Special Events for 2022

Mark your calendars now for these fun events! And as always, we'll send you an invitation and program links before each one.

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Mountains, Mines, and Minerals Hike: Bonus Event!
Saturday, January 22, 9:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Meet at the Education Annex.
What better season for a hike in the desert? This bonus event is all in-person! We’ll venture up King Canyon to explore the human and natural history of the Tucson Mountains. (Total hike time, with snack breaks: 3 hours. Distance: 3.5 miles — optional return trail reduces the hike to 2 miles if desired.) Afterwards, visit our grounds for the Mineral Madness sale and family fun fair, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m., January 22 and 23rd.
Island Hopping
Part 1 online introduction, Saturday, February 26, 10:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
Part 2 in-person at the Museum: Saturday March 5, 9:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
Meet at the Education Annex
From the “sky island” mountains that soar above a sea of desert to the actual desert islands of the Gulf of California, the Sonoran Desert region is full of diverse “islands” that are homes for lots of life. Take a cruise around this special place and experience the great diversity of these varied ecosystems!
Desert Harvesters
Part 1 online introduction, Saturday, April 30, 10:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
Part 2 in-person at the Museum: Saturday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
Meet at the Education Annex
Our desert neighborhood is full of delicious and nutritious wild foods if you know what to look for throughout the seasons. We’ll discover how native people thrived here long before there were supermarkets, pharmacies, and hardware stores. At the museum, we will try our hands (and taste buds!) at harvesting and sampling some of the desert’s edible bounty, as well as experimenting with pigments and fibers.
Birding Sweetwater Wetlands
Part 1 online introduction: Saturday, September 24, 10:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
Part 2 in-person at Sweetwater Wetlands (2511 W Sweetwater Dr.): Saturday, October 1, 8:30–10:30* a.m. (*note earlier start time — early birds see more birds!)
Fall is migration season for many birds, and Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands is a popular stopover as they head south. We will focus on our region’s feathered friends — both year-round residents and those just passing through– as well as the basics of birdwatching and how to figure out who is who. Then we’ll flock to Sweetwater Wetlands to practice our new skills!
The Desert Sea
Part 1 online introduction, Saturday, October 29, 10:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
Part 2 in-person at the Museum: Saturday, November 5, 9:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
Meet at the Education Annex
We “visited” the islands of the Sonoran Desert region, but what about the sea? Our desert meets the ocean in many places, including the Gulf of California, one of the richest seas in the world. Discover the incredible variety of life that thrives in our desert’s ocean waters, and go behind the scenes to meet our aquatic Keepers who care for the fish in the Warden Aquarium and the stingrays in our Stingray Touch exhibit.

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