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Community Outreach

Community Outreach program in progress

When the Desert Ark Community Outreach Van "docks" at your site, be ready to make new discoveries about our unique Sonoran Desert. Desert Ark Community Programs feature live Sonoran Desert animals and may include interactive lectures, slide shows or activities. We enjoy working with all ages and types of groups. Our skilled education specialists can tailor our programs to the needs of your audience.

We travel throughout Southern Arizona as well as areas within an 8 hour round-trip drive from the Desert Museum, although we are unable to take live animals outside the state of Arizona. Live animals may include reptiles, birds, mammals and insects, although the particular animals we bring vary by program.

Browse the sections below to find the program that is right for your group:

Small group program: 50-60 minute program for groups of up to 30. Live animals help to illustrate a variety of natural history concepts and topics. Some classes involve hands-on activities with artifacts and/or the opportunity to touch animals.

Auditorium program: 50-60 minute lecture-demonstration for groups of up to 150. Live animals help to illustrate a variety of natural history concepts and topics. Participants will be able to view live animals, but will not be able to touch animals or artifacts.

Event-booth demonstration with live animals: Desert Museum educators interact with your group in a conference or festival setting. Hands-on exploration of artifacts is interspersed with live animal interpretations. (Depends on suitability of environment for live animals).

Private and Corporate Special Events: For customized opportunities for up-close and personal interaction with Sonoran Desert animals, raptor flight or other animal demonstrations, call or email the Conservation Education and Science Department at education@desertmuseum.org, 520-883-3021.

Off-season: June 1 - August 31

  Non-Profit Community Service Groups Businesses and Other Professional Groups Schools and Youth Groups
Hourly Rates $200 for first hour*
$100 for each additional hour*
$425 for first hour*
$125 for each additional hour*

In-season: September 1 - May 31

  Non-Profit Community Service Groups Businesses and Other Professional Groups Schools and Youth groups
Hourly Rates $200 for first hour*
$100 for each additional hour*
$750 for first hour*
$200 for each additional hour*

*Prices are not pro-rated for partial hours.

Business Affiliates at Supporter or higher levels: 20% discount on programs

Travel Fees for distances 50 miles and over one-way:
50-100 miles $250
100-150 miles $360
150+ miles $360 plus $1.60/mile each mile over 150 plus lodging

Outreach Programming is limited to Pima, Santa Cruz, Pinal, Cochise and Graham Counties. Overnight accommodation charges may be required, depending on travel time and the duration of programming.

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