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Enjoy a full range of educational classes and programs for learners of all ages!
 
LEARN Gifts
Lifelong learning is inspiring with the Desert Botanical Garden as your classroom. This holiday season, give the gift of learning to a friend or loved one and share the Garden's unique educational experience with our LEARN Gifts.

LEARN Gift - $10
Price: $10.00
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Lifelong learning is inspiring with the Desert Botanical Garden as your classroom. This holiday season, give the gift of learning to a friend or loved one and share the Garden's unique educational experience with our LEARN Gifts.

LEARN Gift - $30
Price: $30.00
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Lifelong learning is inspiring with the Desert Botanical Garden as your classroom. This holiday season, give the gift of learning to a friend or loved one and share the Garden's unique educational experience with our LEARN Gifts.

LEARN Gift - $60
Price: $60.00
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Lifelong learning is inspiring with the Desert Botanical Garden as your classroom. This holiday season, give the gift of learning to a friend or loved one and share the Garden's unique educational experience with our LEARN Gifts.

LEARN Gift - $100
Price: $100.00
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Lifelong learning is inspiring with the Desert Botanical Garden as your classroom. This holiday season, give the gift of learning to a friend or loved one and share the Garden's unique educational experience with our LEARN Gifts.

 
DESERT LANDSCAPE SCHOOL
Are you looking for more advanced classes in landscape and gardening? The Desert Landscape School offers certificate programs with specialized tracks that will help you design or maintain your garden, start a new career or advance on your current one, or simply learn more about desert plants and sustainable landscape practices.

Desert Landscape Installation Certificate
*This program has prerequisites that must be completed prior to registration. Please LOG IN for the system to validate your current certificates or call us at 480 481.8146 to register.
  • Planting and Maintenance Certificate
  • Sustainable Desert Landscape Certificate
Regular Price: $399.00
Member Price: $319.00
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Saturdays / April 1 - 29 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Installing a sustainable desert landscape requires knowledge about cultural conditions and sequencing of installation. In this five-week program, our experts will guide you through appropriate methods and progression of building a landscape. Students will have the opportunity to work in a real-life scenario and will learn how to install:

• Earthworks
• Drip irrigation system
• Desert plants
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 - Sat, Apr 29, 2017 8:00AM - 12:00PM   CLOSED

Sustainable Desert Landscape Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Tuesdays / April 4 - June 6 / 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Designing sustainable desert landscapes requires knowledge and aptitude in diverse areas such as soil sciences, hydrology, horticulture and sustainable practices in landscape management and installation. In this 20-hour program, students learn crucial concepts to design landscapes that are resilient, long-lasting and use resources wisely. Students will learn:

• Desert soils
• Water harvesting
• Water management
• Irrigation
• Sustainable maintenance
Session Spring 2017: Tue, Apr 4, 2017 - Tue, Jun 6, 2017 4:30PM - 6:30PM   CLOSED

Plant Biology and Desert Ecology Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Tuesdays / June 20 - August 22 / 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Effective management of desert landscapes requires an understanding of the fundamental principles of plant biology and desert ecology. In this 20-hour program, students will learn critical concepts of plant structures and functions, with an emphasis on how they relate to desert landscapes.

Students will learn about:
  • Desert Ecology
  • Plant Classification
  • Features and Structures
  • Plant Functions
  • Growth and Reproduction
  • Adaptations
Session Summer 2017: Tue, Jun 20, 2017 - Mon, Aug 21, 2017 4:30PM - 6:30PM   (13 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Landscape and Gardening
Whether you are new to gardening or wanting to increase your knowledge, the Garden provides classes that will give you the necessary skills to become a successful low-desert gardener. Landscape and gardening programs cover an array of topics including vegetable gardening, pruning, desert plants, container gardening, sustainable practices and landscape design. Many of the classes are supported with hands-on investigative learning and taught by professionals in the field.

Fruit Tree Bonsai
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Mondays / April 24, May 1 and 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn the basic techniques for turning a natal plum tree into a living piece of miniature outdoor art. Join Elsie Andrade and Joan McCarter as they share the essentials of caring for bonsai, including plant and pot selection, shaping, wiring, watering and fertilizing. All materials included. Limit 15

Session Spring 2017: Mon, Apr 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Caring for Your Desert Garden
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesdays / April 26 and May 3 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Caring for a desert garden is a challenge. This introductory class focuses on the basic skills and information to properly care for a garden, including best practices for planting, efficient watering, proper pruning, fertilizing and general maintenance for a successful low-water use landscape. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Wed, Apr 26, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Square-Foot Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / April 29 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Square-foot gardening uses intensive planting methods to grow edible plants in a small area. Carol Stuttard will guide you through this space-saving method of gardening, perfect for people short on room and time, or anyone new to vegetable gardening. She will discuss how to plan and lay out a square-foot garden, how much to plant and how to properly space your plants or seeds. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 29, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Espalier
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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The Sunday / April 30 / 2 - 4 p.m. has been CANCELED and re-scheduled to Sunday / June 25 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Espalier is an ancient horticulture pruning technique used to maximize small spaces and increase fruit production. Learn how to train your tree, shrub or vine to create a sculptural and practical work of art. This class will cover the art and science of espalier pruning, how to train initial plants and how to prune established espaliers. Instructed by Rick Cober, ISA Certified Arborist and Kristen Battafarano. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Sun, Jun 25, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Irrigation System Maintenance
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday / May 6 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

If you have an irrigation system and want to learn how it works or make simple repairs, this class is for you. Learn about all three types of irrigation systems--drip, sprinklers and bubblers--and how to maintain them for peak efficiency, troubleshoot common system failures and perform simple repairs. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.

Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 6, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Hot Pots
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Join award-winning designers Brian Kissinger, director of horticulture at the Garden, and Kenny Zelov, assistant director of horticulture, to learn bold container planting techniques. The class will focus on low-maintenance containers, plant staging and more. Create and take home your own captivating container garden with an assortment of plants and stones. All materials included. Limit 20.


