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Upcoming Events

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Discover the joy of the desert and learning alongside our expert Desert Museum educators and scientists. Each week is different! The best part? The programs are free!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Discover the joy of the desert and learning alongside our expert Desert Museum educators and scientists. Each week is different! The best part? The programs are free!

Friday, May 28, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Curious how animals like Rue overcome stage fright? Join us for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes opportunity to watch training sessions (in person) and talk to our expert keepers while they work! Each training sessions features several cute animals and lasts for one hour, with limited capacity.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Don Swann, a biologist at Saguaro National Park, will discuss the iconic saguaro cactus and the results of long-term research of this amazing plant in SNP. Researchers from the park and University of Arizona have monitored saguaros on plots set up as long ago as 1941, providing crucial insights about the saguaro and its relationship to the desert ecosystem!

June 14 - 18, 2021
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Join us for a week of virtual desert fun with Desert museum staff, animals, and fellow campers! You’ll meet live animals, make and share desert arts and crafts, explore science in your daily lives, and make new discoveries. Live online camp sessions will run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, with suggested activities to do at home on Tuesday and Thursday. Ages 5-10.

June 21 - 25, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Desert animals have incredible adaptations to thrive with high temperatures and limited water. In summer these really shine! Join us and discover desert creatures’ amazing adaptations, their relationships with plants and other animals, and the important roles they play in their habitats. Sessions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

June 28, 2021 - July 2, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Desert animals have incredible adaptations to thrive with high temperatures and limited water. In summer these really shine! Join us and discover desert creatures’ amazing adaptations, their relationships with plants and other animals, and the important roles they play in their habitats. Sessions on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

July 7 - 9, 2021

Escape the heat and the Zoom room! Kick back with Desert Museum staff under the shade of the pines for some exploration and quality time in the fresh air on Mt. Lemmon. We will study the flora and fauna of this unique Sky Island, gaze at the star-filled night sky, and brainstorm ways to help conserve the world in which we live.

July 19 - 23, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Microscopes and paintbrushes work side-by-side at this camp combining art and science! Campers will explore colors and how they are perceived (or not!) by humans and animals, and will explore nature within the Museum as inspiration for creative projects and experiments.

Saturday, August 14, 2021
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Poisonous or Venomous? Part 1 (Online introduction.) These words are often used interchangeably, but they mean two different things. From poisonous plants and animals to venomous creatures, we will discover the differences and why they produce poison or inject venom.

Saturday, August 21, 2021
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Poisonous or Venomous? Part 2 (In-person at the Museum.) For our in-person meeting, we will explore the museum in the cool of a summer evening to look for some of our most famous venomous and poisonous residents.

Saturday, October 23, 2021
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Ancient Arizona—Clues from the Past: Part 1 (Online introduction.) Arizona and the Sonoran Desert looked very different in the past. Paleontologists have uncovered clues that show us! We will stomp in what once was a swamp, puzzle over some seemingly normal rocks, stalk ice age mammals, and more as we sleuth out the clues that paleontologists use!

Saturday, October 30, 2021
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Ancient Arizona—Clues from the Past: Part 2 (In-person at the Museum.) Arizona and the Sonoran Desert looked very different in the past. Paleontologists have uncovered clues that show us. We will stomp in what once was a swamp, puzzle over some seemingly normal rocks, stalk ice age mammals, and more as we sleuth out the clues that paleontologists use!