Community and College Outreach

Community Outreach program in progress

Desert Museum Programs feature live Sonoran Desert animals and may include interactive lectures, slide shows or activities. We enjoy working with all ages and types of groups. Our skilled Education Specialists can tailor our programs to the needs of your audience.

Live animals may include reptiles, birds, mammals and arthropods, although the particular animals we bring vary by program.

Reservation requests require 30-day minimum advance notice. Availability hours are 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

Browse the sections below to find the program that is right for your group:

Live Animal Presentations

Educator Robin holds a ringtail

Live animals help to illustrate a variety of natural history concepts and topics. Some programs involve hands-on activities with artifacts and/or the opportunity to touch animals. 40-50 minute program.

Event Booth Demonstration with Live Animals

Two docents manning an event booth

Meet our animals up close at an event, reception, or festival. Hands-on exploration of artifacts is interspersed with live animal interpretations. (Demonstration is dependent on suitability of environment for live animals). 2 hour program.

Request a Speaker

Educator Michelle has a snake wrapped around her left arm and is holding a display case containing a snake skeleton in her right hand

The Desert Museum can provide expert speakers on a wide variety of natural history topics. 40-50 minute program.

Custom Presentations

Educator Catherine shows a gopher snake to a group of older adults

For customized opportunities for up-close and personal interaction with Sonoran Desert animals, call or email the Conservation Education and Science Department at, 520-883-3025. Custom program costs start at $1000. Travel fees may apply.

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