Summer Survival for Vegetable Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / May 7 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Find out which vegetables can take the heat and which will have to get out of the frying pan! With the miracle of mulch, the solace of shade and the deliverance of drip irrigation, your garden can be an oasis of life in the inferno of a desert summer. Instructed by Jeff Ho. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Sun, May 7, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (20 AVAIL)

SketchUp: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday / May 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

SketchUp is a 3-D modeling software that is a powerful tool to accurately build a 3-D landscape design. With proper guidance, SketchUp is easy to use and will help you conceptualize the landscape of your dreams. These introductory classes will use the Garden's digital classroom to guide you through the features of SketchUp. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers and landscape design. Participants should bring flash drive or USB.


Instructed by Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 15.

In this interactive program, you will learn how to use SketchUp's basic functions, including file handling, drawing tools, viewing options and organizational tools to create a simple 3-D model. SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for SketchUp: Next Steps.

Session Spring 2017: Mon, May 8, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

SketchUp: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday / May 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

SketchUp is a 3-D modeling software that is a powerful tool to accurately build a 3-D landscape design. With proper guidance, SketchUp is easy to use and will help you conceptualize the landscape of your dreams. These introductory classes will use the Garden's digital classroom to guide you through the features of SketchUp. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers and landscape design. Participants should bring flash drive or USB.

Instructed by Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 15.

Enhance your SketchUp skills by designing a landscape using more advanced settings and tool bars. Topics include creating a base plan by importing aerial photos and using measurements, producing a concept plan, and finally modeling landscape elements such as hardscapes, materials and styles. SketchUp: Getting Started is a prerequisite for this class.​

Session Spring 2017: Mon, May 15, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Growing Succulents Indoors
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / May 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Succulent plants make wonderful specimens that fit beautifully into any home. Explore the diversity of succulents suitable for growing indoors, including the best genera, small and large plants, cultural needs and ways to make them stand out in your home. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 17, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Herbs for Patio Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / May 21 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Container gardening adds color and fragrance to balconies, patios or any small space. Herbs are among the easiest, prettiest and most rewarding plants for pots. Learn how to grow basil, oregano, chives, cilantro, lemon balm, mint, lavender, parsley, rosemary, and the best pots, planters or window boxes to grow them in. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Sun, May 21, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (19 AVAIL)

Exuberant Summer Vegetable Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / May 25 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Even when temperatures top 115 degrees and nights fail to cool, summer gardens can be a lush, productive oasis complete with harvestable crops. Tomatoes produce into July, eggplants grow throughout the season and melons sweeten summer mornings. Find out how to grow these bounties in the low desert. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Thu, May 25, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

All About Herbs
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Tuesdays / May 30 and June 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Herbs enrich even the smallest of gardens with their scent, beauty and flavor. This two-part class introduces twenty of the most useful, easy to grow herbs for your garden with special attention to successful growing practices. Learn about herbal history, harvesting, preserving, use and storage techniques as we prepare your senses for this interactive experience. Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 30.

Session Spring 2017: Tue, May 30, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Watering and Controller Programming
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday / June 3 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Take an active role in the health of your landscape by learning correct watering techniques and how to properly control your home irrigation system. The details of irrigation-controller programming will be demonstrated through hands-on exercises with controller models in the classroom. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jun 3, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

After the Lawn is Gone
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / June 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Reduce yard work and water bills by replacing grass with a desert-friendly landscape. Summer is the ideal time to remove a lawn. This class will take you through the step-by-step process of removing turf and designing and installing a beautiful, water-conserving, low-maintenance landscape. Discussion includes plant and hardscape design ideas. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest, landscape architect. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Wed, Jun 7, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Herbs of the Bible
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / June 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Many powerful medicinal and culinary herbs are mentioned in Scriptures, and these same herbs can flourish in the desert. You will discover biblical herbal uses, lore and husbandry. Discover how to design and maintain a Scripture-themed herb garden. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Thu, Jun 15, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Landscape Watering Basics
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / July 12 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Watering is the most important task in a desert garden. Most desert landscape watering schedules are not based on the individual needs of plants, light and heat conditions, or expected weather changes. A simple, three-step process will help you provide proper amounts of water to maintain your garden's health and reduce water usage. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest, landscape architect. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Wed, Jul 12, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Mid-Century Modern Garden Design
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays / July 13 and 20 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Whether you have a mid-century home or would like to create a landscape with a modern design aesthetic, landscape designer Erin Hutton will help you apply these concepts to your garden. In this class, discover design ideas for creating a mid-century modern landscape that is an extension of your home and reflects the principals of simplicity, repetition of color, texture and symmetry. Limit 15.

Session Summer 2017: Thu, Jul 13, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (14 AVAIL)

Color in Your Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / July 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

From flowers to leaves and soil to hardscape materials, color is everywhere outdoors. Learn how desert plant color combinations can affect the mood in your garden. Discover which desert plants can be creatively combined when planning your garden. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Thu, Jul 27, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Growing Grapes
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / July 29 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Grapes grow well in the low desert. They provide juicy treats in the summer heat and welcome shade when grown on an arbor. Discover the best varieties that can be grown in your garden and tips for propagation, plant placement, supporting structures, watering, pruning and protecting your produce. Instructed by Jeff Ho. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Growing Succulent Euphorbia
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / August 5 / 8 - 10 a.m.

Euphorbia can be easily grown in your desert garden. Plants in this diverse genus range from small globular shapes to massive trees and can be planted in the ground or containers for added interest and bold shapes. Learn which species to plant and how to maintain them. Instructed by Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 5, 2017 8:00AM - 10:00AM   OPEN

Environmental Challenges of Desert Gardening
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesdays / August 9 and 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

In this class, we will discuss the basic characteristics of desert soils, sun exposure, frost damage and pest problems. This introductory class will demonstrate how you can work with, not against, these factors to be a successful desert gardener. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 9, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Sunday / August 13 / 2 - 5 p.m.

Learn the basics of pruning to keep your trees and shrubs healthy, functional and attractive. This class will cover the art and science of good pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, the five types of pruning and the two worst pruning mistakes. Pruning demonstration and take-home materials included. Instructed by John Eisenhower, ISA Certified Arborist®. Limit 25.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 2:00PM - 5:00PM   OPEN

Best Vines for the Landscape
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / August 19 / 8 - 10 a.m.

