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Coati Kids Club Special Events for 2017

Mark your calendars now for these fun events! And as always, we'll send you an invitation before each one.

Awesome Otters: Saturday, February 4, 9:30 a.m. — 12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.
Few animals look at home in the water as river otters. We’ll investigate the lifestyle, family relations, and amazing adaptations of these adept swimmers. Plus, we will meet a keeper who works with our otter and see which treats these creatures find otterly irresistible.
Rebuilding a Desert: Saturday, March 4, 9:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.* in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and off site.
The Waterman Mountains, part of the Ironwood Forest National Monument northwest of Tucson, are a rare limestone range home to unique species of plants and animals including desert tortoise and bighorn sheep. They are also the site of a rebirth: 18 acres of devastated desert recovering to a healthy state with the help of many people. Get to know this special place and help in its recovery on this service learning day. *Please note that an hour has been added to this event to provide commuting time. We will plan to carpool to and from the museum. Families have the option to drive individually if they prefer.
Packrat Collectors, What’s in Your Midden?: Saturday, April 1, 9:30 a.m. — 12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.
People aren’t the only ones with prized collections. Packrats are famous for gathering “treasures” that they store in their nests. Uncover some of the odd collections of these hoarding rodents as well as the secrets of their nocturnal lives. And if you are a collector too, bring your collection of stuff to show our design team as you help us develop our new “Hidden in the Midden” exhibit.
Cool Caverns: Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. — 12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.
Ready to go spelunking? Our cave exhibit turns 40 years old this May...a mere drop in the bucket compared to the lives of real caves, but we are proud of our convincingly realistic creation. Explore the wonders of caves — how they form, who lives in them, and the history our cave — in our classroom and on a special guided tour.
Saguaro Harvest Campout: Friday, June 16, 6:00 p.m. to Saturday, June 17th, 8:30 a.m. On grounds or at our nearby saguaro harvest property.
Happy New Year! That’s right. The saguaro harvest marks the beginning of the new year for the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. We’ll harvest fruit and prepare syrup like they have done for generations. We’ll also enjoy the starry skies, wildlife, and stories of a desert campout. Space will be limited, so reserve a spot as soon as you get your invitation. $5 per person additional fee required.
Backyard Biologist: Saturday, September 9, 9:30 a.m. — 12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.
Even in the middle of the city, there is a lot happening with wildlife. Learn to identify common backyard residents around Tucson and experiment with good ways to observe and study these creatures in your own neighborhood.
Versatile Venom: Saturday, October 7, 9:30 a.m. — 12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.
What do Gila Monsters, rattlesnakes, scorpions, spiders, centipedes, and stingrays all have in common? They produce and use venom. We’ll discover the many different ways that animals (and people!) employ venom and go behind the scenes with Museum experts to meet some of these venomous creatures up close.
Animal Architects: Saturday, December 2, 9:30 a.m. — 12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.
Animals employ a variety of building and engineering methods to create their dwellings. We’ll examine some of these diverse structures and uncover what these constructions do for their makers.

More Events of Interest:

  • Mineral Madness fun fair and mineral sale, Saturday and Sunday, January 14 & 15, 10 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. Visit activity stations around grounds where to explore the amazing world of minerals. Collect a free rock or mineral specimen in your own egg-carton collection box !
  • Want to make a difference for the desert? Help stop the spread of buffelgrass. Join a group around Tucson for Beat Back Buffelgrass Day, Saturday, January 21. People from all over our community will be pulling buffelgrass from our neighborhoods, roads, washes and schools, and you can help! Learn more at
  • Plus, Coati Kids get discounts to our Summer Museum Explorers kids’ camps. This year’s camps will be from June 5-9 and July 10-14. Check our camps page for more information.
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