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

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

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

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

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

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

Desert Design Certificate
*This program has prerequisites that must be completed prior to registration. Please LOG IN for the system to validate your current certificates or call us at 480 481.8146 to register.
  • Desert Plant Palette Certificate
  • Sustainable Desert Landscape Certificate
Regular Price: $374.00
Member Price: $299.00
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Tuesdays / January 10 - March 14 / 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
(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 (formerly Desert Life Forms)
• Sustainable Desert Landscapes
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Jan 10, 2017 - Tue, Mar 14, 2017 4:30PM - 6:30PM   (16 AVAIL)

Desert Plant Palette Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Formerly called Desert Life Forms Certificate

Saturdays / January 14 - March 18 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 - Sat, Mar 18, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

Beekeeping for Beginners
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / January 7 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Bees are important pollinators, transferring large amounts of pollen from flower to flower as they forage for nectar. Without them, we would not have the abundance of food crops we all depend on. Discover the basics of beekeeping in your own garden. Learn how and where to buy honeybees, construct hives and harvest honey. Beekeper Dan Punch will explain the step-by-step process of raising honeybees as a hobby. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 7, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Small Patio Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday / January 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Imagine creating an intimate patio or courtyard with small desert trees or large shrubs. A patio tree or large shrub often serves a special function that can be used for shade or to create a feeling of privacy. Join Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden, as she discusses the best trees and shrubs that can be used to grace your patio or courtyard. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Mon, Jan 9, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Package Deal - SketchUp Landscape Design
Regular Price: $113.00
Member Price: $90.00
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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.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Sketchup: Getting Started and Sketchup: Next Steps by December 12 and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Offer expires on December 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

SketchUp: Getting Started
Wednesday / January 11 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


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.

SketchUp: Next Steps
Wednesday / January 18 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


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 Winter 2016-17: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

SketchUp: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday / January 11 / 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 Winter 2016-17: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

How to Grow a Tomato
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / January 12 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

You can grow a juicy, succulent tomato right here in the Sonoran Desert. Learn which tomatoes-determinate or indeterminate, hybrids or heirlooms-you can grow and how to harvest them. Discover the many varieties of shapely, colorful tomatoes, including pear, plum, slicer, salad and cherry. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Jan 12, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

SketchUp: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday / January 18 / 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 Winter 2016-17: Wed, Jan 18, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Rose Gardening in the Desert
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / January 18 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to select and prepare a location for your rose bed and the different types of roses that will thrive. Join Steve Sheard as he discusses planting, efficient watering and fertilizing techniques. You will also learn how to foster survival during summer months, prune for maximum bloom and control insects. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Jan 18, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Growing Milkweeds
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Thursday / January 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Asclepias, or milkweeds, are known to be important host plants for the queen and monarch butterfly larvae, with more than 140 species found throughout the world. The flowers they produce provide nectar for a number of insects such as bees, wasps and beetles. In this class, you will learn which milkweeds can be successfully grown in the low desert and what is the best way to propagate them. Asclepias seed and cuttings will be provided. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Jan 19, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (17 AVAIL)

Ikebana
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday / January 21 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement, is subtle, sensitive, sophisticated and meditative. We will discuss the basic principles of this traditional art form. Then after instructor Ping Wei's demonstration, you will make your own original ikebana arrangements from an assortment of flower bouquets that will be provided. Participants will need to bring their own small to medium-sized vases. Limit 10.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 21, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Growing Citrus
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / January 21 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Citrus trees are a great food source that you can grow at home. Learn how to select varieties that will ensure fresh citrus for up to nine months. We will discuss correct planting techniques and suitable locations, how to properly water and fertilize your citrus, and how to protect them from diseases, insects and harsh weather. Instructed by Richard Gibson, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension agent. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 21, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (19 AVAIL)

Vertical Vegetable Gardening
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / January 22 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Are you limited in gardening space? You can maximize both available space, light and harvest yields by growing upwards on a small balcony or patio. In this class, we will discuss the many advantages of vertical gardening and which vegetables, besides vines, are most appropriate for this method. We will also cover different construction and support materials, designs and soil mixes to create a vertical garden. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 22, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Sunday / January 22 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Learn the basics of pruning to keep your trees and shrubs healthy, functional and attractive. This class will cover the art and science of good pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, the five types of pruning and the two worst pruning mistakes. Pruning demonstration and take-home materials included. Instructed by John Eisenhower, ISA Certified Arborist®. Limit 25.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 22, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

Home Landscape Design Basics I
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Mondays / January 23 and 30 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This series covers the basics of designing residential landscapes that are appropriate for the Sonoran Desert. The instructor goes over 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.