It may seem challenging to find vines that can tolerate the Sonoran Desert, but there are many native and introduced species that thrive here. This class will identify the best, recommended vines, with information on how to grow them. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, agave and aloe collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 19, 2017 8:00AM - 10:00AM   OPEN

Plant Problems and Diagnosis
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / August 23 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Plant problems can arise from a variety of pathogens, insect pests, environmental conditions and even from the way we take care of our plants. Different culprits can cause problems with similar symptoms, making diagnosis difficult. Leanr to identify problems, their causes and how to keep your plants healthy. Instructed by Richard Gibson, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension agent. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 23, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Vegetable Gardening: Month by Month
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays / August 24 and 31 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy fresh, seasonal vegetables all year. Learn month-by-month techniques and ideas for picking and planting to extend each season's harvest. By spreading activities across the calendar, ambitious gardeners can enjoy the fruits of their labor throughout the year. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.

Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Simple Space Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / August 27 / 2 - 4:30 p.m.

Discover how to start a cottage garden with a mix of desert-adapted vegetables and flowers. Learn how to amend the soil, choose the right plants and use easy irrigation from your hose bib. Meredith Smith will share tips and tricks on how to create an edible and flowering garden to enjoy all year long. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 27, 2017 2:00PM - 4:30PM   OPEN

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Photography
Whether you are an aspiring photographer or an experienced professional, the Garden provides photography classes for all skill levels taught by qualified professionals. We offer introductory classes that guide beginner photographers to acquire the basic principles and techniques of photography. For the experienced professional, we provide classes that build upon their skills and how to master new techniques. Whatever level of your experience or camera you use, we have a class for you! Many of the classes are supported with hands-on sessions in the Garden's digital classroom, along the Garden's trails or to Arizona destinations.

Photographing Agaves
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday / April 29 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Garden has one of the most diverse collections of agaves in the world with more than 2,500 plants. Join Lisa Langell for personal instruction as you navigate the Garden's trails to capture the beauty of the agave and its leaves. This class will cover proper exposure techniques, equipment with special attention to lighting, framing and composition. Open to all digital camera owners including smartphones. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 29, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   CLOSED

Butterfly Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Sunday / April 30 / 7 - 10 a.m.

Photographing butterflies is an art form filled with both opportunities and challenges. Participants will have exclusive access to the Garden's new butterfly pavilion with its collection of beautiful butterflies. Learn to control the depth of field, color and light, isolate a subject from the background, exposure and composition. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017 - Session : Sun, Apr 30, 2017 7:00AM - 10:00AM   WAIT LIST

The Art of Vegetable Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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This program has been CANCELED. Please contact AdultEduc@dbg.org for more information.

Sunday / April 30 / 1 - 4 p.m.


Vegetables and fruits are part of everyday life, and these natural gifts can be transformed into a work of art. They are full of color, texture and patterns. You will learn the ideal way to capture every detail through photography. Discover how light, angles and details are used to portray the essence of these culinary delights. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Tracy Battaglia. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, Apr 30, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   CLOSED

Mastering the Tools: The Secret of Lighting
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday / May 3 / 6 - 8 p.m.

The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only.

Lighting is the essential ingredient in all photography. Yet for all its importance, light is too often unknown, unstudied and abused. This class will cover the most important aspects of light and how it can be used to turn snapshots into stunning photos. Understanding Your Camera and Mastering Exposure are prerequisites for this class. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 3, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Editing
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday / May 7 / 12 - 2 p.m.

Learn to use photo editing app Snapseed on your iPhone and iPad to enhance your snapshots into stunning images. Ashley Lowery will walk you through the amazing transformations you can make with the touch of your finger! Students should download the free app Snapseed onto devices before class. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, May 7, 2017 12:00PM - 2:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Shooting for the Stars: An Introduction
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday / May 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Cool nights are the perfect time to turn our eyes to the twinkling lights of the night sky and distant stars. Learn how to use the right equipment, correct exposure and metering, and specific techniques to photograph the stars. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is best suited for DSLR camera owners that can operate in manual mode. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 10, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Shooting for the Stars: In the Field
Regular Price: $186.00
Member Price: $149.00
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Saturday / May 13 / 5:30 - 11:00 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on a field excursion to photograph desert landscapes set against the majesty of the night sky. This trip expands upon Shooting for the Stars: An Introduction and provides additional guidance for more experienced photographers. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is best suited for DSLR camera owners that can operate in manual mode. Participants should bring DSLR camera, wide-angle lens, tripod and flashlight. This is an offsite program and transportation is included. Although the terrain is relatively even and can be traversed by most, participants should wear close-toed shoes. Click here for required equipment. Limit 8.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 13, 2017 5:30PM - 11:00PM   WAIT LIST

Mastering the Tools: Composition
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / May 20 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only.

For many, no aspect of photography is more difficult than composition. Learn the rules for composing photographs and examine how they work in unison with exposure and subject selection to produce visually compelling images. Understanding Your Camera, Mastering Exposure and The Secret of Lighting are prerequisites for this class. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 20, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Time-lapse Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Tuesday / July 25 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Discover the world of time-lapse photography. Learn the tips and techniques to capture time as they occur in intervals. Lisa Langell will also discuss the appropriate equipment often used to capture these images. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Tue, Jul 25, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Desert in Black and White
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday / July 29 / 3 - 6 p.m.

Black and white photography forces the viewer to focus on an image. Without the distraction of color, composition becomes more important, and the contrast between light and dark, subject and angle creates photographs of magnitude. Learn to use your camera and your eye to take beautiful black and white photographs. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Joanne West and John Marino. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Patterns in Nature
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday / August 19 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Did you know that you can actually control how your audience feels and experiences your photography through light, shade and creative composition? In this class, you will learn the quintessential compositional elements oriented toward wildlife and nature photography. Discussion will include rule of thirds, the Fibonacci sequence, leading lines, color harmony, tension, positive and negative space, journalistic photography styles, power points, post-processing concepts, and more. Open to all digital cameras that can shoot in manual mode. Participants should bring camera, manual and a variety of lenses. Instructed by Lisa Langell. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 19, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Introduction to Macro Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Sunday / August 20 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

