Dragonfly Festival Tours

September 28, 2024

Guided Dragonfly Tour – September 28, 9 AM – 12 PM: Join Sonoran Institute and local experts to search for dragonflies at one of four locations. Discover dragonflies with experts at three locations, including walking river tours in the Santa Cruz River channel. Family friendly and open to all, no prior knowledge required. 

Learn more about the locations below to find the tour that is best for you. Tours are limited to 15 and are popular, please let us know if you need to cancel your reservation.  

Downtown River Tours

Join Rocio Guzman of UArizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment to learn about the dragonflies living in the Santa Cruz Heritage Project. This walking tour will take place in the Santa Cruz River channel and will require walking a short distance from the parking area to the sandy riverbed, as well as walking on sloped and uneven ground. Plan for having feet that can get wet to get the most from your experience.

Marana River Tours

Join Michael Bogan of UArizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment to learn about the dragonflies living along the Santa Cruz River near the Marana Heritage Park.This walking tour will take place in the Santa Cruz River channel and will require walking from the parking area to the river, as well as walking on sloped and uneven ground. Plan for having feet that can get wet to get the most from your experience. 

Mission Garden Tours

Join Doug Danforth to discover the dragonflies thriving along Mission Garden’s acequia. Mission Garden is handicapped accessible. While you’re waiting for a tour, make a dragonfly craft, check out dragonfly larvae with a microscope, and explore the region’s rich agricultural heritage provided by the Santa Cruz River. 

El Rio Preserve Tour 

Join Jeff Babson of Pima County Conservation Lands and Resources to discover the dragonflies living at the El Rio Preserve.