Monday, February 18, 2013

Saturday is Family Fun Day at the Sonoran Desert Museum

This Saturday we decided to head over to one of our favorite places in Tucson, The Sonoran Desert Museum.  They have a new exhibit, the Warden Aquarium that just open at the end of January.  We have been waiting for a free weekend to head over and I was very impressed.

There are 14 tanks displaying a variety of fresh- and salt-water sea life. Some of the Museum's numerous conservation projects impacting many aquatic species are highlighted in the galleries.

As you walk in to the new building, you can look up and check out some beautiful jellyfish.  The kids really enjoyed these, and asked if we can make some for their room. 

Then we read and identified the fish local to Arizona.  Some I was surprised to find on the list.
There were many colorful fish, seahorses, eels, and fresh water fish to enjoy.

A new find for us were the garden eels.  These stunning little eels have a hard flat tip, at the end of their tail that acts like a shovel, to attach themselves to the sea floor.

One thing I love about the desert Museum is their constant effort to conserve the environment.  While taking in the many wonderful exhibits and species, we also read about ways we can save the Ocean and its beautiful creatures here on land.  The trash we use daily does affect the Ocean. Make more conscious efforts to save water, recycling, making eco shopping choices, and dropping the plastics can all be simple steps in saving these species before they are gone for good. 

I loved this little guy, can you find him?
What are ways you are taking steps to save the Ocean and enjoy its beauty?
Check out ways you can Conserve.
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  1. How fun! We recycle and make sure that we cut pop plastic rings to avoid getting caught up in marine life!

  2. I love aquariums (though we don't have many in my city) because I have a fascination with earth science and especially the sea life. It sounds like it was a lot of fun and very educational!

  3. This looks like so much fun! I love museums of all types, although they closed my favorite one here years ago!

  4. Sounds nice! Wish our local museum would do a Sunday family thing...

  5. I would looove to go to an Aquarium or a big Museum! There are none around here, that looks like so much fun!

  6. ANY time I see those little dudes peeking out from the sand I get so CREEPED ou - so thanks for sharing ;) This museum looks fun! I am a museum junkee!

  7. I love going to aquariums. The one we used to go to had stingrays you could touch...still getting up the nerve!

  8. What a cool place to go and spend time with the family!

  9. That looks like a fun place, hopefully I will see it in person one day.

  10. I have been wanting to go to an Aquarium for months now! I'm so jealous!

  11. I haven't been to an aquarium in at least a year. *sniff*

    I love the last picture so much. :)