Tucson’s Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will celebrate its 60th anniversary year with a variety of events kicking off on Labor Day.
Anyone celebrating a birthday on Sept. 3 will receive free admission. Anyone celebrating their 60th birthday in 2012 will get in for 60 cents.
Labor Day activities will include a dedication ceremony for the new Baldwin Education Building Library, the grand opening of the new Great Blue Heron/Cienega exhibit, the launch of the new Animal Keeper Interaction Program, birthday cake and a variety of other special programs.
“The museum’s 60th anniversary is not only a celebration of what the museum has achieved but also a reminder that it continues to evolve with new programs and new exhibits,” said Craig Ivanyi, the Museum’s executive director, in a press release.
The new Animal Keeper Interaction program provides an opportunity for visitors to watch as keepers work with animals during feedings, training exercises or enrichment activities. Visitors will be able to check the “Plan Your Day” board at the entrance patio for times and locations throughout the grounds.
The new Great Blue Heron/Cienega exhibit will showcase one of the largest birds native to the Sonoran Desert region. This particular heron was rescued from an eagle that had seized it out of its nest and dropped it alongside a roadway. The rest of the story will be available on Labor Day, when docents will be on hand in the morning to provide additional interpretative information for visitors.
For a complete listing of all the Labor Day activities visit desertmuseum.org/calendar.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum features more than 230 animals and 1,200 varieties of desert plants. The museum is located at 2021 N. Kinney Rd. in Tucson Mountain Park, adjacent to Saguaro National Park (West). It is open daily with operating hours varying by season. 520-883-2702 or desertmuseum.org.