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Each of us comes to live in the Sonoran Desert for different reasons, but for all of us, the landscape is unlike anywhere we’ve lived before. The plants are unique, even hostile; the animals, strange and often threatening. Yet there is a magical – even mystical – quality to the land and its creatures and we can’t help but want to know more. During this six-week course, taught by Director of Education, Jo Falls, a different aspect of our desert home is covered each week beginning with “why a desert?” Delving into native plants, participants discover there is so much “more than just cactus” and that we also share our desert with a variety of creatures – “lizards and packrats and bugs, oh my!” Humans have made a relatively recent appearance in the Tucson Basin, but our footsteps have left their mark, leaving a trail from the ancient Hohokam to the Old Pueblo of today. And finally, how can we successfully live with the desert? Taking into account the forces of nature that shape the land, while acknowledging and understanding the creatures we share our “space” with, Tucsonans can welcome the desert into their homes while making their homes in the desert. Classes meet from 10am-12pm each Thursday from February 6 to March 12.