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Enjoy a full range of educational classes and programs for learners of all ages!
 
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 Plant Palette Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Formerly called Desert Life Forms Certificate
January through March 2017

In this program, we will highlight the various plant forms that are used in urban desert landscapes. At each class, a specific plant category will be discussed. Our experts will share important information on selected plants and give you their tips and experience in identifying these plants in the field and ensuring their proper placement in the landscape. This class is ideal for professionals and homeowners looking to increase their plant palette when designing desert landscapes. This is a 20-hour program that includes the following desert plant groups:

• Annuals
• Herbaceous perennials
• Ornamental grasses and bulbs
• Vines and groundcovers
• Succulents
• Agaves
• Yucca
• Cacti
• Shrubs
• Trees

​Registration starts November 2016

Desert Design Certificate
Regular Price: $374.00
Member Price: $299.00
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January through March 2017
(pre-requisites apply)

Designing sustainable desert landscapes requires knowledge and aptitude of design principles and processes. At each class, our experts will provide guidelines on how to create and render a concept from a functional diagram, to preliminary designs, and a finalized master plan. In this 20-hour program, students will learn crucial concepts to design sustainable landscapes. To register for this program, students must have successfully completed the following certificates:

• Desert Plant Palette/Desert Life Forms
• Sustainable Desert Landscapes

Registration starts November 2016

CANCELATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed classes or cancelations made with less than two weeks' notice. If you are unable to attend a program, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. The Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs with insufficient registration, Garden closure, or due to inclement weather. Participants will be contacted prior to the program either by phone or email and receive a full refund. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option2) for cancelations.

 
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.

Caring for Your Desert Garden
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Tuesdays / August 23 and August 30 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Low-desert gardeners face special challenges when it comes to tending their landscapes. In this introductory class, participants will gain the basic skills and information to properly care for their gardens while minimizing the impact to the environment. This class will cover best practices and techniques for planting, efficient watering, proper pruning, fertilizing and general maintenance to create a successful low water use garden. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2016: Tue, Aug 23, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Best Vines for the Landscape
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / August 27 / 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 2016: Sat, Aug 27, 2016 8:00AM - 10:00AM   CLOSED

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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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.

Small Outdoor Patios
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / August 31 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Small spaces, common to an urban environment, present one of the biggest challenges in landscaping. Learn how to design elegant landscapes for courtyards, outdoor balconies and side yards. Suggestions for both hardscape and plants that are beautiful and easy to maintain will be provided. Instructed by Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2016: Wed, Aug 31, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Vegetable Gardening for Cool Season Harvest
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays / September 8 and 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Grow vegetables in the winter? You bet! Fall is the time to plant a delicious variety of fresh leafy greens, roots and seasonal herbs. Learn from a seasoned pro which vegetables thrive in our unique climate and soil, and how to plant, care for and harvest them during the cool season. Special attention will be given to unusual varieties. Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Sep 8, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (17 AVAIL)

Vertical Chalkboard Garden
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $64.00
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Saturday / September 10 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Vertical herb gardening is a great way to maximize available space. Using a small rectangular wooden planter that hangs vertically on a wall, participants will plant various herbs and create a chalk-painted edge to label them. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Sep 10, 2016 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Succulent Bonsai
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Saturdays / September 10, 17 and 24 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn how to turn a succulent plant into a miniature outdoor bonsai creation. This extended class will cover the basics of bonsai, including plant and pot selection, shaping, wiring, watering and fertilizing. All materials included. Instructed by Elsie Andrade and Joan McCarter. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Sep 10, 2016 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Maximize Your Curb Appeal
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday / September 12 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Whether you want to sell your home, have recently moved into a new house or simply want a new look, improving the attractiveness of your landscape from the street provides many benefits. This class will present design ideas to improve the curb appeal of your property, including specific plant recommendations. Instructed by Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2016: Mon, Sep 12, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Water Harvesting: Design to Implementation
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / September 14 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Applying simple water harvesting strategies at home improves your soil, provides wildlife habitat and conserves water. Join Ryan Wood from the Watershed Management Group to learn about water harvesting from design to implementation. He will cover how to design an integrated water harvesting system, create a rain garden and use greywater safely. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Sep 14, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (20 AVAIL)

Irrigation System Maintenance
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday / September 17 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

If you already have an irrigation system and want to learn how it works or make simple repairs, this class is designed for you. Familiarize yourself with all three types of irrigation systems-drip, sprinklers and bubblers. Learn how to maintain systems for peak efficiency, troubleshoot common system failures and perform simple repairs. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Sep 17, 2016 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays / September 22 and 29 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Imagine picking fresh vegetables from your garden for dinner! Fall is a rewarding time for gardeners to plant and harvest fresh vegetables. This class identifies the best vegetables to grow and when is the ideal time to plant them. We will explore soil preparation, raised beds and container gardening, and how and when to water. Learn the ten basic steps and planting times according to local calendars to help you add fresh vegetable to your meals. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Sep 22, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Container Gardening: Ornamentals
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday / September 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Explore the basics of container gardening for patio and garden accents. Learn to consider plant size, shape and color to create intriguing arrangements that will add beauty to your entrance, patio and garden, as well as attract hummingbirds and other wildlife. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, agavaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Sep 27, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (14 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Home Landscape Design
Regular Price: $135.00
Member Price: $108.00
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Package Deal - Home Landscape Design series. Register for both classes by Labor Day and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Offer expires on September 5. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This series covers the basics of designing residential landscapes that are appropriate for the Sonoran Desert. The instructor walks you through each phase of design and assigns relevant exercises. You can use your own gardens for some of these exercises, whether you are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one. Instructed by Liza Blank, landscape architect. Limit 20.

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Wednesdays / September 28 and October 5 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


This interactive studio-format program guides you through basic design and provides a framework to create a new and enjoyable outdoor space using different plant material and hardscape options. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for Home Landscape Design Basics II.

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Wednesdays / October 19 and 26 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


This class builds on Home Landscape Design Basics I and further develops your landscape plan to prepare and guide you through appropriate methods and sequence of installing your design. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for this class.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Sep 28, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesdays / September 28 and October 5 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This series covers the basics of designing residential landscapes that are appropriate for the Sonoran Desert. The instructor walks you through each phase of design and assigns relevant exercises. You can use your own gardens for some of these exercises, whether you are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one.

This interactive studio-format program guides you through basic design and provides a framework to create a new and enjoyable outdoor space using different plant material and hardscape options. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for Home Landscape Design Basics II. Instructed by Liza Blank, landscape architect. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Sep 28, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Drip Irrigation Design and Installation
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday / October 1 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learn how to design an efficient drip irrigation system that will function well as your plants grow and mature. Proper zones for plant materials, soils and microclimates are covered, as well as how to maintain the system over time. This class will also cover how to avoid many of the common mistakes associated with drip system design and installation. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Oct 1, 2016 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Planting Wildflowers
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / October 1 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Fall is the ideal time to plant in the arid Southwest. Get a jump start on spring by planting herbaceous perennials during the cool season. This program covers easy-to-grow wildflowers, soil preparation, how and when to water and other maintenance tasks, and includes demonstrations, followed by guided instruction on the Garden trails. A descriptive list of desert wildflowers is included. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Oct 1, 2016 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Vegetable Container Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / October 2 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Containers are a great way to grow your own vegetables. This step-by-step program focuses on the challenges Southwest gardeners face when growing edibles in containers. Learn about different types of potting soil, watering and mulching techniques, and the importance of location and seasonal changes. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Sun, Oct 2, 2016 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Natural Mosquito Control
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday / October 3 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Mosquitos are a huge nuisance, and using chemical products to repel them is not always the best solution. Discover what types of plants can be grown to discourage these unwelcome intruders and how to entice the natural enemies of mosquitos into your garden. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Mon, Oct 3, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Succulent Fairy Gardens
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Saturday / October 8 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learn how to create a succulent fairy garden using layered, broken terracotta pots to construct a miniature landscape. Lynn Reves will guide you through a step-by-step process of construction and layering of planting materials for a one-of-a-kind tiny garden. Participants will create their own succulent fairy garden to take home. All materials included. Students are encouraged to bring miniature items or accessories, such as houses, furniture, garden tools, toys and special mementos. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Oct 8, 2016 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Plant Tour with Garden Expert
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / October 8 / 9 - 11 a.m.

Have you ever seen a plant in the Garden and wanted to know a little more about it? Or perhaps you want to learn how to grow it at home? You can get answers to these questions and more on a guided walk through the Garden's Center for Desert Living trail. The tour, led by Garden horticulturist Tracy Rhodes, will focus on vegetables and herbs with an opportunity for participants to ask garden-and plant-related questions. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Oct 8, 2016 9:00AM - 11:00AM   (19 AVAIL)

Berry Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / October 9 / 2 - 4 p.m.

There is nothing like fresh, mouth-watering berries picked from your own garden. Blackberries, strawberries and even blueberries can be grown in our arid climate. Learn about site selection, soil and irrigation requirements, suitable varieties and other tips and techniques for growing these delicious, juicy fruits at home. Instructed by Jeff Ho. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Sun, Oct 9, 2016 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Growing Great Chilies
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / October 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The cool days of fall are perfect for savoring the flavors of chili peppers! Fall is the time to choose the varieties you want to start from seed indoors. From the history of chilies and peppers to the vast variety available today, you will learn the secrets to growing, harvesting and using this flavorful plant. Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Oct 13, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Growing Salvia
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / October 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Salvia is the largest genus of the mint family and are a popular feature of Southwestern landscapes because of their hardiness and vibrancy. Learn how to incorporate the biennials, perennials and woody shrubs of the Salvia genus for a striking and colorful addition to your garden. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Oct 19, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesdays / October 19 and 26 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This series covers the basics of designing residential landscapes that are appropriate for the Sonoran Desert. The instructor walks you through each phase of design and assigns relevant exercises. You can use your own gardens for some of these exercises, whether you are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one.

