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Sonoran Desert in a Day: a Rodeo Break Camp

February 2021

Group of kids in the Vulture Culture exhibit

Do you love the desert? Join us for a special Rodeo Break day camp as we wrangle together all the best kid activities the museum has to offer. Meet live animals, touch stingrays, explore secret passages in the cave, play in the Packrat Playhouse, make cool crafts, and more! Students need to bring their own snacks and lunch, water bottle, hat, and wear sturdy shoes and layered clothes for the weather.

Check back soon for camps during the school year!

About the Instructors:


Robin Kropp has professionally shared her love of the natural world with children through adults since 1988. A Sonoran Desert native, she received her B.A. from the University of Arizona in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Latin American Studies, and Spanish in 1990, and completed her Masters in Education with a focus on Environmental Learning in 2003. She has been an Education Specialist at the Desert Museum since 1998 where she develops curriculum and teaches on-site and outreach programs for a variety of students. She also coordinates the Museum's Coati Kids Club programs and a variety of native foods cooking classes.


Michelle Constanza Miner is an Education Specialist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. You can expect to find her hugging rocks, laughing too loudly, making music, or gazing at native bees (cactus and mallow specialists are a favorite). She’s having a blast working with animal ambassadors to share her love of the Sonoran Desert at classrooms, summer camps, and more! Previously as an Educator, Michelle has helped run the Packrat Playhouse exhibit since its grand opening in April 2018 and specializes in childhood nature education programs using music, movement, science, and art. She has also enjoyed co-teaching Earth Camp, training teens in nature interpretation, and inspiring young folks to approach life with more confidence and compassion. Michelle completed a B.A. in Environmental Studies/Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz in 2012 and a M.S. in Entomology at UC Riverside in 2018. She has worked with USGS, USFWS, and USDA on research projects including desert tortoises, threatened & endangered marsh birds, and pollinator diversity. Michelle does not like creepy crawly things… she loves them!

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