Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Calendar 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/ Calendar of Events for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden en-us Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:00:00 MST Wed, 13 Nov 2019 03:17:54 MST PHP/MySQL webmaster@desertmuseum.org Packrat Program: Story Time featuring Penny Packrat - Jan 04, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14043 Packrats are the desert’s collectors. Discover these curious creatures and some of their favorite collectibles as we read a story about Penny the Packrat. We’ll help her collect items, and share what we like to collect! Meet an animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 04 Jan 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14043 Packrat Program: Story Time featuring Penny Packrat - Jan 05, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14042 Packrats are the desert’s collectors. Discover these curious creatures and some of their favorite collectibles as we read a story about Penny the Packrat. We’ll help her collect items, and share what we like to collect! Meet an animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Sat, 05 Jan 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14042 Packrat Program: A Mess in the Nest - Jan 11, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14044 Many desert animals build nests! Sometimes they look like quite a mess. Meet an animal, make a mess of your own with slime & finger paint, and go home with a prize. These STEAM- focused activities are followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 11 Jan 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14044 Packrat Program: A Mess in the Nest - Jan 12, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14045 Many desert animals build nests! Sometimes they look like quite a mess. Meet an animal, make a mess of your own with slime & finger paint, and go home with a prize. These STEAM- focused activities are followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Sat, 12 Jan 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14045 Packrat Program: Music and You! - Jan 18, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14046 Sing, dance, and get silly during music time! Learn about our desert creatures and make your own instrument to take home. A live animal will inspire the tunes! This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14046 Packrat Program: Zumba™ in the Desert - Jan 19, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14015 Dance, groove, and make a move! During this fun and energetic class you’ll mimic animal actions and stay with the beat. Parents- you’re welcome to join in the fun! Come dance in the desert with Rachel Ivanyi, Licensed Zumba™ Instructor. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Sat, 19 Jan 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14015 Coati Kids Club Members' Meeting - Jan 19, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14071 Coati Kids Club member families visit the classroom and grounds for a special members'-only program: Desert Dinosaurs?: It wasn’t a desert here when dinosaurs roamed the area, but Sonorasaurus, Arizona’s official State Dinosaur, gets its name from our desert. Did you know that the Desert Museum was a big part of Sonorasaurus’ excavation and still houses its bones? We’ll take a behind-the-scenes tour of our mineral cave vault to see these bones and other fossils. We’ll also meet some modern day dinosaur relatives. Afterwards, visit our Mineral Madness sale and family fun fair (Jan. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily) and make your very own mineral collection! Sat, 19 Jan 2019 09:30:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14071 Mineral Madness - Jan 19, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14019 Dig into the rockin' world of minerals with fun hands-on activities for families. Shop for your own mineral and fossil treasures at rock-bottom prices! Thousands of mineral specimens for sale for the novice to the serious collector. The sale showcases Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico minerals with a selection of minerals and fossils from around the world as well. Bargain hunters will find specimens for as little as 50 cents! Specials at the sale this year: New gem stone donations Fluorescent minerals Quartz crystals and chalcedony Fossilized Shark Poop (Coprolites) "Decorator" Rock During the weekend you can visit geology and fossil activity stations around the Museum grounds, where children can collect a free rock or mineral specimen in their own egg-carton collection box. Sat, 19 Jan 2019 10:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14019 Mineral Madness - Jan 20, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14029 Dig into the rockin' world of minerals with fun hands-on activities for families. Shop for your own mineral and fossil treasures at rock-bottom prices! Thousands of mineral specimens for sale for the novice to the serious collector. The sale showcases Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico minerals with a selection of minerals and fossils from around the world as well. Bargain hunters will find specimens for as little as 50 cents! Specials at the sale this year: New gem stone donations Fluorescent minerals Quartz crystals and chalcedony Fossilized Shark Poop (Coprolites) "Decorator" Rock During the weekend you can visit geology and fossil activity stations around the Museum grounds, where children can collect a free rock or mineral specimen in their own egg-carton collection box. Sun, 20 Jan 2019 10:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14029 Mineral Madness - Jan 21, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14030 Dig into the rockin' world of minerals with fun hands-on activities for families. Shop for your own mineral and fossil treasures at rock-bottom prices! Thousands of mineral specimens for sale for the novice to the serious collector. The sale showcases Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico minerals with a selection of minerals and fossils from around the world as well. Bargain hunters will find specimens for as little as 50 cents! Specials at the sale this year: New gem stone donations Fluorescent minerals Quartz crystals and chalcedony Fossilized Shark Poop (Coprolites) "Decorator" Rock During the weekend you can visit geology and fossil activity stations around the Museum grounds, where children can collect a free rock or mineral specimen in their own egg-carton collection box. Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14030 Packrat Program: Animal Yoga - Jan 25, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14047 Animals can bend, stretch, jump, and move! Come bring out the animal in you. In this movement-focused class we’ll learn about animals as we mimic their yoga poses. We’ll also meet a live animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 25 Jan 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14047 Save our Saguaros - Jan 26, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14069 Have you heard of buffelgrass? It is an invasive grass that is moving into our desert. It out-competes annuals such as wild flowers, and it is a fire hazard. As a New Year’s gift to our Sonoran Desert we will hike into the hills across the road from the Museum and spend the morning digging out patches of this problem plant. Today starts the month long event. Sat, 26 Jan 2019 08:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14069 Packrat Program: Animal Yoga - Jan 26, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14048 Animals can bend, stretch, jump, and move! Come bring out the animal in you. In this movement-focused class we’ll learn about animals as we mimic their yoga poses. We’ll also meet a live animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Sat, 26 Jan 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14048 Sandhill Cranes, Raptors and Waterfowl - Feb 01, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14022 Thousands of sandhill cranes migrate from as far away as Alaska to spend the winter near Willcox. Join us for a spectacular day of discovery as we explore the Willcox area--one of the region's birding hot spots. We will meet at Park Place Mall and bring a sack lunch. Very little walking is required. Fri, 01 Feb 2019 07:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14022 Packrat Program: The Science of Weather - Feb 01, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14086 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. Fri, 01 Feb 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14086 Mountains, Mines, and Minerals - Feb 02, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14023 The day begins with a class on mineral properties and identification. We then head to the mountains to collect chrysocolla, malachite, pyrite, garnet and other Arizona minerals. While in the field we learn about ore bodies, alteration and bedrock, as well as the life and times of the people who scraped a living as prospectors and miners 100 years ago. Sat, 02 Feb 2019 08:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14023 Packrat Program: The Science of Weather - Feb 02, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14087 Description: 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. Sat, 02 Feb 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14087 Packrat Program: Story Time featuring - Feb 08, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14088 Description: Jave ya herd? Javelinas are awesome! During this interactive story time we’ll learn all about these (non-piggy) animals. Then, we’ll meet an animal and use our senses to find our family in a javelina inspired game. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 08 Feb 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14088 Packrat Program: Story Time featuring - Feb 09, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14089 Description: Jave ya herd? Javelinas are awesome! During this interactive story time we’ll learn all about these (non-piggy) animals. Then, we’ll meet an animal and use our senses to find our family in a javelina inspired game. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Sat, 09 Feb 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14089 Coati Kids Club Members' Meeting - Feb 09, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14072 Coati Kids Club member families will meet offsite for a special tour of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona's new facility. Sat, 09 Feb 2019 09:30:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14072 Spain Trip Preview and Tapas Tasting - Feb 14, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14114 Join us for a talk, Spanish tapas and a trip preview on Moors and Christians, Olives and Wine:Tracing the Cultural and Agricultural Roots of the American Southwest. The early occupants of the Iberian Peninsula - Arabs, Jews, Visigoths and Romans all contributed to the culture that we today label as “Spanish”. We will explore these influences in language, religion, architecture and crafts, and discuss how they become rooted in the Southwest. Please RSVP at 883-3030. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14114 Spain Trip Preview and Tapas Tasting - Feb 14, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14115 Join us for a talk, Spanish tapas and a trip preview on Moors and Christians, Olives and Wine:Tracing the Cultural and Agricultural Roots of the American Southwest. The early occupants of the Iberian Peninsula - Arabs, Jews, Visigoths and Romans all contributed to the culture that we today label as “Spanish”. We will explore these influences in language, religion, architecture and crafts, and discuss how they become rooted in the Southwest. Please RSVP at 883-3030. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14115 Packrat Program: Super Spiders! - Feb 15, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14090 Spiders can crawl, jump, and even spin webs! They can be brightly colored, hairy or even look like a flower. Come learn about these amazing animals and even meet one up close. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14090 Mammoths of the San Pedro - Feb 16, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14024 Did you know that we had large Ice Age mammals in southern Arizona? At the Murray Springs archeological site along the San Pedro River near Sierra Vista we will learn about which of the Pleistocene megafuana were here and which were hunted. Alongside these mammals lived the Clovis people, great hunters, which we know from their fluted projectile points. For lunch we will stop at the Holy Trinity Monastery. Our last activity will be combing the St. David Formation for gypsum crystals. Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14024 Packrat Program: Super Spiders! - Feb 16, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14091 Spiders can crawl, jump, and even spin webs! They can be brightly colored, hairy or even look like a flower. Come learn about these amazing animals and even meet one up close. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Sat, 16 Feb 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14091 Heritage Fruit Tree Workshop - Feb 19, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14025 Jesús García, founder of the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees Project, will teach techniques for propagation, pruning, grafting and care of fruit trees. The class begins with a talk on the historical significance of heirloom trees in the Sonoran Desert, then moves to the hands-on aspect of maintenance, and ends with an afternoon tour to the Mission Garden at the base of A Mountain. Tue, 19 Feb 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14025 Spain Trip Preview and Tapas Tasting - Feb 20, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14116 Join us for a talk, Spanish tapas and a trip preview on Moors and Christians, Olives and Wine:Tracing the Cultural and Agricultural Roots of the American Southwest. The early occupants of the Iberian Peninsula - Arabs, Jews, Visigoths and Romans all contributed to the culture that we today label as “Spanish”. We will explore these influences in language, religion, architecture and crafts, and discuss how they become rooted in the Southwest. There will be a talk at noon and one at 2 p.m.Please RSVP at 883-3030. