CALS has a presence in all 15 of Arizona's counties. Below are some of our major annual public events and a list of facilities and collections open to the public. For comprehensive events listings, visit CALS News for college-wide listings and the Cooperative Extension events calendar. UANews also maintains a master calendar for campus events.
Annual Public Events
Arizona Insect Festival
The University of Arizona's Department of Entomology hosts a unique festival for science literacy and increasing awareness about the importance of insects. During this free, single-day festival each September, thousands of visitors engage in interactive exhibits and discover insect-based research taking place at UA.
During the Tucson Festival of Books, held annually in March, ignite your senses and engage your mind by visiting Science City—with over 100 hands-on activities, exciting demonstrations, informative talks, author panels, book signings and engaging presentations for all ages. Visitors will experience the connection between our daily lives and advances in science, as well as hear about the ground-breaking research being done right here at UA.
Tucson Village Farm Harvest Festival
Join us at the farm for this annual November celebration, a free day of family fun and food! Petting zoo, food trucks, healthy food demos, food samples, live music, farm tours, educational activities for kids of all ages and farm-fresh produce for purchase.
V Bar V Ranch Explorers Day
Held annually on the fourth Saturday of August. The public is invited to Mahan Park, near Happy Jack, Arizona, for a day of educational activities, presentations, displays and the highlight of the day—a V Bar V beef barbeque lunch with Dutch oven cobbler for dessert.
Facilities and Collections Open to the Public
A-Store at Tucson Mall
An extension of UA BookStores, the A-Store operates as an off-campus learning lab for the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, where student employees gain valuable real-world experience in retail buying, merchandising, promotion and general management.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
An arid-lands arboretum in Superior, Arizona that offers a variety of tours to foster the appreciation of plants.
The main UA campus is also an arboretum with a unique collection of plants from arid to semi-arid climates around the world.
CALS nutrition education program that hosts cooking classes, healthy recipes and gardening resources for the general public.
Robert L. Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium
Houses over 40,000 accessioned specimens of fungi and fungus-like organisms, with special collections of rusts, polypores and corticioid fungi. Our holdings are global in origin, with special attention to the macrofungi of Arizona and the southwestern U.S., Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska and the Gulf Coast region. Tours by appointment.
Tucson Village Farm
Pima County Cooperative Extension's working urban farm is designed to reconnect young people to healthy food systems and teach them how to grow and prepare fresh food.
University of Arizona Herbarium
Located in historic Herring Hall on main campus, the UA Herbarium is a research collection of over 420,000 dried plant specimens, with emphasis on the plants of the Sonoran Desert region and adjacent areas of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.
University of Arizona Insect Collection
Open by appointment, UA’s Insect Collection is the cornerstone for entomological research and insect diagnostics for the state of Arizona. The UAIC maintains approximately 2.0 million insect specimens and is the most comprehensive in the world for the Sonoran Desert Region.