In photography, the closer you focus on a given subject, the more you reveal. Join us as we explore an unfamiliar world by magnifying a subject. We will discuss the difference between close-up and macro photography, ways to get very close, equipment, focusing, lighting and steadying the camera. While this introductory class is open to all camera owners, it is best suited for those who are proficient in operating a DSLR camera. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 20, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Photographing Oak Creek Canyon: An Introduction
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday / August 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on an in-class photographic journey of the lower end of the West Fork Trail of Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona. He will cover general photographic techniques and the use of natural light to capture this scenic area. Open to all digital camera owners. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

Photographing Oak Creek Canyon: In the Field
Regular Price: $311.00
Member Price: $249.00
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Saturday / August 26 / 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on a journey that spans the lower end of the West Fork Trail of Oak Creek Canyon in the north through Red Rock State Park on the southern end of the valley. You will explore techniques on how to capture this unique environment from general photographic skills, to equipment, to composition and the use of natural light. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras.This is an offsite program and transportation is included. Click here for required equipment. Limit 8.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 7:30AM - 5:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

Photoshop Studio
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Tuesday / August 29 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Spend your summer evenings editing your favorite photographs using Photoshop Elements. Join Robert McBride as he briefly demonstrates how to edit photographs from start to finish. The majority of the class time will be conducted as an open studio where students can edit their images, "fine tune" their Photoshop Elements skills and receive one-on-one assistance using the Garden's digital classroom. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers and Photoshop Elements. Windows®-based, but Mac® users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Tue, Aug 29, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

Painting with Light
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday / August 30 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Create unique photographic images through light painting. Join Ashley Lowery and learn to use light sources to paint images and words with long exposures and flashlights. Class time will be spent in the Garden, where participants will 'paint' the desert scene and plants with light. For digital SLR cameras with a tripod only. Students should bring a flashlight. This class is designed for beginner-level photographers and no prior experience is required. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 30, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Cooking and Wellness
Join our entertaining demonstration classes to explore new cuisines, cooking techniques or how to sharpen your culinary skills in a relaxed environment. No matter your culinary passion, we offer a wide variety of classes that will suit your lifestyle. From beginner cooking 101 classes, baking or international cuisines, experience a truly unique culinary event with family and friends. The Garden also offers wellness programs including yoga and tai chi held outdoors in stunning Garden settings. Classes are kept small and suitable for all levels of experience.

Bath Salts, Teas and Fizzes
Regular Price: $76.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Sunday / May 7 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Salt has long been used for relaxation and nurturing the skin. Join Lynn Reves as she shows you how to create bath salts, teas and fizzes, using fragrant oils, herbs and salt in combinations that relax and refresh. Natural and preservative free. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, May 7, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Best of Broccoli
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / April 30 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Broccoli, a superfood, is one of the healthiest vegetables we can eat. Chef Jason Wyrick will show you how to prepare broccoli in new and innovative ways. He will prepare roasted and charred broccoli with peanuts, a quick and easy broccoli soup, and broccoli coleslaw, and he will share a recipe for a spicy, stir-fried broccoli raab with peanuts. Recipes demonstrated will be vegan. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, Apr 30, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Cooking 101: Knife Skills
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / May 6 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn how to properly use the most important tool in the kitchen. We cover cutting techniques and types of vegetable cuts, such as batonnet, dice and julienne. Individual instruction is provided, and we end by cooking a simple recipe featuring perfectly cut vegetables. Knives will be provided. Instructed by Teresa Hansen. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 6, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Hormones and Your Health
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / May 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Hormone differences are a problem for many people and can cause PMS symptoms, skin problems, weight issues and more. Registered dietitian Sara Korzeniewski will discuss why hormones get out of balance, symptoms of imbalance, and tips for getting back on track. She will demonstrate a few recipes that will promote healthy hormones. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 10, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (6 AVAIL)

Vegan Thailand
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / May 21 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Join Chef Jason Wyrick on a culinary journey to Thailand with all new recipes! Learn you how to prepare classic drinks and foods from this flavorful cuisine, including many gluten-free dishes. Discover how to prepare classic curries, stir-fries and coconut custards.Recipes demonstrated will be vegan.This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, May 21, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Peaches
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / May 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Peaches are the quintessential summer fruit. Learn how to use and prepare peaches in salads, healthy sandwiches and desserts. Chef Clyde Gaston will also share tips on how to select perfectly ripe peaches, peel and store them. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

A Southwest Picnic
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / June 3 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn the basics of cooking fish-a skill that can be used year-round-and making steelhead fish tacos with pickled onions and Baja cream. We will also prepare black beans with goat cheese and jalapenos, Southwest creamed corn and tres leches cupcakes that can be served at all your summer outdoor parties. Instructed by Maggie Norris. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jun 3, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Cooking Seafood
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / June 24 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Dive into learning how to cook with seafood. Learn the various techniques of working with seafood. Discover how to perfectly sear scallops, and how to precisely cook fish and shrimp so you do not overcook them. Chef Clyde Gaston will demonstrate simple recipes and share techniques on how to enhance flavors of your seafood. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jun 24, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Melon Mania
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / July 8 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Melons are nutritional powerhouses rich in vitamins A and C, potassium and magnesium, and a refreshing and hydrating summer fruit. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will prepare cool summer dishes and beverages such as melon and jicama salsa and watermelon agua fresca with chia just in time to beat the heat! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 8, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

No-Cook Cuisine
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / July 16 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Cooking in the hot Arizona summer can be a daunting task. Chef Jason Wyrick demonstrates a variety of hearty and filling recipes that don't require an oven or stove and are perfect for surviving hot desert summers. Learn to create simple, elegant recipes without heating up your home. Recipes demonstrated will be vegan. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Jul 16, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Fig Obsession
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / July 26 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Figs have been with us since ancient times. They are delicious, have lots of dietary fiber and provide many health benefits. Watch fig delicacies being prepared, sample them and take home recipes to try in your kitchen. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Jul 26, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

Squash Blossoms
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / July 29 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Hispanic markets are brimming with delicate and brightly colored flores de calabaza - squash blossoms - in the summer. Vegetarian chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will prepare a delicious squash blossom soup with roasted poblano chiles and an easy squash blossom quesadilla with huitlacoche and other favorite squash blossom recipes inspired by visits to Mexico City. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00AM   (10 AVAIL)

