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Saturday, April 10, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Harvesting and preparing cholla buds is a centuries-old springtime ritual in the Sonoran Desert. In this class you will learn which plants to harvest from and how to pick, de-spine, cook, and pickle them into delicious dishes! Take your harvest home—along with new natural and cultural history knowledge! $40 members/$44 non-members. Limited to 18 people, separated into two groups.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Grab a bevy and tune in to laugh and learn at a virtual and educational happy hour. Join the Desert Museum's Education Manager, Catherine Bartlett, as she interviews scientists from around the world- and not necessarily about their area of expertise! Be silly. Be surprised. BYOB. This week we’ll meet Ken-ichi Ueda, who co-founded and currently co-directs iNaturalist, a website for nature nerds.

Thursday, April 15, 2021
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Ever hear an animal fact and think, "that must be a joke?" Can an owl really turn their head a full circle? Can a porcupine really shoot their quills? These two facts might be April fools, but come to this program featuring several cute animals and learn all kinds of crazy animal facts that are NO joke! $25 members, $35 non-members. Includes Museum admission.

Saturday, April 17, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Harvesting and preparing cholla buds is a centuries-old springtime ritual in the Sonoran Desert. In this class you will learn which plants to harvest from and how to pick, de-spine, cook, and pickle them into delicious dishes! Take your harvest home—along with new natural and cultural history knowledge! $40 members/$44 non-members. Limited to 18 people, separated into two groups.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Join our herpetology staff for a morning hike at the Museum to look for lizards, snakes, arthropods and other Sonoran Desert treasures! We will learn about interrelationships, microhabitats, behaviors, animal signs, thermoregulation, and other amazing survival strategies of our local desert denizens. $30 Members; $33 Non-members. Each session is limited to 13 participants.

Thursday, April 22, 2021
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Santa Cruz Stories: Part 1 (Online Introduction.) When the Desert People first settled Tucson over 4,000 years ago, they named it for the place where water flowed at the foot of a mountain. Later settlers called that water the Santa Cruz River. We’ll learn about and celebrate this river and its importance to people and other animals.

Saturday, April 24, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Join our herpetology staff for a morning hike at the Museum to look for lizards, snakes, arthropods and other Sonoran Desert treasures! We will learn about interrelationships, microhabitats, behaviors, animal signs, thermoregulation, and other amazing survival strategies of our local desert denizens. $30 Members; $33 Non-members. Each session is limited to 13 participants.

Saturday, April 24, 2021
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Santa Cruz Stories: Part 2 (In-person at the Mission Gardens.) When the Desert People first settled Tucson over 4,000 years ago, they named it for the place where water flowed at the foot of a mountain here. Later settlers called that water the Santa Cruz River. We’ll learn about and celebrate this river and its importance to people and other animals.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Join our herpetology staff for a morning hike at the Museum to look for lizards, snakes, arthropods and other Sonoran Desert treasures! We will learn about interrelationships, microhabitats, behaviors, animal signs, thermoregulation, and other amazing survival strategies of our local desert denizens. $30 Members; $33 Non-members. Each session is limited to 13 participants.

Saturday, May 1, 2021
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Gather your friends, family, and fellow nature nerds for a day of searching, scouting, and documenting the wild species at the Desert Museum! This one-day BioBlitz is part of the 2021 Greater Tucson Area City Nature Challenge. What surprise animals or plants can you find?

Saturday, May 1, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Join our herpetology staff for a morning hike at the Museum to look for lizards, snakes, arthropods and other Sonoran Desert treasures! We will learn about interrelationships, microhabitats, behaviors, animal signs, thermoregulation, and other amazing survival strategies of our local desert denizens. $30 Members; $33 Non-members. Each session is limited to 13 participants.

June 14 - 18, 2021
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Join us for a week of virtual desert fun with Desert museum staff, animals, and fellow campers! You’ll meet live animals, make and share desert arts and crafts, explore science in your daily lives, and make new discoveries. Live online camp sessions will run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, with suggested activities to do at home on Tuesday and Thursday. Ages 5-10.

Saturday, August 14, 2021
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Poisonous or Venomous? Part 1 (Online introduction.) These words are often used interchangeably, but they mean two different things. From poisonous plants and animals to venomous creatures, we will discover the differences and why they produce poison or inject venom.

Saturday, August 21, 2021
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Poisonous or Venomous? Part 2 (In-person at the Museum.) For our in-person meeting, we will explore the museum in the cool of a summer evening to look for some of our most famous venomous and poisonous residents.

Saturday, October 23, 2021
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Ancient Arizona—Clues from the Past: Part 1 (Online introduction.) Arizona and the Sonoran Desert looked very different in the past. Paleontologists have uncovered clues that show us! We will stomp in what once was a swamp, puzzle over some seemingly normal rocks, stalk ice age mammals, and more as we sleuth out the clues that paleontologists use!

Saturday, October 30, 2021
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Ancient Arizona—Clues from the Past: Part 2 (In-person at the Museum.) Arizona and the Sonoran Desert looked very different in the past. Paleontologists have uncovered clues that show us. We will stomp in what once was a swamp, puzzle over some seemingly normal rocks, stalk ice age mammals, and more as we sleuth out the clues that paleontologists use!