This class builds on Home Landscape Design Basics I and further develops your landscape plan to prepare and guide you through appropriate methods and sequence of installing your design. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for this class. Instructed by Liza Blank, landscape architect. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Oct 19, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Microgreens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday / October 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Microgreens and sprouts are incredibly nutritious greens that can be used in salads and stir fries. In this class, learn about the wide variety of these tasty plants that easily can be grown and harvested inside, even if you do not have a garden. Participants will start their own microgreens to take home, and sample some of them, too. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Mon, Oct 24, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Best Bulbs for Desert Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / October 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

If you have only heard about chilled tulips and amaryllis, you and your garden are missing a lot of flowers! Bulbs supply some of the most exquisite notes and seasonal surprises in a garden, and many species live happily in dry, hot conditions, shady areas or containers. There are bulbs that bloom in almost every month of the year. Discover which bulbs to plant and where to buy them, plus soil, watering and exposure requirements. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Oct 27, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (18 AVAIL)

SketchUp: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday / November 2 / 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. 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 Fall 2016: Wed, Nov 2, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Regrowing Kitchen Fragments
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / November 3 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The cuttings, pits and seeds from fresh produce can often be rescued and grown into plants. Using these unused parts can help reduce grocery bills or provide interesting plants for your home. Learn how to grow a pineapple top, germinate an avocado pit or regrow green onions-and give many of your leftovers a new life. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Nov 3, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Best Plants: Cacti
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / November 6 / 12 - 2 p.m.

Cacti may seem ideally adapted to the desert, but many plants, especially those introduced from other regions, need special care to survive harsh Sonoran growing conditions. Join Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden, on this instructional walk as she identifies and recommends cacti and gives information about growing them in your garden. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2016: Sun, Nov 6, 2016 12:00PM - 2:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Edible Front Yards
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / November 6 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Often confined to the backyard, edible gardens are about to make their front yard debut. Liz Lonetti will introduce the concept of incorporating traditional landscape plants with edible plants to create a visually appealing and functional garden. She will lead you through design and plant selection, giving you the skills to plan, plant and grow a productive front yard. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Sun, Nov 6, 2016 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Garden Heritage
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday / November 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The practice of seed saving is a time-honored tradition. Join Carol Stuttard as she teaches you how to save and harvest seeds from your favorite vegetables, herbs and flowers. Learn how to preserve the heritage of your garden as you embrace the joy and the science of seed saving. Hands-on demonstration and seed varieties to take home included. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Mon, Nov 7, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

The Art of Watering
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / November 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Even though succulent plants need less water to survive than ordinary leafy plants, they do need water in the right amounts and at the right time. Find out how to water your succulents and keep them in peak condition. Instructed by Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Nov 9, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

SketchUp: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday / November 9 / 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. 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 Fall 2016: Wed, Nov 9, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Herb Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / November 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Ornamental? Medicinal? Culinary? Herbs have been grown in gardens for centuries and are prized for their flavor, fragrance and beauty. Explore the stories behind herbs, and their use throughout history and in the present day. This class will also cover the many herbs that are easily grown in the low desert and give essential tips for success. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Nov 10, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Succulent Orb
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $64.00
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Wednesday / November 16 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn how to arrange succulents in a modern interpretation of traditional mistletoe by creating a succulent kissing ball. Lynn Reves will guide you through a step-by-step construction process using a variety of succulents to create a hanging orb that can be used in the garden or indoors. She will also show you how to care for your living piece of art. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Nov 16, 2016 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Landscape Lighting
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / November 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Lighting is an important aspect of landscapes. It is especially valuable in the desert during the long, hot summers, when the most comfortable time to enjoy and view your landscape is after sunset. We will focus on designing and engineering affordable, energy-efficient functional lighting that creates visually dramatic effects. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest, landscape architect. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Nov 16, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed classes or cancellations made with less than two weeks' notice. If you are unable to attend a program, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. The Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs with insufficient registration, Garden closure, or due to inclement weather. Participants will be contacted prior to the program either by phone or email and receive a full refund. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option2) for cancellations.

 
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.

Introduction to Macro Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday / August 27 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

One constant in the world of close-up photography is-the closer you focus on a given subject, the more that is revealed. Join us as we explore the unseen, unfamiliar world by magnifying the subject matter. We will talk about the difference between close-up and macro photography, ways to get really 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 technically proficient in operating a DSLR camera. Participants should bring DSLR camera with macro lens capability or macro lens, cable or remote shutter release and tripod. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2016: Sat, Aug 27, 2016 9:00AM - 12:00PM   CLOSED

Photography: Capturing Sunsets
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Tuesday / August 30 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn how to photograph sunsets at the Garden with instructor Robert McBride, who will discuss techniques to capture the vibrant sunset colors. Then we will head into the Garden for a sunset shoot session with hands-on instruction. Participants should bring DSLR camera, wide-angle lens, cable or remote shutter release and tripod. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2016: Tue, Aug 30, 2016 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Photographing Oak Creek Canyon: An Introduction
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday / August 31 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on a 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 2016: Wed, Aug 31, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

Photographing Oak Creek Canyon: In the Field
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Saturday / September 3 / 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on a field excursion to Oak Creek Canyon. Use the skills you gained in Photographing Oak Creek Canyon: An Introduction to capture the beauty and majesty of the sandstone canyon walls and vegetation lined streams. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Participants should bring DSLR camera, lenses, polarizing filter and tripod.This is an offsite program and transportation is included. Click here for required equipment. Limit 8.
Session Summer 2016: Sat, Sep 3, 2016 7:30AM - 5:30PM   WAIT LIST

Digital Desert Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Sunday and Wednesday / September 4 and September 7
Sunday / 12 - 4 p.m. / Wednesday / 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.


This two-session introductory class is ideal for those who are new to digital photography or are simply interested in learning which buttons to push, which settings to use, and when to use them. Robert McBride will explain basic camera functions and controls, exposure techniques, shooting modes, basic composition and tips on how to create better-looking images. Open to all digital camera owners. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sun, Sep 4, 2016 12:00PM - 4:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Nighttime
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday / September 14 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Have you ever taken photos with your iPhone or iPad at night and felt dissatisfied with the outcome? Learn the essential techniques that will help you shoot better iPhone or iPad photos at night or in low light. Explore lighting, exposure levels and the best apps for nighttime photography. Time is allotted for guided help on the Garden trails. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Sep 14, 2016 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

DSLR Video
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday / September 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to record the motion of nature and wildlife? This class will include tips that aim to help videographers and photographers shoot video with DSLR cameras, and hands-on instruction on how to use your camera's capabilities to shoot high-quality videos. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Sep 15, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Abstract Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Tuesday / September 20 / 5 - 8 p.m.

A whole new world of photography, creativity and fun opens up when you break the boundaries of traditional imagery and explore photographing abstracts. Abstract photography is all about taking everyday objects and transforming them into something creative and mostly unrecognizable. Learn how to use macro lenses, depth of field, motion blur, patterning, edges, composition techniques and more to design images that are artistic, ethereal and unique. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Lisa Langell. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Sep 20, 2016 5:00PM - 8:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday and Wednesday / September 24 and September 28
Saturday / 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. / Wednesday / 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.


Learn the keys to photographic excellence using digital cameras. The focus of this two-session class is on intermediate photography skills and advanced setup of your DSLR camera. Learn to take your camera off automatic and use the more advanced creative exposure settings to produce more compelling photographs. Topics include advanced exposure techniques, metering, how to achieve sharp focus and how to merge the technical with the creative aspects of photography to achieve success. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Sep 24, 2016 9:00AM - 1:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Monday / October 3 / 5 - 8 p.m.

The best camera is often the one you have with you when something spectacular happens right before your eyes. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you have a great camera. Learn how to stabilize, hold and shoot using your iPhone or iPad and choose the best apps for smart photography and editing. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Mon, Oct 3, 2016 5:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Close-up Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Sunday / October 9 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Explore photographic concepts and techniques as applied to close-up photography, such as camera selection and the use of macro lenses, close-up lenses, extension tubes, bellows and flash. There will be ample opportunity to try out your own equipment, see what others are using and to capture the beauty of small subjects with your camera. Open to all digital camera owners. Knowledge of basic photographic principles is desirable but not required. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Joseph Berke. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sun, Oct 9, 2016 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Capturing Fall Colors
Regular Price: $163.00
Member Price: $130.00
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Package Deal: Capturing Fall Colors series. Register for both classes by Labor Day and receive an exclusive 10% discount! Limit 8.

Offer expires on September 5. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Capturing Fall Colors: An Introduction
Thursday / October 13 / 5 - 8 p.m.


Autumn presents the nature photographer with a unique opportunity - vibrant colors that transform a green scene into a tapestry of reds, yellows and golds. Whether you are just getting started in digital photography or planning a trip to a region known for spectacular fall color, this class will give you the knowledge and tools necessary to produce beautiful images every time. Topics include getting the most out of your lenses, mastering exposure to achieve maximum color, composition and design, capturing great images and more. This class is open to all digital camera owners. Instructed by Robert McBride.

Capturing Fall in the Field
Saturday / October 15 / 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Join Robert McBride on a field excursion to explore how to photograph the majestic colors of fall. This trip expands upon Capturing Fall Colors: An Introduction and provides additional guidance for more experienced landscape photographers. This is an offsite program, and transportation from the Garden is included. While the class is open to all photographers, it is best suited to those owning a DSLR camera. Click here for required equipment.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Oct 13, 2016 5:00PM - 8:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Capturing Fall Colors: An Introduction
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Thursday / October 13 / 5 - 8 p.m.

