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Members' Calendar of Events

Plan now to attend one or all of the upcoming Members' events!

September 2018
29 Plant Sale - Members' Preview

🌼 Fall is the perfect time to refresh your landscape with new or replacement plants! This year’s Plant Sale will offer more than 250 different species, including many popular perennials and low shrubs.

🌿The Desert Museum will also highlight five special categories of plants that will help you create a garden that goes beyond beautiful.

🦋🐦🐢The categories include: butterflies, hummingbirds, desert tortoises, desert herbals, and heritage food plants.

🌵 Not only will guests enjoy shopping a variety of unusual and beautiful selections, they will leave with an understanding of why the plants they purchase are significant to pollinators and people.

💮 Proceeds from the Plant Sale support the Museum’s mission to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. Sale items include leafy plants and succulents.

🌱 Prices on larger plants: $9, $13, $19. Succulents are priced as marked, starting as little as $4 each.

☕🥐 Delicious coffee and pastries will be available for purchase.

*Saturday: Members only sale
*Sunday: Public sale


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30 Plant Sale

🌼 Fall is the perfect time to refresh your landscape with new or replacement plants! This year’s Plant Sale will offer more than 250 different species, including many popular perennials and low shrubs.

🌿The Desert Museum will also highlight five special categories of plants that will help you create a garden that goes beyond beautiful.

🦋🐦🐢The categories include: butterflies, hummingbirds, desert tortoises, desert herbals, and heritage food plants.

🌵 Not only will guests enjoy shopping a variety of unusual and beautiful selections, they will leave with an understanding of why the plants they purchase are significant to pollinators and people.

💮 Proceeds from the Plant Sale support the Museum’s mission to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. Sale items include leafy plants and succulents.

🌱 Prices on larger plants: $9, $13, $19. Succulents are priced as marked, starting as little as $4 each.

☕🥐 Delicious coffee and pastries will be available for purchase.

*Saturday: Members only sale
*Sunday: Public sale


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October
12 Packrat Program: Music and You!

Sing, dance, and get silly during music time! Learn about our desert creatures and make your own instrument to take home. A live animal will inspire the tunes! This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
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13 Packrat Program: Music and You!

Sing, dance, and get silly during music time! Learn about our desert creatures and make your own instrument to take home. A live animal will inspire the tunes! This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
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14 Land of the Seri

Explore the world of the fishermen and craftspeople who inhabit the shores of the upper Gulf of California on this 4-day trip to Mexico.
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15 Land of the Seri

Explore the world of the fishermen and craftspeople who inhabit the shores of the upper Gulf of California on this 4-day trip to Mexico.
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16 Land of the Seri

Explore the world of the fishermen and craftspeople who inhabit the shores of the upper Gulf of California on this 4-day trip to Mexico.
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17 Land of the Seri

Explore the world of the fishermen and craftspeople who inhabit the shores of the upper Gulf of California on this 4-day trip to Mexico.
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19 Packrat Program: Ravin' About Raptors

The Desert Museum’s famous Raptor Free Flight programs takes wing again this weekend. Soar on in to our Packrat Playhouse program to discover the wonders of raptors. Meet an animal that keeps some of our tiniest raptors flying strong. Learn how you can protect these amazing birds around your home and make a craft to help. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
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Raptor Free Flight Members Preview

Get a sneak preview of the 2018-2019 RFF season, and watch as these amazing aerialists soar and swoop in their native desert habitat while a narrator describes their attributes, habitats and behaviors.

Preview demonstration at 10:00 a.m. only.
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20 Packrat Program: Ravin' About Raptors

The Desert Museum’s famous Raptor Free Flight programs takes wing again this weekend. Soar on in to our Packrat Playhouse program to discover the wonders of raptors. Meet an animal that keeps some of our tiniest raptors flying strong. Learn how you can protect these amazing birds around your home and make a craft to help. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public. Then, enjoy raptors in motion at Raptor Free Flight Demo Area at 10am!
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Coati Kids Club Event

Tools of Defense: Saturday, October 20, 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds. It’s a creature eat creature world. We will discover some of the many strategies animals employ to avoid becoming a meal, as well as those they use to defend territory, nests, and more.

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26 Packrat Program: Going Batty!

Bats are truly amazing animals! They fly, they pollinate, they sing- they can do everything! Come learn about these not-so-spooky creatures and make your own bat puppet. Additionally, everyone will meet an animal and go home with a prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
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27 Packrat Program: Going Batty!

Bats are truly amazing animals! They fly, they pollinate, they sing- they can do everything! Come learn about these not-so-spooky creatures and make your own bat puppet. Additionally, everyone will meet an animal and go home with a prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
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Sonoran Naturalists Badge Day

Girl Scouts and adult leaders visit activity stations around grounds and earn their Sonoran Naturalist badges.
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November
4 Black Lava and White Sand

The volcanic landscape of the Pinacates includes huge maar craters, lava flows, and majestic shifting dunes. And adjacent is the Sea of Cortez with its marvelous intertidal marine life. Jon us for a four day tour!
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5 Black Lava and White Sand

The volcanic landscape of the Pinacates includes huge maar craters, lava flows, and majestic shifting dunes. And adjacent is the Sea of Cortez with its marvelous intertidal marine life. Jon us for a four day tour!
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6 Black Lava and White Sand

The volcanic landscape of the Pinacates includes huge maar craters, lava flows, and majestic shifting dunes. And adjacent is the Sea of Cortez with its marvelous intertidal marine life. Jon us for a four day tour!
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7 Black Lava and White Sand

The volcanic landscape of the Pinacates includes huge maar craters, lava flows, and majestic shifting dunes. And adjacent is the Sea of Cortez with its marvelous intertidal marine life. Join us for a four day tour!
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10 Packrat Program: Beastie Boot Camp

Exercise like an animal at different boot camp stations! Get in your lizard pushups, bear crawls, mountain lion jumps and more as we learn about these awesome animals. Parents- feel free to join in the fun! This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
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16 Packrat Program: Ohmigosh- SQUASH!

