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Escape the city on a self-guided quarter-mile nature trail featuring prehistoric petroglyphs, native desert plants, and animals in their natural habitat.
The preserve features historical research data completed by J. Simon Bruder, as well as displays of on-going Southwest archaeology research by ASU faculty and students.
The university has operated, protected and preserved the site since 1994. Opportunities to explore and learn more about the site and indigenous cultures are available through guided tours, publications and on-going lectures series. We look forward to your visit!
These guided tours offer a deeper look at the nature and ecology of the Sonoran Desert focusing on plants and wildlife in the fall and how the prehistoric native people would have incorporated them into daily life.
Included with general admission.
Through our partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the preserve is hosting a number of new classes for OLLI members. Learn about the wonders of the Sonoran Desert wildlife and the importance of collections in archaeological research and museum exhibits.
What is it that draws us to owls? Throughout the centuries, from ancient folklore to present day, we have revered owls as mysterious, wise and even sacred. There are many myths surrounding owls - many are probably rooted in some truth, no matter how distant. To some, owls signify death; to others, victory or rebirth. Even today, owls are revered as magical and mysterious master predators of the night. Discover the kinds of owls that you’re likely to see in your own backyard with Ranger Amy, and learn some owl calls.
This class will cover the basic biology of butterflies in the desert, and discuss how and why the abundance and diversity of butterflies changes from year to year and over longer time periods. Specific topics will include the unique characteristics of butterflies (their coloration, body structure, growth, behavior and development), how they survive in the arid desert environment, and the diversity of species found in the local desert. We will talk about the techniques used to count butterflies in nature and what the results from local counts show. A goal for the class is to deepen your understanding of butterflies and their future in the face of climate change.
In this class, we will provide a brief overview of common birds in the Phoenix metro area, selecting some of the most productive birding spots and highlighting species you can expect to see and hear through field marks and vocalizations. "Binoculars 101" will also be covered. We’ll discuss why Southeast Arizona is one of the top birding destinations in America and note several "hotspots" where you can have a lot of fun and hone your new birding skills.
The popular image of archaeology is centered on fieldwork, with rugged researchers digging up ancient mysteries in exotic locations. In reality, museums have always played a key role in archaeology: in research, in collecting and storing objects, and in presenting archaeology to the public. In this series, we explore the place of museums in American archaeology, including the sometimes dark and contested history of collections, the changing relationships of museums to descendent groups and visitors, and the increasing importance of museum collections in archaeological research.