Autumn presents the nature photographer with a unique opportunity - vibrant colors that transform a green scene into a tapestry of reds, yellows and golds. Whether you are just getting started in digital photography or planning a trip to a region known for spectacular fall color, this class will give you the knowledge and tools necessary to produce beautiful images every time. Topics include getting the most out of your lenses, mastering exposure to achieve maximum color, composition and design, capturing great images and more. This class is open to all digital camera owners. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Oct 13, 2016 5:00PM - 8:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Capturing Fall in the Field
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Saturday / October 15 / 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on a field excursion to explore how to photograph the majestic colors of fall. This trip expands upon Capturing Fall Colors: An Introduction and provides additional guidance for more experienced landscape photographers. This is an offsite program and transportation from the Garden is included. While the class is open to all photographers, it is best suited to those owning a DSLR camera. Click here for required equipment. Limit 8.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Oct 15, 2016 7:30AM - 5:30PM   (1 AVAIL)

Moonscape Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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The beauty of moonlit nights and the splendor of the Garden make for a fantastic evening of shooting moon-illuminated landscapes. This class is designed for amateur photographers and provides hands-on guidance. Participants use creativity and experimentation to learn elements of lighting, exposure, camera settings and nighttime considerations to create beautiful photographs. Participants should bring digital or film SLR camera, wide-angle or medium zoom lens, tripod, cable or remote shutter release and flashlight. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 10.

Package Deal - Photoshop Elements Studio
Regular Price: $186.00
Member Price: $149.00
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Package Deal: Photoshop Elements series. Register for all classes by Labor Day and receive an exclusive 10% discount! Offer expires on September 5. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Learn how to organize and add creative touches to your photos using Photoshop. Windows-based, but Mac users are welcome. Students should have a basic working knowledge of computers. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Introduction to Photoshop Elements
Monday / October 17 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Explore Photoshop to upload images from your camera and memory card, review and select individual images, enhance and share photos.Topics include tools, palettes and image manipulation, using the Organizer workspace. Click here for required equipment.

Photoshop Elements: Next Steps
Monday / October 24 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Go beyond the "Quick Fix" of "Guides Edit" and use the Editor workspace for advanced editing. Topics include the use of layers, selections and tools to take images to the next level. Click here for required equipment.

Photoshop Elements: Finishing Touches
Tuesday / November 1 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Continue building your editing skills using Photoshop to produce attractive photos and share your stories in sophisticated creations for both print and web. Click here for required equipment.
Session Fall 2016: Mon, Oct 17, 2016 6:00PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Elements
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Monday / October 17 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Use the Garden's digital classroom to explore Adobe Photoshop Elements to upload images from your camera and memory card, review and select individual images, and sort, organize, enhance and share photos. Topics include tools, palettes and image manipulation, using the Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer workspace. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers. Windows-based, but Mac users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Session Fall 2016: Mon, Oct 17, 2016 6:00PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

iPhone and iPad Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Tuesday / October 18 / 5 - 8 p.m.

Continue to build your iPhone and iPad photography skills to create better photos using a range of settings. Learn how to improve your device photography and editing techniques with different lighting scenarios and compositions, and how to add creative touches to "finish" your photos. Time is allotted for guided help on the Garden trails. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Oct 18, 2016 5:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: Understanding Your Camera
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Wednesday / October 19 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only.

Good exposure starts with understanding your camera-the features, functions and set-up of a DSLR camera. Learn how shutter speeds, apertures and ISO work together to help you capture a successful photograph. Take a walk in the Garden and use your new skills to take nature photographs. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. Understanding Your Camera is a prerequisite for The Secret of Lighting, Mastering Exposure and Composition. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Session Fall 2016: Wed, Oct 19, 2016 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

Adobe Photoshop Elements: Next Steps
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Monday / October 24 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Enhance your editing and organizing skills using the more advanced Photoshop Elements Editor workspace. Go beyond the "Quick Fix" of "Guides Edit" found in the Organizer workspace and learn how to use the Editor workspace for advanced editing. Topics include the use of layers, selections and tools to take your favorite images to the next level. Windows-based, but Mac users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Mon, Oct 24, 2016 6:00PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Package Deal - Capture the Old West
Regular Price: $128.00
Member Price: $102.00
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Package Deal: Capture the Old West series. Register for both Old West Photography: An Introduction and Old West Photography: In the Field by Labor Day and receive an exclusive 10% discount! Limit 10.

Offer expires on September 5. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Old West Photography: An Introduction
Tuesday / October 25 / 6 - 8 p.m.


Arizona is brimming with architectural gems, from ranch houses and blacksmith shops, to churches and saloons. This class will cover both the technical and creative aspects of architectural photography. Topics will range from how to employ HDR to balance the extremes in light often found in old buildings, to how to effectively capture the patterns, shapes and structural details found in historical structures. While this class is open to all digital camera owners it is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Instructed by Robert McBride.

Old West Photography: In the Field
Saturday / October 29 / 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Learn how to capture the spirit of the American Old West! Travel back to the 1800s at the Pioneer Living History Museum, from the opera house where Lily Langtry, the "Jersey Lily," performed, to the actual cabin that survived Arizona's bloodiest range war. This is an excellent opportunity to use skills and techniques learned in Old West Photography: An Introduction. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden and entrance fee. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Oct 25, 2016 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Old West Photography: An Introduction
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Tuesday / October 25 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Arizona is brimming with architectural gems, from ranch houses and blacksmith shops, to churches and saloons. This class will cover both the technical and creative aspects of architectural photography. Topics will range from how to employ HDR to balance the extremes in light often found in old buildings, to how to effectively capture the patterns, shapes and structural details found in historical structures. While this class is open to all digital camera owners it is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Oct 25, 2016 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: The Secret of Lighting
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday / October 26 / 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 by today's photographer. This class will cover the most important aspects of light and how it can be used to turn snapshots into stunning photos. Participants should bring DSLR camera and manual. Understanding Your Camera is a prerequisite for this class. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Oct 26, 2016 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Old West Photography: In the Field
Regular Price: $93.00
Member Price: $74.00
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Saturday / October 29 / 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Learn how to capture the spirit of the American Old West! Travel back to the 1800s at the Pioneer Living History Museum, from the opera house where Lily Langtry, the "Jersey Lily," performed, to the actual cabin that survived Arizona's bloodiest range war. This is an excellent opportunity to use skills and techniques learned in Old West Photography: An Introduction. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden and entrance fee. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Oct 29, 2016 8:00AM - 1:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Adobe Photoshop Elements: Finishing Touches
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Tuesday / November 1 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Continue building your editing skills using Photoshop Elements to produce attractive photos, share your stories in sophisticated creations for both print and web, and manage and safeguard your digital memories. We will focus on recognizing what your photos need and how to use the more advanced Editor workspace to fine tune your images, fix exposure problems and to add creative touches to finish your photos. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers. Windows-based, but Mac users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Nov 1, 2016 6:00PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Mastering the Tools: Exposure
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday / November 7 / 6 - 8 p.m.

The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only.

In today's digital world, many photographers wrongly assume their camera's default metering system will give them a correct exposure every time. Examine your camera's various metering systems and learn why different systems can produce better results under different conditions. This class will cover the importance of using a histogram and highlight alert to ensure accuracy. Understanding Your Camera and The Secret of Lighting are prerequisites for this class. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Mon, Nov 7, 2016 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Photography: Capturing Sunrises
Regular Price: $81.00
Member Price: $65.00
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Thursday and Monday / November 10 and November 14
Thursday / 6 - 8 p.m. / Monday / 5:15 - 8:30 a.m.


Have you tried to photograph an amazing sunrise, and then found that the final images looked nothing like the impressive sunset you just witnessed? Fine art photographer Joanne West will share techniques for sunrise photography in this two-part program. The classroom portion will include the effects of different camera settings, composition ideas and recommended equipment. The second part is a guided, pre-dawn sunrise shoot at the Garden, with a chance to shoot a full moon setting, followed by a classroom review. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Nov 10, 2016 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: Composition
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday / November 16 / 5 - 8 p.m.

The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only.

For many, no aspect of photography is more difficult than composition. For that reason, there are rules for composing photographs. Examine those rules and how they work in unison with exposure and subject selection to produce visually compelling images. Understanding Your Camera, The Secret of Lighting and Mastering Exposure are prerequisites for this class. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Nov 16, 2016 5:00PM - 8:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Photographs that Shine
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Thursday / November 17 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

You often hear photographers talk about composition, but what exactly is composition and how is it different from subject? We will explore a few guidelines and learn how they work, how and when to apply, and where they can specifically help the photographer to improve their photography skills. In this class, we will discuss the golden ratio, filling the frame, background and depth, and other topics that will help you create photographs that will shine. Participants should be familiar with aperture setting and basic camera modes. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Carol Komassa. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Nov 17, 2016 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Starry Skies
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Friday / November 18 / 5 - 9 p.m.

Taking pictures at night is a challenging and rewarding kind of photography that requires a new level of skill. Join Beth Ruggiero-York, Arizona Highways photography instructor, as she shows you how to photograph landscapes under starry skies. You will learn techniques to shoot night scenes with perfectly focused foregrounds and stars, and then head into the Garden for a night shoot with hands-on instruction. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Fri, Nov 18, 2016 5:00PM - 9:00PM   WAIT LIST

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed classes or cancellations made with less than two weeks' notice. If you are unable to attend a program, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. The Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs with insufficient registration, Garden closure, or due to inclement weather. Participants will be contacted prior to the program either by phone or email and receive a full refund. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option2) for cancellations.

 
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.

