Visitors coming to Sonoran Safari will explore the artistic landscape of the world’s 11th largest desert - the only place where the famous saguaro cactus grows in the wild. Through art and hands-on activities, guests learn about the desert’s native plants, animals, reptiles and birds.
The exhibit will feature artists inspired by the rich landscapes, colors and textures found within our diverse state. Activities are created with science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) concepts in mind. Also, several classes, workshops and “Meet the Artist/Expert” events will be offered.
Ed Mell - Desert Royalty
Paul Orzech - Cactus Man
Educational & Art Programs
Hands-on activities in the exhibition aim to engage the entire family. Young artists & explorers will enjoy:
Investigating the inside of a cactus in our Interactive Saguaro activity and learn more about animals that rely on cacti for survival
Exploring the wildlife research camp site – inside the black-light room - focused on the desert at night (sensory/dress up)
Building a wildflower wall
Learning about differences and similarities of the deserts around the world
Writing desert poetry (inspired by artist Ed Mell)
Playing various games that teach about extreme desert temperatures and how to protect yourself when exploring these extreme environments
Exploring desert specimens on our touch table
Experience the wildlife rescue station and learn how to care for wild animals in need
Creating “reflection” paintings, animal footprints and desert sky art
Margit-Kagerer - Heat-of-the-Night
Sonoran Safari features 25 artists from Arizona, the United States and the Czech Republic. Artworks include: digital photography, pastels, oil on canvas, digital works, fabric weavings, bronze sculptures, recycled art, ceramics, steel structures, light scultures, digital drawings and mixed media.