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TucsonNewsNowLogoSubmitted by Elizabeth Walton, Community Web Producer

Thursday, December 12th, 2013, 11:52am

Hundred Palms residents to get special tour of the Desert Museum Several residents from Hundred Palms will be able to visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum this Friday.

According to a news release from Hundred Palms a grant will help fund this ‘field trip’ to the Desert Museum.  The special tour is taking place on December 13 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., where residents with limited mobility will be able to explore specially designed exhibits.

Recently, Hundred Palms senior residents were recently visited by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s (ASDM) thanks to a grant-funded “Meet the Neighbors” program; residents had the opportunity to get up close, touch and meet their desert-dwelling neighbors.

ASDM has received funding to promote senior-friendly educational opportunities, including the “Meet the Neighbors” presentation, which brings live animals to senior-living communities. Now, ASDM helps bring Hundred Palm seniors to their live animals.

Expanding on the presentation and relationship with seniors in their community, ASDM is now welcoming Hundred Palms residents to experience their exhibits through mini-tours they have catered to those with limited mobility.

ASDM docents will lead tours through the exhibits close to the museum entrance, including a reptile and invertebrate room, and a new aquarium with a touch-tank where residents will have the experience to see sea stars and sea snails up-close and personal.

“Our residents are looking forward to visiting the museum,” said Laure Mendenhall, Hundred Palms Tucson Executive Director, in a recent news release about the tour. “The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum provides not only a learning opportunity for our residents, but feeds their engagement and curiosity about the world around them.”

The Hundred Palms residents are especially excited for the chance to appreciate and enjoy the exhibits without the struggle of a long walk. Snacks and refreshments will also be provided after the tour, culminating with several live-animal demonstrations.



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