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Special Events for 2020

Mark your calendars now for these fun events! And as always, we'll send you an invitation before each one.

King Canyon Hike: Saturday, January 18, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Meet at Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2.
Join us for a hiking adventure to kick off Mineral Madness Weekend and the New Year! We will walk up King Canyon near the museum, looking for signs of animals and of the people that lived here long ago, and get to know rocks and minerals up close too! Afterwards, enjoy our Mineral Madness fun fair and mineral sale happening on grounds from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tucson Wildlife Center Tour: Saturday, February 29, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, 13275 E Speedway Blvd.
Who takes care of injured, sick, or orphaned wild animals? Wildlife rehabilitators do. Tucson Wildlife Center rescues large birds and mammals, helps them heal, and releases them back to the wild whenever possible. Learn about their important work in this special tour. Bring a sack lunch and take a hike together in Saguaro National Park East afterwards (optional.)
Sonoran Seas
Planned in association with World Oceans Day on June 6, was unable to occur due to Museum closure due to COVID-19. However, the Desert Museum’s staff and Junior Docents did an online Earth Day program all about how to live lightly on the Earth, including ideas for how to care for the world’s oceans. Check out their program.
Bat’s Incredible! Saturday, August 8, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., online through Zoom
Our summer evening sky is aflutter with bats. Fantastic flyers? Super senses? Important jobs in our environment? Bat’s right! Join us as we go batty for these fascinating flying mammals.
Cactus Jam: Saturday, August 29, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., online through Zoom
Celebrate all things cactus as we discover the diversity of cacti that call the Sonoran Desert home. We’ll uncover the amazing adaptations that these plants have to thrive in the arid desert, explore some of the varieties in our cactus garden, and create our own cactus song and “jam” to our tune! Speaking of “jam,” we will also share recipes and techniques for making prickly pear juice and jelly.
Riparian Revelations: Saturday, September 19, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., online through Zoom
Riparian is just a fancy word for the ecosystems found alongside streams and rivers. Our region’s riparian areas are vital corridors of life in our dry land. We’ll explore these important life-lines and meet some of their residents in this cool, green program!
Let’s Hear it for Hooves!: Saturday, October 10, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., online through Zoom
Hooves. How do they work and who has them? Javelinas, bighorn sheep, Sonoran Pronghorn, white-tailed and mule deer too! Hoof it over to this event and get to know who’s who on hooves in the Sonoran Desert region!
Things With Wings: Saturday, November 7, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., online through Zoom
Birds are the inspiration for human flight, but they aren’t the only creatures that fly! We will compare our desert’s different flying creatures and examine just how it is that they get airborne. And we will meet some live flying friends!

More Events of Interest:

  • Save Our Saguaros, January through March. Get involved in activities to protect our desert from buffelgrass, learn about this threat, and what we can do to help. Participate in a buffelgrass pull! Find out more.
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