Series instructed by Liza Blank, landscape architect. Limit 20.

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.
Session Winter 2016-17: Mon, Jan 23, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays / February 16 and 23 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This series covers the basics of designing residential landscapes that are appropriate for the Sonoran Desert. The instructor goes over 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.

Series instructed by Liza Blank, landscape architect. Limit 20.

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 Winter 2016-17: Thu, Feb 16, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (16 AVAIL)

Growing Culinary Herbs
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / January 26 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Culinary herbs are used to season pizza, make fresh salsa, flavor pesto or infuse vinegar to perk up salads. You can grow many of these herbs in your garden and on your patio. Come learn how to grow and care for plants that enhance both your cooking and your garden! Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Jan 26, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Biointensive Gardening
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Sundays / January 29 and February 5 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Biointensive gardening uses eight principles to produce a high-yielding, sustainable food growing garden or urban farm. Liz Lonetti will share how to adapt these principles to better suit the desert climate. Growing biointensively is a great way to have a robust desert garden ecosystem and an abundance of food. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 29, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Meditation Garden
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / February 1 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

A garden is a natural place for meditation. It can be designed to engage all five senses and remind you to be present in the moment. In this class, we will explain the benefits and methods of meditation and how to apply this to a meditation garden. Participants will create a diagram of their own personal meditation garden with a list of elements that engage and relax their senses. Instructed by Erin Hutton, landscape designer. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Feb 1, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

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

Square-foot gardening uses intensive planting methods to grow edible plants in a small area. Carol Stuttard will guide you through this space-saving method of gardening, perfect for people short on room and time, or anyone new to vegetable gardening. She will discuss how to plan and lay out a square-foot garden, how much to plant and how to properly space your plants or seeds. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Container Gardening: Succulents
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / February 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Explore the basics of growing succulents in containers for your patio and garden. Learn how to select plant size, shape and color to create intriguing arrangements of pots that will decorate your patio and add drama to your garden. Hands-on practice and demonstrations will be included. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, agavaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 25.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Feb 8, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (19 AVAIL)

Watering and Controller Programming
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday / February 11 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Take an active role in the health of your landscape by learning correct watering techniques and how to properly control your home irrigation system. The details of irrigation-controller programming will be demonstrated through hands-on exercises with controller models in the classroom. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Succulents for the Landscape
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / February 11 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

When planted in the ground or in containers, succulents will make a stunning addition to your landscape. Whether you purchase a plant or grow them from seeds, cuttings or divisions, this class will provide you with easy-to-use techniques for care and maintenance of healthy, vibrant succulents. Instructed by Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Growing Herbs in Containers
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / February 12 / 2 - 4 p.m.

If you are low on space, growing herbs in containers is a great way to add a culinary accent to a patio or balcony. Learn about the surprising variety of herbs that do well in pots in a desert environment, like fragrant rosemary and flavorful basil. Then learn how you can successfully grow them in containers. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Feb 12, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Warm Season Heirloom Vegetables
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday / February 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Heirloom vegetables are grown for a variety of reasons as many provide exceptional taste and are packed with nutrients. Once you have tried a delicious heirloom tomato, you will never go back to their supermarket counterparts. Join Carol Stuttard as she discusses how to grow wonderful heirloom tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and squash, as well as other warm-season heirloom varieties that are cultivated in the low desert. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Feb 15, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Growing Fruit Trees
Regular Price: $81.00
Member Price: $65.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Selection and Care of Fruit Trees and Grafting Fruit Trees by December 12 and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Offer expires on December 12. Programs may be purchased separately at regular price, subject to availability.

Selection and Care of Fruit Trees
Thursday / February 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Growing fruit trees in a city is significantly different from growing them in a rural area. You will learn how to avoid common mistakes when planting fruit trees other than citrus in the low desert, when to plant and how to manage your trees through irrigation and fertilization. Instructed by Richard Gibson, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension agent. Limit 30.

