“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 … More The E Word(s): Endangered to Extinct
“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 … More The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: A Place of Healing
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 … More Earth Conservation Internship (Fall 2018)
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 … More Siberia & the Sonoran Desert: A Cross-Continental Connection
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 … More Top 7 Kid Exhibits at the Desert Museum (as told by kids!)
Have you heard the BUZZ? It’s National Honeybee Day! Step aside Beyoncé. Here are 15 facts about the “OG Queen Bees”! 1. All honeybees are bees but not all bees are honeybees! Honeybees are actually non-native to North America and were brought over in the 1600s from Europe. 2. Bees are found on every continent except Antarctica! … More To Bee or Not to Bee: 15 UnBEElievable Facts About Bees!
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 … More Membership Updates!
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 … More 3 Parks: 1 Partnership (Part 5)
They’re CUTE Packrats are adorably adorned with large sympathetic eyes and ears comically larger than their faces. Wiggly whiskers and a soft, furry body complete their look. Why do they look so darn cute? Typically when animals display larger-than-life features we, as humans, find that facial ratio delightful. That’s why we are hard-wired to be … More Top Eight Reasons to Love a Packrat (Yes, Really!)
Close your eyes and take a journey with me south of the border through rolling hills gleaming of azul (blue) and oro (gold). The blue patches covering every hillside are blue agaves, surrounded by grasses that shimmer like gold. The air is crisp and you discover yourself immersed in the charming town of Tequila, in … More Tequila: Hills of Blue & Gold