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14116 Packrat Program: Animal Yoga - Feb 22, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14092 Description: Animals can bend, stretch, jump, and move! Come bring out the animal in you. In this movement-focused class we’ll learn about animals as we mimic their yoga poses. We’ll also meet a live animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 22 Feb 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14092 Packrat Program: Animal Yoga - Feb 23, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14093 Description: Animals can bend, stretch, jump, and move! Come bring out the animal in you. In this movement-focused class we’ll learn about animals as we mimic their yoga poses. We’ll also meet a live animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Sat, 23 Feb 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14093 Packrat Program: Music and You! - Mar 01, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14094 Description: Sing, dance, and get silly during music time! Learn about our desert creatures and make your own instrument to take home. A live animal will inspire the tunes! This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 01 Mar 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14094 Packrat Program: Music and You! - Mar 01, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14101 Sing, dance, and get silly during music time! Learn about our desert creatures and make your own instrument to take home. A live animal will inspire the tunes! This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 01 Mar 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14101 Packrat Program: Music and You! - Mar 02, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14095 Description: Sing, dance, and get silly during music time! Learn about our desert creatures and make your own instrument to take home. A live animal will inspire the tunes! This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Sat, 02 Mar 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14095 Coati Kids Club Members' Meeting - Mar 02, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14073 Coati Kids Club member families visit the classroom and grounds for a special members'-only program: Who Needs Nests? Saturday, March 2, 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds. Spring is nesting season for many birds, but birds aren’t the only animals that build nests to house their young. From weavers to cavity nesters, discover a variety of Sonoran Desert “nesters” and bring home a bee condo to host native bees in your yard. Sat, 02 Mar 2019 09:30:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14073 Spain Trip Preview and Tapas Tasting - Mar 05, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14117 Moors and Christians, Olives and Wine Tracing the Cultural and Agricultural Roots of the American Southwest Join us for a talk, Spanish tapas and a trip preview. The early occupants of the Iberian Peninsula - Arabs, Jews, Visigoths and Romans all contributed to the culture that we today label as “Spanish”. We will explore these influences in language, religion, architecture and crafts, and discuss how they traversed the Atlantic and become rooted in the Southwest. In particular, examine agricultural practices and the Father Kino’s fruit tree legacy. The speakers will be leading a trip to Spain this September 9th – 22nd, 2019 during the grape harvest season. RSVP at 883-3030. Tue, 05 Mar 2019 15:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14117 Colonial Alamos & Mayo Ash Wednesday Celebration - Mar 07, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14070 Join Jesús Garcia for a journey through Sonora exploring coastal regions, cultural traditions and the breathtaking town of Alamos. The Ash Wednesday Celebration in the village of Júpare combines sacred elements of both indigenous traditions and Roman Catholic customs. Thu, 07 Mar 2019 00:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14070 Packrat Program: The Science of GLOW - Mar 08, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14103 Scorpions, minerals, and some bugs ‘glow’ in the dark! Come learn how and why this occurs in nature. Make a glow-in-the-dark art piece, meet an animal, and go home with (or wear!) a glow bracelet. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 08 Mar 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14103 Packrat Program: The Science of GLOW - Mar 09, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14104 Scorpions, minerals, and some bugs ‘glow’ in the dark! Come learn how and why this occurs in nature. Make a glow-in-the-dark art piece, meet an animal, and go home with (or wear!) a glow bracelet. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Sat, 09 Mar 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14104 Spring Plants and Wildflower Walks - Mar 13, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14026 Join the Botany staff for a leisurely walk around the Museum grounds where we'll discuss the different varieties of desert flora. Whether we have a bountiful flower year or a ho-hum season, there will be plenty of color to look at. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 08:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14026 Packrat Program: Story time featuring - Mar 15, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14105 The saguaro cactus is an icon of the Sonoran Desert and relied upon for food and housing by many desert animals. It’s blooming, pollinating, and fruiting periods define summer in the desert. During story time kids will learn all about this amazing plant! Additionally, everyone will meet an animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14105 Spring Plants and Wildflower Walks - Mar 16, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14027 Join the Botany staff for a walk and lesson on identifying dozens of local canyon shrubs, forbes and, if we have good rains, wildflowers. This is a moderate hike into a canyon and wash near the Museum. Total distance traveled will be two miles. Sat, 16 Mar 2019 08:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14027 Packrat Program: Story time featuring - Mar 16, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14106 The saguaro cactus is an icon of the Sonoran Desert and relied upon for food and housing by many desert animals. It’s blooming, pollinating, and fruiting periods define summer in the desert. During story time kids will learn all about this amazing plant! Additionally, everyone will meet an animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Sat, 16 Mar 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14106 Creating Backyard Habitat & Rainwater Harvesting - Mar 16, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14028 Your yard can become a lush home for birds, insects, bats, small reptiles and mammals. Planting a variety and the right types of native vegetation are the key. And then there is always the need for water, which can be harvested rainwater and gray water. Sat, 16 Mar 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14028 Packrat Program: Animals and Art - Mar 22, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14107 Learn about tarantulas and their homes through arts and crafts! Let a live animal inspire your artistic side and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14107 Packrat Program: Animals and Art - Mar 23, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14108 Learn about tarantulas and their homes through arts and crafts! Let a live animal inspire your artistic side and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14108 WineDown With Wildlife - Mar 23, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14121 Join the Desert Museum for our first wine festival, WineDown with Wildlife, to help support the amazing wildlife in our care and celebrate World Wildlife Day. Sip on the best local and regional wines