 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 Chasing Arizona: One Man’s Yearlong Obsession with the Grand Canyon State by Ken Lamberton. For more information contact [email protected]

A Walk in the Desert
Wednesday, March 23, 2 PM only
Why do jackrabbits have long ears? Why are a mountain lion’s forepaws larger than their hind paws? Are you interested in this place where we live? Join local historian Jack Lasseter for an engaging discussion that will bring the desert alive for you. Whether you are new to the desert or have lived here all your life, this presentation will forever change how you see the Sonoran Desert. $5 for all registrants. Click here to register or call 520-622-6014.

On the Trail of the Ancestral Ones
Saturday, March 26, 12 PM & 2 PM
Join Terry Poppleton as he takes you on a far-reaching journey to another place and another time. The time: one thousand years ago. The place: the Four Corners region of the United States. Discover how the remarkable culture of the Ancestral Puebloans, formerly known as Anasazi, flourished, changed, and survived in the challenging environment of the American Southwest.

Travel to the Northwest: National Parks and Beautiful Places
Wednesday, March 30, 12 PM & 2 PM
In a world where a carefree couple can take an epic six-month road trip in a motor home and document the entire journey on film: adventure ensues. This is the story of Shari & Richard Thompson who hit the highway in 2015 and traveled from Tucson to the top of Vancouver Island. The Thompsons will present their fully narrated, high-definition Blu-ray video of their adventures.

March 20 & March 27
Closures due to Arizona Distance Classic and Easter Sunday.
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.


January 16, 2016 @ 8:00 am
January 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm


National Parks Store
12880 N. Vistoso Village Drive
Tucson, AZ 85755 United States
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