Grafting Fruit Trees
Thursday / February 23 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to grow more fruit varieties with fewer trees by grafting or budding different varieties onto the same tree. In this hands-on class, Steve Sheard will discuss the various methods of grafting including T-budding, whip, bark and cleft grafting. The class will also cover collecting scions, protecting the graft and necessary tools. You will go home with a fruit tree ready to plant. Root-stock, grafting knife and tape will be provided. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Feb 16, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Selection and Care of Fruit Trees
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday / February 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Growing fruit trees in a city is significantly different from growing them in a rural area. You will learn how to avoid common mistakes when planting fruit trees other than citrus in the low desert, when to plant and how to manage your trees through irrigation and fertilization. Instructed by Richard Gibson, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension agent. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Feb 16, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Fridays / February 17 and 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Imagine picking fresh vegetables from your garden for dinner. Late winter is a rewarding time for gardeners to plant and harvest fresh vegetables. This class identifies the best vegetables to grow and 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 vegetables to your meals. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Fri, Feb 17, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

The Hacienda Garden: Paradise Reclaimed
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Join us on an exclusive tour and discover how to create a garden that evokes old Mexico. Discover how to tell a garden story with site-specific plant palettes, micro-climates, smart watering and working with historic character. This private tour will be led by Brian Kissinger, director of horticulture at the Garden, as he walks you through his residence that was once the home of Senator Carl Hayden. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Limit 20.

Grafting Fruit Trees
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $42.00
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Thursday / February 23 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to grow more fruit varieties with fewer trees by grafting or budding different varieties onto the same tree. In this hands-on class, Steve Sheard will discuss the various methods of grafting including T-budding, whip, bark and cleft grafting. The class will also cover collecting scions, protecting the graft and necessary tools. You will go home with a fruit tree ready to plant. Root-stock, grafting knife and tape will be provided. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Feb 23, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Succulent Monogram Wreath
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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Monday / February 27 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Create a personalized wreath using a galvanized metal letter that can be mounted to a wall. You will be guided through a step-by-step process by adding soil and wire mesh to your planter. Then add a variety of succulents to complete your finished artwork. Lynn Reves will also discuss how to maintain your living piece of art. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2016-17: Mon, Feb 27, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Growing Gourds
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday / February 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Gourds have been grown in the desert Southwest for thousands of years by native people. Today, gourds are grown for ornamental use, often to create spectacular art pieces. Join Carol Stuttard as she discusses how to grow gourds in the desert with emphasis on variety selection, planting times, soil and irrigation requirements. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Mon, Feb 27, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Growing Living Stones: Lithops
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Tuesday / February 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Lithops, or living stones, are fascinating plants resembling small pebbles. These colorful succulents can be easily grown in containers, but understanding how to care for them is essential for success. This class will cover the best practices and techniques for watering, light requirements, fertilization and soil media. Instructed by Doug Dawson. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Feb 28, 2017 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. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

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

Photography 101
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday / January 7 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Photography 101 is for beginners and intermediate photo enthusiasts with a DSLR camera who want to learn about aperture, shutter speed, ISO and the "exposure triangle". Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Carol Komassa. Limit 10.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 7, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Sunday / January 8 / 1 - 4 p.m.

The best camera is often the one you have with you when something spectacular happens right before your eyes. 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 Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 8, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Moonscape Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Thursday / January 12 / 6 - 9 p.m.

The beauty of moonlit nights and the splendor of the Garden make for a fantastic evening of shooting illuminated landscapes. With long exposures, learn to use light sources to paint with light-a technique utilized by artist Pablo Picasso. Experiment with lighting, exposure, camera settings and nighttime considerations to create beautiful and unique photographs. Participants should bring digital or film SLR camera, wide-angle or medium zoom lens, tripod and flashlight. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 10.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Jan 12, 2017 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Digital Desert Photography
Regular Price: $169.00
Member Price: $135.00
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Learn the keys to photographic excellence using digital cameras.

Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Getting Started and Next Steps by December 12 and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Offer expires on December 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Getting Started
Saturday and Thursday / January 14 and January 19
Saturday / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / Thursday / 6 - 9 p.m.


This two-session introductory class is ideal for those who are new to digital photography or are simply interested in learning which settings to use and when. Robert McBride will go over 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.

