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Docent interpreting to teen under lights

Children using black lights to search for scorpions in rock wall

Guests under floodlit canopy in the Desert Garden

Docent interpreting to young child

Children using black lights to search for scorpions in rock wall

Docent with raptor on the glove at twilight
Photos above by Rhonda Spencer and Josh Schachter

Cool Summer Nights 2014

Summer Saturday Evenings — May 31 through August 30
Open until 10 p.m.

Special Programming (usually begins at 6:00 p.m.)

A nighttime visit at the Desert Museum is completely different from a daytime visit. You'll experience the Sonoran Desert in an entirely new way! Animals are more active, scorpions glow under black lights and nighttime pollinators abound! Each Summer Saturday Evening is unique with its own theme and a variety of special nighttime activities.

Ongoing Nightly Events on Cool Summer Nights

Look for Museum Docents and Jr. Docents interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, animal eye shine, Sonoran Desert insects, night sounds, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, and/or rattlesnakes.

Check the Plan Your Visit board at the Entrance Patio for times and locations!


Weekly Themes & Activity Schedule

Check back soon to see details of each week's themed activities!

May 31st — Living in Harmony with the Sun


Monterey Bay Aquarium Logo

June 7 — World Ocean Evening

Sponsored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


June 14 — Conservation Chic and Comedy


June 21 — Family Astronomy Night


June 28 — Native Cultures Celebration


July 5 — Desert Electrics


July 12 — Full Moon Celebration


July 19 — Insect Insanity


July 26 — Family Astronomy Night


August 2 — Conservation Night


August 9 — Full Moon Celebration


August 16 — Desert Harmony


August 23 — Science Rocks & Teacher Appreciation Night


August 30 — Go Batty for the Museum's Birthday!