Treasured Legacies chronicles the Desert Museum’s years of dynamic conservation programming while celebrating Priscilla Baldwin’s contributions to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM). Through photographs and Priscilla’s scratchboard art, this beautiful book includes a history of the ASDM, from its establishment in 1952, to ongoing initiatives that continue the founders’ vision of conservation, preservation, and education.


  • Experience the magic of Hal Gras’ Desert Ark, a beloved outreach program that brought desert animals to schools and organizations for more than 30 years, teaching generations of children - and adults - to enjoy and respect the natural world.

  • Soar with majestic birds of prey in the modern conservation experience called Raptor Free Flight.

  • Learn about the highly successful conservation art education programs of the Art Institute.

  • Look ahead to the future of conservation for zoos and aquariums.

  • Revel in the scratchboard art of Priscilla Baldwin, an internationally-recognized artist and long-time conservationist, and discover the Sonoran Desert through her message of Conservation: The Gift of Life, a series of unique artworks celebrating successes in conservation stewardship.

Priscilla and her husband, Michael, are responsible for the founding of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s Art Institute, which features art education classes, gallery exhibitions, an Artist-in-Residence Program, and a permanent Museum art collection. Priscilla has been a critical voice in furthering ASDM’s conservation efforts through art, art education, and the Museum at large.  


Book release is scheduled for 2021. It is a publication of ASDM Press. Primary contributors are Priscilla Baldwin, Craig Ivanyi, Peggy Larson, and Anne Warner.

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