Next Steps
Saturday and Thursday / February 4 and February 9
Saturday / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / Thursday / 6 - 9 p.m.


Learn to take your camera off automatic and use the more advanced creative exposure settings to produce compelling photographs. Topics include advanced exposure techniques, metering, how to achieve sharp focus and merge technical and creative aspects of photography. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 10:00AM - 2:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Digital Desert Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday and Thursday / January 14 and January 19
Saturday / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / Thursday / 6 - 9 p.m.


This two-session introductory class is ideal for those who are new to digital photography or are simply interested in learning which settings to use and when. Robert McBride will go over 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. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 10:00AM - 2:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Legendary Superstition Mountains
Regular Price: $141.00
Member Price: $113.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Superstition Mountain Photography: An Introduction and Superstition Mountain Photography: In the Field by December 12 and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Offer expires on December 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Superstition Mountain Photography: An Introduction
Tuesday / January 17 / 6 - 8 p.m.


Perhaps nowhere in the entire United States is there an area so packed with legend, history and intrigue as the rugged Superstition Mountains. In this class, learn what it takes to become a digital landscape photographer, from the detailed mechanics of using your digital camera, to exposure, to composing the perfect shot. While this class is open to all camera owners, it is most appropriate for digital cameras. Participants should bring camera and manual. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.

Superstition Mountain Photography: In the Field
Saturday / January 21 / 2 - 7 p.m.


Join Robert McBride to capture exquisite images from both a technical and aesthetic perspective. You will have the opportunity to photograph the Superstition Mountains at sunset. Then visit the Superstition Mountain museum located at the base of this rugged mountain range. This is an excellent opportunity to use skills and techniques gained in Superstition Mountain Photography: An Introduction. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. This is an offsite program, and transportation from the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Limit 9.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Jan 17, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Superstition Mountain Photography: An Introduction
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Tuesday / January 17 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Perhaps nowhere in the entire United States is there an area so packed with legend, history and intrigue as the rugged Superstition Mountains. In this class, learn what it takes to become a digital landscape photographer, from the detailed mechanics of using your digital camera, to exposure, to composing the perfect shot. While this class is open to all camera owners, it is most appropriate for digital cameras. Participants should bring camera and manual. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Jan 17, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Superstition Mountain Photography: In the Field
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Saturday / January 21 / 2 - 7 p.m.

Join Robert McBride to capture exquisite images from both a technical and aesthetic perspective. You will have the opportunity to photograph the Superstition Mountains at sunset. Then visit the Superstition Mountain museum located at the base of this rugged mountain range. This is an excellent opportunity to use skills and techniques gained in Superstition Mountain Photography: An Introduction. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. This is an offsite program, and transportation from the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Limit 9.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 21, 2017 2:00PM - 7:00PM   WAIT LIST

Tablescaping Photography
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / January 21 / 2 - 6 p.m.

You set aside time to create a beautiful place for friends and family to gather during special occasions, and every detail has meaning. Your table is art waiting to be photographed. There are many ways to document a tablescape in an artistic fashion that will encourage the viewer to remember the details. Join Tracy Battaglia as she walks you through how to style a table. Then, learn how to utilize light, angles, and details to capture stunning images. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Knowledge of basic photographic principles is desirable but not required. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 21, 2017 2:00PM - 6:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Nature Photography as Art
Regular Price: $105.00
Member Price: $84.00
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Sundays / January 22 and 29 / 3 - 6 p.m.

Artistic photographer Joanne West will share ways to use composition, color theory and creative post processing techniques to dramatically increase the impact of your photos. These classes include guided photography practice in the Garden, digital post processing tips and a final review of your images. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 22, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: Understanding Your Camera
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Tuesday / January 24 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only.

Learn how shutter speeds, apertures and ISO work together to help you capture a successful image. In this class, you will have a chance to walk in the Garden and use your new skills. 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 Winter 2016-17: Tue, Jan 24, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

iPhone and iPad Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Wednesday / January 25 / 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 Winter 2016-17: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 5:00PM - 8:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Photographing Aloes
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday / January 29 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Garden has a broad variety of stunning aloe plants, which bloom in winter. Join Robert McBride for hands-on guidance and personal instruction as you navigate the Garden trails to capture the beauty of flowering aloes. This class will cover proper exposure techniques, equipment with special attention to lighting, framing and composition. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 29, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: Exposure
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Tuesday / January 31 / 6 - 8 p.m.

