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Daily Schedule

Sunday, March 29th
what's up next
12:15 p.m. Live and (sort of) on the Loose
Warden Oasis Theater
10:00 a.m. Raptor Free Flight
rff demo area
9:00 a.m. Stingray Feeding ($)
Stingray Touch
12:30 p.m. Stingray Feeding ($)
Stingray Touch
3:00 p.m. Stingray Feeding ($)
Stingray Touch

Upcoming Events

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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 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.

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.