2024 Tours and Ticketed Events

ESA is thrilled to present attendees and their guests with an array of additional tours to enhance your Entomology 2024 experience. From networking breakfasts to serene sunset hot air balloon rides, there's something tailored to every taste.  Reserve your tour now, before they sell out. 

Daily Tours at the Biocollections at Arizona State University

Sunday, November 10 – Wednesday, November 13
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

The ASU Biocollections, including both Natural History Collections and NEON Biorepository, broadly support ASU's teaching, research and public outreach functions. The Biocollections personnel is thrilled to provide direct and interactive access to our facilities, collections, community and activities during Entomology 2024. Learn more about what you will see.

Round-trip transportation and free time to explore the collections on your own are included. 
Cost per person: $15.00
50 people per tour

Disc Golf at Buffalo Ridge Park



Monday, November 11 
1:00 – 5:00 PM

Round-trip transportation, bottled water, cash and other prizes are included. Experienced disc golfers should bring their own sets. 

Cost per person: $20 per person
50 people maximum

Get ready to tee off at the Disc Golf Outing! Join us in Phoenix for a day of friendship and fun on a nearby desert course. Whether you're a seasoned player or have never played before, this event is perfect for all skill levels. Grab your discs and prepare for an unforgettable day of camaraderie and excitement. Don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with fellow ESA members and experience the thrill of disc golf in the beautiful desert landscape. All players will have the chance to win prizes on holes through mini-games and experienced players can choose to compete for a cash prize for best score. A limited number of disc sets will be available for anyone new to the sport. 

Hot Air Ballooning

Sunday, November 10 │ 5:45 AM – 10:45 AM │ $275 per person
Monday, November 11 │2:30 – 7:30 PM │ $300 per person
Wednesday, November 13 │ 5:45 AM – 10:45 AM │ $275 per person

Round-trip transportation, chilled champagne, bottled water, celebratory breakfast/evening hors d’oeuvres. 

Sunrise flight per person: $275 (Sunday and Wednesday)
Sunset flight per person: $300 (Monday afternoon)
12 people per tour

Are you ready to take flight with your fellow entomologists? Check off this bucket list item and get ready to soar above the cacti and view the desert landscape from a whole new perspective. Imagine floating in the sky, surrounded by the gentle breeze and breathtaking views, before coming back to earth with a champagne toast to celebrate your flight. Choose between a sunrise or sunset flight. 

***Due to the nature of ballooning, wind factors may cancel or reschedule your flight. Please be sure your schedule is flexible when booking this tour. 

Learn more about the experience

Private Discovery Tour of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Photo Credit: Boyce Thompson Arboretum


Monday, November 11
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Round-trip transportation, private guide, and free time to explore the Arboretum on your own are included. 

Cost per person: $55
22 people per tour

Join us for a one-hour walking tour and discover Arizona's first and oldest botanical garden. With collections from many of the worlds' deserts, you will learn how this myriad of plants are crucial to our survival. Learn what makes desert plants unique and allows them to thrive in regions with such low precipitation. This tour will last approximately one hour and cover half a mile of walking. This introduction to Boyce Thompson Arboretum is a great gateway to further involvement at BTA and is accessible for most everyone.

Private Wallace Desert Garden Tour at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Photo Credit: Boyce Thompson Arboretum


Monday, November 11
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Round-trip transportation, private guide, and free time to explore the Arboretum on your own are included. 

Cost per person: $55 
22 people per tour

Join a volunteer guide for a stroll through the new Wallace Desert Garden. See this comprehensive collection of plants across the world’s deserts on a 1-hour walk over approximately half a mile of trail. Learn about the history of its acquisition, its acclaimed ephedra collection, and many other impressive specimens.

Round-trip transportation, private guide, and free time to explore the Arboretum on your own are included.

