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Discover the joy of the desert and the joy of learning alongside our expert Desert Museum educators and scientists. Each week is different- check back often for upcoming programs and make sure to register! Virtual programs are limited to 500 attendees. For safety and security purposes, please note that after signing up, you will be receiving an additional link to register for the webinar.

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Drawing Desert Life: Quail!

Tuesday, April 13, 12:00 pm MSTThe current time in the MST timezone is 11:48 am
Duration: 30 minutes

Get your crayons, pencils, and paper ready! In this interactive class Jesús García will teach you how to draw desert life. More than just drawing and illustrating though, you will observe details of life all around you. Have fun doing art as you learn about a desert super star: quail!

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Turtles! From the Desert to the Sea

Tuesday, April 20, 12:00 pm MSTThe current time in the MST timezone is 11:48 am
Duration: 30 minutes

The Desert Museum welcomes very special guests from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher to explore surprising similarities between desert tortoises and sea turtles! Even though their habitats are different you can learn Earth Day actions to protect them both!

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Prickly Partners

Tuesday, April 27, 12:00 pm MSTThe current time in the MST timezone is 11:48 am
Duration: 30 minutes

Teamwork makes the dream work, especially if that dream is staying alive! Come along with us, if you dare, to meet some spine-chilling plants and animals who work together to survive in the wilds of the Sonoran Desert. Take a walk on the dark side, and discover there is a bright side to every creepy critter!

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Cartoon javelina family reading a book together

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Our commitment to education and to our community is unwavering. We invite you and your families to stay connected with us from anywhere in the world! With your help, the Desert Museum will continue to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world. Please consider making a donation of any size to help sustain our educational efforts during this unprecedented time.
With deep gratitude,
Catherine Bartlett, Education Program Manager

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Teachers, homeschoolers, and other youth leaders that want an exclusive program please check out our Virtual Programs for Youth and School Groups.

Want something else? Please reach out to work together!
Email education@desertmuseum.org

Want more activities?

The Urban Buzz, Pollination in the City
A Zine by Jazmyn Winzer, Doris Duke Summer Intern
Information about pollinators for kids and parents, including activities to do at home or in the park and scientist interviews.

The Amazing Sonoran Desert: print out and color a mini graphic novel about the diversity of life in the Sonoran Desert.

See examples of past programs

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Desert Scene Coloring Page (PDF)

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