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Porcupine next to I Love the Desert Museum sign
Animal Training: Behind the Scenes

$25 Museum members / $35 Non-members
11:00 a.m. to noon

Not every animal can overcome stage fright, but most of ours do it! It takes months of patient dedication from our keepers as well as cooperation from our feathered, furred and scaly charges. We are now offering the exclusive opportunity to watch these training sessions in person and talk to the keepers while they work. The trainings last approximately one hour, feature several animals and take place in the Warden Oasis Theater on the museum grounds. Limited to 20 participants. Price includes museum admission.

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May 28, 2021

Horse riders crossing the river
Río Sonora Heritage Tour
Coming up in 2022
This agrarian region is still very much as it was hundreds of years ago, with farmers and ranchers thriving in the fertile valley. We’ll follow in the footsteps of legendary Jesuit missionary, explorer, cartographer, and agriculturist Father Eusebio Francisco Kino and explore the Pimería Alta where we’ll spend three adventurous days enjoying local cuisine, a mezcal tasting, a performance by a folklorico dance group and spending quality time with wonderful people that share gracious hospitality. Highlights include visits to the missions: San Ignacio, Magdalena de Kino, Banámichi, Huépac, Aconchi and Baviácora.
Desert scene
Black Lava White Sand
Coming up in 2022
Explore El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, a Unesco World Heritage site, with geologist Bob Scarborough and cultural ecologist Jesús Garcia. The volcanic landscape of the Pinacates includes huge maar craters, two varieties of lava flows, cinder cones, and majestic shifting dunes hosting their own specialized ecosystems. This young volcanic field is adjacent to the Sea of Cortez which, because of extreme low tides, allows viewing of its marvelous intertidal marine life at CEDO, the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans. For a special cultural experience, we visit the Sonoran Tohono O'odham community of Quitovac, an important oasis along the ancient salt pilgrimage trail to the sea.
Jesus next to a prehistoric site
Prehistory of Northern Mexico
Coming up in 2022
Northern Sonora Mexico encompasses prehistoric sites ranging from desert to conifer forest in a diversified environmental landscape. Learn about the people of Trincheras, an ancient culture that lived on volcanic hills as we explore excavation sites filled with artifacts still present today. Amidst the desert climate sits the Pueblo Magico of Magdalena, native to Tohono O'odham and Pima Alto Indians. Monument Square, the heart of the town, houses the crypt of Father Kino who founded many missions in the Pimería Alta.

If you have any difficulty finding a class/trip that you are looking for or need assistance in completing your online registration, please contact the Reservations Coordinator at or 520/883-3025 Monday through Friday.

Registration Deadline

Registrations submitted after 3 pm on Friday will not be processed until the following Monday.


If cancellation is made more than 15 days from scheduled program/camp date, payments will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. No refunds can be made within 15 days. For overnight tours a separate cancellation policy applies.

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