Come see us! Non-members must reserve tickets in advance. Masks are required in all indoor areas and any time social distancing cannot be maintained. For your safety, our experience has been modified. Learn more.

Self-Guided Visits with Animal Experience At the Museum

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We are currently only accepting small group sizes for Self Guided Visits Only and College Groups. If your group is larger, or you require a visit with Animal Experiences or an Outreach Program, and you would like to submit a reservation request for after January 1, 2021, then please fill out the appropriate form.

We will not be able to confirm reservations until January 2021, at the earliest. Please note that some experiences such as theater programs and stingray touch may still not be available.

In addition, we also have live virtual opportunities for schools and youth groups! Learn more about Discovering the Desert Online and Desert MuZooms!

Experience Fee: $3 per person plus admission fee for people 3 years & over: $6.00, under 3: FREE

For the Preschool/Kindergarten Classroom Program 'A Walk in the Desert', the fee is $100/program. Maximum number of students per program is 30. Limit 4 programs/day

Stingray Touch Experience

Our engaging Stingray Exhibit is now open. The Gulf of California is an essential part of the Sonoran Desert. Discover our connections to the ocean with this captivating immersion experience (arms only Smile!). After a short introduction, your students will be able to experience the thrill of watching and being touched by a stingray!

Offered: 7 days a week; any time during exhibit opening hours.
Length: May be limited during busy seasons; groups may need to wait in line to enter.

Theater Program Experience
Program Objectives and Academic Standards

Want a more focused, standards-based experience for your students but are short on time? The Desert Survivors Theater program is a great choice. This multi-media program combines live animals, pictures, and video to help your students discover the adaptations that plants and animals use to survive and thrive in our desert climate. The program accommodates a large group in just forty minutes, so participants will have plenty of time to explore the museum grounds. Download the "I Spy Adaptations" Field Guide (and Answer Key) and use it during your exploration of the Museum's exhibits.

Offered: Mon, Tues, Thurs and Friday. at 11:00 a.m.
Length: 30-40 minutes

Pre-K & Kinder Program

We also offer our ever popular Pre-K & Kinder program, which is 25-40 minutes in length.

Reservation Information & Form
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