The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only.

In today's digital world, many photographers assume their camera's default metering system will give them the correct exposure every time. In this class, you will examine your camera's various metering systems and learn why different systems can produce better results under different conditions. Understanding Your Camera is a prerequisite for this class. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Jan 31, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday and Thursday / February 4 and February 9
Saturday / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / Thursday / 6 - 9 p.m.


Learn to take your camera off automatic and use the more advanced creative exposure settings to produce compelling photographs. Topics include advanced exposure techniques, metering, how to achieve sharp focus and merge technical and creative aspects of photography. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 10:00AM - 2:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Nighttime
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Tuesday / February 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 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. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Feb 7, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Chasing the Moon
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Friday / February 10 / 4 - 7 p.m.

Discover ideal camera settings, specific considerations and essential planning tips to photograph a full moon. Emphasis will be on how to successfully include the moon into an Arizona scene. We will then head into the Garden to capture the full moon rising over the desert during the twilight hour. Participants should have a working knowledge of their cameras, being able to set aperture, shutter, ISO and WB manually. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Fri, Feb 10, 2017 4:00PM - 7:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Entering Photo Contests
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / February 11 / 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Join award-winning professional photographer Lisa Langell, as she guides you through the ins and outs of entering photography contests. In this class, we will cover critical components of nature photography including how to protect your rights to your images and work. We will also discuss the 12 main elements of an image that judges use to select award-winning photos. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 9:30AM - 1:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Introduction to Macro Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Sunday / February 12 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

In photography, the closer you focus on a given subject, the more you reveal. Join us as we explore an unfamiliar world by magnifying a subject. We will discuss the difference between close-up and macro photography, ways to get very close, equipment, focusing, lighting and steadying the camera. While this introductory class is open to all camera owners, it is best suited for those who are proficient in operating a DSLR camera. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Feb 12, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: The Secret of Lighting
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday / February 15 / 6 - 8 p.m.

The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only.

Lighting is the essential ingredient in all photography. Yet for all its importance, light is too often unknown, unstudied and abused. This class will cover the most important aspects of light and how it can be used to turn snapshots into stunning photos. Understanding Your Camera and Mastering Exposure are prerequisites for this class. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Feb 15, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Mastering the Tools: Composition
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday / February 22 / 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. Learn the rules for composing photographs and examine how they work in unison with exposure and subject selection to produce visually compelling images. Understanding Your Camera, Mastering Exposure and The Secret of Lighting are prerequisites for this class. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Feb 22, 2017 5:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Photographing Silhouettes
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Tuesday / February 28 / 4 - 8 p.m.

Lisa Langell will show you how to bring out the dark side by shooting silhouettes. In this class, you will learn how to recognize and utilize ideal lighting for capturing shadowy shapes. Learn to avoid common mistakes when shooting profiles, as well as what subjects make powerful silhouette imagery. Participants must be familiar with manual exposure settings. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Feb 28, 2017 4:00PM - 8:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

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   WAIT LIST

Body Butters and Scrubs
Regular Price: $76.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / December 10 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Second Session Added: Sunday / December 11 / 12 - 3 p.m.


Luxurious, spa-style body butters and scrubs can be expensive. Making them is easy once you know the basic ingredients. Learn about the different types of oils that create luxurious creamy body lotions, scrubs and butters. In this class, you will also learn how to package them for gifts and create unique tags just in time for the holidays. Take away recipes for different natural and preservative-free butters, scrubs and lotions so you can replicate these spa treats at home. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

Cooking with Colors
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / December 11 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Did you know that varying your vegetable and fruit colors is good for your health? Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will demonstrate how including foods from every color of the rainbow may help to prevent cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Chef Ruiz will prepare her popular and healthy chakra salad and rainbow guacamole. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Dec 11, 2016 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Quick and Healthy Meals
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / January 7 / 1 - 3 p.m.

You don't need to spend hours in the kitchen to cook healthy meals for you and your family. Join Chef Monica O'Brien as you learn to prepare quick and delicious meals like chicken marsala with asparagus, parsley garlic shrimp and broccoli, and pork tenderloin with glazed carrots. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 7, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Train Your Brain
Regular Price: $73.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Saturday / January 7 / 2 - 4 p.m.

