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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 tomorrow night (June 8) 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! 
Pollinator Party

Help us celebrate National Pollinator Week by honoring the precious pollinators that help our desert ecosystem thrive! Join us next Saturday, June 15, to party for pollinators! Enjoy honey samples from local beekeepers,Three Little Bees, jam out with Mr. Nature's Music Garden, participate in our second annual Spelling Bee, listen to the melodic harmonies of String Ambassadors, learn about bees with our very own Dr. Kim Franklin, and more.  Party for Pollinators!
Plastic Free July

The 2nd Plastic Free EcoChallenge is almost here! Join us this July 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. The 30 day challenge doesn't start until July 1, but we'd like to get as many supporters signed up as we can so we can earn points! Stay tuned for more information.  Join Today!
Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley

July is hot in Tucson, there's no doubt about it. But it isn't so bad in the Chiricahua Mountains, especially if you are splashing in the water. Relive summer camp as an adult! This camp is perfect for those who like studying animals and are lifelong learners. This seven day workshop (July 7-13) provides an introduction to the fauna and flora of the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona. Includes lodging, meals, and transportation to/from Tucson. $1150/members, $1265/non-members
 
Climb the Chiricahuas!

Photo: ASDM/Kat Rumbley

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 explode this month! Join us on Friday, June 21 or Saturday, June 22 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. $65/members, $72/non-members.  Feeling Fruity?  
Photo: ASDM/Lauren Belcher
Flower Friday
 
Who doesn't love a 'Dr. Seuss' looking tree? These spikes belong to the Kapok tree (Ceiba acuminata) which is native to the Tropical Deciduous Forests of Sonora, Mexico. This tall tree is distinguished by the heavy, laminated, pyramidal thorns on its trunk. The fruits develop through the fall and persist after the leaves burst into white cottony balls of fluff until March. If you are visiting the Ironwood Restaurant on grounds in the next week, make sure to visit the Tropical Deciduous Forest Habitat and enjoy the massive bloom! Dig Deeper!


Volunteer Viernes

We would like to congratulate our volunteers of the month for June: Judy Constantine and Sarah Lee-Allen.  Always dependable, Judy has been with the Museum since 2006. She volunteers with the Art Institute since she is an artist herself. Sarah is a Wednesday docent and works with the various culinary classes. Her passion for ethnobotany comes through in everything she does!  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: Animal Yoga (June 14)  
  •  Pollinator Party (Cool Summer Nights) (June 15)  
  •  Saguaro Fruit Harvest (June 21 & 22) 
Want more info on these awesome events? 
 
June 7, 2019