Members' Calendar of Events

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

April 2018
22 Coati Kids Club Event

Earth Day Celebration: Sunday, April 22, 10 a.m. to noon in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.* Happy Earth Day! Discover ways that you can take care of our one and only Earth, starting with how to be smart Sonoran Desert dwellers. With the opening of our new Packrat Playhouse, we will offer an hour of special Earth Day programming and exclusive free play in this space before it opens to the general public at 10 a.m. Coati Kids Club members can register for the discounted member rate. Then join us for more Earth Day fun. Stay tuned for details!

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29 25th Annual Desert Museum Gala

Mark your calendar for a memorable evening of fine dining, amazing auctions, animal ambassadors, live music, and all things uniquely Desert Museum. This year, In honor of Tucson’s designation as the first American City of Gastronomy, among our beautiful blossoming succulents, ancestral crops dating back 4,000 years will be featured — as well as interpreted with a delicious contemporary twist on the menu!
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19 Party for the Planet

What better way to celebrate and appreciate the Sonoran Desert than to toast to it? Stand among the saguaros at the Desert Museum and sip on the best local and regional spirits in the Southwest at this year's Party for the Planet!

Join us for an evening of tasting craft beer, wine, and specialty liquors from your favorite local and regional producers. Participating beverage partners include:

Borderlands Brewing Company
Crooked Tooth Brewing Company
Grand Canyon Brewing Company + Distillery
Thunder Canyon Brewstillery

Stroll the grounds, visit with our animated animals, and discover (or re-discover) the Museum and why its mission to protect and inspire love for the Sonoran desert matters. Capture your clever side in a photobooth with pun-tastic animal props, or sit back and relax in the “Sunset Lounge” with vinyl tunes by Wooden Tooth Records. Stingray Touch, conservation-themed Giant Jenga, and more will keep you entertained throughout the night, and you might even leave with a little more knowledge about our unique corner of the world.

Event ticket includes 15 beer and wine tastings with a 4 oz. commemorative sampling glass.

Age 21+ event, ID required. No exceptions. Valid ID must be presented on entry to the event.
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20 Earth Day Poetry Contest Reading and Reception

Winners of the Museum's 19th annual Earth Day Poetry Contest read their winning poems for family and friends, followed by refreshments.
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16 Saguaro Fruit Harvest

Participate in harvesting Saguaro fruit using traditional methods, learning how to process the fruit to create syrup. Return to classroom for native foods lunch.
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21 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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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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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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