in the Southwest, sample sweet and savory snacks, stargaze with Adam Block, enjoy live music, visit with our engaging animals, capture your clever side with Hello Gorgeous Photo Booth, and more. Sat, 23 Mar 2019 18:30:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14121 Packrat Program: Animal Yoga - Mar 29, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14110 Animals can bend, stretch, jump, and move! Come bring out the animal in you. In this movement- focused class we’ll learn about animals as we mimic their yoga poses. We’ll also meet a live animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 29 Mar 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14110 Packrat Program: Animal Yoga - Mar 30, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14111 Animals can bend, stretch, jump, and move! Come bring out the animal in you. In this movement- focused class we’ll learn about animals as we mimic their yoga poses. We’ll also meet a live animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Sat, 30 Mar 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14111 Sonoran Desert Herbalism - Mar 30, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14031 Become intimate with some of the plants used by traditional herbalists in the Sonoran Desert region. Medicinal properties of familiar species will be covered. We will stroll around the Museum grounds looking at the plants we will be highlighting in class. Be ready to have fun learning how you can make your own remedies with tools you have in your own kitchen. Sat, 30 Mar 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14031 Cholla Bud Harvest - Apr 06, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14032 Participate in the centuries-old Sonoran Desert springtime ritual of harvesting cholla buds. You will learn how to dethorn and prepare this food for longer term storage. The natural history of the cholla and its sister cactus the prickly pear will be discussed, along with the health benefits of desert foods in general. The class concludes with a native foods lunch. Sat, 06 Apr 2019 08:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14032 Baja California - Apr 08, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=13945 This two week tour of the Baja Peninsula by motor coach features geology, exotic botany, and close-up whale encounters. Mon, 08 Apr 2019 07:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=13945 Packrat Party! - Apr 13, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14122 Can you believe it’s been almost a year since Packrat Playhouse opened?! Join us on Saturday, April 13, for Packrat Party! to celebrate the one year anniversary of our newest exhibit. Schedule: 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. : Raptor Free Flight (Desert Loop Trail) 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Free Treats & Little Eats with Pure Love Juice, Batch, and Love in a Cup (Location TBD) 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Dress Up Like a Packrat (Mountain Woodland) 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Learn All About Packrats (Life on the Rocks) 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Costume Contest (Warden Oasis Theater) 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Packrat Singalong (Warden Oasis Theater) 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Fur, Feathers & Fangs (Warden Oasis Theater) Packrat Playhouse is open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will be popup games offered throughout the day as well as packrat tattoos! First 8 kids to be in line at Packrat Playhouse at 10:00 a.m. receive a free packrat puppet! Admission: $5 kids admission if they are dressed up like an animal, plant, or mineral. Sat, 13 Apr 2019 10:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14122 Pine Needle Basket Making - Apr 20, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14033 Basket making can take many forms and has been done for centuries. The method we will use in this class involves attaching coils of pine needles to a wooden base. You will learn how to prepare the pine needles, how to attach the coils of pine needles with four different stitches, and add decorative finishing touches to create a unique basket. Our goal will be to complete your basket during the workshop. Sat, 20 Apr 2019 08:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14033 Coati Kids Club Members' Meeting - Apr 20, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14074 Coati Kids Club member families meet for a special members'-only event: Ravin’ About Raptors: Saturday, April 20, 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classroom 3 and on grounds. The Desert Museum’s Raptor Free Flight program allows visitors to see amazing birds of prey soar and glide right above them. Its season has officially ended for the public, but not for Coati Kids Club members! RFF trainers will share a special behind-the-scenes flight and tour of their demonstration area and training sites, just for CKC families. Sat, 20 Apr 2019 09:30:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14074 Land of the Hopi and Navajo - Apr 23, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=13967 Explore the stark sandstone geology and the ancient native cultures of Arizona's Colorado Plateau. Visit the Hopi Mesas, study marine fossils and dinosaur tracks. Tour Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, the Hubbell Trading Post, the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 07:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=13967 Party for the Planet - May 11, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14120 What better way to celebrate and appreciate the Sonoran Desert than to toast to it? Stand among the saguaros at the Desert Museum and sip on the best local and regional spirits in the Southwest at this year's Party for the Planet! You can also sample sweet and savory snacks, stargaze, dance the night away under the stars, visit with our engaging animals, capture your clever side with Hello Gorgeous Photo Booth, and more. This year will celebrate Endangered Species Day. This is an opportunity for people to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species (like our Mexican gray wolves) and everyday actions they can take to help protect them. Sat, 11 May 2019 18:30:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14120 Creatures of the Night (Cool Summer Nights) - May 18, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14141 🦇 The desert comes alive at night as nocturnal animals awake. Bats perform aerial acrobatics in pursuit of dinner, beavers splash around in their pond, and scorpions glow green under black light. Bring your flashlight and explore, experience a live animal encounter, or participate in special nightly activities. 