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Members' Calendar of Events

Plan now to attend one or all of the upcoming Members' events!

January 2017
23 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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Artists for Conservation

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Artists for Conservation (AFC) is a global society of more than 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement for conservation, inspiring individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage. This annual exhibit celebrates artistic excellence in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to conservation.
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24 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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Artists for Conservation

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Artists for Conservation (AFC) is a global society of more than 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement for conservation, inspiring individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage. This annual exhibit celebrates artistic excellence in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to conservation.
Read more

25 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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Artists for Conservation

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Artists for Conservation (AFC) is a global society of more than 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement for conservation, inspiring individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage. This annual exhibit celebrates artistic excellence in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to conservation.
Read more

26 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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Artists for Conservation

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Artists for Conservation (AFC) is a global society of more than 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement for conservation, inspiring individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage. This annual exhibit celebrates artistic excellence in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to conservation.
Read more

27 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

Read more

Artists for Conservation

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Artists for Conservation (AFC) is a global society of more than 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement for conservation, inspiring individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage. This annual exhibit celebrates artistic excellence in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to conservation.
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28 Mountains, Mines, and Minerals

Learn to identify malachite, pyrite, garnet and other Arizona minerals, and make a mineral collection from samples that you collect at an old mining site in the Santa Rita Mountains.
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Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

Read more

Artists for Conservation

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Artists for Conservation (AFC) is a global society of more than 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement for conservation, inspiring individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage. This annual exhibit celebrates artistic excellence in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to conservation.
Read more

29 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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Artists for Conservation

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Artists for Conservation (AFC) is a global society of more than 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement for conservation, inspiring individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage. This annual exhibit celebrates artistic excellence in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to conservation.
Read more

30 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

Read more

Artists for Conservation

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Artists for Conservation (AFC) is a global society of more than 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement for conservation, inspiring individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage. This annual exhibit celebrates artistic excellence in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to conservation.
Read more

31 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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Artists for Conservation

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Artists for Conservation (AFC) is a global society of more than 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement for conservation, inspiring individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage. This annual exhibit celebrates artistic excellence in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to conservation.
Read more

February
1 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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Artists for Conservation

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Artists for Conservation (AFC) is a global society of more than 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement for conservation, inspiring individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage. This annual exhibit celebrates artistic excellence in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to conservation.
Read more

2 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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Artists for Conservation

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Artists for Conservation (AFC) is a global society of more than 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement for conservation, inspiring individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage. This annual exhibit celebrates artistic excellence in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to conservation.
Read more

3 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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Artists for Conservation

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Artists for Conservation (AFC) is a global society of more than 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement for conservation, inspiring individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage. This annual exhibit celebrates artistic excellence in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to conservation.
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Sandhill Cranes, Raptors and Waterfowl

Thousands of sandhill cranes migrate from as far away as Alaska to spend the winter in the agricultural fields near Willcox, one of our region's birding hot spots.
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4 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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Artists for Conservation

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Artists for Conservation (AFC) is a global society of more than 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement for conservation, inspiring individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage. This annual exhibit celebrates artistic excellence in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to conservation.
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Coati Kids Club Members Meeting

Awesome Otters:
Few animals look as at home in the water as river otters. We’ll investigate the lifestyle, family relations, and amazing adaptations of these adept swimmers. Plus, we will meet a keeper who works with our otter and see which treats these creatures find otterly irresistible.