Harvesting and Cooking with Prickly Pear
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / August 27 / 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Second Session Added on Sunday / August 28 / 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. Limit 12.

Sandwiches and Sliders
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / August 27 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Sliders and sandwiches are a mealtime hit with endless options! Chef Maggie Norris shows how to make crispy quinoa sliders, a grilled salmon club, pork and chorizo sliders with green chile mayo, and fried chicken sandwiches with pickled jalapeno slaw and spicy mayo. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2016: Sat, Aug 27, 2016 1:00PM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

Paella
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / September 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Paella, a rice dish infused with fragrant saffron and rosemary, is a quintessential Spanish dish. Learn about the right type of rice to use, how to get the iconic crisp bottom and how to select the best ingredients. Join Chef Jason Wyrick as he shares an essential part of his family's heritage and demonstrates how to make authentic Spanish paella. This class is demonstration only. The recipes that will be demonstrated are vegan. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Sep 7, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

Back to School Snacks
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / September 11 / 1 - 3 p.m.

With kids heading back to school after summer, healthy eating choices are a necessity. Learn how to make healthy snacks that they will enjoy all year long. Registered dietitian Sara Korzeniewski will demonstrate easy snacks your family can make together, a great activity to get them interested in healthy foods at an early age. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sun, Sep 11, 2016 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Cooking with Pomegranates
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / September 17 / 1 - 3 p.m.

First introduced to Arizona by the Spanish in the mid-1700s, pomegranates are a nutritional powerhouse that have been revered for millennia. Sink your teeth into some delicious dishes, including guacamole with pomegranate jewels, nopal salsa and a Mexico City-inspired salad. Instructed by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Sep 17, 2016 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Essential Oils
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday / September 18 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Essential oils, distilled from natural plants, have countless uses in the home. Their aroma makes them ideal for home fragrance. They are often used in cooking, as natural cleaners, and for relieving aches and pains. Learn the basics of essential oils as we focus on fall scents which include cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, clove, ginger and sage. Instructed by Amy Clark. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2016: Sun, Sep 18, 2016 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Vegan Greece
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / September 20 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Greece is at the forefront of the Mediterranean diet. Explore this ancient and fascinating culture by learning about its food. Join Chef Jason Wyrick and take a culinary tour of this beautiful land. Learn about a cuisine full of fresh herbs and vegetables, and finish with a sweet treat of baklava. Bring your curiosity and appetite for a sensory trip that takes place without ever leaving the kitchen. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Sep 20, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (6 AVAIL)

Tempting Tomatoes
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / September 24 / 1 - 3 p.m.

After a bountiful harvest, what should you do with your supply of fresh tomatoes? Join Chef Maggie Norris to explore novel and modern ways to use the tempting tomato. She will demonstrate how to make a whipped feta and heirloom tomato crostini, tomato and Oaxacan cheese salad, tomato cheddar pie and gazpacho. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Sep 24, 2016 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Chili Rellenos
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / September 25 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Chili relleno, a stuffed and roasted fresh chili pepper, is a Southwestern favorite. Chef Maria Cano will demonstrate how to make this versatile dish with meat fillings, cheeses and vegetarian options. She will also explore alternative fillings including a lighter version of this traditional dish. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sun, Sep 25, 2016 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Eating for Optimum Nutrition
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / September 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Want to learn how to eat better for your health? It is time to move away from the diet mentality and start enjoying good, wholesome foods. This class will focus on delicious produce-based recipes that are phytonutrient-rich and high in fiber. Chef Stephanie Green will also discuss the right types of fats to cook with and identify versatile whole grains and proteins that are quick and easy to prepare. You will leave this class with your very own seasonal eating plan based on your individual taste preferences. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Sep 27, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Sunrise Yoga
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Receive a $20 discount when you register for all of the classes in the Sunrise Yoga series by Labor Day. Package includes seven sessions.

Offer expires on September 5. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Saturdays / October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5 and 12 / 8 - 9 a.m.

Reactivate your body's natural rest state through deep breathing and supporting floor postures allowing you to experience the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of this healing practice. Props like blocks and blankets are used to create prolonged but comfortable poses for all body types. Open your body, unfold your breath and awaken your mind as you start your weekend. All levels and welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Urban Yoga. Limit 30.

Session Fall 2016: Sat, Oct 1, 2016 8:00AM - 9:00AM   OPEN

Sunrise Yoga
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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Reactivate your body's natural rest state through deep breathing and supporting floor postures allowing you to experience the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of this healing practice. Props like blocks and blankets are used to create prolonged but comfortable poses for all body types. Open your body, unfold your breath and awaken your mind as you start your weekend. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Urban Yoga. Limit 30.

Cooking 101: Fish
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / October 1 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Fish can be easily prepared and served a variety of ways. Learn how to select good quality seafood and the best ways to cook it-from pan seared to poached, baked and grilled-with flavors and seasonings from around the world. Recipes will feature salmon, swai, ahi tuna, mahi mahi and more. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Monica O'Brien. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Oct 1, 2016 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Package Deal - Sunrise Tai Chi
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Receive a $20 discount when you register for all of the classes in the Sunrise Tai Chi series by Labor Day. Package includes seven sessions.

Offer expires on September 5. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Tuesdays / October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8 and 15 / 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, one of the most beneficial of the Oriental healing arts. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Jake Mace. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Oct 4, 2016 8:15AM - 9:15AM   (9 AVAIL)

Sunrise Tai Chi
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, one of the most beneficial of the Oriental healing arts. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Jake Mace. Limit 30.

The Great Pumpkin
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / October 4 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Pumpkins are healthful and a great source of vitamin A. Their tasty, sweet flesh can be made into a variety of sweet and savory dishes. Join Chef Maggie Norris as she demonstrates how to select, prepare and cook with pumpkins. Recipes demonstrated include black bean and pumpkin soup, roasted pumpkin spinach salad, roasted halibut with coriander-pepita butter and pumpkin bread pudding. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Oct 4, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Sundown Yoga
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Receive a $20 discount when you register for all of the classes in the Sundown Yoga series by Labor Day. Package includes seven sessions.

Offer expires on September 5. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Wednesdays / October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9 and 16 / 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

Yoga is one of the oldest techniques that focus on the body, mind and spirit connection to enhance health and well-being. You are quietly guided as you expand your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the sun-lit warmth of the early evening. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Urban Yoga. Limit 30.

Session Fall 2016: Wed, Oct 5, 2016 5:30PM - 6:45PM   OPEN

Sundown Yoga
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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Yoga is one of the oldest techniques that focus on the body, mind and spirit connection to enhance health and well-being. You are quietly guided as you expand your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the sun-lit warmth of the early evening. All levels welcome. This class is held outdoors, please dress appropriately for the weather. Instructed by Urban Yoga. Limit 30.

Posole Verde
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / October 8 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Mexican families have been making posole, or hominy soup, for generations. Vegetarian Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will share her family recipe for the perfect fall posole using fresh herbs, tomatillos and green chiles. Fresh corn tortillas will also be prepared to complement this cozy autumn dish. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Oct 8, 2016 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Handmade Pasta
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / October 18 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn the secrets of making fresh pasta from Chef Jason Wyrick. He will demonstrate pasta-making techniques that he learned during his travels in Italy. Discover how easy it is to whip up this culinary treat and top if off with fresh, simple sauces. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Oct 18, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Sweet Life: Empanadas
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / October 25 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Day of the Dead is a Latin tradition celebrating the lives of departed loved ones. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will prepare her fragrant pumpkin empanadas for the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, a spirit's sense of smell can be the last connection to the human world, so aromatic spices are simmered with the pumpkin in hopes of luring a loved one back to the sweet life. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Oct 25, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Tradition through Tamales
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / November 1 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Tamales exemplify the culture and tradition that shaped modern Mexican cuisine. To this day, the tamale is a seasonal dish that brings back memories of family gatherings and the fall season in the Southwest. Learn how to prepare the delicious masa, meats and sauces that bring tamales to life. This class is demonstration only. No vegetarian option will be demonstrated. Instructed by Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Nov 1, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (4 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Holiday Cooking
Regular Price: $104.00
Member Price: $83.00
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Package Deal: Holiday Cooking. Register for both Southwest Thanksgiving and Holiday Desserts by Labor Day and receive an exclusive 20% discount.

Offer expires on September 5. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Southwest Thanksgiving
Saturday / November 5 / 1 - 3 p.m.


Add a little heat and a whole lot of flavor to your Thanksgiving dinner with Southwestern cooking inspiration. Chef Maggie Norris will demonstrate quinoa and goat cheese stuffed poblano peppers, roasted turkey breast with dried cherry salsa, chorizo and cornbread dressing and flourless chocolate cake with cherry-chipotle whipped cream. This menu is sure to add flair to your holiday table. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.

Holiday Desserts
Wednesday / November 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Pumpkin pie is a tradition at holiday meals, but sometimes it is nice to try something new. Chef Maggie Norris will demonstrate gingerbread with lemon mascarpone, salted butter apple galettes with maple whipped cream, lemon and cranberry pie bars, and almond cake with pears and crème anglaise. With so many unique and decadent options, your holiday desserts will shine! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Nov 5, 2016 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Southwest Thanksgiving
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / November 5 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Add a little heat and a whole lot of flavor to your Thanksgiving dinner with Southwestern cooking inspiration. Chef Maggie Norris will demonstrate quinoa and goat cheese stuffed poblano peppers, roasted turkey breast with dried cherry salsa, chorizo and cornbread dressing and flourless chocolate cake with cherry-chipotle whipped cream. This menu is sure to add flair to your holiday table. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Nov 5, 2016 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Fall Comfort Dishes
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / November 6 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Cool weather meals will keep your family and friends warm through fall and beyond. Sample savory Japanese custard soup with shrimp and vegetables, a hearty creamy artichoke pasta gratin, and a satisfying hot breakfast cereal with fruits and nuts that can also be served as a dessert. All dishes are made with lower salts, sugars and fats, and a delectable flavor. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Nancy Matsui. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sun, Nov 6, 2016 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Mindful Meditation Walk
Regular Price: $18.00
Member Price: $14.00
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Wednesday / November 9 / 9 - 10 a.m.

