Tohono Chul Park
Tohono Chul Park
There is something for everyone to see and do at Tohono Chul Park. This oasis in the desert, as it is often called, offers a respite from the hectic pace of daily life, provides an informative look at the region's fascinating cultural traditions and its even more interesting flora and fauna, and is the perfect setting for an evening concert, special event or family wedding. Discover its nature!
The story of Tohono Chul Park begins when its benefactors, Richard and Jean Wilson, started piecing together patches of the desert that would form its core -- ultimately owning 37 acres. In 1968, the Wilson's purchased the section containing the hacienda-style "West House" known today as the Tohono Chul Park Tea Room. The Wilson's lived in this house for eight years. In 1979, they opened the Haunted Bookshop on the Park's east side.
After opening the Haunted Bookshop, the Wilson's began planning their next project--a park. "At first, we just went out and put down some lime to make a path and marked the names of some of the plants and bushes, but then it started to snowball." The path gradually grew into a loop trail meandering a half-mile into the surrounding desert. In 1980, they received a citation from the Tucson Audubon Society for saving the desert green space and opening it to the public.
Tohono Chul Park was formally dedicated as a 37-acre desert preserve on April 19, 1985. The Wilson's deeded the property to the non-profit foundation, Tohono Chul Park, Inc. in 1988.
Tohono Chul Park's changing exhibits convey an appreciation of the environment, reflect the rich ethnic legacy of the Southwest and promote an appreciation of the region's arts and culture. They are strongly community oriented and offer the Park's audience a richer understanding of our region. To complement exhibits, related lectures and workshops provide a springboard for more learning experiences. Our exhibits program demonstrates the special merits of the Sonoran Desert region and shows the interdependent relationship between plants, animals and people.
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