Usery Mountain Regional Park Hike

Wednesday, November 13
1:30 – 4:00 PM

Cost: $40 per person
25 people maximum

Usery Mountain Regional Park is located on the Valley’s east side, and is a 3,648-acre park that was added to Maricopa County's regional park system in 1961. The park is set at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains, adjacent to the Tonto National Forest. Usery contains a large biodiversity of plants and animals that are endemic to the lower Sonoran Desert. The most popular feature of the park is the Wind Cave Trail, where water seeps from the roof of the alcove to support hanging gardens of Rock Daisy situated 2,840 ft above the desert floor at the boundary between the volcanic tuff and granite on Pass Mountain. However, in this hike led by Dr. Rob Morrison (originally from Arizona), we’ll be taking an intermediate vista path that will offer 360° views of downtown Phoenix, the Superstition and Usery Mountains. Along the way, we’ll see the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert, including giant Saguaro cacti so numerous it looks like a forest, interesting arthropods equipped for the extremes, cactus wrens making the desert their home, and if we get lucky, maybe even a roadrunner or Gila monster!
This hike is geared for the intermediate level hiker. Round-trip transportation and bottled water are included. Be sure to pack your gear, sunscreen, and camera. 
 

VIP Tour and Drumming Workshop at the Musical Instrument Museum

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Musical Instrument Museum


Wednesday, November 13
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Round-trip transportation, lunch in the café, a scavenger hunt and free time to explore the museum on your own are included. A voucher will be provided to the café valued at $20 per person.

Cost per person: $120 per person
20 people maximum

Get ready to embark on a musical journey like no other! Join us at the Musical Instrument Museum for an exclusive VIP Tour and Drumming Experience that will leave you feeling inspired and energized. This event is perfect for anyone who have a passion for music and a desire to explore the fascinating world of musical instruments.

This exclusive event offers a unique opportunity for anyone to delve into the captivating world of music. From a VIP tour to behind-the-scenes access, you'll gain an insider's perspective on exhibit creation. After lunch, you’ll participate in an interactive drumming workshop and jam session, where you can unleash your inner rhythm and connect with the power of percussion before exploring the museum on your own. Don't miss this chance to immerse yourself in music like never before.

Round-trip transportation, lunch in the café, a scavenger hunt and free time to explore the museum on your own are included. A voucher will be provided to the café valued at $20 per person.

Women & Allies in Entomology Breakfast 

 

Monday, November 11
7:00 – 8:00 AM
Purchase ticket for regular meal: $40
Purchase ticket for vegan meal: $40

The Women & Allies in Entomology (W&AIE) breakfast is an inclusive networking event that connects women and underrepresented groups with mentors and career information. Complimentary breakfast tickets will be offered to 200 students and early career professionals thanks to our sponsor Corteva Agriscience. 

This year, complementary tickets will not be available at the door and will need to be obtained, at a desk near registration and during the welcome reception from a designated W&AIE representative. The best way to secure your spot and ensure your ability to network at this event is to purchase your ticket in advance. Only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door and to properly account for catering, we ask that you purchase your tickets ahead of time. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting signature event!

South of the Border Buffet
Menu: Carne asada & scrambled eggs with pepper jack cheese wrapped in flour tortilla. Also include breakfast pastries, fresh fruit assorted bottled juices and freshly brewed starbucks coffee and assorted bigelow tea. For vegan attendees, there will be vegan burritos as a substitute. 

For decades, the W&AIE breakfast has been a hub of networking, collaboration, and mentorship for young women and members of underrepresented groups within the society. Each year, 200 students and early career professionals have their ticket price sponsored by a generous donation from Corteva Agriscience, but in recent years, popularity of this event has grown beyond any of our expectations, necessitating additional funds to continue to provide students and ECPs with this opportunity. For the first time, we are inviting those who feel compelled to make donations to the breakfast. Donations will help to defer ticket costs for students or early career professionals, providing them with the opportunity that so many of us have enjoyed since this event’s inception in 1989.

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