The Garden is a serene and beautiful location, perfect for finding peace in body, mind and soul. Join Yuri Grevtsev on a meditative and mindful stroll through the Garden, stopping at featured spots for sitting, standing or moving meditation. He will guide you through techniques to absorb and appreciate the beauty of nature while remaining silent. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Nov 9, 2016 9:00AM - 10:00AM   (17 AVAIL)

Holiday Desserts
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / November 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Pumpkin pie is a tradition at holiday meals, but sometimes it is nice to try something new. Chef Maggie Norris will demonstrate gingerbread with lemon mascarpone, salted butter apple galettes with maple whipped cream, lemon and cranberry pie bars, and almond cake with pears and crème anglaise. With so many unique and decadent options, your holiday desserts will shine! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Nov 9, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

Blue Corn Tamales
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / November 19 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Maize, or corn, has been an integral part of the diets of the people of the Southwest since ancient times. Learn about Native culture and cuisine with Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz and the use of blue corn as a staple in Native cuisine. Learn how to make blue corn tamales with calabacitas, a dish consisting of seasonal squash and sweet corn, and New Mexican red chile sauce. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Mesquite Gingerbread House
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / December 3 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Add a touch of the Sonoran Desert to the holiday season by creating a mesquite gingerbread house. This class will offer tips on baking with mesquite flour. Using a pre-assembled house and sweet holiday trimmings, participants will decorate their own mesquite gingerbread creations. Consuming mesquite products may cause an allergic reaction to participants who are sensitive to peanuts. All materials included. One gingerbread house per participant. Instructed by Pat Murphy. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Dec 3, 2016 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed classes or cancellations made with less than two weeks' notice. If you are unable to attend a program, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. The Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs with insufficient registration, Garden closure, or due to inclement weather. Participants will be contacted prior to the program either by phone or email and receive a full refund. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option2) for cancellations.

 
 
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.


Expressive Butterflies
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Sunday / August 28 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Join Meredith Smith to capture the form and color of butterflies through semi-blind contour drawing. This fun technique quickly creates a beautiful piece of art using ink and expressive watercolor. Frame your masterpiece or give as a gift. Participants should have some drawing experience. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2016: Sun, Aug 28, 2016 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Glass Bird Feeders
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Tuesday and Thursday / August 30 and September 1
Tuesday / 6 - 9 p.m. / Thursday / 6 - 8 p.m.


Create a colorful bird feeder for your flying friends by using repurposed glass collected from flea markets, garage sales and thrift shops. Students will learn the different ways to assemble assorted glass vases and dishes to create one-of-a-kind birdfeeders. Different construction techniques will be taught. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2016: Tue, Aug 30, 2016 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Reflections of the Southwest
Regular Price: $118.00
Member Price: $94.00
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Thursdays / September 15 and 22 / 6 - 9 p.m.

Mexico has been celebrated for its exquisite tin products and exceptionally intricate Talavera tiles for centuries. In this class, students will learn different ways to create punched tin plant and animal patterns to be used on an 8x10-inch framed mirror. Traditional Mexican tiles will be used to further decorate the project for a personalized, one-of-a-kind work of art. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Sep 15, 2016 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Cyanotype Silk Scarves
Regular Price: $103.00
Member Price: $82.00
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Create a beautiful silk scarf using one of the oldest photographic printmaking processes-cyanotype. Participants will be given a pretreated 15x60-inch silk scarf and shown how to apply botanical elements to create white impressions on the distinctive Prussian blue color of cyanotype's photosensitive iron-based formula. Your unique scarf can be a beautiful part of your wardrobe or a gift. Once you have completed the workshop, you will have the skills to produce more fabric cyanotypes on your own. All materials included. Instructed by Laszlo Layton. Limit 10.

Desert-Inspired Hats
Regular Price: $128.00
Member Price: $102.00
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Saturday / September 24 / 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Design your own stunning straw hat and adorn it with exotic Sonoran Desert findings. Learn how to drape a hat using natural straw and trim it with unique, textural pieces from the desert. You will come away with a stylish, one-of-a-kind hat that will keep you protected all year long. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Jeanne Bjorn. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Sep 24, 2016 9:00AM - 5:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Modern Bird Illustration
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday / September 25 / 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Create bold and stunning depictions of Southwestern birds and animals in the style of American modernist and renowned illustrator Charley Harper, acclaimed for his simplified graphics and witty images of nature. Using templates and punches as a guide, students will learn how to combine shapes, patterns and color to capture the essence of nature. All materials included. Students are welcome to bring their own interesting or unusual paper punches. Instructed by Cassandra Travis. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Sun, Sep 25, 2016 1:00PM - 3:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Creative Crochet
Regular Price: $200.00
Member Price: $160.00
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Package Deal: Purchase Introduction to Crochet and Butterfly Crochet by Labor Day and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Offer expires on September 5. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Introduction to Crochet
Mondays / September 26 and October 3 / 6 - 9 p.m.


Learn basic stitches to crochet a beautiful flower-inspired bookmark and create a sampler of stitches. Students will also learn to read and follow basic patterns and explore yarn types and sizes. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

Butterfly Crochet
Tuesdays / October 18 and 25 / 6 - 9 p.m.


Use your new crocheting skills-or refresh your existing knowledge-as you stitch a beautiful butterfly composed of many small crocheted flowers. Create a variety of colorful nature-inspired rosettes and affix them to a felt backing for a unique and intricate butterfly. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Mon, Sep 26, 2016 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Introduction to Crochet
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $84.00
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Mondays / September 26 and October 3 / 6 - 9 p.m.

Learn basic stitches to crochet a beautiful flower-inspired bookmark and create a sampler of stitches. Students will also learn to read and follow basic patterns and explore yarn types and sizes. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Mon, Sep 26, 2016 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Glass Bead Garden Sparkler
Regular Price: $136.00
Member Price: $109.00
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Saturday / October 1 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Put some sparkle in your garden by designing your own colorful glass bead work of art. Cascading beaded wires, radiating from a center point in a burst of color, will brighten any garden. Join Gail Aubel as she guides you through a step-by-step process to construct a 4-foot tall, one-of-a-kind piece of garden art. All materials included. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Oct 1, 2016 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Day of the Dead Portrait Print
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $69.00
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Sunday / October 2 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Aztecs viewed skulls as positive symbols, not only of death but also of rebirth. Join Devon Meyer as she teaches traditional skull-portrait painting techniques. You will learn how to paint a skull face on canvas using acrylic paints and then add other traditional Day of the Dead embellishments. Students are encouraged to bring small items or mementos to incorporate into their portrait. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Sun, Oct 2, 2016 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Drawing Basics
Regular Price: $179.00
Member Price: $143.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Purchase Introduction to Drawing and Drawing Inspiration as a package by Labor Day and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Offer expires on September 5. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.


Introduction to Drawing
Thursdays / October 6 and 13 / 6 - 9 p.m.


Do you want to learn to draw? Students will learn the fundamentals of drawing by exploring proportion, line, shading, perspective and composition using a variety of exercises. Working with pencils and pens, you will begin to create realistic drawings of a variety of subjects. This class is designed for beginner and intermediate students and those interested in drawing landscape renderings. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.

Drawing Inspiration
Thursdays / October 27, November 3 and 10 / 6 - 9 p.m.


With the Garden as inspiration, students will draw landscapes, desert plants, animals and vegetables. Create your own drawings while learning about composition, value, shape and color. Students will learn how to accurately draw these Garden subjects using colored pencils, markers, pens or pencils. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Introduction to Drawing
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $69.00
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Thursdays / October 6 and 13 / 6 - 9 p.m.

Do you want to learn to draw? Students will learn the fundamentals of drawing by exploring proportion, line, shading, perspective and composition using a variety of exercises. Working with pencils and pens, you will begin to create realistic drawings of a variety of subjects. This class is designed for beginner and intermediate students and those interested in drawing landscape renderings. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Desert Bird Mosaic
Regular Price: $170.00
Member Price: $136.00
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Tuesday and Wednesday / October 11 and 12 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Birds are important to the ecology of the desert. Using native birds as inspiration, students will work with glass tile to create a realistic 8x10-inch mosaic with a frame for display. Participants will learn glass application techniques such as nipping and fitting. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Oct 11, 2016 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Butterflies in Crochet
Regular Price: $118.00
Member Price: $94.00
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Tuesdays / October 18 and 25 / 6 - 9 p.m.

Use your new crocheting skills--or refresh your existing knowledge--as you stitch a beautiful butterfly composed of many small crocheted flowers. Create a variety of colorful nature-inspired rosettes and affix them to a felt backing for a unique and intricate butterfly. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Oct 18, 2016 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Day of the Dead Altar
Regular Price: $78.00
Member Price: $62.00
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Wednesday / October 26 / 6 - 9 p.m.

Learn how to design and construct a small altar to celebrate the memory of a loved one in the Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead. These altars are easy to decorate and are approximately 7x9-inches tall. All materials included. Students are encouraged to bring small items or mementos to add to their altar. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Oct 26, 2016 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

Drawing Inspiration
Regular Price: $113.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Thursdays / October 27, November 3 and 10 / 6 - 9 p.m.

