From bats to bears, the International Wildlife Museum in Tucson displays more than 400 species of insects, mammals and birds from all over the planet. Through the art and skill of taxidermy, wild animals are displayed in realistic dioramas of their natural settings.
Founded in 1988 as the educational arm of the Safari Club International, the International Wildlife Museum offers visitors an up-close and personal look at the wildlife, characteristics, and even teaches visitors how to conserve and preserve our animal neighbors.
Before tackling the upcoming school year, get a little historical perspective by taking a family field trip to some of the early Arizona school houses from the 1800s that remain standing today.
The first public school in Arizona came about at the encouragement of our first territorial Governor, John Goodwin. In 1864, he challenged the Arizona Territory Legislature to make a small beginning by setting aside tax money to establish public schools in the Arizona Territory.
Anthem sure does seem to have a goodly number of friendly roadrunners. The comical desert birds that would rather run than fly, seem to have a taste for French fries.
Recently, a trio of these whirly birds—who are truly members of the cuckoo family—were spotted hanging out at the Anthem Jack In The Box. One handsome fellow was spotted next to the drive-thru, perhaps hoping Jack’s customers would remember him when placing their order.
Just a short two miles from Winslow is a series of protected, ancient Anasazi ruins; Homolovi State Park is a 4,500-acre archaeological preserve along the banks of the Paayu (or as we know it, the Little Colorado River).
There are four ancient pueblo ruins (two of which are open to the public) and more than 300 archaeological sites found within the park. These ancestral Hopi villages were built during a time of migration known to the Hopi as Hisat’sinom (archaeologists call them the Anasazi). Here, between A.D. 620 – A.D. 1400, the people paused in their migration to farm the rich flood plain found along the Paayu. The river served as a year-round source of water where the Anasazi planted crops and used the native plants for food, medicine and in ceremonies.
Visitors to UA Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, enjoy many of the same exhibits that have made this center one of the top science education attractions in southern Arizona for three generations.