January 8, 2016: In This Issue
UPCOMING EVENTS & PROGRAMS
January 16 - Desert Yoga
& Wellness
January 16 - Kid's New Year's Hike
January 16 & 17 - Mineral Madness
February 5 - Sandhill Cranes, Raptors & Waterfowl
February 6 - Mountains, Mines & Minerals
February 11 - Heirloom Fruit Tree Workshop
February 27 - Mammoths of the San Pedro Valley
March 5 - Wildflower Walk
March 9 - Wildflower Walk
March 11 - 19 - The Best of Baja Tour: Whale Watching & Natural History
March 12 - Fairy Gardening
March 26 - Sun Cooking & PassiveSolar Design 
April 24 - Desert Museum Annual Gala: Desert Canids
ALL THAT GLITTERS
Mad for Minerals!
Aragonite with Calcite
M. Graeme photo 
Beat the Gem Show crowds and build your mineral collection at Mineral Madness next weekend! Featuring a bountiful supply of Mexican minerals, the Mineral Marketplace offers specimens starting at 50 cents. Bring the family to collect a free rock or mineral specimen, sift for stones, make graceful crystal origami, or explode a mini-volcano! 
CONTEMPLATE THE NEW YEAR
Yoga Under the Desert Sky
Green Zebra Productions photo
Begin the new year with an open-air session of relaxing and calming yoga. Quiet your mind and stretch your body in a remote desert setting surrounded by stately saguaros. Under the gentle desert sun you'll enjoy tea time with native foods and learn about their medicinal and health benefits. Afterwards, spend the time in peaceful meditation or take a relaxing stroll in the desert.
DISAPPEARING ACT
Wildlife on the Wane
"The Feast" watercolor
by Martha Thompson 
In a bittersweet swan song, Vanishing Circles, the Ironwood Gallery's new exhibit, depicts the fragility of the Sonoran Desert. Hauntingly beautiful, Vanishing Circles portrays the circle of life through the interconnect-ivity of the Desert's compromised animals, plants and habitats. This special pop-up exhibit opens tomorrow and closes Jan. 24th.
THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME
An Intimate Look at Whales
Enjoy boating the fabled Scammon's Lagoon, sharing the gray whales' largest and best-protected migratory mating and calving destination.  Whales are frequently up close to the boat, providing amazing photo ops. Birding in a nearby salt marsh and lagoon offers delightful views of North American herons, egrets, and many other resident birds. Register now-this trip is almost sold out.