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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.)
Bat’s Incredible! Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.
It’s springtime, and the summer sky will soon be aflutter with bats arriving from their winter hang outs. 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, April 25, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.
Celebrate all things cactus (we will even taste cactus fruit jam!) as we discover the cacti that call the Sonoran Desert home. We’ll meet an expert from our Botany Department who will share some of the amazing varieties in our cactus garden. We’ll also create our own cactus song and make musical instruments out of recycled materials to “jam” to our tune!
Sonoran Seas: Saturday, June 6, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.
The ocean may seem far away, but the Sonoran Desert wouldn’t be the same without it. Explore the rich animal life of the Gulf of California and how its waters impact the surrounding desert. Meet and feed our stingrays, then stay for more ocean connections as we honor the ocean at our annual World Oceans Night.
Santa Rita Overnight Adventure: Saturday, September 12, 3:00 p.m. to Sunday, September 13, 10:00 a.m. at Florida Canyon Station.
Florida Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains, with its stream, riparian trees, and mountain slopes, is a hidden treasure of plant and animal life. And the summer monsoon brings out their best! We will stay in the cabins/bunkhouse of the historic Santa Rita Experimental Range and look for a diversity of creatures by day and evening, plus enjoy campfire songs, yummy food, and more. $70/person. Space is limited. We will ask for payment one month ahead to secure reservations. Individual transportation required.
Let’s Hear it for Hooves!: Saturday, October 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.
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, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.
Raptor Free Flight season has started again and has us thinking about flight. And not just birds! Fly on in to compare how and why the different winged wonders of our desert fly.

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.
  • Plus, Coati Kids get discounts to our Summer Museum Explorers kids’ camps. This year’s camps will be from June 1-5 and June 8-12.
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