With the Garden as inspiration, students will draw landscapes, desert plants, animals and vegetables. Create your own nature-inspired drawings while learning about composition, value, shape and color. Students will learn how to accurately draw these Garden subjects using colored pencils, markers, pens or pencils. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Devon Meyer. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Oct 27, 2016 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Butterfly Doodling
Regular Price: $96.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Sunday / November 6 / 1 - 4 p.m.

The Zentangle method of art is an easy-to-learn, relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It increases focus and creativity and provides artistic satisfaction. Students will learn how to draw a butterfly in the Zentangle style, adding a wash of color using watercolor or colored pencils. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Sun, Nov 6, 2016 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Owls on Cholla
Regular Price: $74.00
Member Price: $59.00
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Wednesday / November 9 / 6 - 9 p.m.

Learn the art of needle felting by transforming fluffs of wool into sculptures of charisma and charm. Students will learn wool roving techniques to sculpt wool into three-dimensional shapes with felting needles. Capture the magic of sculptural needle felting by creating one-of-a-kind wool owls attached to a cholla branch. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Nov 9, 2016 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Origami Garden
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday / November 19 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Learn the ancient Japanese art of origami, or intricate paper folding by adding a modern twist. Create beautiful garden flowers and cacti using colorful, imported Japanese origami papers. These origami flowers and cacti make a lovely decoration or a special handmade gift. All materials included. Instructed by Cassandra Travis. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Gourd Masks
Regular Price: $144.00
Member Price: $115.00
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Sunday / November 20 / 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Create a stunning gourd mask that reflects your style. Learn to clean your gourd, apply a design, select the color medium and/or wood burning for decoration and attach adornments including feathers, beads and other embellishments. All materials are included. Students are welcome to bring their own specialty feathers, embellishments and wood burner. Instructed by Paula Gregg. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Sun, Nov 20, 2016 9:00AM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed classes or cancellations made with less than two weeks' notice. If you are unable to attend a program, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. The Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs with insufficient registration, Garden closure, or due to inclement weather. Participants will be contacted prior to the program either by phone or email and receive a full refund. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option2) for cancellations.

 
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 4 to 13, although children 17 and under are welcome.

Painting with Light
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday / July 29 / 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Learn the art of painting with light in this fun, creative class taught by instructor Ashley Lowery. Using candles, glow sticks, and other light sources, we will light up the night and capture unique images through long exposure photography. Price reflects per person pricing for 1 child (4 -17) participant and 1 adult participant. Photos will be viewable throughout the program and then shared with the group via email after the program.

Session Painting with Light: Fri, Jul 29, 2016 7:30PM - 9:00PM   CLOSED

Star Party
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Friday / August 12 / 7 - 9 p.m.

This week is predicted to be the peak of the Perseid meteor showers, Join ASU experts for a fun evening learning about the night sky including a special presentation inside the STARLAB Portable Planetarium and time outside gazing at the stars and planets. Price reflects per person pricing for 1 child
(4 -17 years old) participant and 1 adult participant.
Session Star Party: Fri, Aug 12, 2016 7:00PM - 9:00PM   CLOSED

Fairy Gardens
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday / October 8 / 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Rediscover the magic of childhood daydreams and whimsy as you and your child create your own fairy gardens. Each child will receive a container, soil, desert succulents and other supplies to landscape their fairy-sized garden world. Additional participants are $17 for members, $21 for the general public.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Oct 8, 2016 9:30AM - 11:30AM   (16 AVAIL)

Owl Prowl
Regular Price: $40.00
Member Price: $32.00
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Friday / November 4 / 6 - 8 p.m

Enjoy a Garden night hike and get to know the sights and sounds of the night. We'll look for a myriad of critters that make our desert nights so unique, especially owls. A special feathered friend will join us from Liberty Wildlife as well. Additional participants are $14 for members, $17 for the general public.
Session Owl Prowl 2016: Fri, Nov 4, 2016 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Mesquite Gingerbread Houses
Regular Price: $55.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday / December 3 / 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Ignite your family's creativity with the return of this popular Garden holiday craft. Mesquite gingerbread house kits will be provided to each child, bringing to life the holiday season in the desert. Consuming mesquite products may cause an allergic reaction to participants who are sensitive to peanuts. Additional participants are $19 for members, $23 for the general public.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Dec 3, 2016 1:30PM - 3:30PM   (8 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.

Wading Birds: Herons, Egrets, Bitterns and More
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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This program has been CANCELED. Please contact AdultEduc@dbg.org for more information.

Wednesday and Saturday / August 24 and August 27
Wednesday / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. / Saturday / 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. (field trip)


Identification of some of our large wading birds can be confusing, especially the white egret and immature heron. Spend an evening in the classroom learning the ecological differences among the many species of wading birds and the behavioral clues that make field identification easier. Put your new skills to use during a field trip to local, urban wetlands where immature herons live and large numbers of migrating egrets pass through. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Transportation to wetlands is provided. Instructed by Tom Gaskill. Limit 10.
Session Summer 2016: Wed, Aug 24, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

A Geological Narrative of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / September 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The spectacular and complex modern landscapes of Arizona are geologically young, but they reveal rocks, fossils, and other features that record a colorful history of almost two billion years. Join us on a journey through deep time as we explore the geology of Arizona and the origins of its signature landscape features such as the Grand Canyon, the red rocks of Sedona, the Mogollon Rim, and the low deserts in the south. Instructed by Steven Semken from ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Sep 8, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (19 AVAIL)

Arizona: A Natural History
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / September 14 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The extreme environment of the Sonoran Desert engenders many extraordinary adaptations in the living beings that inhabit it. Dr. Ken Sweat will introduce students to the geology, flora, fauna and human history of Arizona. Using biology, ecology, geology and archaeology, this class will explore adaptations of desert animals, plants and other life forms that call this desert home. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Sep 14, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (20 AVAIL)

The Science of Dog Intelligence
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / September 26 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

An estimated 80 million dogs share human homes in the U.S. Lisa Gunter will introduce recent research on behavior and cognition of dogs, a subspecies of gray wolf, with comparisons to their wild relatives. Dogs are sensitive to people's actions and intentions, but wolves can be similarly sensitive if they have had the opportunity to live intimately alongside humans. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Mon, Sep 26, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

The Chemistry of Plants
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / October 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Plants provide beautiful scenery, but they are also fascinating from a scientific perspective. Plants produce a variety of chemicals some are good sources of food for humans and other animals, while others can be poisonous. In addition to being sources of food, many plant chemicals are medically useful such as anti-inflammatories or malaria drugs, and some chemotherapeutic agents have their roots in plant-derived chemicals. Join Dr. Kirstin Hendrickson, who specializes in communicating science to the public, addresses the many facets of plant chemistry in a non-technical, easy-to-understand style. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Astronomy at the Garden
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Friday / October 7 / 7 - 9 p.m.

Spend a celestial evening in the Garden exploring the night sky from one of the city's best locations for stargazing. This class will start with an overview of astronomy, then move to an ideal location in the Garden to view the stars and planets using telescopes provided by the Phoenix Astronomical Society. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2016: Fri, Oct 7, 2016 7:00PM - 9:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Desert Dozen
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday and Saturday / October 12 and October 15
Wednesday / 6:30 - 8 p.m. / Saturday / 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. (field trip)


Learn about a dozen of Arizona's common species, including the state bird cactus wren, Gambel's quail, boisterous mockingbird and ubiquitous Anna's hummingbird. Instructor Kathe Anderson will also discuss the invasive city pigeon, European starling, great-tailed grackle and house sparrow. Then go into the field and spot these and other desert-dwelling birds in their natural environment. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Oct 12, 2016 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Scene of the Crime
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / October 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Ken Sweat as he examines the use of plants and other organisms as evidence in criminal investigations. Beginning with the wood grain of the ladder left at the Lindberg residence and continuing into modern genetic techniques, review how plant evidence has in the past and will in the future help solve crimes, prosecute the guilty and free the innocent. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Oct 13, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (18 AVAIL)

Volcanoes and Geysers
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / October 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Western United States has a diverse volcanic landscape where the forces of nature meet the surface in spectacular ways. Learn about volcanoes, volcanism and how they influence the formation of geysers and hot springs, with an emphasis on Yellowstone National Park, as well as Arizona's hot springs and rich volcanic history. Instructed by Amy Englebright. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Mon, Oct 17, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Weeds: Why Should We Care
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday / October 18 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Weeds are often defined as "plants growing in unwanted areas," but not all weeds are created equal. Some can escape our gardens and become aggressive pests that negatively impact wildlife habitat and agriculture, while most tend not to spread or become bothersome. Determining whether a plant is native is actually more complicated than one might think, and botanists use a variety of criteria ranging from genetic analyses to historical documents and the fossil record to assess nativity. This illustrated program will address various issues of identifying weed species and how we might prioritize which ones to attempt to control and which ones we might have to learn to live with. Instructed by Dr. Walter Fertig from ASU Herbarium. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Tue, Oct 18, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Horned Lizards
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / October 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Horny toads, with their strange appearance and benign nature, are nearly as iconic of the Southwest as saguaros. Arizona is home to seven species that can be found from spruce-fir forests above 9,000 feet to the lowest deserts. Learn about the different species that inhabit Arizona, and the bizarre defenses, behaviors and adaptations of a uniquely American lizard. Instructed by Randy Babb from Arizona Game and Fish Department. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Mon, Oct 24, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