Art, utensils, containers—oh my! Did you know the gourd-geous squashes have so many uses beyond food? We’ll learn about these pleasant plants while decorating our very own music maker shaker! Your little seedling will also enjoy meeting a live animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
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17 Venomous Creatures of the Sonoran Desert

Learn about the few Sonoran Desert creatures that are venomous enough to be truly dangerous to people. We will bust some common myths while learning how to identify medically significant species, avoid their bites and stings, provide appropriate first aid, and see a few up close!

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Packrat Program: Ohmigosh- SQUASH!

Art, utensils, containers—oh my! Did you know the gourd-geous squashes have so many uses beyond food? We’ll learn about these pleasant plants while decorating our very own music maker shaker! Your little seedling will also enjoy meeting a live animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
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23 Packrat Program: The Beauty & Bounty of Bees

Tucson is the bee capital of the United States! Come learn about these busy buzzers and what they pollinate. Wild bees and honey bees help make our food- and we are thank-full. Let’s create some bee-utiful art, too! This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
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24 Packrat Program: The Beauty & Bounty of Bees

Tucson is the bee capital of the United States! Come learn about these busy buzzers and what they pollinate. Wild bees and honey bees help make our food- and we are thank-full. Let’s create some bee-utiful art, too! This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
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30 Packrat Program: Story Time featuring

Jave ya herd? Javelinas are awesome! During this interactive story time we’ll learn all about these (non-piggy) animals. Then, we’ll meet an animal and use our senses to find our family in a javelina inspired game. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
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April 2019
8 Baja California

This two week tour of the Baja Peninsula by motor coach features geology, exotic botany, and close-up whale encounters.
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9 Baja California

This two week tour of the Baja Peninsula by motor coach features geology, exotic botany, and close-up whale encounters.
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10 Baja California

This two week tour of the Baja Peninsula by motor coach features geology, exotic botany, and close-up whale encounters.
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11 Baja California

This two week tour of the Baja Peninsula by motor coach features geology, exotic botany, and close-up whale encounters.
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12 Baja California

This two week tour of the Baja Peninsula by motor coach features geology, exotic botany, and close-up whale encounters.
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13 Baja California

This two week tour of the Baja Peninsula by motor coach features geology, exotic botany, and close-up whale encounters.
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14 Baja California

This two week tour of the Baja Peninsula by motor coach features geology, exotic botany, and close-up whale encounters.
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15 Baja California

This two week tour of the Baja Peninsula by motor coach features geology, exotic botany, and close-up whale encounters.
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16 Baja California

This two week tour of the Baja Peninsula by motor coach features geology, exotic botany, and close-up whale encounters.
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17 Baja California

This two week tour of the Baja Peninsula by motor coach features geology, exotic botany, and close-up whale encounters.
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18 Baja California

This two week tour of the Baja Peninsula by motor coach features geology, exotic botany, and close-up whale encounters.
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19 Baja California

This two week tour of the Baja Peninsula by motor coach features geology, exotic botany, and close-up whale encounters.
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20 Baja California

This two week tour of the Baja Peninsula by motor coach features geology, exotic botany, and close-up whale encounters.
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21 Baja California

This two week tour of the Baja Peninsula by motor coach features geology, exotic botany, and close-up whale encounters.
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23 Land of the Hopi and Navajo

Explore the stark sandstone geology and the ancient native cultures of Arizona's Colorado Plateau. Visit the Hopi Mesas, study marine fossils and dinosaur tracks. Tour Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, the Hubbell Trading Post, the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert.
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24 Land of the Hopi and Navajo

Explore the stark sandstone geology and the ancient native cultures of Arizona's Colorado Plateau. Visit the Hopi Mesas, study marine fossils and dinosaur tracks. Tour Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, the Hubbell Trading Post, the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert.
Read more

25 Land of the Hopi and Navajo

Explore the stark sandstone geology and the ancient native cultures of Arizona's Colorado Plateau. Visit the Hopi Mesas, study marine fossils and dinosaur tracks. Tour Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, the Hubbell Trading Post, the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert.
Read more

26 Land of the Hopi and Navajo

Explore the stark sandstone geology and the ancient native cultures of Arizona's Colorado Plateau. Visit the Hopi Mesas, study marine fossils and dinosaur tracks. Tour Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, the Hubbell Trading Post, the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert.
Read more

27 Land of the Hopi and Navajo

Explore the stark sandstone geology and the ancient native cultures of Arizona's Colorado Plateau. Visit the Hopi Mesas, study marine fossils and dinosaur tracks. Tour Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, the Hubbell Trading Post, the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert.
Read more

28 Land of the Hopi and Navajo

Explore the stark sandstone geology and the ancient native cultures of Arizona's Colorado Plateau. Visit the Hopi Mesas, study marine fossils and dinosaur tracks. Tour Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, the Hubbell Trading Post, the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert.
Read more

29 Land of the Hopi and Navajo

Explore the stark sandstone geology and the ancient native cultures of Arizona's Colorado Plateau. Visit the Hopi Mesas, study marine fossils and dinosaur tracks. Tour Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, the Hubbell Trading Post, the Petrified Forest and Painted Desert.
Read more

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