CAU travel program: Tucson, Arizona—Springtime in the Desert, with Cole Gilbert and Linda Rayor

April 6, 2018 – April 7, 2018 all-day
Arizona: Saguaro National Park
Sabino Canyon

The desert of southern Arizona teems with blooming cacti and wildflowers, prairie dogs, roadrunners, Gila woodpeckers, stripe-tailed scorpions, bobcats, javelinas, and so much more—and who better to explore it with than skilled Cornell ecologists and wildlife biologists Cole Gilbert and Linda Rayor?

After starting our adventure in the Red Hills Mountain District of Saguaro National Park West, we’ll dedicate a full day to the 98-acre Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a spectacular zoological park. Later, we’ll explore the Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro Park and Sabino Canyon by tram and on foot, discovering some of the most spectacular landscapes and mountains in the American Southwest.

Farther north, we’ll visit the Casa Grande Ruins to learn about the ancient Sonoran Desert people, whose culture dates back to 5,500 BCE and who created a prehistoric irrigation system and distinctive red-on-buff pottery. Their descendants, the O’odham tribe, are hospitable and giving people, known for their extraordinary basket weaving. In Phoenix, we’ll tour the Heard Museum, enjoying its prized collections of the art and artifacts of the Hopi, Navajo, O’odham, and Zuni.

This program is part of Cornell Adult University’s (CAU), which offers acclaimed education vacations designed and led by Cornell faculty. Programs include off-campus travel adventures and week-long on-campus summer courses open to all, including Cornell alumni, families, and friends.

For more information and to register, visit, e-mail, or call 607.255.6260.

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