Cooking with Mesquite Flour
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / August 5 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Indigenous to the Southwest, mesquite trees are loaded with nutritious pods that have a natural, caramel-like sweetness. Used for generations by native peoples, mesquite flour is gluten-free, high in protein and nutrient dense. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will demonstrate how to prepare her four-seed mesquite crackers, Pima wheat mesquite tortillas and how to easily incorporate mesquite into your daily diet. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 5, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Gazpacho
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / August 12 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Gazpachos are cold soups that turn seasonal fruits and vegetables into a refreshing, delicious meal. Whether sweet or savory, Chef Maria Cano will demonstrate a variety of amazing soups to add to your repertoire, including a seasonal tomato gazpacho, watermelon gazpacho and a lime chicken gazpacho. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 12, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Whole Grains
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / August 13 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Full of flavor, texture and history, ancient grains and seeds such as quinoa, spelt, and amaranth are at the forefront of everyday cooking in this class. Learn more about their health value and versatility with indigenous foods chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz as she prepares some of her favorite breads, salads and dessert. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Harvesting and Cooking with Prickly Pear
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / August 26 / 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Prickly pear fruits are beautiful and nutritious. Learn traditional and modern ways of harvesting these delicious purple fruits, removing their spines and turning them into tasty treats. Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz shares her knowledge and experience as she turns the desert's bounty into beverages, syrups and even prickly-pear fruit leather. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 7:30AM - 10:30AM   (10 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Art

Be inspired by your imagination and release your creativity by attending art classes at the Garden. Classes are intended to foster your artistic visions and give you the skills to bring them to life. Each class is designed to be hands-on with individualized instruction. The Garden offers programs in mosaic, gourd art, drawing and painting, bonsai, and jewelry making.


Wildflowers in Watercolor
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $100.00
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Wednesdays / April 26, May 3 and 10 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Desert wildflowers are the perfect subject for watercolor. With colorful, highly pigmented petals, they lend themselves to the most interesting compositions. Spend three days with watercolor artist Devon Meyer, as you explore techniques like wet-on-wet, dry brush, and various paint methods to create exquisite desert wildflowers. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, Apr 26, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Gourd Bird House
Regular Price: $140.00
Member Price: $112.00
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Saturday / April 29 / 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Transform a gourd into an artistic birdhouse. Use various coloring agents, design sheets and wood burners to create your own distinctive bird dwelling. All materials included. Instructed by Paula Gregg. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 29, 2017 9:00AM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

Nature Weaving
Regular Price: $74.00
Member Price: $59.00
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Saturday / May 6 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Explore texture and nature by using natural materials to create a living tapestry. Lynn Reves will guide you through a step-by-step process to weave a natural wall hanging using an assortment of products such as desert plants, twigs and ribbon. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 6, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

Botanical Impressions
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Saturday / May 13 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join Julie Blankenship to learn about polymer clay and the various ways to sculpt it. We will impress local desert botanicals into clay to create one-of-a-kind pieces showcasing the desert Southwest. You will create polymer clay stamps, sculpt and shape dishes, beads and pendants, and learn techniques to add texture to produce a natural finish to your clay. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 13, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Botanical Mandalas
Regular Price: $188.00
Member Price: $150.00
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Thursdays / May 18, 25, June 1 and 8 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The ancient Sanskrit word mandala is associated with infinity, the planet and the environment. Participants will draw inspiration from a collection of seeds, leaves, pods, flowers and plants of the desert, as they create botanical patterns that can be repeated on a mandala template. In this program, students will choose a technique to render their botanical mandalas with line and color. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Thu, May 18, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

Desert Plant Doodling
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Saturday / May 20 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing way to draw beautiful images through structured patterns. It increases focus and creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of well-being. You will learn how to draw desert plants on watercolor paper with a Zentangle design and a watercolor wash. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 20, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Alcohol Ink Prints
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Wednesday and Saturday / May 24 and May 27
Wednesday / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. / Saturday / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Alcohol inks are an easy and interesting way to create works of art. In this class, you will be shown how to freeform using easy techniques for applying highly pigmented inks to special paper. As the inks flow and mingle, they create remarkable effects that can be controlled with brushes to create abstract prints or realistic paintings. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Sue Hunter. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 24, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

Wool Sheep Mobile
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sundays / May 28 and June 4 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Learn the art of needle felting by transforming fluffs of wool and shaping forms into whimsical sculptures of sheep. After making several sculptures, you will learn how to arrange and string them into various styles of mobiles that can be given as a one-of-a-kind gift. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, May 28, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

The Art of Calligraphy
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Saturdays / June 17, 24 and July 1 / 12 - 2 p.m.

Handwritten decorative lettering is an ancient art that has many modern uses. In this class, you will be shown how to use your own handwriting to craft your own modern script. Explore the right tools and practice step-by-step calligraphy techniques such as basic letter formations and brushstrokes. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jun 17, 2017 12:00PM - 2:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

An Introduction To Charcoal
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Saturdays / July 22 and 29 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Unlike paints, charcoals do not require additives or brushes, making them an easy, expressive and versatile medium. Working with charcoal is a good way to learn gray gradients and lighting techniques. Learn how to hold your charcoal, blend and layer to create varied textures and images. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 22, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Garden at Night in Charcoal
Regular Price: $110.00
Member Price: $88.00
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Sundays / August 13, 20 and 27 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Join Lynn Reves and explore the various charcoal techniques and types of papers used to draw beautiful night-blooming flowers and night-time pollinators with fine detail and bold artistic expression. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Botanical Pillow
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $84.00
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Tuesdays / August 15 and 22 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Pillows are the ultimate accent pieces. In this class, you will use fabric paint to create a vintage botanical print on a canvas pillow cover. Using desert plants and animals as inspiration, you will learn botanical illustration techniques such as line, shape and space to compose a composition. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (13 AVAIL)

Desert Mosaic Tabletop
Regular Price: $188.00
Member Price: $150.00
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Wednesday / August 23 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mosaic tables are a great way to express your artistic side. In this class, we will create a desert-inspired table top using colorful stained glass and glass tiles. The custom table base is constructed out of metal and measures 14 x 14-inches and 21-inches tall. Instructed by David Jarvinen. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 23, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Gourd Bird with Nest
Regular Price: $115.00
Member Price: $92.00
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Saturday / August 26 / 10 a.m - 4 p.m.

