Plastic Free July

Did you know that a million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute? Help us stop that this July! Join us this month for a plastic-free life, and together we can turn our dream of a plastic-free world into reality. The Desert Museum has sponsored this initiative and we need you to JOIN OUR TEAM! Click the JOIN button to join the "Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum" team. The password is Saguaro2019.  Join Today!
Explore Outdoors

Summer nights are always a wonderful time to discover desert wonders. But we must be prepared for summer conditions in southern Arizona. Learn more at Explore Outdoors on Saturday, July 20! Engage with community partners, enjoy our latest art exhibit, crawl and climb in Packrat Playhouse, sip on local beer under the stars, feel the touch of a stingray, enjoy presentations from Ralph Wetmore, the University of Arizona's Lunar & Planetary Lab, and more! Opt Outside! 
Insect Insanity

The Sonoran Desert is a major hot spot for insect diversity. If you've ever wanted to touch moths and beetles (and score an awesome bug selfie), Insect Insanity is your chance! Join us on Saturday, July 27, to celebrate interesting insects and amazing arthropods. Kids can try a cricket-infused treat and craft their own antennae to wear around grounds. Our favorite nighttime activity? Marveling at scorpions as they glow green under black light! Interested In Insects?

Calling all witches and wizards! Grab your favorite broom and fly into the Desert Museum for our first Harry Otter Night on Saturday, August 3! Looking for fantastic beasts? This is where to find them! Meet live owls, snakes, salamanders, tarantulas, and more. Dust off your finest robes and house colors, enjoy story time, stargazing, potions, a scavenger hunt, and so much more! We will also have a pensieve to peer into so you can relive memories at the Desert Museum! Muggles Unite!
Photo: Lauren Grace Bailey
The Sounds of Summer

Monsoon season: the time of year when the skies turn dark, thousands of rain droplets descend from ominous clouds, and lightning speckles the sky. Summer rains bring cooler temperatures, which trigger vibrant animal and plant activity. During this time, the diversity of the Sonoran Desert is on full audible exhibition. Do you know what summer sounds like? We hear a choir of cicadas, chattering coveys, and the calls of coyotes.  Mad About Monsoons!
Photo_ Nika Kaiser
Flower Friday
You know that amazing smell that engulfs the desert after it rains? The plant that helps create the scrumptious scent is the creosote bush (Larrea tridentata). The bush can survive two years without rain, making it the most drought-tolerant perennial plant in North America. Did you also know that it can be used to heal minor cuts and scrapes? This pungent plant's powers don't stop there! Its foliage provides refuge for crickets, grasshoppers, and other insects.  Dig Deeper!

Volunteer Viernes

We would like to congratulate our volunteers of the month for July: Cindy Johnston and Mandi Armstrong.  Cindy has volunteered as a Greeter since 2011. She always has a welcoming smile on her face! Mandi volunteers in the Interpretative Animal Collection. She drives from Phoenix every week to spend time with us!  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: Science Saturday (July 6)  
  •  Creatures of the Night (Cool Summer Nights) (July 6)   
  •  Packrat Program: Animal Yoga (July 12) 
Want more info on these awesome events? 
June 29, 2019