Dragonfly Day on the Santa Cruz River

October 1, 2021 - October 2, 2021
Virtual and in-person sessions

Celebrate the colorful dragonflies living along the Santa Cruz River!

October 1

Dragonfly Talk

7–8 P.M.
Learn about dragonfly ecology with local dragonfly expert, Jeff Babson, in this virtual presentation.



October 2

Livestream from the River

Meet the Santa Cruz River and hunt for dragonflies virtually with Sonoran Institute ecologist, Claire Zugmeyer and local dragonfly experts, Jeff Babson and Michael T. Bogan.


Guided Tours

10:30 A.M.–noon
Practice your dragonfly identification skills with tour guides Michael T. Bogan and Jeff Babson. Each tour is capped at 10 attendees and may go to an additional nearby location. Transportation is not provided. Both tours begin at the same time. Comfortable walking shoes, hats, and water recommended.

Heritage Project Reach
Meet at the start of the flowing Heritage Project Reach at 10:30 A.M. to begin the walking tour. The address is: 1580 S Santa Cruz Ln., Tucson, AZ 85713

Register – Heritage Project Reach

El Rio Preserve
Meet at El Rio Preserve in Marana at 10:30 A.M. to begin the walking tour. The address is: 10190 N Coachline Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85743

Register – El Rio Preserve

Open House at Mission Garden

9 A.M.–Noon.
Visit Mission Garden to view dragonflies flitting around the garden’s acequia. Pima County will be on site for viewing of dragonfly larvae and making colorful dragonfly crafts. The address is: 946 W Mission Ln, Tucson, AZ 85745

No registration needed.

Dragonfly craft-kit: Create your very own dragonfly with our family-friendly fun kit. Celebrate dragonflies with us by posting a picture of your finished craft on social media with #scrdragonflyday. Kits include craft supplies, instructions, and learning materials like the NEW Living River booklet.

Kits will be available for pick-up at Pima County libraries starting September 27 and at Mission Garden starting Wednesday September 29.

This is a FREE event brought to you by Pima County Regional Flood Control District, Pima County Natural Resources Parks and RecreationSonoran InstituteTown of Marana Parks and Recreation, and University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment and Mission Garden. Special thanks to Pima County Public Library.