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Members' Calendar of Events

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

July 2018
21 Story Time, featuring the Night Flower (Packrat Program)

🐀 Ages: 6 to 12 years old.

The saguaro cactus is an icon of the Sonoran Desert and relied upon for food and housing by many desert animals. It’s blooming, pollinating, and fruiting periods define summer in the desert. During story time kids will learn all about this amazing plant! Additionally, everyone will meet an animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.

Museum Members/$12, Non-Members/$15.

Please note: Museum admission is not included with the program cost. If your membership does not include the children you are bringing, you will need to pay regular museum admission rates for them at the museum entrance. If the children are part of a different member family, please bring their membership card.
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Coati Kids Club Event

Meet the Beetles! Saturday, July 21, 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds. Beetles are the most common insects on Earth, and we have many kinds here in the Sonoran Desert. We will uncover basic beetle biology, learn to identify common species, and explore fascinating facts about these incredible creatures. Not buggy enough for you? Stay for the Insect Insanity! events planned throughout this Cool Summer Night.

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26 Animal Yoga (Packrat Program)

🐀 Ages: Infant to 5 years old.

Animals can bend, stretch, jump, and move! Come bring out the animal in you. In this movement-focused class we’ll learn about animals as we mimic their yoga poses. We’ll also meet 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.

Museum Members/$12, Non-Members/$15.

Please note: Museum admission is not included with the program cost. If your membership does not include the children you are bringing, you will need to pay regular museum admission rates for them at the museum entrance. If the children are part of a different member family, please bring their membership card.
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28 Animal Yoga (Packrat Program)

🐀 Ages: 6-12 years old.

Animals can bend, stretch, jump, and move! Come bring out the animal in you. In this movement-focused class we’ll learn about animals as we mimic their yoga poses. We’ll also meet 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.

Museum Members/$12, Non-Members/$15.

Please note: Museum admission is not included with the program cost. If your membership does not include the children you are bringing, you will need to pay regular museum admission rates for them at the museum entrance. If the children are part of a different member family, please bring their membership card.
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August
2 Animals and Art (Packrat Program)

🐀 Ages: Infant to 5 years old.

Learn about packrats through arts and crafts! Design your own packrat house and fill it with treasure. Let a live animal inspire your artistic side and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.

Museum Members/$12, Non-Members/$15.

Please note: Museum admission is not included with the program cost. If your membership does not include the children you are bringing, you will need to pay regular museum admission rates for them at the museum entrance. If the children are part of a different member family, please bring their membership card.
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4 Animals and Art (Packrat Program)

🐀 Ages: 6-12 years old.

Learn about packrats through arts and crafts! Design your own packrat house and fill it with treasure. Let a live animal inspire your artistic side and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.

Museum Members/$12, Non-Members/$15.

Please note: Museum admission is not included with the program cost. If your membership does not include the children you are bringing, you will need to pay regular museum admission rates for them at the museum entrance. If the children are part of a different member family, please bring their membership card.
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9 Music and You (Packrat Program)

🐀 Ages: Infant to 5 years old.

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.

Museum Members/$12, Non-Members/$15.

Please note: Museum admission is not included with the program cost. If your membership does not include the children you are bringing, you will need to pay regular museum admission rates for them at the museum entrance. If the children are part of a different member family, please bring their membership card.
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11 Music and You (Packrat Program)

🐀 Ages: 6-12 years old.

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.

Museum Members/$12, Non-Members/$15.

Please note: Museum admission is not included with the program cost. If your membership does not include the children you are bringing, you will need to pay regular museum admission rates for them at the museum entrance. If the children are part of a different member family, please bring their membership card.
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September
8 Coati Kids Club Event

Back to School: Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. to noon in the Education Annex Classrooms 1-2.*
Back-to-school means it’s time to gather knowledge and carry important items in our backpacks. Some desert dwellers also carry or contain the things they need to thrive here. We’ll explore how living things use their adaptations for life in the desert. We’ll also discover how animals learn and highlight some of the Museum’s great learning opportunities.

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29 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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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
20 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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27 Sonoran Naturalists Badge Day

Girl Scouts and adult leaders visit activity stations around grounds and earn their Sonoran Naturalist badges.
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