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Members' Calendar of Events

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

July 2018
12 Packrat Program: A Mess in the Nest

Many desert animals build nests! Sometimes they look like quite a mess. Meet an animal, make a crafty mess of your own, and go home with a prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
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13 Biodiversity and Animal Behavior of the Chiricahua Mountains: a Summer Field Camp

The mountains of southeastern Arizona include 5 recognized ecological life zones and contain some of the richest reservoirs of plant and animal life on earth. Our base is The Southwestern Research Station of the American Museum of Natural History. In addition to our own projects, we will have the opportunity to interact with other scientists, attend their seminars, and even accompany them into the field.
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14 Biodiversity and Animal Behavior of the Chiricahua Mountains: a Summer Field Camp

The mountains of southeastern Arizona include 5 recognized ecological life zones and contain some of the richest reservoirs of plant and animal life on earth. Our base is The Southwestern Research Station of the American Museum of Natural History. In addition to our own projects, we will have the opportunity to interact with other scientists, attend their seminars, and even accompany them into the field.
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Packrat Program: A Mess in the Nest

Many desert animals build nests! Sometimes they look like quite a mess. Meet an animal, make a crafty mess of your own, and go home with a prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
Read more

15 Biodiversity and Animal Behavior of the Chiricahua Mountains: a Summer Field Camp

The mountains of southeastern Arizona include 5 recognized ecological life zones and contain some of the richest reservoirs of plant and animal life on earth. Our base is The Southwestern Research Station of the American Museum of Natural History. In addition to our own projects, we will have the opportunity to interact with other scientists, attend their seminars, and even accompany them into the field.
Read more

16 Biodiversity and Animal Behavior of the Chiricahua Mountains: a Summer Field Camp

The mountains of southeastern Arizona include 5 recognized ecological life zones and contain some of the richest reservoirs of plant and animal life on earth. Our base is The Southwestern Research Station of the American Museum of Natural History. In addition to our own projects, we will have the opportunity to interact with other scientists, attend their seminars, and even accompany them into the field.
Read more

17 Biodiversity and Animal Behavior of the Chiricahua Mountains: a Summer Field Camp

The mountains of southeastern Arizona include 5 recognized ecological life zones and contain some of the richest reservoirs of plant and animal life on earth. Our base is The Southwestern Research Station of the American Museum of Natural History. In addition to our own projects, we will have the opportunity to interact with other scientists, attend their seminars, and even accompany them into the field.
Read more

18 Biodiversity and Animal Behavior of the Chiricahua Mountains: a Summer Field Camp

The mountains of southeastern Arizona include 5 recognized ecological life zones and contain some of the richest reservoirs of plant and animal life on earth. Our base is The Southwestern Research Station of the American Museum of Natural History. In addition to our own projects, we will have the opportunity to interact with other scientists, attend their seminars, and even accompany them into the field.
Read more

19 Biodiversity and Animal Behavior of the Chiricahua Mountains: a Summer Field Camp

The mountains of southeastern Arizona include 5 recognized ecological life zones and contain some of the richest reservoirs of plant and animal life on earth. Our base is The Southwestern Research Station of the American Museum of Natural History. In addition to our own projects, we will have the opportunity to interact with other scientists, attend their seminars, and even accompany them into the field.
Read more

Packrat Program: Interactive Storytime featuring Penny Packrat

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.

21 Packrat Program: Interactive Storytime featuring Penny Packrat

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.
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Coati Kids Club Event

Meet the Beetles! Saturday, July 21, 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds. Beetles are the most common insects on Earth, and we have many kinds here in the Sonoran Desert. We will uncover basic beetle biology, learn to identify common species, and explore fascinating facts about these incredible creatures. Not buggy enough for you? Stay for the Insect Insanity! events planned throughout this Cool Summer Night.

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26 Packrat Program: Animal Yoga

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.

28 Packrat Program: Animal Yoga

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.
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August
2 Packrat Program: Animals and Art

Learn about packrats through arts and crafts! Design your own packrat house and fill it with treasure. 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.
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4 Packrat Program: Animals and Art

Learn about packrats through arts and crafts! Design your own packrat house and fill it with treasure. 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.
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9 Packrat Program: Music and You!

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.

11 Packrat Program: Music and You!

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.

September
8 Coati Kids Club Event

Back to School: Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. to noon in the Education Annex Classrooms 1-2.*
Back-to-school means it’s time to gather knowledge and carry important items in our backpacks. Some desert dwellers also carry or contain the things they need to thrive here. We’ll explore how living things use their adaptations for life in the desert. We’ll also discover how animals learn and highlight some of the Museum’s great learning opportunities.

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29 Plant Sale

🌼 Fall is the perfect time to refresh your landscape with new or replacement plants! This year’s Plant Sale will offer more than 250 different species, including many popular perennials and low shrubs.

🌿The Desert Museum will also highlight five special categories of plants that will help you create a garden that goes beyond beautiful.

🦋🐦🐢The categories include: butterflies, hummingbirds, desert tortoises, desert herbals, and heritage food plants.

🌵 Not only will guests enjoy shopping a variety of unusual and beautiful selections, they will leave with an understanding of why the plants they purchase are significant to pollinators and people.

💮 Proceeds from the Plant Sale support the Museum’s mission to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. Sale items include leafy plants and succulents.

🌱 Prices on larger plants: $9, $13, $19. Succulents are priced as marked, starting as little as $4 each.

☕🥐 Delicious coffee and pastries will be available for purchase.

*Saturday: Members only sale
*Sunday: Public sale


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30 Plant Sale

🌼 Fall is the perfect time to refresh your landscape with new or replacement plants! This year’s Plant Sale will offer more than 250 different species, including many popular perennials and low shrubs.

🌿The Desert Museum will also highlight five special categories of plants that will help you create a garden that goes beyond beautiful.

🦋🐦🐢The categories include: butterflies, hummingbirds, desert tortoises, desert herbals, and heritage food plants.

🌵 Not only will guests enjoy shopping a variety of unusual and beautiful selections, they will leave with an understanding of why the plants they purchase are significant to pollinators and people.

💮 Proceeds from the Plant Sale support the Museum’s mission to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. Sale items include leafy plants and succulents.

🌱 Prices on larger plants: $9, $13, $19. Succulents are priced as marked, starting as little as $4 each.

☕🥐 Delicious coffee and pastries will be available for purchase.

*Saturday: Members only sale
*Sunday: Public sale


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October
20 Coati Kids Club Event

Tools of Defense: Saturday, October 20, 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds. It’s a creature eat creature world. We will discover some of the many strategies animals employ to avoid becoming a meal, as well as those they use to defend territory, nests, and more.

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27 Sonoran Naturalists Badge Day

Girl Scouts and adult leaders visit activity stations around grounds and earn their Sonoran Naturalist badges.
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