January 22, 2016: In This Issue
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 12 - Fairy Gardening
March 26 - Sun Cooking & PassiveSolar Design 
April 2 - Cholla Bud Harvest
April 8-10 - Birding the Chiricahuas
April 16 - Pine Needle Basketweaving
April 17 - Food & Drink Fermentation Workshop
April 24 - Desert Museum Annual Gala: Desert Canids
Special Care for Heirloom Trees
Learn the science of propagating and grafting heirloom fruit trees from the founder of the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees Project, Jesus Garcia. A visit to the Mission Garden at the base of A Mountain helps to illustrate the historical significance of heirloom trees in the Sonoran desert. You'll  get to put your newfound knowledge to work propagating a new heirloom fruit tree from a cutting you'll take home! 
Art & the Animal Exhibit
Jaguar by John Seerey-Lester
The remarkable work of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists (SAA) creatively combines elements of natural history and fine art in the exhibit, Art & the Animal, opening on Jan. 30 at the Ironwood Gallery. The flagship exhibition of the Society, the show presents an insightful look at animals in art with flatworks and sculptures that exemplify SAA's mission to promote excellence in the portrayal of domestic and wild animals in art.
Appealing Preschool Adventures
Is your preschooler wild about the desert and its animals? At Coati Pups Pre-school, kids enjoy the Desert Museum grounds through exploration and live animal encounters. Session topics include animal nests, why spiders, centipedes aren't really so creepy and the sweet songs of the desert such as bird songs and coyote howls. Everyone makes a craft as a souvenir of the experience! (Parent/chaperone included in registration.)
Desert Wildflower Bloom
Mark Dimmitt photo
Bursts of colorful wildflowers dressed the Desert Museum in Monet-like clouds of color last year. Will this year's wildflower season be as spectacular?  The amount and timing of rain are key however, there are many other contributing factors. Check in with our experts on the Wildflower Hotline: 520-883-2702, and enter #320 at the extension prompt. Check back often!