Community Outreach - Live Animal Presentations

40-50 minute program. Live animals help to illustrate a variety of natural history concepts and topics. Some programs involve hands-on activities with artifacts and/or the opportunity to touch animals.

All programs feature live desert animals

Meet the Neighbors
As a Sonoran Desert dweller, you have the privilege of living in close proximity to many plants and animals that may be unfamiliar or even scary to you. This presentation will teach you about the living habits and ecological roles of your non-human animal neighbors . We'll dispel some myths and offer practical guidance for how to accentuate the positive and minimize the negative encounters with urban wildlife.
Creatures of the Night
The desert is the place to be for lively night-life! From bats to kangaroo rats, meet the creatures that wake up once the sun has set. Find out about adaptations these creatures have for nocturnal living.
Desert Reptiles
From lizards to tortoises and snakes, meet the awesome reptiles of the Sonoran Desert. Compare their diverse strategies for movement, defense, and feeding. Discover their unique adaptations to desert life.
Flying Friends
Compare the feet, wings and beaks of different birds to discover their role in desert food chains. Compare and contrast bats and birds and find out what makes them incredibly well adapted to life in the Sonoran Desert.
Plant and Animal Partners
Investigate pollination and seed dispersal to discover how plants and animals depend upon each other. Learn about the special adaptations of hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators that help them gather nectar from specific flowers. Students will meet live animals that help plants or are helped by plants.


Please provide a 6 foot table for animal handler.


$550For 40-50 minute presentation

Travel Fees for roundtrip distances 50 miles and over:

50-100 miles $260
100-150 miles $360

Outreach Programming is limited to Pima, Santa Cruz, Pinal, Cochise and Graham Counties. Overnight accommodation charges may be required, depending on travel time and the duration of programming.

Reservations require a 30-day minimum advance notice. Availability hours are 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

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