Taste the Desert this November!

Have you ever had a taste of the desert? Join us for the second annual food and drink festival, Sonoran Harvest on Saturday, November 16! Watch as local chefs from favorite food trucks and restaurants battle to be crowned the Sonoran Harvest Champion! Sip on local spirits, munch on delicious bites, dance to live music, stargaze, chat with our community partners, and more! Tickets start at $35. Members: don't forget! You receive $5 off entry.  Buy Tickets Today!
Photo: Jay Pierstorff
Venomous Creatures Class

Come learn about venomous (but rarely dangerous to humans) creatures found here in the Sonoran Desert! Join us on Saturday, November 9, to bust some common myths while learning how to ID medically significant species, avoid their bites and stings, and provide appropriate first aid. The best part? You will have the opportunity to view some of our finest venomous creatures up close! $40/members, $44/non-members. 
"Contaminated":  by Laura Fogg
Connecting Our Natural Worlds

You've never seen quilts like these! This worldwide traveling exhibit begins at the Art Institute's Ironwood Gallery. Take part in the opening reception this Saturday, October 5, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Connecting Our Natural Worlds , featuring the Studio Art Quilt Associates, brings the environment to life with vibrant color and detail and shares messages on how to protect it. Exhibition runs until January 5, 2020, and includes special kids activities.  Crazy For Quilts!
Photo: ASDM/Lauren Belcher

Have you been looking for an exciting, engaging, and rewarding volunteer opportunity? We are looking for a School Group Assistant to be a guide and liaison for school groups that are visiting the Museum on field trips! This is the perfect chance to share your passion for the Sonoran Desert by creating educational experiences to future conservationists. We are also looking for Greeters to welcome our guests with a smile!  Volunteer Today!
Photo: Pablo Lopez
Flower Friday
Want to make your backyard a butterfly oasis? Plant these cool "Cosmic Orange" blooms (Cosmos bipinnatus) to attract important pollinators. These flowers are a popular choice in gardens across the country as they offer a sunshine pop of color! They also make gorgeous summer bouquets. This pretty plant is native to Mexico but has naturalized in many different areas of the world. Keep an eye out for these bloomin' beauties!  Dig Deeper!

Volunteer Viernes

We would like to congratulate our volunteers of the month for October: Richard Maxwell and Brian Grosart. Richard is a Tuesday and Thursday docent that has been here since 2007. He loves talking about saguaros, bighorn sheep, and hummingbirds! Brian volunteers with the Herpetology, Ichthyology & Invertebrate Zoology department. He loves collecting specimens for Insect Insanity!  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? 
  • Girl Scouts of Southern AZ Badge (October 19) 
  • Venomous Creatures Class (November 9)   
  • Sonoran Harvest (November 16) 
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October 5, 2019