The Dine: Navajo People
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / November 2 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Navajo Nation extends into the states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, covering over 27,000 square miles of incomparable beauty. Examine the cultural characteristics of the Navajo people through their history, and explore their traditions, beliefs, lifestyle and creativity. Instructed by
Dr. Lou-ellen Finter. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Nov 2, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Geology of Papago Park
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday / November 6 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Delve into the geological history of Papago Park, a unique and iconic geological site in the Valley. Eric Escoto will discuss Earth's major geological features and processes, then narrow this into a framework for understanding how Papago Park and the surrounding area was formed. Then, head out for an easy two-hour guided walk along one of the trails near the Garden to observe and explore the park's history and amazing geology. Touch, examine and interpret the rocks with your eyes and a hand lens, just like a real Earth scientist! Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2016: Sun, Nov 6, 2016 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Endangered Species of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / November 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This program will highlight the unique and endangered animals that call Arizona home, including charismatic fauna such as the Mexican wolf and California condor. The class will also discuss the reasons biodiversity is threatened today and will highlight conservation efforts here and throughout the Southwest. Instructed by Dr. Ken Sweat. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Mon, Nov 7, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Insects of the Sonoran Desert
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / November 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Sonoran Desert is full of creepy-crawly critters, but we need most of them. Join Dr. Carl Olson as he debunks bug-related myths and highlights the benefits of these desert insects. From the wood-recycling desert cockroach to the singing cicada to hardworking pollinators, discover the insects that keep our desert ecosystem thriving. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Nov 10, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

CANCELATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed classes or cancelations made with less than two weeks' notice. If you are unable to attend a program, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. The Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs with insufficient registration, Garden closure, or due to inclement weather. Participants will be contacted prior to the program either by phone or email and receive a full refund. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option2) for cancelations.

 
Independent Learning

Homeschool Program Learning Labs
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $15.00
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Explore the Sonoran Desert with a scientific lens. This program allows children and parents to discover the wonders of the desert through nature walks, experiments and art activities. Led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructors, this is a perfect way to enhance your homeschool lessons. Upcoming topics include desert snakes, Arizona butterflies, and natural desert food.

These programs are designed for children ages 6-10, although children 5-12 are welcome.
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.

 
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.

Portugal: Gardens, Wine and Heritage
 
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September 13 - 21, 2016

Program Rate: $2,999

(per person, double occupancy; rates do not include airfare)

Travel with the Garden to visit some of the most impressive gardens, wine regions and UNESCO heritage sites in Europe! We have curated a spectacular program tailored for those who want to explore the most beautiful gardens in Portugal while enjoying the perks of being in a world-renowned wine region home to remarkable UNESCO heritage sites. Some of the highlights of the program include the Botanical Garden of Ajuda, Queluz Palace and Gardens, Bussaco Forest, and Palace and Gardens of Mateus. Plus, get to enjoy the Alentejo and Porto wine regions and discover ancient palaces and cities in Sintra and Guimarães. For more information or to reserve your spot in this Garden expedition, please click here or call Affinity Group Tours at 480 544. 0144.

Lower Salt River Sunrise Float Trip
Regular Price: $226.00
Member Price: $181.00
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Friday / September 9 / 5 - 10 a.m.

Join us for the unique experience of floating down the Lower Salt River. This relaxing trip allows participants to experience a desert sunrise against the backdrop of the Tonto National Forest while a guide points out features of interest in the surrounding landscape. Price includes breakfast, round-trip transportation from the Garden, professional guides, river raft and safety gear. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 5 a.m. and returns at 10 a.m. Limit 16.
Session Fall 2016: Fri, Sep 9, 2016 5:00AM - 10:00AM   (13 AVAIL)

Montezuma Castle and Well
Regular Price: $123.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Saturday / September 10 / 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Montezuma Castle, a towering 20-room dwelling carved into a limestone cliffside, tells the story of the innovative and hardy Sinagua people who once lived there. Join archaeologist Matt Guebard on a private tour of this ancient archaeological site and hear the history of the 14th century dwelling and the culture that created this significant monument. You also will be guided to Montezuma Well, a separate archaeological site. Montezuma Well is a natural limestone sinkhole and supports a variety of unique species not found anywhere else in the world. Guebard will share with you the current science and research taking place today at Montezuma Castle and Well. The hike to Montezuma Castle is approximately one-quarter mile on an easy, paved trail. The hike to Montezuma Well has a series of stairs to climb. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden, entrance fees and lunch. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Sep 10, 2016 7:30AM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Birding Hotspot: Hassayampa River
Regular Price: $131.00
Member Price: $105.00
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Saturday / September 17 / 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Nature Conservancy's Hassayampa River Preserve, just south of Wickenberg, is a desert oasis. Towering cottonwoods shade the trails, making even a summer visit a pleasant retreat from the heat. Timed to take advantage of seeing the colorful neo-tropic migrants before they start flying south, participants can hope for a rainbow of birds, such as yellow warblers, red summer tanagers, vermilion flycatchers, orange orioles and possibly even blue grosbeaks and lazuli buntings. Common desert species, including woodpeckers, towhees, hummingbirds and raptors, should also make appearances. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden, entrance fee and lunch. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 6:30 a.m. and returns at 1:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Sep 17, 2016 6:30AM - 1:30PM   WAIT LIST

Introduction to Travel Writing
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $69.00
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Tuesdays / September 27 and October 4 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to share your travel experiences beyond friends and relatives? Perhaps even get paid for it? This class offers an introduction to the exciting field of travel writing. Learn to hone the skills travel writers need to get their work published, including research, interviewing, writing compelling leads, story structure and shooting photos. The goal is that participants will gain the knowledge and ability to ultimately publish their own travel articles in newspapers, magazines or on the Web. Dan Fellner is an ASU faculty member and freelance travel writer who has had more than 70 articles published in newspapers and magazines on such diverse destinations as Dubai, Vietnam, Kosovo, Greenland, Ecuador and South Africa. Limit 20.

Session Fall 2016: Tue, Sep 27, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (14 AVAIL)

Geology Road Trip: Sedona
Regular Price: $186.00
Member Price: $149.00
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Saturday / October 8 / 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Nestled in the Arizona's Highlands on the edge of the Colorado Plateau is Verde Valley and Sedona, a scenic and colorful geological wonderland. This is red-rock country, a unique blend of mountains, canyons, and red sandstones are scribed by a network of lush green spring-fed streams and the Verde River. We will explore the geologic and natural history of Sedona, stories of oceans, continents, past life and evolution of its landscape over geologic time. Also vivid in Sedona are its active geologic hazards, floods, fires, rock falls, earthquakes and sinkholes. Our journey will take us to Oak Creek Canyon, Red Rock Park, Airport Mesa and the town of Sedona to name a few. Though the emphasis of this day trip will be on the geology and natural history of Sedona and Verde Valley, no visit here would be complete without an introduction to its flora and fauna and rich cultural history of Native American and Anglo settlement. This day trip is a guided by a professional state-geologist Brian Gootee. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden and lunch. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 7 a.m. and returns by 5 p.m. Limit 9.

Session Fall 2016: Sat, Oct 8, 2016 7:00AM - 5:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights and Cactus Tour
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Thursday / October 13 / 9 - 11 a.m.

Tour the restored, historic Tovrea Castle and cactus garden. The garden contains more than 5,000 cacti of more than 100 varieties. Docents from the Tovrea Carraro Society will lead the tour of the castle main floor and basement, and an expert from the Garden will lead a private cactus garden tour. This is a walking tour. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to walk unaided over possibly loose and uneven footing. Transportation is not provided. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2016: Thu, Oct 13, 2016 9:00AM - 11:00AM   WAIT LIST

Black Rock Archaeology
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Friday / October 14 / 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join Jessica Bland on an easy one-and-a-half-mile private tour to view ancient Hohokam and Archaic culture petroglyphs. Discover the science of archaeology as you are guided through the Black Rock trail in the scenic White Tank Mountains, where towering saguaros are dotted along the mountain sides and shady canyons are home to a variety of desert wildlife. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden and lunch. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 8 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2016: Fri, Oct 14, 2016 8:00AM - 2:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $69.00
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Friday / October 28 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Escape to the Far East for this unique opportunity to visit the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden for a specially arranged private garden tour and tea ceremony. This tranquil and beautiful garden, designed by landscape architects from Japan, features more than 1,500 tons of hand-selected stone, footbridges, more than 50 varieties of plants, flowing streams and waterfalls and a pond with more than 300 koi. Price includes garden walking tour, private tea ceremony and hand-picked confectioneries from Kyoto, Japan. Transportation is not provided. Participants should arrive at the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden by 9:45 a.m. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2016: Fri, Oct 28, 2016 10:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

Rancho de los Caballeros - with transportation
Regular Price: $123.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Saturday / November 5 / 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Head to Wickenburg for this popular seasonal outing featuring cowboy naturalist Richard Fredrickson of the famed Rancho de los Caballeros guest ranch. This tour begins with a moderately difficult walk in the desert, treating nature lovers to a fabulous array of Sonoran Desert upland plant and animal species, local history, storytelling and ecology. The walk is loaded with nature interpretation and hands-on demonstrations, followed by a delicious lunch at the ranch's historic cowboy-inspired dining room. This loop walk is approximately one and a half miles long with minimal elevation change and some short sections of loose rocks and gravel. Participants should wear sturdy footwear. Lunch is included. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Nov 5, 2016 9:30AM - 2:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Rancho de los Cabarellos - without transportation
Regular Price: $73.00
Member Price: $59.00
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Saturday / November 5 / 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Head to Wickenburg for this popular seasonal outing featuring cowboy naturalist Richard Fredrickson of the famed Rancho de los Caballeros guest ranch. This tour begins with a moderately difficult walk in the desert, treating nature lovers to a fabulous array of Sonoran Desert upland plant and animal species, local history, storytelling and ecology. The walk is loaded with nature interpretation and hands-on demonstrations, followed by a delicious lunch at the ranch's historic cowboy-inspired dining room. This loop walk is approximately one and a half miles long with minimal elevation change and some short sections of loose rocks and gravel. Participants should wear sturdy footwear. Lunch is included. Self-drivers, please arrive at Rancho de los Caballeros by 9:15 a.m.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Nov 5, 2016 9:30AM - 2:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Birding Hotspot: Page Springs
Regular Price: $181.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Wednesday / November 9 / 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Page Springs is popular with birders and wine aficionados, and this trip caters to both. Enjoy a morning of birding at the Page Springs Fish Hatchery and Bubbling Ponds next door. Expect to spot a variety of ducks and other water birds and possibly robins, bluebirds, spotted towhees and other songbirds. For lunch, retreat to Page Springs Cellars, where the menu is made up of hearty appetizer-style food designed to take advantage of seasonal, local produce. A tour of the winery wraps up the afternoon. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden, lunch and private wine tour. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 7 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2016: Wed, Nov 9, 2016 7:00AM - 4:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