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5 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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Artists for Conservation

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Artists for Conservation (AFC) is a global society of more than 500 of the world’s most gifted nature artists. AFC is a driving force in a global artistic movement for conservation, inspiring individuals and organizations to preserve and sustain our natural heritage. This annual exhibit celebrates artistic excellence in the depiction of nature, raises awareness of important conservation issues and directly supports organizations dedicated to conservation.
Read more

6 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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7 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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8 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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9 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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10 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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11 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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12 Visions of Conservation

Exhibit honoring the relationship between Arizona-Desert Museum and the international organization Artists for Conservation.
Artists Featured in the Exhibition: Priscilla Baldwin, Guy Combes, Andrew Denman, Rachel Ivanyi, Martha Thompson, Rick Wheeler

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16 Heirloom Fruit Tree Workshop

Jesús García, founder of the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees Project will teach techniques for propagation, pruning, grafting, and care of fruit trees.
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Coati Pups Preschool Program

Animal Movers and Shakers
Slithering, hopping, flying, and running – animals move in many different ways. Meet some desert animals on the move and see how you compare.

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18 Art Institute Kickoff!

We’re expanding! Come celebrate the launch of our brand new building with a Kickoff ceremony at the Art Institute. Learn about our new facilities, chat with Art Institute staff, and join in our “ground breaking”!

Desert Harmony Opening Reception

Opening reception with the Artists of Desert Harmony, a premier juried pastel exhibition by members from the Tucson Pastel Society and the Arizona Pastel Artists Association.
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March
2 Wildflower Walks

Join us for a morning walk to see colorful desert flora. The walk will be along smooth paths on-grounds.
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4 Wildflower Walks 2

Join us for a morning walk to see colorful desert flora. This walk will be over uneven ground and up a nearby desert wash.
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Coati Kids Club Members Meeting

Rebuilding a Desert:
The Waterman Mountains, part of the Ironwood Forest National Monument northwest of Tucson, are a rare limestone range home to unique species of plants and animals including desert tortoise and bighorn sheep. They are also the site of a rebirth: 18 acres of devastated desert recovering to a healthy state with the help of many people. Get to know this special place and help in its recovery on this service learning day. *Please note that an hour has been added to this event to provide commuting time. We will plan to carpool to and from the museum. Families have the option to drive individually if they prefer.

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Sonoran Desert Herbalism

Gather with us and be introduced to some of the plants used by traditional herbalists in the Sonoran Desert region. Medicinal properties and preparation will be covered
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8 Habitat at Home

Your yard can become lush bird habitat, a much needed resource for our avian friends, while cooling your home and teaching kids about nature. Price includes take home plants.
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18 Slippery and Slithery

What are amphibians? What are Reptiles? Often lumped together, they are separate groups of fascinating animals. Learn about their characteristics, natural history and see them up close.
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23 Coati Pups Preschool Program

Bats, Birds, Bees, and Blossoms
It’s springtime in the desert! Let’s explore the important partnership between flowers and their pollinators. Learn what we can do to protect pollinators.

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April
1 Cholla Bud Harvest

Participate in the centuries-old Sonoran Desert springtime ritual of harvesting and preparing cholla buds. Includes chef demonstrations and a native foods lunch.
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Coati Kids Club Members Meeting

Packrat Collectors, What’s in Your Midden?:
People aren’t the only ones with prized collections. Packrats are famous for gathering “treasures” that they store in their nests. Uncover some of the odd collections of these hoarding rodents as well as the secrets of their nocturnal lives. And if you are a collector too, bring your collection of stuff to show our design team as you help us develop our new “Hidden in the Midden” exhibit.

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7 Birding the Chiracahuas

Southeastern Arizona is a paradise for birders. This trip offers three full days for exploring different elevation habitats to search for the Mexican Chickadee, Elegant Trogon, Montezuma Quail, Red-faced Warbler, and others. Lodging and meals are at the Southwestern Research Center.
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8 Birding the Chiracahuas

Southeastern Arizona is a paradise for birders. This trip offers three full days for exploring different elevation habitats to search for the Mexican Chickadee, Elegant Trogon, Montezuma Quail, Red-faced Warbler, and others. Lodging and meals are at the Southwestern Research Center.
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9 Birding the Chiracahuas

Southeastern Arizona is a paradise for birders. This trip offers three full days for exploring different elevation habitats to search for the Mexican Chickadee, Elegant Trogon, Montezuma Quail, Red-faced Warbler, and others. Lodging and meals are at the Southwestern Research Center.
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23 Desert Gala

The Desert Museum's largest fundraising event begins with a Silent Auction and live music. Later there's a live auction and dinner.