🐍 Want to know what creatures party in the nighttime? Here’s your chance to find out! Experience live animal interpretations on grounds, spend time with our engaging animals, enjoy the Feathers art exhibition, scamper in Packrat Playhouse, feel the touch of a stingray, and enjoy our popular Desert Survivors show (6:30 & 8:00 p.m. in the Warden Oasis Theater). Sat, 18 May 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14141 Coati Kids Club Earth Day Poetry Contest Winners' Reading and Reception - May 19, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14080 Winners of the Coati Kids' Club-sponsored Earth Day Poetry Contest are invited to read their poems to invited family and friends (and interested guests). Winners from grades K-3 read at 2 p.m. and winners of grades 4-6 read at 3 p.m. Each reading is followed by a reception with light refreshments. Sun, 19 May 2019 14:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14080 Packrat Program: Story Time - May 24, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14157 Story Time features interactive learning, hands-on fun, and exclusive playtime. Kids learn about desert plants and animals, meet a live animal up close, and go home with a fun prize! By balancing new information with familiar routines, it’s a perfect option for active preschoolers. If space is available, you may also pay for a program day-of at the Front Ticket Window Fri, 24 May 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14157 Astronomy Night (Cool Summer Nights) - May 25, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14142 Astronomy night is going to be a BLAST this year! 🌟 Enjoy interactive & educational solar system activities with National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) Kitt Peak. 🔭 View the wonders of the night skies. 🌕 Enjoy engaging astrophysical orations of Dr. Kevin Hainline (8:00 p.m., Warden Oasis Theater). 🦇 The desert comes alive at night as nocturnal animals awake. Bats perform aerial acrobatics in pursuit of dinner, beavers splash around in their pond, and scorpions glow green under black light. Bring your flashlight and explore, experience a live animal encounter, or participate in special nightly activities. 🐍 Want to know what creatures party in the nighttime? Here’s your chance to find out! Experience live animal interpretations on grounds, spend time with our animated animals, scamper in Packrat Playhouse, and feel the touch of a stingray. Sat, 25 May 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14142 Packrat Program: Science Saturday - Jun 01, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14164 The first Saturday of every month features Science Saturday in the Packrat Playhouse! Through interactive learning, experiments, and hands-on activities kids will learn all about diverse desert plants, animated animals, and our extreme environment. Each Saturday in the series features a different topic so returning participants are always entertained. Kids will also meet a live animal up-close and go home with a fun prize. If space is available, you may also pay for a program on the day-of at the Front Ticket Window. Sat, 01 Jun 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14164 Dino Night (Cool Summer Nights) - Jun 01, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14143 🦕 Did you know that the Sonorasaurus is officially Arizona's state dinosaur? Thanks to an 11-year-old boy's persuasive argument (Jax Weldon), the Sonorasaurus joined other official Arizona state symbols last year. Based on the fossils, it is estimated that the dino was about 50 feet long and weighed 4,000 pounds. While the fossils aren't on display to the public, you can see replicas at our Ancient Arizona exhibit. Just another great reason to come visit! 🦇 The desert comes alive at night as nocturnal animals awake. Bats perform aerial acrobatics in pursuit of dinner, beavers splash around in their pond, and scorpions glow green under black light. Bring your flashlight and explore, experience a live animal encounter, or participate in special nightly activities. 🐍 Want to know what creatures party in the nighttime? Here’s your chance to find out! Experience live animal interpretations on grounds, spend time with our engaging animals, scamper in Packrat Playhouse, and feel the touch of a stingray. Sat, 01 Jun 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14143 World Oceans Night (Cool Summer Nights) - Jun 08, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14144 Water is one of the most precious resources in the Sonoran Desert, which includes the Gulf of California - also known as the Sea of Cortez. Enjoy FREE sustainable seafood tastings from Fini's Landing, Hotel Congress, Cup Cafe, and Craft Culinary Concepts. You can also enjoy various other presentations and hang out with the stingrays at Stingray Touch! Please wear blue in honor of World Oceans Day! Sat, 08 Jun 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14144 Packrat Program: Animal Yoga - Jun 14, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14161 Kids that love animals and exercise will have a blast at Animal Yoga! In this movement- focused class we’ll learn about animals as we mimic their yoga poses. We’ll also meet a live animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14161 Pollinator Party (Cool Summer Nights) - Jun 15, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14145 🦇 Help us celebrate National Pollinator Week by honoring the precious pollinators that help our desert ecosystem thrive! The week (June 17-23) celebrates bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles, and more. Docents will help you see and hear night-blooming plants and night pollinators (such as bats and moths) that do their important work in the dark of night. Look for docent stations around grounds. 🐝 Have you heard the buzz? The Desert Museum is hosting their first ever Cool Summer Nights spelling bee! We are looking for 10 children (8-10 years old) to participate in this unBEElievable contest. To sign up, please email Kat Rumbley, Marketing & Group Sales Manager, at krumbley@desertmuseum.org. (7:15 p.m., Warden Oasis Theater). Sat, 15 Jun 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14145 Saguaro Fruit Harvest - Jun 21, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14034 High summer is the beginning of the O’odham calendar, as this is the time to harvest saguaro fruit. Spend the morning gathering and preparing fruit in the O’odham manner, using a harvesting pole made from the ribs of the giant cactus, then learn how the fruit was traditionally cooked into a sweet syrup. The class will discuss other desert plants that were important food sources for native peoples and about the animals that use the saguaro for food and shelter. Includes native foods lunch. Fri, 21 Jun 2019 07:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14034 Saguaro Fruit Harvest - Jun 22, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14035 High summer is the beginning of the O’odham calendar, as this is the time to harvest saguaro fruit. Spend the morning gathering and preparing fruit in the O’odham manner, using a harvesting pole made from the ribs of the giant cactus, then learn how the fruit was traditionally cooked into a sweet syrup. The class will discuss other desert plants that were important food sources for native peoples and about the animals that use the saguaro for food and shelter. Includes native foods lunch. Sat, 22 Jun 2019 07:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14035 Rise and Shine- It's Packrat Playtime! - Jun 22, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14169 Get to the playhouse early to enjoy open play. We put out tons of extra toys and art materials. Educators roam the exhibit to help initiate games. Kids’ imaginations will run wild as their social skills improve. Make new friends while you beat the heat. Great option for clubs, camps, and caregiver groups! Sat, 22 Jun 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14169 Astronomy Night (Cool Summer Nights) - Jun 22, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14146 Astronomy night is going to be a BLAST this year! 