Nature Art Workshop & Scarborough Talk Highlight Weekend at Oracle State Park May 21

May 11, 2016

Local artist Aviva Gold will present a workshop that guides participants in creation of a personal art piece on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Oracle State Park. The following day, widely known geologist Bob Scarborough will give a program on “Geology of the Catalina Mountain Region” and lead a trail walk.

Aviva Gold is an Art Medicine Woman and internationally acclaimed author, artist, therapist and master facilitator of “Drawing from the Source.” No art experience is necessary, but reservation is required for the 2 p.m. workshop, due to limited space. Her workshop begins outside with participants taking a short solitary walk or sitting quietly to take in the surrounding beauty. Participants then create a spirit drawing in oil pastels and nature materials that expresses their experience. This program is presented with the support of Friends of Oracle State Park.

Bob Scarborough’s program begins at 9:30 a.m. and covers the geology of Oracle State Park, San Pedro River Valley, Galiuro range, and local mountains. Reservation is suggested. Be sure to mark your calendar for a Live Music and Star Party event on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Details will be posted soon at

Guided tours of the historic Kannally Ranch House are scheduled for 11 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The 45-minute tour visits rooms and patios extending down the hillside. The multi-level Mediterranean-Revival style house, built in 1929-33 by one of the earliest cattle ranching families in Oracle, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. An exhibit of impressionistic-style cowboy paintings by self-taught artist Lee Kannally is on display in the living room and dining room.

The cost of each program is Oracle State Park’s Entrance Fee of $7 per vehicle (up to four adults) unless otherwise noted. To make a reservation call (520) 896-2425 or visit the website at for up-to-the-minute event information. Oracle Sate Park is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Oracle State Park is located northeast of Tucson in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains. The Park is a 4,000-acre wildlife refuge, environmental education center and day-use recreation park. The Park features a diversity of animals, plant species and rock formations. There are also oak tree-shaded washes, mesquite scrub habitats and riparian woodlands with manzanita and beargrass.

For information about all 30 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 or (877)-MYPARKS. Campsite reservations can be made online at or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Social Media. 


Learn More about Oracle State Park