Michael Nolan

Here's the moment we've all been waiting for (and you're the first to know)! Stingray Touch officially opens next Friday, August 5! This new experience gives everyone the opportunity to dip a hand into a shallow pool and be touched by a school of stingrays. Want to be one of the first to feed these captivating creatures? Check out Stingray Touch hours, feeding schedules and members' only discount rates. Then let us know, are stingrays squishy like a marshmallow?  Who's Touching Who?
ASDM/Kat Rumbley
We Need Your Vote

Arizona Daily Star's Readers' Choice is back! Your Desert Museum is among the "best of" entries for family attractions, banquet facilities, nighttime hot spots (Cool Summer Nights), and best place for a first date. But that's not all! The Art Institute has been nominated for exceptional art galleries and educational classes. Voting ends on August 4. Not only can you vote for us, you can vote for your other favorite local spots too.  Show Local Love!
ASDM/Kat Rumbley
National Zookeeper Week

Do you know the heroes who keep our animals happy and healthy? Last week was #NationalZookeeperWeek and to honor our keepers, we created behind-the-scenes videos to show their daily lives with our favorite animal friends. These dedicated professionals work in 100+ degree heat, clean up all kinds of poop, and make sure our animals have the best lives.  Zip Around with Our Zookeepers!

ASDM/Kat Rumbley
Flower Friday

Happy Flower Friday! Don't the flowers on this fishhook barrel cactus (Ferocactus wislizenii) remind you of a desert sunset? So beautiful.  Contrary to what you see in a Hollywood Western, you cannot tap into this cactus and drink out of it - or any other cactus for that matter. However, the spines were used as fishhooks by Native Americans. These bloomin' beauties are just another reason to join us for tomorrow's Cool Summer Nights (Creatures of the Night).  Dig Deeper!

ASDM/Jesús Garcia
From Tucson to Washington D.C.

This month, Jesús Garcia, ASDM Education Specialist, took his Tucson talents to Washington D.C. for the annual Living Earth Festival - hosted by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Jesús was part of a group of artists demonstrating crafts and culture from the Sonoran Desert and taught the public about all types of natural fiber and their uses. He demonstrated the art and science of making strings and cordage from horsehair, agave fibers and rawhide.  Cure Your Culture Curiosity!

Lydia Lopez (pictured, above)
Volunteer Viernes

To celebrate Volunteer Viernes, we would like to give a shout out to Art Institute volunteer, Lydia Lopez! She has a deep love and enthusiasm for the arts. With a background in theater design and art history, Lydia joined the volunteer team to give back and serve the community. When she's not at the Desert Museum, Lydia spends her free time involved in theater and opera, prop-making, scenic designs, drawing, sewing, cooking, script analysis, and much more. Volunteer on Viernes!

What's Going Down in the Desert? 

  • Cool Summer Nights - Creatures of the Night (July 30) 
  • Cool Summer Nights - Insect Insanity (August 6) 
  • Cool Summer Nights - Astronomy Night (August 13) 
Want more info on these awesome events? Check it Out!
July 29, 2016