Photo_ Jay Pierstorff
Photo: Jay Pierstorff

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Come join us this Saturday night (7:05 p.m.) at the Tucson Roadrunners game to spend time with Harry Potter fans' favorite magical creatures: owls and snakes! Desert Museum staff will be there before the game for a special meet and greet with these cool creatures. You can purchase this opportunity for $24.75 per person. The package includes a food voucher and Harry Potter glasses! Wingardium Leviosa!

Are you mad about minerals? Our annual Mineral Madness event, held on January 19-21, is the perfect time to learn new things about minerals and rocks! It is a wonderful place to start a collection, with expert staff and docents to guide you. Kiddos can explore grounds and collect free minerals in their very own egg carton box. Already have a favorite mineral? Bring it in and have it read by our curator to discover what makes it so special.  Rock on!

Join the Desert Museum for our first coffee and tea event, Morning at the Museum. Sip delicious tastings from local coffee roasters and tea houses, sample sweet snacks, and jam to live music. You can also practice your downward dog in the desert with Tiffany Georgia from  Empower Tucson Yoga (limited spots available), enjoy exclusive coffee presentations, learn what birds and coffee have in common, and sip on the best morning cocktails.  Buy Your Tickets Today!
Photo: Aaron Olsson
Flower Friday
You see all of that mustard yellow color in the photo? That's buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliaris) and it's threatening to destroy our beautiful desert and the animals that live within it. This invasive species is native to the savannas of Africa and Asia, where fires are frequent, but in the Sonoran Desert, buffelgrass fires could transform large swaths of our fire-proof desert into fire-prone grasslands overnight. How can you help save the saguaros? Participate in our buffelgrass pull on January 26! Dig Deeper!

Volunteer Viernes

We would like to congratulate our volunteers of the month for January: Lucinda Grace and Glenn Seplak! Lucinda has volunteered in the Botany department since 2014. Her green thumb makes the Taylor Plaza and Desert Garden shine! Glenn is a part of the Interpretative Animal Collection team. One of his favorite things to do is train new volunteers!  We could not do what we do without them. Thank you for being such a great addition to the family. 
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What's Going Down in the Desert? 
  •  Packrat Program: Zumba in the Desert (January 19)  
  •  Mineral Madness (January 19-21) 
  •  Morning at the Museum (January 26) 
  •  Save Our Saguaros: Buffelgrass Pull (January 26) 
Want more info on these awesome events? 
January 11, 2019