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Upcoming Events

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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.