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…

To Bee or Not to Bee: 15 UnBEElievable Facts About Bees!

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!…

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…

Top Eight Reasons to Love a Packrat (Yes, Really!)

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…

Tequila: Hills of Blue & Gold

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…

Earth Conservation Internship (Spring 2018)

The penultimate week of March marked the start of the first ever Earth Conservation Internship, or ECI for short! This program was developed as a collaboration between the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the US Forest Service, the National Forest Foundation, Arizona Conservation Corps, Youth Career Connect, and Pima County One Stop. ECI aims to give high school students…

The Little Known World of Urban Bees 🐝

Bees and flowers go together like bread and butter. Bees are almost entirely dependent on flowers to meet their nutritional needs. Adult bees consume nectar to provide them with the energy they need to mate (if they are male) and to build and provision a nest (if they are female). Mother bees feed pollen to…

Our Experience – Junior Docents

The Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum Junior Docents, before heading to Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge worked on a wildlife camera project. They headed south to Ajo Road, then west to Three Points, then south through Altar Valley where they observed two wild Crested Caracaras swooping over their vehicles. They were surprised at how the desert…