The Spirit of Arizona Blog Series:                                     Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

I was making yearly treks to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum long before I was living in Tubac.  In fact, for the past 22 years I have watched both the Museum and my two sons (now 28 and 26) grow up during our summer visits to Grandpa and Grandma. 

My dad has been a card carrying member of the museum for as long as I can remember and there was always an abundance of free passes for our visits.  Trips to the Desert Museum to see what was new and visit "old friends" -- my sons' favorite were the playful and wildly entertaining prairie dogs--to this day are one of the most cherished memories of our trips to Arizona. I look forward to the day when I can introduce my grandson to the Museum!

For nearly a half-century, the Arizona-Sonora Museum has enchanted millions of visitors with it exhibits of live animals in refreshingly natural settings, while also intriguing and instructing them with fascinating educational programs.  The mission of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.  Leading by example, the Museum is a living testament to its mission. 

While visitors flock to the Museum for its rich experiences, what they may not realize is that it is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden.  It has gained worldwide repute in the scientific community as an institution committed to researching and protecting the land, plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert. 

Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.  Throughout the grounds exhibits recreate the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert region so realistically that you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters and so much more.

One of my personal favorites happens to be watching the Birds of Prey in free is definitely a mesmerizing experience as you will see by this amazing video, produced by Unique Views Of Nature.

However, nothing can replace seeing it in person so make plans to visit the Museum...I'd love to hear what you think of this magical place. 

As I wrote in the launch blog for this series titled The Spirit Of Arizona, I want this to be an interactive process so please share your thoughts about a particular topic you would like to see covered.  In order to encourage your comments, I am going to come up with something creative to giveaway with each blog post in this series.

In keeping with this blog's topic, I will be making a $50 donation to the Arizon-Sonora Desert Museum in the winner's name.  To be eligible, leave a comment about this blog--a winner will be drawn from all of the comments submitted.

          JUDI MONDAY, CRS         


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