World Oceans Night

When you think of Arizona, you probably don't think of the ocean. However, the Gulf of California is part of the Sonoran Desert region and home to many species that are vital to the marine ecosystem. Celebrate these vast and beautiful bodies of water on Saturday, June 9, at World Oceans Night. Enjoy free sustainable seafood tastings from local restaurants and sip on margaritas for vaquitas! Please wear blue in support of our oceans. Seas The Day!
Photo: Jay Pierstorff

Yes, really. We have eight reasons for you to love packrats. Want to live a more sustainable lifestyle? Just copy packrats and absorb all available water solely from what you ingest! Packrats feed on juicy succulents and are able to avoid cactus spines easily while feasting on prickly pear pads. No need for a constant water supply - these rodents have wise water use down (which is critical in the desert). Want to learn more about this keystone species?  Curb Your Curiosity! 

Do you want to play like a packrat? Our Education team has developed special (and fun) programming for your littlest packrats to love! Every Thursday and Saturday morning, these programs allow children to enjoy a 30 minute activity led by our staff, followed by 30 minutes of exclusive playtime before we open Packrat Playhouse to the public. $12/members, $15/non-members. Please note: Museum admission is not included with the program cost.  Climb, Jump, and Play!
Photo: ASDM

Guess who just got their hands dirty helping to improve the ecosystem of multiple endemic animals at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument? The Desert Museum's Junior Docents did! This Youth Conservation Service Day included opportunities to learn about efforts to conserve endangered species in the Sonoran Desert and provided a hands-on experience in the field at Quitobaquito oasis.  Curious About Conservation?
Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley
Flower Friday
Have you noticed the bright bursts of red on top of our symbolic saguaros? These red clusters are saguaro cactus fruit (aka delicious) and will start to appear this month! Join us on Saturday, June 16, for a morning filled with gathering, preparing, and cooking the fruit into a sweet syrup. So how do we actually gather the fruit? We use a harvest pole made from the ribs of the giant cactus to collect it. $66/members, $72/non-members. 
Photo: ASDM/Liz Kemp
Volunteer Viernes

Have you seen the poems woven on grounds? We'd love to hear about your experiences with nature poetry featured at the Desert Museum for a study at the University of Arizona. You would complete two 30-60 minute interviews, the first of which would take place at the Museum. The second interview would take place at a time and location of your choosing.  Please email Marisa Pesa  or call her at (330) 651-8290. This study has been approved by the University of Arizona Institutional Review Board. 
Volunteer Today!

What's Going Down in the Desert? 
  • Creatures of the Night (Cool Summer Nights) (June 2)
  • World Oceans Night (Cool Summer Nights) (June 9)
Want more info on these awesome events? 
June 1, 2018