Let’s Get to the Fruit of the Matter: Prickly Pear Harvesting 101

Editors Note: We have reworded the paragraph regarding where to harvest prickly pear fruit here in Tucson. We would like to apologize for not including the very relevant fact that harvesting prickly pear fruit has been a traditional practice for generations for Native Americans. We are thankful for the continued education and shared knowledge from…

Two Saguaros: A Sonoran Desert Story

Photo: Miguel Vigil I see nothing but darkness. It is stiff, poking and jabbing me at all sides. From above, cold liquid begins to seep in and surround me. The cool is refreshing, invigorating even, yet the way it wraps around me brings forth a small knot of anxiety. The liquid continues to flow, with…

Let’s Pass on Plastic

“Thank you, Next” to single-use plastics. It’s 2019 and we are here for the reusable products only revolution! Earth Day has come and gone (even though truthfully, every day is Earth Day) but did you know that we are in the middle of Plastic Free July? The Desert Museum is partaking in the 31-day Plastic-Free…

The E Word(s): Endangered to Extinct

“Men still live who, in their youth, remember pigeons; trees still live who, in their youth, were shaken by a living wind. But a few decades hence only the oldest oaks will remember, and at long last only the hills will know.” —Aldo Leopold, “On a Monument to the Pigeon,” 1947 In this excerpt, Aldo…

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: A Place of Healing

“We need to re-connect, re-connect with our symbiotic relationship with nature as well as fellow humans. We need to understand that we are interconnected with all of the environment just as cells are an interconnected part of our body.”    Werner Janssen has been a volunteer for three years where many guests have had the…

Earth Conservation Internship (Fall 2018)

The Earth Conservation Internship is a program for urban youth in Tucson, AZ, to introduce them to the mission and the value of our National Forests. During the pilot programs in 2018, students learned about animals and plants of the Sonoran Desert at the Desert Museum, and then spent 4 days immersed in the wonders…

Siberia & the Sonoran Desert: A Cross-Continental Connection

What does the region of Siberia and the Sonoran Desert have in common? How is the Desert Museum connected to this remote region of the world? Many people are surprised to learn that the Desert Museum is known throughout the international community as a leader in regional displays, interpretation and education. Keep reading to learn…

Top 7 Kid Exhibits at the Desert Museum (as told by kids!)

1. Packrat Playhouse: Hidden in the Midden ASDM Photo No surprise here, since opening Packrat Playhouse in April 2018 it’s been a popular spot for visitors of all ages! Kids get to get out of their strollers, run, learn, explore and play like a packrat. From sliding to climbing to learning, it’s fun plus education…

Membership Updates!

On Friday, June 15, the Museum increased its membership rates (except for the Student category). We didn’t want you caught off guard by this and thought you may wonder why this happened, so we thought we’d provide you with some things you might not know about the Desert Museum. Five Things You May Not Know About…

3 Parks: 1 Partnership (Part 5)

The Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum Junior Docents had the opportunity to get their hands dirty helping to improve the ecosystem of multiple endemic animals at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The Youth Conservation Service Day included opportunities to learn about endangered species conservation efforts in the Sonoran Desert and to provide a hands-on experience in…