🌟 Enjoy interactive & educational solar system activities with National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) Kitt Peak. 🔭 View the wonders of the night skies. 🌕 Enjoy engaging astrophysical orations of Dr. Kevin Hainline (8:00 p.m., Warden Oasis Theater). 🦇 The desert comes alive at night as nocturnal animals awake. Bats perform aerial acrobatics in pursuit of dinner, beavers splash around in their pond, and scorpions glow green under black light. Bring your flashlight and explore, experience a live animal encounter, or participate in special nightly activities. 🐍 Want to know what creatures party in the nighttime? Here’s your chance to find out! Experience live animal interpretations on grounds, spend time with our animated animals, scamper in Packrat Playhouse, and feel the touch of a stingray. Sat, 22 Jun 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14146 Packrat Program: Story Time - Jun 28, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14158 Story Time features interactive learning, hands-on fun, and exclusive playtime. Kids learn about desert plants and animals, meet a live animal up close, and go home with a fun prize! By balancing new information with familiar routines, it’s a perfect option for active preschoolers. If space is available, you may also pay for a program day-of at the Front Ticket Window Fri, 28 Jun 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14158 Creatures of the Night (Cool Summer Nights) - Jun 29, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14147 🦇 The desert comes alive at night as nocturnal animals awake. Bats perform aerial acrobatics in pursuit of dinner, beavers splash around in their pond, and scorpions glow green under black light. Bring your flashlight and explore, experience a live animal encounter, or participate in special nightly activities. 🐍 Want to know what creatures party in the nighttime? Here’s your chance to find out! Experience live animal interpretations on grounds, spend time with our engaging animals, enjoy the Feathers art exhibition, scamper in Packrat Playhouse, feel the touch of a stingray, and enjoy our popular Desert Survivors show (6:30 & 8:00 p.m. in the Warden Oasis Theater). Sat, 29 Jun 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14147 Packrat Program: Science Saturday - Jul 06, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14165 The first Saturday of every month features Science Saturday in the Packrat Playhouse! Through interactive learning, experiments, and hands-on activities kids will learn all about diverse desert plants, animated animals, and our extreme environment. Each Saturday in the series features a different topic so returning participants are always entertained. Kids will also meet a live animal up-close and go home with a fun prize. If space is available, you may also pay for a program on the day-of at the Front Ticket Window. Sat, 06 Jul 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14165 Creatures of the Night (Cool Summer Nights) - Jul 06, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14148 🦇 The desert comes alive at night as nocturnal animals awake. Bats perform aerial acrobatics in pursuit of dinner, beavers splash around in their pond, and scorpions glow green under black light. Bring your flashlight and explore, experience a live animal encounter, or participate in special nightly activities. 🐍 Want to know what creatures party in the nighttime? Here’s your chance to find out! Experience live animal interpretations on grounds, spend time with our engaging animals, enjoy the Feathers art exhibition, scamper in Packrat Playhouse, feel the touch of a stingray, and enjoy our popular Desert Survivors show (6:30 & 8:00 p.m. in the Warden Oasis Theater). Sat, 06 Jul 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14148 Biodiversity and Animal Behavior of the Chiricahua Mtns.: Summer Field Camp - Jul 07, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14036 The Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona include 5 recognized ecological life zones and contain some of the richest reservoirs of plant and animal life on earth. This workshop provides an introduction to the fauna and flora of the Chiricahuas, and includes several studies of the animals (insects, reptiles, and birds) that are adapted to the high desert and mountains. Sun, 07 Jul 2019 11:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14036 Packrat Program: Animal Yoga - Jul 12, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14162 Kids that love animals and exercise will have a blast at Animal Yoga! In this movement- focused class we’ll learn about animals as we mimic their yoga poses. We’ll also meet a live animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 12 Jul 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14162 Creatures of the Night (Cool Summer Nights) - Jul 13, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14149 🦇 The desert comes alive at night as nocturnal animals awake. Bats perform aerial acrobatics in pursuit of dinner, beavers splash around in their pond, and scorpions glow green under black light. Bring your flashlight and explore, experience a live animal encounter, or participate in special nightly activities. 🐍 Want to know what creatures party in the nighttime? Here’s your chance to find out! Experience live animal interpretations on grounds, spend time with our engaging animals, enjoy the Feathers art exhibition, scamper in Packrat Playhouse, feel the touch of a stingray, and enjoy our popular Desert Survivors show (6:30 & 8:00 p.m. in the Warden Oasis Theater). Sat, 13 Jul 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14149 Rise and Shine- It's Packrat Playtime! - Jul 20, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14170 Get to the playhouse early to enjoy open play. We put out tons of extra toys and art materials. Educators roam the exhibit to help initiate games. Kids’ imaginations will run wild as their social skills improve. Make new friends while you beat the heat. Great option for clubs, camps, and caregiver groups! Sat, 20 Jul 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14170 Explore Outdoors (Cool Summer Nights) - Jul 20, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14150 Summer nights are always a great time to discover desert wonders. View a lightning show (safely in the theater!), listen to toads, insects and bats, watch moths at night-blooming flowers, and visit with the Museum’s non-human residents as they come out to enjoy the cooler night. Sat, 20 Jul 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14150 Packrat Program: Story Time - Jul 26, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14159 Story Time features interactive learning, hands-on fun, and exclusive playtime. Kids learn about desert plants and animals, meet a live animal up close, and go home with a fun prize! By balancing new information with familiar routines, it’s a perfect option for active preschoolers. If space is available, you may also pay for a program day-of at the Front Ticket Window Fri, 26 Jul 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14159 Coati Kids Club Members' Meeting - Jul 27, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14075 Coati Kids Club member families will meet for a member's-only event: Sonoran Salves: Saturday, July 27, 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds. Native peoples of the Sonoran Desert have used desert plants as their pharmacy