Urban Farm Tour
Regular Price: $90.00
Member Price: $72.00
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Saturday / November 12 / 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Urban farming is becoming more popular as people strive for more productive and sustainable city landscapes. We visit several local farms to see how this concept is being applied to the Sonoran Desert. This is an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of several significant city farms in the Valley of the Sun. You will hear firsthand comments from representatives of each farm about design, installation and maintenance. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden and picnic lunch. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Nov 12, 2016 7:30AM - 2:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Birding Rally
Regular Price: $74.00
Member Price: $59.00
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Monday / November 14 / 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Gilbert and Chandler have successfully designed their water recharge ponds to attract waterfowl. Covering about four miles of walkways, this exploratory tour will visit three ponds expecting to see between 65 and 75 species of birds. The focus will be on waterfowl-ducks and duck look-alikes. Expect to see a variety of raptors, shorebirds, songbirds and desert species. Transportation is provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 10.
Session Fall 2016: Mon, Nov 14, 2016 7:30AM - 2:30PM   (4 AVAIL)

Willcox Weekend: Cranes, Wine and Archeology
Regular Price: $749.00
Member Price: $599.00
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Early Bird Special: Register for Willcox Weekend: Cranes, Wine and Archeology by Labor Day and receive an exclusive 10% discount.

Friday - Sunday / January 6 - January 8 OR
Friday - Sunday / January 27 - January 29
Arrive Friday at 3 p.m. / Depart Sunday at 11:30 a.m.


Each winter more than 20,000 sandhill cranes gather in the Sulphur Springs Valley of southeastern Arizona. Watch as thousands of these majestic birds fly in to their midday resting area-one of nature's greatest wildlife spectacles. Look for wintering raptors, other waterfowl and various land birds. Wine tasting at a local vineyard is included as well as a private tour of the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, dedicated to Native American cultures and histories. Explore the Rex Allen Museum, dedicated to the last singing cowboy of Western movie fame. This weekend trip will be led by prominent author and naturalist Lynn Hassler and Carlos Oldham, Garden docent and former president of the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon. Limit 8.

Three-day trip includes:
• Lodging and breakfast at Willcox Holiday Inn Express
• Lunch on Saturday
• Dinner on Friday and Saturday
• Professional guide services
• Transportation for all group activities in Garden vehicle
• Amerind Museum and Rex Allen Museum private tours
• Wine tasting
• Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages

Not included:
• Transportation to and from Willcox
• Meals not mentioned
• Alcoholic beverages
• Personal expenses
Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. Refunds will not be issued for missed classes or cancellations made with less than two weeks notice. If you are unable to attend a program you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. The Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs with insufficient registration, Garden closure or due to inclement weather. Participants will be contacted prior to the program either by phone or email and receive a full refund. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option2) for cancellations.

 
Early Childhood Programs
Most brain development in children happens in the first 8 years, and much of it in the first 3. Nature education programs at the Garden are a fantastic way to promote your child's development.

Baby Boojums Package - 6-18 months
Regular Price: $155.00
Member Price: $130.00
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Register for a full year of Baby Boojums by August 26 and receive an exclusive 15% discount! All three sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring) for only:

Members: $130 / General Public: $155

Fall Dates: September 9 - 30
Winter Dates: February 20 - March 17
Spring Dates: May 1 - 26
Valid: Fri, Sep 9, 2016 - Fri, May 26, 2017   (10 AVAIL)

Baby Boojums Package - 18-30 months
Regular Price: $155.00
Member Price: $130.00
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Register for a full year of Baby Boojums by August 26 and receive an exclusive 15% discount! All three sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring) for only:

Members: $130 / General Public: $155

Fall Dates: September 9 - 30
Winter Dates: February 24 - March 17
Spring Dates: May 5 - 26
Valid: Fri, Sep 9, 2016 - Fri, May 26, 2017   (8 AVAIL)

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 fall will focus on sensory experiences in the Garden. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Seedlings Package-Tuesdays (3-4 yr old)
Regular Price: $434.00
Member Price: $370.00

Register for a full year of Seedlings by September 30 and receive an exclusive 15% discount! All three sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring) for only:

Members: $370 / General Public: $434

Fall Dates: October 11 - November 15, 2016
Winter Dates: January 10 - February 14, 2017
Spring Dates: March 21 - April 25, 2017
Valid: Tue, Oct 11, 2016 - Tue, Apr 25, 2017   (9 AVAIL)

Seedlings Package-Wednesdays (3-4 yr old)
Regular Price: $434.00
Member Price: $370.00

Register for a full year of Seedlings by September 30 and receive an exclusive 15% discount! All three sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring) for only:

Members: $370 / General Public: $434

Fall Dates: October 12 - November 16, 2016
Winter Dates: January 11 - February 15, 2017
Spring Dates: March 22 - April 26, 2017
Valid: Wed, Oct 12, 2016 - Wed, Apr 26, 2017   (10 AVAIL)

Seedlings Package - Thursdays (4-5 year olds)
Regular Price: $434.00
Member Price: $370.00
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Register for a full year of Seedlings by September 30 and receive an exclusive 15% discount! All three sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring) for only:

Members: $370 / General Public: $434

Fall Dates: October 13 - November 17, 2016
Winter Dates: January 12 - February 16, 2017
Spring Dates: March 23 - April 27, 2017
Valid: Thu, Oct 13, 2016 - Thu, Apr 27, 2017   (11 AVAIL)

Seedlings Package-Fridays (3-4 yr old)
Regular Price: $434.00
Member Price: $370.00

Register for a full year of Seedlings by September 30 and receive an exclusive 15% discount! All three sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring) for only:

Members: $370 / General Public: $434

Fall Dates: October 14 - November 18, 2016
Winter Dates: January 13 - February 17, 2017
Spring Dates: March 24 - April 28, 2017
Valid: Fri, Oct 14, 2016 - Fri, Apr 28, 2017   (9 AVAIL)

Seedlings- Fall
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 season with weekly lessons exploring life-cycles, pollination and so much more. Snack included. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Seedlings- Winter
Regular Price: $170.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Young children and their caregivers encounter the wonders of teh 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.

Seedlings- Spring
Regular Price: $170.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Young children and their caregivers encounter the wonders of teh 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.

 
Elementary Summer Camp age 8-12
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. The Garden's top-notch educators encourage exploratory learning in a fun and safe environment. Every day of camp brings new adventures in outdoor experiences, children's literature, free choice learning, games, art projects and more!

Creepy, Crawly, Critter Camp
Regular Price: $185.00
Member Price: $160.00
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What do Gila Monsters, tarantulas, and king snakes have in common? They are awesome! We will kick off summer camp with introductions to some of the deserts creepier critters. Some special animal guests will join us on our educational journey.
• Snack will be provided.
• Camper needs to bring sack lunch.
Session Creepy Crawler Critter: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 - Fri, Jun 24, 2016 8:30AM - 1:30PM   CLOSED

Eco-Explorers
Regular Price: $185.00
Member Price: $160.00
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How do many plants and animals thrive in the harsh conditions of the Sonoran Desert? Put on your detective hat as we explore the Garden to investigate. Through hands-on experiments, close-up observation and plenty of time to play, kids will begin to recognize the adaptations that make life a breeze for the Garden's resident plants and animals.
• Snack will be provided.
• Camper needs to bring sack lunch.
Session Eco-Explorers: Mon, Jun 27, 2016 - Fri, Jul 1, 2016 8:30AM - 1:30PM   CLOSED
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.
Session 2016 Teacher Appreciat: Sat, Aug 20, 2016 7:00PM - 10:00PM   CLOSED

STEAM/Biomimicry
Price: $20.00
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Biomimicry is an exciting way to solve human problems by looking to nature for the answers. It is a great way to engage your students in engineering, critrical thinking and multi-disciplinary learning. The Garden's curriculum has been successfully modified for all ages of learners. Please check our website for biomimicry-focused field trips.
Workshop fees are $20, but the first 15 teachers to register and participate from Title I schools will be refunded their fee, thanks to charitable grants from businesses in our community.

Workshops include: Professional Development certificates, Garden admission and snacks.
Check-in starts 30 minutes prior to program start time.

Pre-registration is required.

Butterflies
Price: $20.00
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Butterflies are a unique and essential part of our ecosystem. Discover how to inspire your students with butterfly anatomy, life-cycles, mutualistic relationships and unusual species specific behaviors. The Garden's curriculum has been sucessfully modified for all ages of learners. Please check our website in the fall for butterfly focused field trips.
Workshop fees are $20, but the first 15 teachers to register and participate will be refunded their fee.

Workshops include: Professional Development certificates, Garden admission and snacks.
Check-in starts 30 minutes prior to program start time.

Pre-registration is required.

Sponsored by APS