Just as the body needs exercise, brains need a workout too. Recent studies suggest that "use it or lose it" is good advice for brain fitness, but crossword puzzles and computer games are not enough for those who aim to stay sharp and age well. This class offers proven brain training strategies to boost memory, motivation and vitality. We will focus on five key brain areas that need exercise and the fun and fulfilling activities that work them. You will leave the program with a Personal Neuroplasticity Plan to help your brain get better with age. Class includes a copy of the book "Better with Age: The Ultimate Guide to Brain Training." Instructed by Phyllis Strupp. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 7, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Simple Smoothies
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / January 8 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Reboot your metabolism and flood your body with more of the nutrients it needs. Blending smoothies is an easy way to pack more fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. Registered dietician Sara Korzeniewski will share some of her favorite recipes as she demonstrates the ABC's of making more nutritious drinks. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 8, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Winter Classics
Regular Price: $104.00
Member Price: $83.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Winter Gourmet and Winter Baking by December 12 and receive an exclusive 20% discount!

Offer expires on December 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.


Winter Gourmet
Tuesday / January 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Cool days and chilly evenings call for hearty dishes with winter ingredients. Learn how to make
beet, pickled cherry and crispy shallot salad, roasted butternut squash with cilantro cream,
beef with Roquefort pecan butter, and a delicious pecan bourbon bread pudding for dessert. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Maggie Norris. Limit 12.

Winter Baking
Tuesday / January 31 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Whether they are in breads or desserts, winter harvest is full of fruits and vegetables for baking! Just make sure to save some of these delicious treats for your friends and family. We will be making warm apple pie bread with cinnamon, sticky bun pumpkin muffins, sweet potato biscuits with honey butter, and lemon cranberry pie bars. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Maggie Norris. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Jan 10, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Winter Gourmet
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / January 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Cool days and chilly evenings call for hearty dishes with winter ingredients. Learn how to make beet, pickled cherry and crispy shallot salad, roasted butternut squash with cilantro cream, beef with Roquefort pecan butter, and a delicious pecan bourbon bread pudding for dessert. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Maggie Norris. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Jan 10, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Sunrise Tai Chi
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all of the classes in the Sunrise Tai Chi series by December 12. Package includes seven sessions.

Offer expires on December 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Tuesdays / January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14 and 21 / 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 Winter 2016-17: Tue, Jan 10, 2017 8:15AM - 9:15AM   (13 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.

Package Deal - Sundown Yoga
Regular Price: $98.00
Member Price: $78.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Receive a $20 discount when you register for all of the classes in the Sundown Yoga series by December 12. Package includes seven sessions.

Offer expires on December 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Wednesdays / January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15 and February 22 / 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 and Urban Wellness. Limit 30.

Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 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 and Urban Wellness. Limit 30.

Breakfast Makeover
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Wednesday / January 11 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Are you ready for a healthier morning routine? Learn how to make a grain-free hot cereal, kale and egg muffins, savory waffles, and a baked version of Scotch eggs. Also, discover how to prepare and store foods for on-the-go days. This class is demonstration only. Recipes are gluten-free and low-sugar. Instructed by Stephanie Green. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

Cooking 101: Soups and Stews
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / January 14 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Bring your soups and stews to an another level. Learn new techniques and how to enhance flavors of your favorite soups and stews. Chef Monica O'Brien will demonstrate how to prepare chicken tortilla, velvety butternut squash and gazpacho soups. She will also prepare green chili pork and black bean acorn squash stews. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

Winter Comfort Foods
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / January 22 / 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Join Chef Nancy Matsui as she demonstrates how to make comfort food with a healthy twist. Learn to cook El Tasso beans and rice, a dish with cubed Tasso ham, veggies and spices; comfort pancakes with fresh fruit, nuts and mascarpone cream; and a crunchy sweet and savory snack mix with a little kick from a Turkish pepper. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 22, 2017 1:00PM - 3:30PM   (10 AVAIL)

Boost Your Immunity
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / January 29 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Your body performs better when eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and foods low in saturated fats. A healthy immune system helps keep the body strong so that it can fend off illness. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will demonstrate how to prepare immunity boosting soups, juices and teas just in time for cold and flu season. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 29, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Winter Baking
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / January 31 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Whether they are in breads or desserts, winter harvest is full of fruits and vegetables for baking! Just make sure to save some of these delicious treats for your friends and family. We will be making warm apple pie bread with cinnamon, sticky bun pumpkin muffins, sweet potato biscuits with honey butter, and lemon cranberry pie bars. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Maggie Norris. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Jan 31, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

Flavors of Southeast Asia
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / February 4 / 1 - 3 p.m.

