Feb
22
Wed
Rocks and Ruins Eco-Station at the Overlook @ The Overlook
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Explore Tucson Basin geology and archaeology

Birds of Tohono Chul 8 a.m. @ Near Admissions, Just Inside the Grounds
Feb 22 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Learn to identify residents and those “just passing through,” plus information on habits and habitat.

Walk in the Park 10 a.m. @ Near Admissions Just Inside the Grounds
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am

Experience Tohono Chul while learning some basic Sonoran Desert ecology and the area’s history.

Hawk Happening @ Children's Ramada
Feb 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hawk Happening @ Children's Ramada | Tucson | Arizona | United States

Traveling avian ambassador Sueño and her human, Kathie Schroeder, are here to share secrets in the lives of the Southwest’s amazing Harris’ hawks

Feb
23
Thu
Who Eats Whom Eco-Station at the Overlook @ The Overlook
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Discover an interactive approach to a desert food chain

Living with the Desert @ Education Center 1
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each of us comes to live in the Sonoran Desert for different reasons, but for all of us, the landscape is unlike anywhere we’ve lived before. The plants are unique, even hostile; the animals, strange and often threatening. Yet there is a magical – even mystical – quality to the land and its creatures and we can’t help but want to know more. Taught by Director of Education, Jo Falls, each week a different aspect of our desert home is covered beginning with “why a desert?” Delving into native plants, participants discover there is so much “more than just cactus” and that we also share our desert with a variety of creatures – “lizards and packrats and bugs, oh my!” Humans have made a relatively recent appearance in the Tucson Basin, but our footsteps have left their mark, leaving a trail from the ancient Hohokam to the Old Pueblo of today. And finally, how can we successfully live with the desert? Taking into account the forces of nature that shape the land, while acknowledging and understanding the creatures we share our “space” with, Tucsonans can welcome the desert into their homes while making their homes in the desert.

Walk in the Park 10 a.m. @ Near Admissions Just Inside the Grounds
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am

Experience Tohono Chul while learning some basic Sonoran Desert ecology and the area’s history.

Art in the Park 11 a.m. @ Exhibit House, Main Gallery
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

An in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at our changing art and cultural exhibits.

Feb
24
Fri
SOLD OUT – The Desert & The Sea – Travel Edventure @ Travel
Feb 24 – Feb 27 all-day
SOLD OUT - The Desert & The Sea - Travel Edventure @ Travel

In only a few magical places around the world does the desert meet the sea as it does just across the border in Sonora, Mexico. Join us as we explore the unique El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, and by way of contrast, the Upper Gulf of California and its coastal intertidal zone with the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO).

The volcanic desertscape of the Sierra Pinacates is stunning in its stark simplicity. The Bioreserve includes giant “Maar” craters, lava flows, cinder cones, and majestic, shifting sand dunes hosting their own specialized ecosystems. Our guides, former ASDM staff geologist and raconteur Bob Scarborough and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Education Specialist and cultural historian Jesús García, introduce us to the area’s natural and geological history, as well as its cultural diversity. The Tohono O’odham revere the Pinacates, sacred land to their ancient Hohokam ancestors, as the second home of I’itoi. Our eco-excursion takes us from the unforgiving, vulcanized terrain of the Pinacates to the coast at Puerto Peñasco where we “plunge” into the marine life and biodiversity of the intertidal habitats of the Gulf with the staff of CEDO.

There’s also time to explore the vivid markets of Puerto Peñasco, taste local seafood and learn the colorful history of northern Sonora’s largest seaport. Our host is Stephen Bernier of South of the Border Tours and cost includes motorcoach transportation, three nights at Peñasco del Sol Hotel (rooms with balconies and ocean view), all meals but one lunch and  admission fees/tips. Offered in conjunction with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. $975 per person/double occupancy members ($200 single supplement)

 

Creepy Crawlies @ Eco-Station at the Overlook
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am

Sometimes scary, but always cool! – spiders, scorpions, snakes and lizards