Learn how to use air dried clay to transform a gourd into a bird and create eggs. Let your imagination be your guide as you paint the bird and eggs. You will also weave a colorful, sturdy nest for your bird family using wire, string, fibers and yarn. All materials included. Instructed by Gail Aubel. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Concrete Leaf Prints
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Thursday and Saturday / August 31 and September 2
Thursday / 6 - 8 p.m. / Saturday / 2 - 4 p.m.


Create an exciting foliage-inspired sculptural piece for your garden using concrete leaf casting. Join Lynn Reves as you explore ways to use concrete and colorant to create unique leaf prints to grace your garden or give as a gifts. All materials are included. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 31, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Family Classes
Create meaningful memories for the whole family while attending a desert exploration program about native plants and animals. These programs are designed for families with children ages 5 to 12, although children 17 and under are welcome. Prices listed include one child and one adult.

Package Deal - Stories of the Past
Regular Price: $115.00
Member Price: $96.00
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Register for all three of our summer Stories of the Past Family Classes by June 9 and receive an exclusive 15% discount!

Offer expires on June 9. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

STARLAB
Friday / July 14 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Spend a celestial evening in the Garden as we explore the wonders of the night sky using the STARLAB Portable Planetarium from ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Discover the mythology of our constellations and the stories that have been told by different cultures from long ago. Please wear comfortable clothing and your favorite socks; no shoes are allowed inside the STARLAB.

Paleoecology Private Eye
Friday / July 28 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Fossils are one of the most important ways to learn what our world was like thousands of years ago. Investiage plant and animal fossils in order to uncover the ecology of ancient eras with a guest from the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Explore fossils, learn paleontology skills and solve mysteries through the science of paleoecology.

The Science of Storytelling
Friday / August 11 / 6 - 8 p.m.
Storytelling is perhaps mankind's most ancient art, and an important part of our culture. Join us for a special presentation by the South Mountain Storytelling Institute, then get creative with your own storytelling. Participants will make their own animal finger puppet to take home and act out their own story.
Session Summer 2017: Fri, Jul 14, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

STARLAB
Regular Price: $46.00
Member Price: $38.00
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Friday / July 14 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Spend a celestial evening in the Garden as we explore the wonders of the night sky using the STARLAB Portable Planetarium from ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Discover the mythology of our constellations and the stories that have been told by different cultures from long ago. Please wear comfortable clothing and your favorite socks; no shoes are allowed inside the STARLAB.

Pricing includes 1 adult and 1 child participant. Additional participants are $16 for members, $20 for the general public.
Session Spring 2017: Fri, Jul 14, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Paleoecology Private Eye
Regular Price: $46.00
Member Price: $38.00
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Friday / July 28 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Fossils are one of the most important ways to learn what our world was like thousands of years ago. Investigate plant and animal fossils in order to uncover the ecology of ancient eras with a guest from the Arizona Museum of Natural History. Explore fossils, learn paleontology skills and solve mysteries through the science of paleoecology.

Pricing includes 1 adult and 1 child participant. Additional participants are $16 for members, $20 for the general public.
Session Spring 2017: Fri, Jul 28, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

The Science of Storytelling
Regular Price: $46.00
Member Price: $38.00
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Friday / August 11 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Storytelling is perhaps mankind's most ancient art, and an important part of our culture. Join us for a special presentation by the South Mountain Storytelling Institute, then get creative with your own storytelling. Participants will make their own animal finger puppet to take home and act out their own story.

Pricing includes 1 adult and 1 child participant. Additional participants are $16 for members, $20 for the general public.
Session Spring 2017: Fri, Aug 11, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Refunds are available for cancellations made at least 10 business days prior to the program. Cancellations made within 10 business days will incur a 30% cancellation fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed programs or after the program start date.

A waiver of liability is required for all children and family programs.

 
Summer Camp ages 5-12
Each day our campers become scientists as they use their powers of observation in the classroom and on the trail to learn about the world around them. Campers will break out into groups by age to take part in outdoor experiences, children's literature, free choice learning, art projects and more! Snacks are provided. Campers must bring their own sack lunch.

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Wonderful Water
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 5 - 9 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Dive in to summer with an exploration of water, our truly remarkable elixir of life. Investigate the chemical properties, ecological importance and conservation of water in our desert. Prepare to get wet! Snacks are included. Campers must bring their own sack lunch.
Session Summer 2017: Mon, Jun 5, 2017 - Fri, Jun 9, 2017 8:30AM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Real Life Transformers
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 12 - 16 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

You don't have to go to the movies to see transformers--we have some in real life! Explore the lifecycles of frogs, butterflies and other insects through hands-on activities and live animal guests as they make their amazing transformations from beginning to end. Snacks are included. Campers must bring their own sack lunch.
Session Summer 2017: Mon, Jun 12, 2017 - Fri, Jun 16, 2017 8:30AM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Locomotion Commotion
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 19 - 23 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Run, scurry, slither and hurry to camp to uncover the many modes of animal locomotion. Discover how animals move and how they often influence engineers designing machines and inventions. Snacks are included. Campers must bring their own sack lunch.
Session Summer 2017: Mon, Jun 19, 2017 - Fri, Jun 23, 2017 8:30AM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Amazing Adaptations
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 26 - 30 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Why are jackrabbit ears so big? Why do snakes flicker their tongues? Why are chuckwallas' tails so fat? Find out the answers to these questions and many other amazing adaptations to life in our harsh desert climate. Snacks are included. Campers must bring their own sack lunch.
Session Summer 2017: Mon, Jun 26, 2017 - Fri, Jun 30, 2017 8:30AM - 3:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Summer Camp 2 Weeks
Regular Price: $350.00
Member Price: $300.00
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Register for two weeks of camp by May 1 and receive an exclusive 15% discount!

Offer expires May 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Summer Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
Session Summer 2017: Mon, Jun 5, 2017 - Fri, Jun 30, 2017 8:30AM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

Package Deal - Summer Camp 3 Weeks
Regular Price: $500.00
Member Price: $450.00
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Register for three weeks of camp by May 1 and receive an exclusive discount!

