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Self-Guided Visit with Animal Experience
Reservation Form

2018-2019 School Year

We will begin taking reservations for On-Site Programs for the new school year in early August. You may still reserve self-guided and self-guided with Stingray (option 1 below).

If religious or cultural restrictions prohibit the use of certain animals or related items in your program, please list those in the Questions/Comments section.

Option 1: Stingray Touch - $3.00 Per Person
The Gulf of California is an essential part of the Sonoran Desert. Discover our connections to the ocean with this captivating immersion experience (arms only Smile!). After a short introduction, your students will be able to experience the thrill of watching and being touched by a stingray!
Option 2: Live Animal Interactive Theater Program - $3.00 Per Person
Want a more focused experience for your students but are short on time? The Theater program is a great choice. In this multi-media program — featuring live animals — your students will actively discover the adaptations that living things use to survive and thrive in our desert climate. The program will last 30-40 minutes and allow you to make better use of your time exploring on-grounds. Program time: 11:00 a.m.
"I Spy Adaptations" Field Guide (and Answer Key) (PDFs)
Option 3: Green STEM Lab - $100 Per Lab

We continue to offer private programs for your group in our on-site classrooms. These programs — featuring live animals — provide more hands-on, inquiry-based learning. We are offering three Green STEM Labs. You can choose one of these labs. The lab lasts 60 minutes, up to 4 presentations of the same lab per day - 30 student maximum per presentation .

  • Amazing Arthropods (Grades 2-3)
  • Design by Nature (Grades 4-12)
  • Exploring Adaptations (Grades 3-12)

We also offer our ever popular Pre-K & Kinder program, which is 25-40 minutes in length.

Please read this important General Information (opens in new window) before filling out the reservation form.
The reservation is confirmed when your confirmation letter with reservation number has been emailed to you. Please allow 30 business days for response. For questions please call or email: 520-883-3025 or [email protected]

Items marked with an asterisk (*) are required fields.

School/Group Name*:
School District (for schools only):
School/Group Office Phone*: - -
School/Group E-mail:
School/Group Address*:
Zip Code*:
Teacher/Contact Name*:
Teacher/Contact Phone*: - -
Teacher/Contact Email*:
#Students/Children (2yrs and under)*:
#Students/Children (3yrs old and over)*:
In addition to the Experience fee, there is a museum admission fee for Student/Chaperones: 3 years & over: $5.00, under 3: FREE
(At least 1 adult/5 students in grades K-8; 1 chaperone/10 students in grades 9-12)
The school/youth group rate will not be honored for reservations submitted less than 15 days in advance of your earliest requested date.
Preferred Dates (mm/dd/yy)
To expedite your reservation, please submit backup dates:
1st Choice*: 2nd Choice: 3rd Choice:
Expected Arrival Time*:
Expected Departure Time:
Are you planning on eating in the Museum's picnic ramada?*
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How will your group get to the Desert Museum?*
Bus(es)   Van(s)   Car(s)
Most chaperones need support in helping students accomplish your learning goals. What tools or training will you provide for chaperones for the field trip?

View chaperone guidelines here

Choose your Experience

Live Animal Interactive Theater Programs and Green STEM Labs are offered Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri. Stingray Touch is offered 7 days a week.
Please select up to two Experiences.
Option 1:
Stingray Touch - $3.00 Per Person
Option 2:
Desert Survivors: What's in Your Toolkit? (Grades 1-6) - $3.00 Per Person
Option 3: Green STEM Lab - $100 Per Lab

Preferred Lab Start Time*: (Please note: You should arrive at least 15 minutes before Lab start time for check in. Also allow for 15 minute transition time between multiple presentations.)
Choose only ONE Lab

Amazing Arthropods (Grades 2-3)
Design by Nature (Grades 4-12)
Exploring Adaptations (Grades 3-12)

A Walk in the Desert (Only available for Preschool/Kindergarten)

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