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Daily Schedule

Sunday, December 8th
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9:00 a.m. Stingray Feeding ($)
Stingray Touch
10:00 a.m. Saguaro Stories
Saguaro Ramada
10:00 a.m. Raptor Free Flight
rff demo area
10:30 a.m. Desert Discovery Tour
Orientation Ramada
12:15 p.m. Live and (sort of) on the Loose
Warden Oasis Theater
12:30 p.m. Stingray Feeding ($)
Stingray Touch
1:00 p.m. Desert Discovery Tour
Orientation Ramada
2:00 p.m. Raptor Free Flight
rff demo area
3:00 p.m. Stingray Feeding ($)
Stingray Touch

Upcoming Events

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Ring in the ‘Noon Year’! Ditch midnight and watch the recycling ball drop with the Desert Museum at noon. Pint-sized guests can craft a party hat, make a reZOOlution, watch our live animal show, and more! Event is FREE with Museum admission. First 50 kids in at 10:00 a.m. get their very own party favors!

Friday, January 3, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Why does it rain and what is lightning? Come explore the science of weather with crazy demos (rain inside?!) and make your own art to take home. Additionally, everyone will meet an animal and go home with a prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Did you know that zinc and copper are important for healthy eyes? And that glasses are made from the mineral quartz? Maintain your 2020 vision with a dose of minerals at Mineral Madness. Shop for your own mineral and fossil treasures at rock-bottom prices and enjoy fun hands-on activities for families all around the museum!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Did you know that zinc and copper are important for healthy eyes? And that glasses are made from the mineral quartz? Maintain your 2020 vision with a dose of minerals at Mineral Madness. Shop for your own mineral and fossil treasures at rock-bottom prices and enjoy fun hands-on activities for families all around the museum!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us for our second annual coffee and tea event, Morning at the Museum. Sip delicious tastings from local coffee roasters and tea houses, sample sweet snacks, jam to live music, and more. You can also practice your downward dog in the desert, enjoy coffee presentations, and sip on the best morning cocktails!

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Friday, January 31, 2020

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Join us as we explore the Willcox area known to be one of the region's birding hot spots! See hundreds (and possibly thousands!) of Sandhill Cranes who migrate from as far as Alaska to these agricultural fields every season. This incredible habitat is also home to over twelve species of raptor and many waterfowl, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Explore the Pinacate Biosphere, a Unesco World Heritage site with geologist Bob Scarborough and cultural historian Jesús Garcia. Explore a volcanic landscape, tide pools, visit the Sonoran Tohono O'odham village of Quitovac (an oasis along the ancient salt pilgrimage trail to the sea), and more on this inspiring 4 day trip!

Black Lava
Monday, February 10, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Explore the Pinacate Biosphere, a Unesco World Heritage site with geologist Bob Scarborough and cultural historian Jesús Garcia. Explore a volcanic landscape, tide pools, visit the Sonoran Tohono O'odham village of Quitovac (an oasis along the ancient salt pilgrimage trail to the sea), and more on this inspiring 4 day trip!

Black Lava
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Explore the Pinacate Biosphere, a Unesco World Heritage site with geologist Bob Scarborough and cultural historian Jesús Garcia. Explore a volcanic landscape, tide pools, visit the Sonoran Tohono O'odham village of Quitovac (an oasis along the ancient salt pilgrimage trail to the sea), and more on this inspiring 4 day trip!

Black Lava
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Explore the Pinacate Biosphere, a Unesco World Heritage site with geologist Bob Scarborough and cultural historian Jesús Garcia. Explore a volcanic landscape, tide pools, visit the Sonoran Tohono O'odham village of Quitovac (an oasis along the ancient salt pilgrimage trail to the sea), and more on this inspiring 4 day trip!

Friday, February 14, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Looking for something *gneiss* to do? Join us as we explore an old mining site in the Santa Rita Mountains and learn about the life of prospectors and miners over 100 years ago! This class will also teach you all about mineral properties and identification while searching for and collecting Arizona minerals. This trip is sure to *rock*!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Did you know that over 10,000 years ago mammoths roamed what is now present day southern Arizona? Join us as we go into the field and look into the past to learn all about these Pleistocene megafauna, visit a mammoth kill site, and learn all about the Clovis people who hunted these massive mammals.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Whaling, Ecology, Geology, Birding, and Ethnobotany!

Join Jesús García and geologist/raconteur, Bob Scarborough, for a motor coach tour down the entire length of the Baja Peninsula.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Explore the stark sandstone geology and the ancient cultures of Arizona’s Colorado Plateau.

Visit the Hopi Mesas and the homes of Kachina artisans, and walk a Hopi cornfield. Visit the Hubbell Trading Post and Petrified Forest. Enjoy a sunrise breakfast in Monument Valley, two nights in Canyon de Chelly, and one in Winslow’s grand railroad hotel La Posada.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona are world-famous for their biological diversity. One this trip, we head to the Sky Island range to explore the birdlife.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

As a Mother’s Day treat, spend the morning luxuriating with a facial mask made from desert aromatics in our secluded guesthouse. We will be led on a botanical walk, learn to make nourishing serums, and relax!

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Monday, September 14, 2020

The legacy of the Franciscan Friars lies in the place names, vineyards and architecture of the Golden State. Take in California’s coastline and oak-studded inland hill country as we spend the week visiting six of the missions established along Alta California’s Camino Real. Our route takes in Santa Barbara, Santa Inés, La Purisima, San Luis Obispo, San Miguel and San Antonio. We sample local wines as well as olive oils.