Offer expires May 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Summer Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
Session Summer 2017: Mon, Jun 5, 2017 - Fri, Jun 30, 2017 8:30AM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

Package Deal - Summer Camp 4 Weeks
Regular Price: $650.00
Member Price: $600.00
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Register for four weeks of camp by May 1 and receive an exclusive discount!

Offer expires May 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Summer Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
Session Summer 2017: Mon, Jun 5, 2017 - Fri, Jun 30, 2017 8:30AM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

Extended Camp
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Summer Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.

Package Deal - Wonderful Water Extended Camp
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $68.00
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Register for a full week of Extended Camp by May 1 and receive an exclusive 15% discount!

Offer expires May 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

June 5 - 9 / 3 - 6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Summer Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
Session Summer 2017: Mon, Jun 5, 2017 - Fri, Jun 9, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Package Deal- Real Life Transformers Extended Camp
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $68.00
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Register for a full week of Extended Camp by May 1 and receive an exclusive 15% discount!

Offer expires May 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

June 12 - 16 / 3 - 6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Summer Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
Session Summer 2017: Mon, Jun 12, 2017 - Fri, Jun 16, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Locomotion Commotion Extended Camp
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $68.00
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Register for a full week of Extended Camp by May 1 and receive an exclusive 15% discount!

Offer expires May 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

June 19 - 23 / 3 - 6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Summer Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
Session Summer 2017: Mon, Jun 19, 2017 - Fri, Jun 23, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Amazing Adaptations Extended Camp
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $68.00
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Register for a full week of Extended Camp by May 1 and receive an exclusive 15% discount!

Offer expires May 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

June 26 - 30 / 3 - 6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Summer Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
Session Summer 2017: Mon, Jun 26, 2017 - Fri, Jun 30, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (7 AVAIL)
Cancellation Policy
Refunds are available for cancellations made at least 10 business days prior to the program. Cancellations made within 10 business days will incur a 30% cancellation fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed programs or after the program start date.

A waiver of liability is required for all children and family programs.

 
Science
If you are intrigued by your environment and the living things that comprise it, explore the Garden's interactive science programs. The Garden offers classes designed to illuminate topics from Arizona geology and history to celestial objects in the desert sky. Discover the remarkable characteristics and behavior of desert animals or enjoy the history of desert people. Many classes are hands-on lectures or with trips full of adventure and excitement.

Desert Squirrels
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday / May 2 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Sonoran Desert is home to three species of squirrels: the rock, round-tailed and Harris' antelope squirrels. They are mostly ground dwellers, since the Sonoran Desert lacks large trees. Learn about their fascinating natural history, adaptations and behaviors. Instructed by Randy Babb from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2017: Tue, May 2, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

History of the Salt and Verde River Dams
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / May 4 / 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Phoenix and the Salt River Valley owe their existence to the water that flows through the dams and reservoirs of the Salt and Verde Rivers, as well as the canal system that delivers it here. How were these dams and canals located and built? How essential are they today for water, power and recreation? Join Leah Harrison and Evan Medley, historical analysts with SRP, as they discuss the history and importance of the Salt and Verde River system. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2017: Thu, May 4, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Mars
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / May 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Arizona has been at the forefront of Mars exploration since Percival Lowell chose a hilltop near Flagstaff to build his observatory at the turn of the last century. Since then, Arizona has remained a powerhouse of Mars exploration through its universities and the U.S.G.S. in Flagstaff. Through the decades, the search for Martian life has been a common thread. Dr. Steve Ruff from ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration will discuss the state of knowledge about the geology of Mars, its potential for habitability, and his newly published results showing evidence for ancient hot springs and the possibility of preserved microbial life. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2017: Mon, May 8, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Arizona's Owls
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday and Saturday / June 22 and June 24
Thursday / 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday / 6 - 8:30 a.m. (field trip)


Mostly denizens of the night, owls have fascinated people for eons. We will discuss their adaptations for their nightly haunts and look closely at the five species of owls found in Arizona. A field trip is planned to Zanjero Park, a successful burrowing owl relocation site in Gilbert. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Jun 22, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Desert Tortoise
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / July 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn about the life history of the fascinating Sonoran Desert tortoises, relicts of an epoch when this area was a tropical deciduous forest. Discover their life history, feeding habits, survival mechanisms and why they are considered keystone species. Instructed by Randy Babb from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Jul 19, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Bats
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday / August 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Though bats may seem scary, they are actually quite beneficial, eating a vast number of harmful insects. There are more than 28 species of bats in Arizona. Unfortunately, eastern U.S. bat populations are declining faster than any other land mammal. However, Arizona bat populations appear stable and some species have been increasing in numbers. Join Randy Babb, from Arizona Game and Fish, and learn more about these fascinating flying friends and how we can protect them. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Iconic Ironwood Tree
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / August 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

One of the most iconic trees in the Sonoran Desert, and is considered a foundation plant due to its great ecological importance. A large number of animal depend on the ironwood tree for food and shelter and more than 160 species of plants have been reported growing under its canopy, taking advantage of shade and protection. In the past, several indigenous groups of the southwest as well as northwestern Mexico depended on ironwood as a source of food, medicine and wood for construction and crafts. Learn about the natural history of one of the most remarkable trees in the Sonoran Desert. Instructed by Raul Puente-Martinez, curator of living collections at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 17, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Dragonflies
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / August 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn about the brutal and brief lives of dragonflies, megafauna of the insect world whose exceptional flight and jewel-like colors have captivated humans for centuries. Join Pierre Deviche from ASU's School of Life Sciences as he shares his enthusiasm and knowledge of the order Odonata. You will learn about dragonfly anatomy, life cycle, behavior, diversity of Arizona species, and how, where and when to find them. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

STARLAB
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Friday / August 25 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Spend a celestial evening in the Garden as we explore the night sky using the STARLAB Portable Planetarium from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Discover an overview of the constellations and learn what stars mean to us, and what they meant to the native people who lived here hundreds of years ago. Please wear comfortable clothing and your favorite socks; no shoes are allowed inside the STARLAB. During the program, participants will be asked to sit on the floor in a cross-legged position. Limit 20.
Session Summer 2017: Fri, Aug 25, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (17 AVAIL)

