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Rooted Heritage Garden Launch Day

Rooted Heritage Garden Program will be an ongoing, year-round endeavor, utilizing the current courtyard space to highlight what is unique about the Sonoran Desert agriculturally and highlight the resources available to families in our community. The program will include events, ongoing engagement, added courtyard components and highlights to the gardens. The mission is served by providing interactive learning experiences rooted in creativity, culture and diverse inclusion.

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    • MacArthur Fellow O’Odham Poet, Linguist & University of Arizona Regent’s Professor, Ophelia
      Zepeda’s poem, "It Is Going To Rain"/" B 'O E-A:g Mas 'Ab Him g Ju:ki" as our inaugural bilingual
      piece in our new outdoor exhibit, Poetry Pod. This PP has 4 compartments and each will have a
      different children’s activity based on her Poem: write or type [UofA, Poetry Center collaboration],
      sketch, listen [pending permission] and build [words]. She will begin the Program with her Reading at 5:30 pm!
    • Don Guerra, Barrio Bread, 2022 James Beard Award Winner and outstanding local Baker presenting a
      tasting and discussing the significance of Sonoran grains.
    • Houses for Native Bees and Bugs, by local Sculptor and Landscape Designer, Greg Corman. A
      sculptural installation that teaches about and nurtures native bee nesting and its importance to our desert; will include  DIY examples of making your own Bee Habitat
    • Puppets & Poetry with local artist, Jeanne Missey Osgood. Interactive puppetry with 3 feet tall
      Emily Dickinson puppet and her poems on nature based on her own garden in Amherst: wind, rain etc.
      Native Seeds Search discussing the plants currently growing in our garden [O’Odham Tepary,
      Tarahumara Amaranth, Mayan Melons, Yoeme Basil etc.] through their Community Seed Grant;
      including a ‘seed to plant’ matching game. The currently growing 60-day Ki:Kum Hu:n O’Odham Corn
      was planted by Native Seeds Search experts on a prior Discovery Night event, during the celebration
      of Dia de San Juan Fiesta


Sep 01 2022


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Children's Museum Tucson
Children's Museum Tucson, South 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ, USA


  • Andra Heart Foundation
  • Armstrong McDonald
  • IMLS
  • Jenine & Phil Dalrymple
  • Pima County
  • Southwestern Foundation For Education And Historical Preservation
  • WholeKids Foundation