Flashback Friday

The Museum has quite a rich history (65 years rich, in fact). Do you know the story behind the Desert Museum's mascot, George L. Mountainlion? Curious what Museum grounds looked like in the 60's? Who was Hal Gras? Thanks to the efforts of Peggy Larson, ASDM Archives and Library Coordinator, and Anne Warner, ASDM volunteer, you can! If you have a need for nostalgia, Desert Museum Vignettes is the perfect place to start Time Travel Today!
Live in Harmony with the Desert

Do you have a passion for pastels? If so, join us for the opening of our newest art exhibit, Desert Harmony, on Saturday, February 18. The premier juried pastel exhibition features sixty original pastel artworks by members from the Tucson Pastel Society and the Arizona Pastel Artists Association. The day will also celebrate the Art Institute classroom expansion! Meet the artists behind these masterpieces and enjoy live music, light bites, and delicious drinks.  Appreciate the Arts!

Photo: ASDM/Amy Orchard
Conservation for Critters

Did you know that even in the driest desert regions, you can find fish and mud turtles? ASDM staff recently returned from Sonora, Mexico, where they waded through the northern stretch of the Rio Sonoyta. During the trip, they assisted Mexican biologist partners on important conservation efforts happening south of the border. They gathered field research on the Sonoyta mud turtle and Sonoyta pupfish, and collaborated with other non-profits and schools on how to continue saving these important species.   Curious About These Conservation Efforts?

Photo: Matthew Ramirez
Fill Your Garden with Fruit Trees

Fruit trees are a popular plant for people to grow, but many people don't know where to start. Learn from Jesús García, ASDM staff member and founder of the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees Project, the techniques for propagation, pruning, and grafting of fruit trees. Explore the historical significance of heirloom trees in the Sonoran Desert, learn how to maintain these beauties, and tour the Mission Garden. BONUS! Every participant will receive fruit tree cuttings. $60/members, $66/non-members.  Plant With a Purpose!
Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley
Flower Friday

Curious what a dog has to do with the endangered Pima pineapple cactus (Coryphantha scheeri var robustispina)? You can find the answer to this question (and more) on our blogThe preferred habitat of this elusive cactus is the semi-desert grasslands of Pima and Santa Cruz Counties. As you can see from the photograph, these prickly plants produce a beautiful sunburst of yellow when they bloom. You can find them blooming in our Cactus Garden this summer.  Dig Deeper!

Jerry Hoeft & Janet Pickard
Volunteer Viernes

We would like to congratulate our volunteers of the month, Jerry Hoeft and Janet Pickard! Jerry is a Wednesday Docent and has volunteered with us for the past 16 years! He is known around grounds as the 'Senior Bird Man' - certified to handle all of the raptors. Janet is a volunteer with the Art Institute and Living Collections. Her special skill is sewing and she's never hesitated to share it with those in need at the Museum. 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? 
  • Heirloom Fruit Tree Workshop (February 16)
  • Beat Back Buffelgrass Day (February 18) 
  • Art Institute Kickoff (February 18) 
Want more info on these awesome events? Check it Out!
February 10, 2016