Program Schedule for 2024

Carr House Visitor Information Center

1011 East Carr Canyon Road

All are invited to attend our summer program of presentations on the natural and cultural history of the Huachuca Mountains and environs. These presentations are offered free of charge at the Carr House. The topics are wide-ranging as illustrated below 

Maximum occupancy of Carr House is 49 persons

Water Harvesting 101, Sunday, June 2, 1:30 p.m.

Water is our most precious natural resource, and we’re running out of it.  Trevor Lauber from the University of Arizona Water Wise program will discuss methods of active and passive rainwater harvesting as well as suggestions for water wise plants to use in conjunction with water harvesting.


Hooray for Herps-Snakes, Lizards and More, Sunday, June 16, 1:30 p.m.

Learn about the critters that creep, crawl, or slither throughout Cochise County, including reptiles like lizards, snakes, and Gila monsters. Tom Miscione, herpetologist, will help us learn not to fear these important members of the local ecosystem. His many live specimens will let you get up close and personal with a diverse number of snakes and lizards. Always popular, be sure to come early!

Dragons and Damsels of Southeast Arizona, Sunday, June 30, 1:30 p.m.

No, this is not a program about a new fantasy video game based in Southeast Arizona! Although it does sound like a catchy title for one, don’t you think? Doug Danforth, naturalist, educator, and author of A Field Guide to the Damselflies and Dragonflies of Arizona and Sonora, will show the many colorful species of damselflies and dragonflies in the southeastern corner of Arizona. It will also include damselfly and dragonfly anatomy, unique reproduction, habitats, and behaviors. We’ll also learn about recent discoveries of many interesting tropical species establishing populations within the state.


San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area and Resources, Sunday, July 14, 1:30 p.m.

Ron Stewart, President of the Friends of the San Pedro River, will help us explore the incredible wealth of natural and cultural resources to be found within the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, including one of the few remaining cottonwood-willow forests in the Southwest as well as Native American sites dating back 13,000 years. This talk will describe these resources and help you enjoy the recreational opportunities of the Conservation Area, a 56,000-acre park on your doorstep.


Desert Landscaping, Sunday, July 28, 1:30 p.m.

Gain insight into how to garden in a way that is attractive and blends with the local environment, while minimizing the amount of water and personal time required from local resident Ted Mouras.  Ted will talk about how to plan, create, and maintain a desert landscape/xeriscape appropriate for southeastern Arizona.


The Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society: Science, Conservation, and Community on the Sonoita Plain, Sunday, August 11, 1:30 p.m.

Join Ranch Director Steven Prager to learn more about the history, mission, and work of Elgin, Arizona’s 8,000-acre Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society (AWRR). Last grazed in 1968, and since dedicated to research, conservation, and public engagement, the AWRR plays a critical role in protecting and enhancing the grasslands of Southeastern Arizona for the birds, other wildlife, and communities that depend on them.


Raptor ID, Sunday, August 25, 1:30 p.m.

Some raptors puzzle even the experts, but with some tips, you can narrow down the probable choices, and with some practice, nail most identifications. In this hands-on workshop led by Kathe Anderson, we’ll talk about the different families of raptors commonly found in Arizona, when to expect them, how their shapes differ for their hunting styles, and resources for more information.


Ecological Restoration with Native Plants, Sunday, September 8, 1:30 p.m.

Borderlands Restoration Network (BRN) is a 501c3 that is dedicated to ecological restoration in the Madrean Archipelago ecoregion, a bi-national biodiversity hotspot. Perin McNelis, BRN’s Native Plant Program Manager, will give a talk about the role of native plants in watershed and habitat health and what our program is doing to steward this ecoregion with seed-based revegetation.


Chili Peppers: Past to Present, Sunday, September 22, 1:30 p.m.

Presenter James Mustard will discuss the archaeology, history and ethnobotany of the chili pepper plant.  From ancient Mesoamerica to the American Southwest, and as far as Europe and East Asia, chili peppers have been an essential ingredient to the cuisine of many cultures. 


Hiking Trails of the Huachucas, Sunday, October 6, 1:30 p.m.

Local hiking enthusiast Karen Flynn will talk about the trails of the Huachuca Mountains, more than 70 of them!  And Karen has hiked them all. Come and see the beauty that can be found on these trails and find a hike or a place to take in scenic views that suits you.  From easy to challenging, there are hikes in our mountains suitable for everyone.


Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), Sunday, October 20, 1:30 p.m.

Mike Foster, Videographer and Carr House Host, will show how the Aztec/Catholic holiday is celebrated in cemeteries just across the international border and more extended places in Mexico. Learn more about this holiday through traditional breads and beverages with accompanying videos and discussions.

Previous Programs of this Season

Biological Riches of Bahía de Kino, Sonora, Mexico, Sunday, May 5, 1:30 p.m.

Cochise College Friends of the Huachuca Mountains scholarship recipients Auttum Smith, Cassandra Montano Arellano, Cayla Lewis, and Kayla Mcleod will discuss their experience at the Prescott College Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies during a Cochise College biology class held in March, 2023.  They will be discussing research related to marine mammals, population surveys of creosote, and waterbird monitoring in the Gulf of California.


 Jaguars of the Huachuca Mountains, Sunday, May 19, 1:30 p.m.

A jaguar new to Arizona in the Huachuca Mountains was confirmed by trail cam imagery in January by the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD). The event marked the second time since 2016 that a jaguar is thought to have entered the United States from Mexico via the Huachucas. Mark Hart, AGFD Public Information Officer, will examine the evidence that the Huachuca Mountains have become a new corridor of movement for jaguars from Sonora.