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Daily Schedule

Friday, February 28th
9:00 a.m. Stingray Feeding ($)
Stingray Touch
10:00 a.m. Saguaro Stories
Saguaro Ramada
10:00 a.m. Raptor Free Flight
rff demo area
10:30 a.m. Desert Discovery Tour
Orientation Ramada
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12:15 p.m. Sonoran Animal Spotlight
Warden Oasis Theater
12:30 p.m. Stingray Feeding ($)
Stingray Touch
1:00 p.m. Desert Discovery Tour
Orientation Ramada
2:00 p.m. Raptor Free Flight
rff demo area
3:00 p.m. Stingray Feeding ($)
Stingray Touch

Upcoming Events

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Saturday, February 29, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Coati Kids Club member families are invited to a tour of the Tucson Wildlife Center at the end of Speedway! Interested in becoming a member? The Coati Kids Club is a unique family membership with programs for children ages 6-12 and their favorite adults. Join us today!

Friday, March 6, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Snakes are amazing! They slither, climb, and see in the dark. During this STEM-focused program, kids will use special technology to “see like a snake” during a scavenger hunt and meet a live animal! This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.

Saturday, March 7, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us for Save Our Saguaros Month and help save our saguaros by participating in this buffelgrass pull! Meet the Desert Museum at Catalina State Park. Get into this beautiful park for free when you participate! Enjoy early springtime wildflowers as we hike about a mile and a half up the 50 Year Trail!

Saturday, March 21, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Have you always wanted to learn how to identify Sonoran Desert plants? Join our Botany staff for a walk in a sandy wash and up a canyon near the Museum as we identify dozens of local canyon shrubs, forbes and, if we have good rains, wildflowers!

Saturday, March 21, 2020
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Join the Desert Museum for our second annual wine festival, WineDown with Wildlife, to help support the amazing wildlife in our care and celebrate World Wildlife Day! Sip on the best local and regional wines in the Southwest, sample sweet and savory snacks, enjoy local munchies, stargaze, jam to live music with Little Cloud, and visit with our engaging animals.

Saturday, March 28, 2020
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Calling all Coati Kids Club members! It’s springtime, and the summer sky will soon be aflutter with bats arriving from their winter hang outs. Fantastic flyers? Super senses? Important jobs in our environment? Bat’s right! Join us as we go batty for these fascinating flying mammals.

April 4 - 15, 2020

Whaling, Ecology, Geology, Birding, and Ethnobotany, oh my! Join Jesús García and geologist/raconteur, Bob Scarborough, for a tour down the entire length of the Baja Peninsula. Journey through forests of boojum and cardòn, go off the grid for a gray whale “glamping” experience, snorkel with marine life, witness the famous Los Arcos geologic formation, and more!

Saturday, April 11, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Yum! Participate in the centuries-old Sonoran Desert springtime ritual of harvesting and preparing cholla buds. Learn all about the natural history of cholla and prickly pear, along with the health benefits of desert foods in general! We will finish up with a yummy lunch that will include different native foods.

Saturday, April 11, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Packrat Playhouse is having a birthday party and you’re invited! Join us for our two year anniversary of our newest exhibit. Enjoy treats, games, activities, giveaways, and more! The first 8 kids in line at the Playhouse will receive a free packrat puppet! Regular admission rates apply.

Saturday, April 18, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Get in touch with your creative side! Basket making can take many forms and has been done for centuries. The method we will use in this class involves attaching coils of pine needles to a clay or wooden base. Learn how to prepare the pine needles, how to attach the coils of pine needles with four different stitches, and add decorative finishing touches to create a unique basket.

April 22 - 28, 2020

Explore the stark sandstone geology and the ancient native cultures of Arizona's Colorado Plateau. Visit the Hopi Mesas, the homes of Kachina artists and walk a Hopi cornfield. We will also journey to the Hubbell Trading Post and Petrified Forest as well as enjoying a sunrise breakfast in Monument Valley, two nights in Canyon de Chelly, and so much more!

Saturday, April 25, 2020
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Coati Kids Club member families are invited to celebrate all things cactus (we will even taste cactus fruit jam!) as we discover the cacti that call the Sonoran Desert home. We’ll meet an expert from our Botany Department who talk about the amazing varieties of cactus on grounds and then create our own cactus song accompanied by handmade musical instruments!

Sunday, April 26, 2020
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Mark your calendar for a memorable evening of fine dining, amazing auction items, lively entertainment, and more! Set your sights on the extraordinary plant and animal life, conservation and sustainability activities, and inspire the new generation of conservation leaders. Learn more about the Desert Museum’s 2020 goals and how you can be part of that vision!

May 7 - 9, 2020

The Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona are world-famous for their biological diversity! Join us as we explore this incredible habitat from pine forest to riparian groves, oak woodlands, and desert scrub, each with its own collection of birds. We expect to see Blue-throated Mountain-gem, Elegant Trogon, Greater Pewee, Painted Redstart, nocturnal birds, and more!

Saturday, May 16, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Treat your Mother or yourself to a relaxing morning at the Desert Museum! Begin the morning by taking an easy stroll outdoors and learn all about the curative, aromatic and nutritive properties of the desert plants that we come across. Create your own serum for a botanical paper face mask and enjoy a relaxation session.

Saturday, June 6, 2020
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The ocean may seem far away, but the Sonoran Desert wouldn’t be the same without it. Explore the rich animal life of the Gulf of California and how its waters impact the surrounding desert. Meet and feed our stingrays, then stay for more ocean connections as we honor the ocean at our annual World Oceans Night!

Friday, June 19, 2020
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

High summer is the beginning of the O'odham calendar, as this is the time to harvest saguaro fruit. Spend the morning gathering fruit in the traditional O'odham manner, and then sample the fruit and sweet syrup. Includes lunch.

Saturday, June 20, 2020
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

High summer is the beginning of the O'odham calendar, as this is the time to harvest saguaro fruit. Spend the morning gathering fruit in the traditional O'odham manner, and then sample the fruit and sweet syrup. Includes lunch.

Sunday, August 16, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

August is the season that the beautiful red fruit of the prickly pear cactus ripens. Learn how to collect, process fruit and nopalitos from the pads of this ubiquitous plant. Includes lunch.

Saturday, August 22, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

August is the season that the beautiful red fruit of the prickly pear cactus ripens. Learn how to collect and process fruit and nopalitos from the pads of this ubiquitous plant. Includes lunch.

September 12 - 13, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Calling all Coati Kids! Florida Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains, with its stream, riparian trees, and mountain slopes, is a hidden treasure of plant and animal life. Join us for a stay at the bunkhouse of the historic Santa Rita Experimental Range as we look for a diversity of creatures throughout the day and into the evening, plus enjoy campfire songs, yummy food, and more!

September 14 - 20, 2020

Join the Desert Museum on a journey of the California coastline and oak-studded inland hill country as we spend the week visiting six of the missions established along Alta California's Camino Real. Sample local wines and olive olives as we learn about the legacy of the Franciscan Friars which is ingrained in the place names, vineyards and architecture of the Golden State.

Saturday, October 10, 2020
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Hooves. How do they work and who has them?! Javelinas, bighorn sheep, Sonoran Pronghorn, white-tailed and mule deer too! 'Hoof' it over to this event and get to know the who’s who on hooves in the Sonoran Desert region.

Saturday, November 7, 2020
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Raptor Free Flight season has started again and has us thinking about flight. And not just birds! Fly on in to compare how and why the different winged wonders of our desert fly.