Desert Museum Annual Gala

The Desert Museum's largest fundraising event begins with a Silent Auction and live music. Later there's a live auction and dinner.

May
6 Coati Kids Club Members Meeting

Cool Caverns:
Ready to go spelunking? Our cave exhibit turns 40 years old this May...a mere drop in the bucket compared to the lives of real caves, but we are proud of our convincingly realistic creation. Explore the wonders of caves —how they form, who lives in them, and the history our cave—in our classroom and on a special guided tour.

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11 Coati Pups Preschool Program

Animal Moms
We will soon be celebrating our own moms, but what about other desert animals? Meet some animal moms and learn about how they care for their little ones.

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21 Earth Day Poetry Contest Winners' Reading and Reception

All winners of the 2017 Earth Day Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Desert Museum's Coati Kids Club,are invited to a reading and reception. Winners from grades K-3 read at 2:00 p.m., grades 4-6 at 3:00 p.m., with each followed by light refreshments.

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June
16 Coati Kids Club Members Meeting

Saguaro Harvest Campout: Happy New Year! That’s right. The saguaro harvest marks the beginning of the new year for the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. We’ll harvest fruit and prepare syrup like they have done for generations. We’ll also enjoy the starry skies, wildlife, and stories of a desert campout. Space will be limited, so reserve a spot as soon as you get your invitation. $5 per person additional fee required.

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17 Coati Kids Club Members Meeting

Saguaro Harvest Campout: Happy New Year! That’s right. The saguaro harvest marks the beginning of the new year for the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. We’ll harvest fruit and prepare syrup like they have done for generations. We’ll also enjoy the starry skies, wildlife, and stories of a desert campout. Space will be limited, so reserve a spot as soon as you get your invitation. $5 per person additional fee required.

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September
9 Coati Kids Club Members Meeting

Backyard Biologist:
Even in the middle of the city, there is a lot happening with wildlife. Learn to identify common backyard residents around Tucson and experiment with good ways to observe and study these creatures in your own neighborhood.

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14 Coati Pups Preschool Program

Backyard Buddies
Our homes are part of the desert, even in the city! Discover what desert creatures might call your backyard home and make a treat to share with them.

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23 Plant Sale 2017 - Members Day

Fall is the perfect time for upgrading your home landscape with new or replacement plants. Museum members get "first dibs" on the best selection of plants the day before the public sale. Shop early, get advice from the region's #1 botany experts, and receive a 10% discount on your purchases.
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October
7 Coati Kids Club Members Meeting

Versatile Venom:
What do Gila Monsters, rattlesnakes, scorpions, spiders, centipedes, and stingrays all have in common? They produce and use venom. We’ll discover the many different ways that animals (and people!) employ venom and go behind the scenes with Museum experts to meet some of these venomous creatures up close.

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19 Coati Pups Preschool Program

Black and White
Many desert animals have colors that help them blend in to the tan of the desert. But some are boldly black and/or white. Meet some of these flashy desert denizens and discover the reasons for their distinct colors.

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November
3 Day of the Dead Celebration

A new evening event inspired by the Dia de los Muertos tradition of Mexico and Latin America, which honors and celebrates ancestors and loved ones who have passed. Details forthcoming.

16 Coati Pups Preschool Program

Creature Coverings
Feathers, fur, scales, and more: we’ve got them covered! Find out how animals’ coverings help them survive and thrive in our desert.

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18 Coati Kids Club Members Meeting

Animal Architects:
Animals employ a variety of building and engineering methods to create their dwellings. We’ll examine some of these diverse structures and uncover what these constructions do for their makers.

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December
11 Art and Conservation Symposium

Joel Sartore Wildlife Photography Lecture and Book Signing
Book Signing 1:30-2:00
Lecture 2:00-4:00
http://www.joelsartore.com

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