for generations. Creosote bush is a source of a variety of treatments and is great for skin ailments. Learn how to make soothing salves and lotions with this plant, then stay and enjoy the events planned throughout this Cool Summer Night. Sat, 27 Jul 2019 16:30:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14075 Insect Insanity - Jul 27, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14151 Let’s celebrate incredible insects and amazing arthropods! The Sonoran Desert is a hot spot of insect diversity and this is your chance to meet them. Tonight, get a bugs-eye view of many of the million species of arthropods that make the Sonoran Desert their home. Sat, 27 Jul 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14151 Packrat Program: Science Saturday - Aug 03, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14166 The first Saturday of every month features Science Saturday in the Packrat Playhouse! Through interactive learning, experiments, and hands-on activities kids will learn all about diverse desert plants, animated animals, and our extreme environment. Each Saturday in the series features a different topic so returning participants are always entertained. Kids will also meet a live animal up-close and go home with a fun prize. If space is available, you may also pay for a program on the day-of at the Front Ticket Window. Sat, 03 Aug 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14166 Harry Otter Night - Aug 03, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14152 Join us for a magical night of nightime creatures and spells of a different sort! Sat, 03 Aug 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14152 Packrat Program: Animal Yoga - Aug 09, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14163 Kids that love animals and exercise will have a blast at Animal Yoga! In this movement- focused class we’ll learn about animals as we mimic their yoga poses. We’ll also meet a live animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Fri, 09 Aug 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14163 Creatures of the Night (Cool Summer Nights) - Aug 10, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14153 🦇 The desert comes alive at night as nocturnal animals awake. Bats perform aerial acrobatics in pursuit of dinner, beavers splash around in their pond, and scorpions glow green under black light. Bring your flashlight and explore, experience a live animal encounter, or participate in special nightly activities. 🐍 Want to know what creatures party in the nighttime? Here’s your chance to find out! Experience live animal interpretations on grounds, spend time with our engaging animals, enjoy the Feathers art exhibition, scamper in Packrat Playhouse, and feel the touch of a stingray. Sat, 10 Aug 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14153 Prickly Pear Harvest - Aug 17, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14037 August is the season that the beautiful red fruit of the prickly pear cactus ripens. Join us in harvesting this fruit, seeing demonstrations of how to render juice from it, and in preparing nopalitos, the tender prickly pear pads which have been a Mexican staple for over a millennia. We will learn about the cochineal insect, which bestowed the deep red color unto the Spanish kings' robes, as well as other natural history bits surrounding the nopal. Includes native foods lunch. Sat, 17 Aug 2019 08:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14037 Rise and Shine- It's Packrat Playtime! - Aug 17, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14171 Get to the playhouse early to enjoy open play. We put out tons of extra toys and art materials. Educators roam the exhibit to help initiate games. Kids’ imaginations will run wild as their social skills improve. Make new friends while you beat the heat. Great option for clubs, camps, and caregiver groups! Sat, 17 Aug 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14171 Teacher Appreciation Night - Aug 17, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14154 We know that teachers go above and beyond every day to ensure the best future for our children and our environment. We are fortunate to have dedicated teachers, like you, in our community. Please join us at Teacher Appreciation Night, and help us celebrate you! The Desert Museum is a wonderful place to bone up on biology, rock out with geology, and take off with astronomy! Spend time with our animated animals and enjoy conversations with other educators underneath a stunning sunset. Teachers will receive free admission and 10% off in our gift shops with a teacher ID*. Desert Museum staff and other community education programs will showcase 2019-19 offerings. Plus, books and posters from the Desert Museum's backlist will be available free to teachers! No pre-registration is necessary. *If your school does not issue ID badges, please bring a letter on school letterhead from your principal or other administrator stating that you are a teacher. Sat, 17 Aug 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14154 Packrat Program: Story Time - Aug 23, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14160 Story Time features interactive learning, hands-on fun, and exclusive playtime. Kids learn about desert plants and animals, meet a live animal up close, and go home with a fun prize! By balancing new information with familiar routines, it’s a perfect option for active preschoolers. If space is available, you may also pay for a program day-of at the Front Ticket Window Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14160 Creatures of the Night (Cool Summer Nights) - Aug 24, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14155 🦇 The desert comes alive at night as nocturnal animals awake. Bats perform aerial acrobatics in pursuit of dinner, beavers splash around in their pond, and scorpions glow green under black light. Bring your flashlight and explore, experience a live animal encounter, or participate in special nightly activities. 🐍 Want to know what creatures party in the nighttime? Here’s your chance to find out! Experience live animal interpretations on grounds, spend time with our engaging animals, enjoy the Feathers art exhibition, scamper in Packrat Playhouse, feel the touch of a stingray, and enjoy our popular Live and (sort of) on the Loose show (6:30 & 8:00 p.m. in the Warden Oasis Theater). Sat, 24 Aug 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14155 Prickly Pear Harvest - Aug 25, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14038 August is the season that the beautiful red fruit of the prickly pear cactus ripens. Join us in harvesting this fruit, seeing demonstrations of how to render juice from it, and in preparing nopalitos, the tender prickly pear pads which have been a Mexican staple for over a millennia. We will learn about the cochineal insect, which bestowed the deep red color unto the Spanish kings' robes, as well as other natural history bits surrounding the nopal. Includes native foods lunch. Sun, 25 Aug 2019 08:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14038 Bat Night (Cool Summer Nights) - Aug 31, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14156 Come celebrate the only flying mammals- bats! The night will be filled with fun, educational activities, talks, and crafts designed to help you better appreciate these winged wonders. Sat, 31 Aug 2019 17:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14156 Packrat Program: Science