Impact of Water
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / August 30 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Water is essential for all living organisms. Without it, life could not survive. We will discuss how ancient and modern societies are able to survive in the desert and the history, development and impact of water on social, environmental and economic fabric. Instructed by Dr. Colin Tetreault. ASU's Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 30, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Northern Lights
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / September 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Northern Lights - the Aurora Borealis - is a stunning and colorful natural phenomenon, which we have only recently begun to understand. We will discuss the changing explanations for this "light show" and explore the connection between the Northern Lights and solar activity, in particular the sunspot cycle, solar flares, and the magnetic fields of the Sun and the Earth. Instructed by Dr. Per Aannestad. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Sep 6, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (20 AVAIL)

CANCELATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
 
Travel and Adventure
The Garden offers guided travel and adventure suited to a wide variety of interests and schedules. Hike riparian habitats and mountains of southwest Arizona or enjoy the summer exploring cooler climate areas. Watch the sun rise or set as you float along the Salt River. Marvel at thousands of cranes on one of our bird-watching tours. Expand your travel portfolio and learn from experts in the field. Watch feature locations come alive when paired with our rich and diverse programming.

Birding Hotspot: Prescott
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Tuesday / May 16 / 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy a day of discovery as you visit Prescott, a well-known birding hotspot. Kathe Anderson will guide you through several areas including the Highlands Center for Natural History where you will discover ponderosa pine and riparian habitats that provide a suitable retreat for local and migratory birds. We will then stroll down a half mile trail to Lynx Lake where you may spot a variety of birds including peregrine falcons, spotted towhees, painted redstarts and bald eagles in this scenic landscape. Price includes entrance fee and picnic lunch. Transportation is not included. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Tue, May 16, 2017 7:00AM - 4:30PM   (15 AVAIL)

Wine, Water and Adventure
Regular Price: $389.00
Member Price: $314.00
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Saturday / May 20 / 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Combine the spectacular beauty of Red Rock Country and the Verde River with a wine tour of the Alcantara Vineyards. Begin at V Bar V Ranch Heritage site, Arizona's largest known petroglyphs, and then head to the Verde Valley for a kayak trip on the scenic Verde River. End at the Alcantara Vineyards for a sampling of their award-winning wines among beautiful grape vines and rolling hills. Transportation departs promptly from the Garden at 7 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Limit 10.

Day trip includes:

• Round-trip transportation to and from the Garden
• Expert guides and educational programming
• River kayak and safety gear
• Snacks and lunch
• Wine tasting

Not included:

• Personal expenses
• Meals not mentioned
Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 20, 2017 7:00AM - 6:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Museum of Northern Arizona
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Friday / August 18 / 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Experience the Colorado Plateau with a visit to the Museum of Northern Arizona. This 200-acre Flagstaff museum includes more than five million Native American artifacts. You will be led on a private, behind-the-scenes tour with a museum curator to visit the Easton Collection Center that houses an extensive cultural, natural science and fine art holdings. You will also be guided on a docent-led tour highlighting the various exhibitions on display. Price includes entrance fee and lunch. Transportation is not included. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Fri, Aug 18, 2017 8:00AM - 5:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Travel and Adventure program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date minus 30% of the registration cost. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Early Childhood Programs
Most brain development in children happens in the first eight years, and much of it in the first three. Nature education programs at the Garden are a fantastic way to promote your child's development.

Baby Boojums
Regular Price: $60.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Discover nature at an early age through exploration, movement, and song. Garden instructors will guide you and your child in developing hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and curiosity in the Sonoran Desert. Classes this winter will focus on plant parts and spring classes will focus on insects. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Seedlings- Spring
Regular Price: $170.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Young children and their caregivers encounter the wonders of the desert through stories, art and nature walks in our preschool program. Garden instructors lead a different plant or animal theme each session with weekly lessons exploring life-cycles, pollination and so much more. Snack included. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Refunds are available for cancellations made at least 10 business days prior to the program. Cancellations made within 10 business days will incur a 30% cancellation fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed programs or after the program start date.

A waiver of liability is required for all children and family programs.

 
Teacher Workshops
The Desert Botanical Garden is committed to high quality education. We offer a variety of resources to support teachers and students in and out of the classroom. Our teacher workshops vary in subject, but are always standards-based, hands-on and fun! See the descriptions below to find an engaging workshop to inspire you and your classroom curriculum.

* includes refreshments, 3 CEU hours and Garden admission.

Teacher Appreciation During Flashlight Tours
 
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Take a much needed break from the business of a new school year and take some time to enjoy the hidden charms of our Sonoran Desert. Join us for a complimentary evening of Flashlight Tours to say Thank You for all the hard work you do educating our students.

Teacher Appreciation Night is free for teachers and one guest. School Id to be shown at check-in. Reservations are strongly recommended. Registration will open in spring 2017.

 
Spring Break Camp
Children become scientists as they use their powers of observation to learn about the world around them. Garden instructors encourage exploratory learning in a fun and safe environment. Each day of camp brings new adventures in outdoor experiences, children's art and literature, free choice learning and more.

Promotional support provided by boompromo.

Wings and Wildflowers
Regular Price: $165.00
Member Price: $140.00
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Grades K - 5

Your child will become a budding botanist as we examine flowers, bugs and birds during this week-long camp session. Each day, campers will break out into groups by grade level to learn about plant structures and the relationship between desert flowers and pollinators. Snacks included. Campers must bring their own lunch each day.

Spring Break Camp has concluded for the 2016-2017 school year. Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will open in fall 2017.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Refunds are available for cancellations made at least 10 business days prior to the program. Cancellations made within 10 business days will incur a 30% cancellation fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed programs or after the program start date.

A waiver of liability is required for all children and family programs.

 
Teens in the Garden
Teens aged 14-18 years old with a passion for nature and science are encouraged to apply for our Teens in the Garden program. Participants get together for monthly volunteer service-learning meetings throughout the school year and focus on exploring nature and fun with science.

We will be accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year beginning in May, 2017. Check back then to fill out the application. All applicants will be notified of an information session to be held during the summer months. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will commence during June and July with accepted applicants being notified during August 2017.

Teens in the Garden
 
There is a fee of $50 to be paid at accepted applicants first meeting. This fee covers the cost of a program t-shirt, snacks and incidentals during the course of the yearly program.
Valid: Sun, Oct 1, 2017 - Thu, May 31, 2018   OPEN