Nicole Diehm Photography
Photo: Nicole Diehm Photography
We Need Your Help! 

Do you think the Desert Museum is the best attraction in Arizona? We were hand-picked by an expert panel for USA Today's Favorite Attraction in Arizona award! We are currently in 3rd place. The Kartchner Caverns State Park and London Bridge - Lake Havasu are who we need to surpass to reach #1. You can vote daily to help us win. We appreciate the support and love! Voting ends on June 5 and the top 10 attractions will be announced on June 9.  Voice Your Vote!
Photo: Jay Pierstorff
Shake Your Tailfeather

If you live in Tucson, you've probably seen this bouncing bird racing across the roads. The Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus), also a member of the Cuckoo family, is a bird of many talents. Born to run, this beautiful bird can kill a rattlesnake, outrace a human, and thrive in the heat of the desert. Did you also know the roadrunner can wag its "tailfeather?" The shake is a courting ritual. This courting cuckoo shakes it tail back and forth in order to attract a mate.Watch The Wag!

Photo: Jay Pierstorff
Colors of Nature Summer Camp 

Do you know a child (entering 5th, 6th, or 7th grade this fall) who wants to explore the captivating world of nature through art and science? Then join us this June for summer camp! Kids will learn why flowers have the hues they do, how bees see, and will also create original art using chemistry and optics. This camp is a cool combination of an art studio and science lab, where microscopes and paintbrushes swirl together as we investigate and create a colorful world.  Color Up Your Camp!

Photo: ASDM/Liz Kemp
Celestial Celebration

Arizona is home to many of the sunniest places in the United States, including Tucson. Sunshine provides warmth and multiple mental health benefits. It can also cause serious skin damage. Join us and the University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute this Saturday (at Cool Summer Nights) as we explore how to foster a healthy relationship with the sun and the great outdoors. Multiple experts from various astronomical organizations will also be here to show us about these beautiful star-lit night skies. 
Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley
Flower Friday

Our flowering fireworks are bursting! Just look at those colors! You can find these torch cacti (Trichocereus hybrids) blooming by the Ironwood Terraces and Ocotillo CafĂ©. These cacti are prized for their spectacular flowers and bloom profusely and simultaneously, creating masses of brilliant color among the desert landscape. The flowers appear in April, May, and June and typically stay open for only one or two days. So don't miss out! Visit this weekend and enjoy.  Dig Deeper!

Louisa Kessel & Carroll Darling
Volunteer Viernes

We would like to congratulate our volunteers of the month, Louisa Kessel and Carroll Darling. Louisa has volunteered with the Desert Museum since 2001. She supported the Safety & Security department first and is now a Docent Captain! For the past 10 years, Carroll has shared his smile with guests on the front patio as a Guest Services volunteer. He is always willing to fill in when needed. We could not do what we do without them. Thank you for being such a great addition to the family.  Volunteer Today!

What's Going Down in the Desert? 
  • Celestial Celebration  (May 20)
  • Earth Day Poetry Contest Winners' Reception (May 21)
  • Creatures of the Night (May 27) 
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May 19, 2017