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Daily Schedule

Friday, January 24th
9:00 a.m. Stingray Feeding ($)
Stingray Touch
10:00 a.m. Saguaro Stories
Saguaro Ramada
10:00 a.m. Raptor Free Flight
rff demo area
10:30 a.m. Desert Discovery Tour
Orientation Ramada
12:15 p.m. Sonoran Animal Spotlight
Warden Oasis Theater
12:30 p.m. Stingray Feeding ($)
Stingray Touch
1:00 p.m. Desert Discovery Tour
Orientation Ramada
2:00 p.m. Raptor Free Flight
rff demo area
3:00 p.m. Stingray Feeding ($)
Stingray Touch

Upcoming Events

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us for our second annual coffee and tea event, Morning at the Museum. Sip delicious tastings from local coffee roasters and tea houses, sample sweet snacks, jam to live music, and more. You can also practice your downward dog in the desert, enjoy coffee presentations, and sip on the best morning cocktails!

Friday, January 31, 2020
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Join us as we explore the Willcox area known to be one of the region's birding hot spots! See hundreds (and possibly thousands!) of Sandhill Cranes who migrate from as far as Alaska to these agricultural fields every season. This incredible habitat is also home to over twelve species of raptor and many waterfowl, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

Friday, February 7, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a bat!? Discover where these magnificent mammals make their homes, how they fly, what they eat for dinner, the bright colors of their fur (not all are black!), and more! The program will include a variety of batty activities, an encounter with a live desert animal, and a mini take-home coloring book all about bats!

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Saturday, February 8, 2020
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Join us for Save Our Saguaros Month and help save our saguaros by participating in this buffelgrass pull! Meet the Desert Museum at San Xavier Mission. We will then drive a short distance to the dig. Afterward, we will celebrate and learn more about this invasive grass with food, drink, and music!

Black Lava
February 9 - 12, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Explore the Pinacate Biosphere, a Unesco World Heritage site with geologist Bob Scarborough and cultural historian Jesús Garcia. Explore a volcanic landscape, tide pools, visit the Sonoran Tohono O'odham village of Quitovac (an oasis along the ancient salt pilgrimage trail to the sea), and more on this inspiring 4 day trip!

Sunday, February 9, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Do you love beer? And conservation? Help us celebrate the re-release of Naughty Lobo, an imperial blood orange sour, created by local brewery 1912 Brewing Company. Our partnership aims to raise awareness about the invasive species, buffelgrass. Join us on Sunday, February 9, at 1912 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. to sip for saguaros!

Friday, February 14, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Looking for something *gneiss* to do? Join us as we explore an old mining site in the Santa Rita Mountains and learn about the life of prospectors and miners over 100 years ago! This class will also teach you all about mineral properties and identification while searching for and collecting Arizona minerals. This trip is sure to *rock*!

Saturday, February 15, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Did you know that over 10,000 years ago mammoths roamed what is now present day southern Arizona? Join us as we go into the field and look into the past to learn all about these Pleistocene megafauna, visit a mammoth kill site, and learn all about the Clovis people who hunted these massive mammals.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Jesús García, founder of the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees Project will teach techniques for propagation, pruning, grafting, and care of fruit trees. The class begins with a talk on the historical significance of heirloom trees in the Sonoran Desert, then moves to the hands-on aspect of maintenance, and ends with an afternoon tour to the Mission Garden.

Friday, February 21, 2020
8:30 a.m.

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! Grades 3-5. Prices start at $45.

Saturday, March 7, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join us for Save Our Saguaros Month and help save our saguaros by participating in this buffelgrass pull! Meet the Desert Museum at Catalina State Park. Get into this beautiful park for free when you participate! Enjoy early springtime wildflowers as we hike about a mile and a half up the 50 Year Trail!

Saturday, March 21, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Have you always wanted to learn how to identify Sonoran Desert plants? Join our Botany staff for a walk in a sandy wash and up a canyon near the Museum as we identify dozens of local canyon shrubs, forbes and, if we have good rains, wildflowers!

Saturday, March 21, 2020
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Join the Desert Museum for our second annual wine festival, WineDown with Wildlife, to help support the amazing wildlife in our care and celebrate World Wildlife Day! Sip on the best local and regional wines in the Southwest, sample sweet and savory snacks, enjoy local munchies, stargaze, jam to live music with Little Cloud, and visit with our engaging animals.

April 4 - 15, 2020

Whaling, Ecology, Geology, Birding, and Ethnobotany, oh my! Join Jesús García and geologist/raconteur, Bob Scarborough, for a tour down the entire length of the Baja Peninsula. Journey through forests of boojum and cardòn, go off the grid for a gray whale “glamping” experience, snorkel with marine life, witness the famous Los Arcos geologic formation, and more!

Saturday, April 11, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Yum! Participate in the centuries-old Sonoran Desert springtime ritual of harvesting and preparing cholla buds. Learn all about the natural history of cholla and prickly pear, along with the health benefits of desert foods in general! We will finish up with a yummy lunch that will include different native foods.

Saturday, April 18, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Get in touch with your creative side! Basket making can take many forms and has been done for centuries. The method we will use in this class involves attaching coils of pine needles to a clay or wooden base. Learn how to prepare the pine needles, how to attach the coils of pine needles with four different stitches, and add decorative finishing touches to create a unique basket.

April 22 - 28, 2020

Explore the stark sandstone geology and the ancient native cultures of Arizona's Colorado Plateau. Visit the Hopi Mesas, the homes of Kachina artists and walk a Hopi cornfield. We will also journey to the Hubbell Trading Post and Petrified Forest as well as enjoying a sunrise breakfast in Monument Valley, two nights in Canyon de Chelly, and so much more!

May 7 - 9, 2020

The Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona are world-famous for their biological diversity! Join us as we explore this incredible habitat from pine forest to riparian groves, oak woodlands, and desert scrub, each with its own collection of birds. We expect to see Blue-throated Mountain-gem, Elegant Trogon, Greater Pewee, Painted Redstart, nocturnal birds, and more!

Saturday, May 16, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Treat your Mother or yourself to a relaxing morning at the Desert Museum! Begin the morning by taking an easy stroll outdoors and learn all about the curative, aromatic and nutritive properties of the desert plants that we come across. Create your own serum for a botanical paper face mask and enjoy a relaxation session.

Friday, June 19, 2020
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

High summer is the beginning of the O'odham calendar, as this is the time to harvest saguaro fruit. Spend the morning gathering fruit in the traditional O'odham manner, and then sample the fruit and sweet syrup. Includes lunch.

Saturday, June 20, 2020
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

High summer is the beginning of the O'odham calendar, as this is the time to harvest saguaro fruit. Spend the morning gathering fruit in the traditional O'odham manner, and then sample the fruit and sweet syrup. Includes lunch.

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 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.