Community Nature Walk - Saturday, September 29 at 8:00 AM

This walk is part of the big celebration of National Public Lands Day (NLPD). Since its beginnings in 1994 NPLD has become the nation's largest single-day volunteer event on public lands.

People interested in attending the NLPD Community Nature Walk should meet at the Proctor Nature Loop Trailhead at the Proctor Parking Area (1st recreation area as you enter Madera Canyon) on Saturday, September 29, at 8:00 AM. Participants should wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water, sunhat, sun screen, trail snack. Binoculars or spotting scopes are optional . We will be exploring the Proctor Nature Loop, a paved, easy to moderate walk, looking at plants, flowers, birds, insects and other canyon wildlife

25th Anniversary Celebration - Saturday October 6th

Meet friends old and new. Choose from a variety of activities. Enjoy lunch in the canyon. Celebrate twenty-five years.

Proctor Ramada Event Hub Activities from 9:00 - 2:00

  • FOMC Information and Merchandise Table
  • Natural History Specimen Table
  • Nature Treasure Hunt and Nature Connect-the-Dots Children's activities
  • Children's Art Table
  • Reptile Table with an 11:00 AM Presentation by the Tucson Herpetological Society
  • US Forest Service Coronado National Forest Information Table
  • Proctor Loop Walks (approx. 1-2 hrs, no pre-registration needed) 
    • 9:00 - Nature Walk with Luis Calvo (owner Chuparosa B&B)  
    • 10:00 - Madera Canyon Geology with Richard Conway
    • 11:00 - Nature Walk  
    • 1:00 - Madera Canyon History Walk with Merle Buesing

White House Picnic Area Ramada Activities from 11:00 - 2:00

  • Lunch catered by Outlaw BBQ from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. $9.00/plate
  • Yvette Gonzales, Music in the Canyon from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Anniversary Speakers at 12:30 - Larry Pratt, US Forest Service Coronado National Forest Developed Recreation Project Manager and Tom Purdon, President Friends of Madera Canyon





A collection of historic Friends of Madera Canyon pictures is available here. Please join us in making new history and memories on October 6th. 

Nature Series. Keith Stanford- Tuesday, October 23rd at 2:00 PM

Apache Legends, native American hand signals, and flute playing, blend together for a fascinating listening and learning experience. The event will be held at the Community Performance and Arts Center at 1250 West Continental Road. Tickets are available for $5.00 online and the Green Valley/Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce.  Click here to order tickets online.
A Tea Among Flowers - Tuesday November 2nd

Doors open at 11:30 AM, with the tea from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at at the St. Francis- in-the Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S La Canada Drive. Space is limited so advance purchase of tickets is advised. Tickets are available here or from the Green Valley/Sahuarita  Chamber of Commerce at $10.00 each.


The event's highlight is a silent auction of forty original Joan Lewis watercolors painted for the book "A Field Guide to Madera Canyon Wildflowers" and donated to the Friends of Madera Canyon. The Tea will offer an assortment of tea sandwiches, feature an edible fruit arrangement at each table, and include delectable dessert items and different and exciting teas. Tamara Kahrimanis will provide piano music for your enjoyment and Carl Perry will play his Native American Flute.


A preview of the watercolors is available here. Those who cannot attend the tea or would rather not wait for their art can purchase a painting at a pre-auction price of $200. More information can be found on the preview page.  


The Friends of Madera Canyon