Get Outside, Virtually: Night Skies and Desert Plants

Niki D'AndreaSeptember 21, 2020
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While some businesses and schools slowly reopen, many people are still opting to stay home if they can. In the spirit of getting into the great outdoors again, here are two upcoming virtual events focused on the natural world.

First, the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University hosts a virtual night sky presentation almost every Wednesday. The presentations, streamed live on Zoom from the ASU Marston Exploration Theater , feature state-of-the-art planetarium technology that utilizes 4,000 projections systems to create 3D renderings of Earth and space-related visuals. The next ASU Marston Theater Virtual Night Sky Presentation takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 30. Register for free here.

To get back down to Earth, learn about the edible and medicinal plants of the Sonoran Desert from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 28, when Elder Sister Herbal Wellness and Desert Sage Herbs present a virtual class called “Medicinal Plants of the Desert Southwest.” The instructor will share how to use flora you can find in your own backyard. Participants receive a handout on desert plants and some recipes utilizing them. The class costs $35 and tickets can be purchased here.

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