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At the Museum

Experience Fee: $3 per person plus admission fee for people 3 years & over: $5.00, under 3: FREE

Stingray Touch Experience

Our engaging Stingray Exhibit is now open. 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!).

Offered: 7 days a week; any time during exhibit opening hours.
Length: May be limited during busy seasons; groups may need to wait in line to enter.

Theater Program Experience
Program Objectives and Academic Standards

Want a more focused, standards-based experience for your students but are short on time? The Desert Survivors Theater program is a great choice. This multi-media program combines live animals, pictures, and video to help your students discover the adaptations that plants and animals use to survive and thrive in our desert climate. The program accommodates a large group in just forty minutes, so participants will have plenty of time to explore the museum grounds. Download the "I Spy Adaptations" Field Guide (and Answer Key) and use it during your exploration of the Museum's exhibits.

Offered: Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri. at 11:00 a.m.
Length: 30-40 minutes

Private Classroom Experience

These innovative programs illustrate how science, technology, engineering and math are integrated in the study of the natural world. Green STEM programs emphasize active discovery and critical thinking. Live animals assist our educators in demonstrating life science concepts, such as structure, function and adaptation. The animals also help students appeciate the biodiversity on which we all depend. Programs are 60 minutes long.

Offered: Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri.
Length: 60 minutes
Students: up to 4 presentations of the same lab per day - 30 student maximum per presentation

Green STEM Programs
Program Objectives and Academic Standards

Amazing Arthropods (Grades 2-3)
Introduce students to the incredible diversity of Sonoran Desert insects, spiders, and other fascinating arthropods. Examine live and preserved specimens to learn about habitats and adaptations. Determine the roles of various arthropods in desert food chains. Discover desert animals that devour these succulent and crunchy creatures.
Design by Nature (Grades 4-12)
Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time tested patterns and strategies. Through experimentation with models, a live animal encounter, and exploration of how animal and plant adaptations have inspired human innovation, students will undertake a design challenge for the arid southwest.
Exploring Adaptations (Grades 3-12)
Desert plants and animals display a fascinating variety of adaptations that help them thrive here. Examine desert plants’ structures to reveal how they deal with the temperature extremes and aridity of this environment. Then meet some live desert animals and identify their secrets to success as desert dwellers.

Pre-K & Kinder Program

We also offer our ever popular Pre-K & Kinder program, which is 25-40 minutes in length.

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