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Members' Calendar of Events

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

April 2018
2 Members Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Behind the scenes tour for Gold, Silver, and Copper Members of the Museum's newest exhibit, Packrat Playhouse. Reception to follow.

By invitation only.

7 Sonoran Desert Herbalism

Gather with us to be introduced to some of the plants used by traditional herbalists. Medicinal properties and preparation will be covered.
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14 Art and The Animal Opening

The Ironwood Gallery is proud to welcome back the Society of Animal Artist’s Art and the Animal. This juried competition is only open to members of the Society of Animal Artists. Art and The Animal features work by a variety of artists from around the world.
A David J. Wagner Traveling Exhibition

Fiesta Sonora West: Southern Arizona Watercolor Opening Reception

Celebrate our natural environment with the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild’s exhibit Fiesta Sonora. This juried exhibition features work, from SAWG members, that is inspired by the natural environment of the Southwest.
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22 Coati Kids Club Event

Earth Day Celebration: Sunday, April 22, 10 a.m. to noon in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.* Happy Earth Day! Discover ways that you can take care of our one and only Earth, starting with how to be smart Sonoran Desert dwellers. With the opening of our new Packrat Playhouse, we will offer an hour of special Earth Day programming and exclusive free play in this space before it opens to the general public at 10 a.m. Coati Kids Club members can register for the discounted member rate. Then join us for more Earth Day fun. Stay tuned for details!

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29 Desert Gala 2018

The 25th Annual Desert Museum Gala, Anniversaries in Bloom, celebrating Treasured Legacies and a Flourishing Future

Mark your calendar for a memorable evening of fine dining, amazing auctions, animal ambassadors, live music, and all things uniquely Desert Museum.

The Evenings’s Schedule
4:00 p.m. In the Desert Garden- Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
Silent Auction begins
Live Musical entertainment
5:30 p.m. Live Auction in the Warden Oasis Theater
Welcome: Erik Bakken, Chair, Board of Trustees
Craig S. Ivanyi — Executive Director
Live Auction begins
7:15 p.m. Dinner — in the Ironwood Terraces
& Baldwin Education Building
7:25 p.m. Silent Auction closes
8:30 p.m. Notification of winnings delivered to dining table
Silent Auction items ready for pick-up

We appreciate your support of the Desert Museum and look forward to welcoming you to the Desert Museum Gala celebration in April!
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25th Annual Desert Museum Gala

Mark your calendar for a memorable evening of fine dining, amazing auctions, animal ambassadors, live music, and all things uniquely Desert Museum. This year, In honor of Tucson’s designation as the first American City of Gastronomy, among our beautiful blossoming succulents, ancestral crops dating back 4,000 years will be featured — as well as interpreted with a delicious contemporary twist on the menu!
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20 Earth Day Poetry Contest Reading and Reception

Winners of the Museum's 19th annual Earth Day Poetry Contest read their winning poems for family and friends, followed by refreshments.
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16 Saguaro Fruit Harvest

Participate in harvesting Saguaro fruit using traditional methods, learning how to process the fruit to create syrup. Return to classroom for native foods lunch.
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21 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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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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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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