Saturday - Sep 07, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14167 The first Saturday of every month features Science Saturday in the Packrat Playhouse! Through interactive learning, experiments, and hands-on activities kids will learn all about diverse desert plants, animated animals, and our extreme environment. Each Saturday in the series features a different topic so returning participants are always entertained. Kids will also meet a live animal up-close and go home with a fun prize. If space is available, you may also pay for a program on the day-of at the Front Ticket Window. Sat, 07 Sep 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14167 Coati Kids Club Members' Meeting - Sep 07, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14076 Coati Kids Club member families meet for a members'-only event: Stories of Symbiosis: Saturday, September 7, 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1-2 and on grounds. When two living things share a special relationship, scientists call this symbiosis. In some symbiotic relationships, both parties benefit. In others, just one benefits with no affect on the other. And in some, one may be harmed by the other. Investigate a few of the intriguing stories of symbiosis from the Sonoran Desert. Sat, 07 Sep 2019 09:30:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14076 Spain: Moors and Christians, Olives and Wines - Sep 09, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14039 The Spanish flavor of the Southwest is in fact an amalgam of Spain’s previous occupants – Arabs, Jews, Visigoths and Romans. Join us in an exploration of the cathedrals, markets, orchards, towns, ancient castles and sunny beaches with an eye for the influencing factors of these peoples. Tour a rural winery during the grape harvest, sample tapas and wines, learn to prepare paella, sit in the same cathedral where Ferdinand and Isabella received Columbus upon his return from the New World, see the Holy Grail. Mon, 09 Sep 2019 08:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14039 Rise and Shine- It's Packrat Playtime! - Sep 21, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14172 Get to the playhouse early to enjoy open play. We put out tons of extra toys and art materials. Educators roam the exhibit to help initiate games. Kids’ imaginations will run wild as their social skills improve. Make new friends while you beat the heat. Great option for clubs, camps, and caregiver groups! Sat, 21 Sep 2019 09:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14172 Granada extension to Spain Trip - Sep 23, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14040 Tour of the Moorish palaces of the Alhambra. Visit Pegalajar: wet cave, waterworks, and olive oil coop. Mon, 23 Sep 2019 08:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14040 Girl Scouts of Southern AZ, Sonoran Naturalists Badge - Oct 19, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14181 ASDM hosts Girl Scouts of Southern AZ for a Badge Day for girls and troop leaders to earn their naturalist badges. Sat, 19 Oct 2019 09:30:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14181 Rio Sonora - Oct 26, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14179 Travel with us to the beautiful Río Sonora Valley. This agrarian region is still very much as it was hundreds of years ago, with farmers and ranchers thriving in the fertile valley. Introduced by both Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries in the 17th and 18th centuries, pomegranate, quince and fig were just some of the many examples of Mediterranean species planted in the orchards. Sat, 26 Oct 2019 00:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14179 Natural History of Sonoran Desert - Oct 26, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14173 This two-day survey course covers desert ecology, climate, mammals, birds, reptiles, botany and geology of the Sonoran Desert. Sat, 26 Oct 2019 08:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14173 Natural History of Sonoran Desert - Oct 27, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14174 This two-day survey course covers desert ecology, climate, mammals, birds, reptiles, botany and geology of the Sonoran Desert. Sun, 27 Oct 2019 08:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14174 Venomous Creatures of the Sonoran Desert - Nov 09, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14180 Learn about the few Sonoran Desert creatures that are venomous enough to be truly dangerous to people. Bust some common myths while learning how to identify medically significant species, avoid their bites and stings, and provide appropriate first aid. Sat, 09 Nov 2019 08:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14180 Hohokam of the Tucson Basin - Nov 16, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14175 Transportation will be provided to visit several prehistoric cultural sites. We will be visiting Los Morteros, Honey Bee Village, Tumamoc Hill, the Valencia Site, and Mission Gardens sites. These sites represent only the last 1500 years of human settlements in the Tucson Basin. Sat, 16 Nov 2019 08:30:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14175 Coati Kids Club Members' Meeting - Nov 16, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14078 Coati Kids Club members meet for a members'-only event: Packrat Playhouse Overnight Adventure: Saturday, November 16, 6:00 p.m. to Sunday, November 17, 9:00 a.m. in the Packrat Playhouse and on grounds. Join us for a sleepover in the Packkrat Playhouse where we will uncover the science of glow—how animals, algae, fungi, and minerals display bioluminescence and fluorescence —as well as how animals detect heat to find prey in the dark. We’ll also enjoy the starry skies and wildlife of the desert at night. $5 per person additional fee required. Sat, 16 Nov 2019 18:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14078 Coati Kids Club Members' Meeting - Nov 17, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14079 Coati Kids Club members meet for a members'-only event: Packrat Playhouse Overnight Adventure: Saturday, November 16, 6:00 p.m. to Sunday, November 17, 9:00 a.m. in the Packrat Playhouse and on grounds. Join us for a sleepover in the Packkrat Playhouse where we will uncover the science of glow—how animals, algae, fungi, and minerals display bioluminescence and fluorescence —as well as how animals detect heat to find prey in the dark. We’ll also enjoy the starry skies and wildlife of the desert at night. $5 per person additional fee required. Sun, 17 Nov 2019 18:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14079 Copper Canyon Trip - Dec 07, 2019 http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14177 Take an enchanted journey to the jewel of the Sierra Madre: Mexico’s Copper Canyon. Enjoy rolling lectures on the historical, cultural, & biotic communities we visit with experienced guides Jesús García and Doug McLaurin. We’ll ride the “El Chepe” Train from sea level to 8000 ft. in an awe-inspiring ride to the Barranca del Cobre. Encounter the mysterious Tarahumara Indians, widely regarded as the most culturally intact native peoples in North America. And, we’ll be there during the Virgin of Guadalupe Feast day to partake in the celebrations. At the close of the day you’ll gaze upon stunning vistas of the canyon below from your rim-side hotel balcony. Sat, 07 Dec 2019 08:00:00 MST http://www.desertmuseum.org/calendar/view_event.php?type=p&event_id=14177