June 20, 2014 - In This Issue:
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A Perfect Summer for Your Desert Enthusiast
Camp skulls

Give your child a chance to see the Museum as they never have before! The Museum's hands-on, minds-on day camps will open their eyes to the wonders of the Sonoran Desert region. Museum Explorers observe live animals, conduct science experiments, make cool crafts, create art with the Museum's Art Institute, sample desert foods, hike in the desert, and more! Three different camps are offered for kids entering grades 1-6, and spots are still available for the July 14 session. Register now 

Astronomy and Native Cultures Take Center Stage
Cool Summer Nights continue with the return of a perennial favorite and the debut of a brand new night. On June 21, join the experts from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory for a star-studded adventure at Astronomy Night. Stargaze through telescopes, participate in hands-on astronomy activities, and enjoy presentations of

Creatures of the Night. On June 28, the Museum presents Native American Cultural Night. Spend an evening  learning about the desert from Native American neighbors as they share traditional ecological knowledge, cultural traditions, stories, and cultural performances. View the schedule

Make Plans Now for Classes and Trips
Prickly Pear

Museum education isn't just for kids! Public Programs offer great opportunities for adults to become more educated about the desert and its surroundings. For the foodies, try a Prickly Pear Harvest (August 10 or 16), where you can learn to "reap" the benefits of this delicious native plant. Travel buffs won't want to miss this fall's two amazing trips: Rafting the San Juan River (September 15-22), and Up the Grand Staircase (November 5-10). Both offer the chance to take in amazing scenery and activities while being educated by pros in the field. Learn more  

Enjoy the Museum During the Hot Summer Months
It may be getting hot, but there are still lots of COOL things to do at the Museum! Make sure to pick up a "Beat the Heat" guide at the ticket windows to help plan your visit. Need an air-conditioned break? Take in a showing of Live and (sort of) on the Loose or Fur, Feathers, and Fangs, then visit the Baldwin Gallery and Warden Aquarium. For another "cool" interlude, don't miss the cave to view some amazing minerals and learn about the Earth's development.