Prickly pear succulents are found throughout the Rincon Valley.

Steve Harris gave a well-received talk on our native cactus last July, and he has been invited to do a follow-up talk on the native succulents of Academy Village, which will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 3), in the Great Room.

He will introduce the audience to species of agave, desert spoon, ocotillo, limberbush, beargrass, and yucca that occur naturally in the Rincon Valley area. If time allows, he will also review the basic types of cactus from his earlier talk.

Harris and his wife Kathy moved to Academy Village from San Diego a year ago after he retired from Federal Civil Service with the Navy, where he was a Project Manager for Ship Repair and Conversion.

Steve Harris

He has been interested in cactus and succulents ever since discovering them growing in his native Washington state. He and Kathy are long-time members of the San Diego Cactus and Succulent Society, and joined the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society after moving to Academy Village.

Written by Betty Feinberg, Academy Village Volunteer

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

A Look at the Rincon Valley’s Succulents: January 2018
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