We're open! We value the health and safety of our guests, staff, and animals. Because of this, we have made modifications to the Desert Museum experience following public guidance and health recommendations. Please be sure to review the FAQs before your visit.
(All guests, including members, must reserve tickets in advance)

College Visits

We are not taking reservations for school/youth group visits to the Museum or to your school/location before January 1, 2021. If you would like to request a reservation for a date after January 1, please fill out the appropriate form below. We will not be able to confirm reservations until January 2 at the earliest.

However, we do have live virtual opportunities for schools and youth groups! Learn more about Discovering the Desert Online and Desert MuZooms!

Special rates are available for college groups of 10 or larger with 15 day advance notice.

The group must enter the museum as a group. The instructor/leader should come to the ticket window to pay for and/or check in the entire group. Payment should be made in one lump sum. Purchase orders, MasterCard, Visa or checks are preferred.

Latecomers will pay the appropriate individual rate — not the discounted rate.

College group reservations can be scheduled online using the form below or by calling Reservations Coordinator at 520-883-1380 ext. 7141. School & Youth Groups have separate rates and separate reservation forms. Non-college groups have a separate reservation form.

Stingray Touch Experience

The Gulf of California is an essential part of the Sonoran Desert. Discover our connections to the ocean with this captivating immersion experience (arms only Smile!). After a short introduction, your students will be able to experience the thrill of watching and being touched by a stingray!


The current college group rates (for groups of 10 people or more) are:

College Students/Instructors $8.00
Bus/Van Drivers Free museum entrance
Stingray Touch Experience $3.00/person
All others attending with the group will pay the individual rate.

This form serves as a request for a college reservation. Please do not use this form for schools other than college. Items marked with a red asterisk (*) are required fields.

College Name*
Zip Code*
For Confirmation Purposes
(if different than above)
Zip Code
Trip Organizer
(If different than
Day Phone*
Date of Arrival*
The college group rate will not be honored for reservations submitted less than 10 days in advance.
Time of Arrival*
Number of College Students/Instructors*
Stingray Touch Admissions?*
Number of vehicles you'll arrive in: Bus
Special Instructions:

or press to start over.

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