The flavors of Southeast Asia feature aromatic herbs and spices such as lemongrass, fresh curry leaves and tamarind. Chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz will be preparing dishes that will spark your taste buds with every bite. Thai coconut curry, Vietnamese fresh greens salad and Indian mango chutney will be demonstrated and prepared for tasting. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

The Art of Enchiladas
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / February 5 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Enchiladas are the ultimate Southwest comfort food. Using different red and green sauces, learn how to make this traditional dish. Start with a variety of ingredients and flavors, including different meats and cheeses that make an authentic enchilada with all its complexity of flavors. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Feb 5, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Savory Winter Squash
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / February 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

There are many different types of squash that are abundant during the winter. Chef Maggie Norris will show you how to cook with an array of squash by demonstrating Thai red curry and kabocha squash soup, acorn squash with sausage and kale, butternut squash and poblano gratin, and ginger squash cake. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Feb 7, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Carrot Craze
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday / February 11 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Carrots are high in nutrients and vitamins and are available year-round. The dilemma is how to use carrots in innovative ways and in everyday meals. Chef Monica O'Brien will demonstrate how to enhance your meals with carrots by demonstrating how to prepare a roast winter vegetable salad, carrots braised with bacon and even a dessert of carrot custard with blueberry sauce. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Introduction to Southwest Cooking
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday / February 12 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Southwest traditional cuisine is unique and iconic, using fresh, flavorful ingredients. Learn how to make traditional dishes such as Mexican rice, fresh beans, nopales, basic salsas and other Mexican kitchen staples. This class will cover tricks in the kitchen that allow for quick and easy meals. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Maria Cano. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Feb 12, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Artisanal Burgers
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / February 21 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The classic American burger has experienced a revival with the addition of gourmet ingredients. Chef Monica O'Brien will demonstrate unexpected ingredients and preparations to create a tasty modern artisanal burger. She will prepare a vegetarian-style black bean burger with roasted red bell peppers. Plus, learn to make a crab meat burger with a ginger coleslaw, and a classic beef burger on a blue cheese peppercorn bun with caramelized onion. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Feb 21, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (11 AVAIL)

Vegan France
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday / February 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The French are known for their sophisticated cooking and techniques. Discover how the French prepare their meals with locally grown, in-season produce featuring a vegetable-forward menu. Join Chef Jason Wyrick on this culinary journey without having to leave the Garden! This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Feb 28, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

 
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.


Desert on a Box
Regular Price: $140.00
Member Price: $112.00
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Mondays / January 9, 16 and 23 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The rosette growth patterns of desert plants lend themselves to being painted in the round. Using a round wooden cheese box, learn to use chalk paint to prepare the box surface. Then, use acrylic paints to create botanical images of succulents such as aloes, agaves and echeverias. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2016-17: Mon, Jan 9, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (15 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Gourds Galore
Regular Price: $254.00
Member Price: $203.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Gourd Necklace and Gourd Purse by December 12 and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Offer expires on December 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Gourd Necklace
Saturday / January 14 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Join Gail Aubel in transforming gourd pieces into stylish necklaces. You will be introduced to techniques to add finishes and textures to the gourd shards. After some practice time, combine your new skills to design, embellish and produce your own unique necklaces. Participants will choose from various size and shaped shards to make two necklaces. All materials included. Limit 12.

Gourd Purse
Saturday / February 4 / 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Learn to select, clean and prepare a gourd, then construct the pieces into a stylish yet functional purse. Students can decorate their pieces with wood burning, paints, stain and dyes. You will also be shown different ways to finish the interior at home. Completed purses make a great conversation starter at gatherings. All materials included. Instructed by Paula Gregg. Limit 12.

Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Gourd Necklace
Regular Price: $130.00
Member Price: $104.00
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Saturday / January 14 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join Gail Aubel in transforming gourd pieces into stylish necklaces. You will be introduced to techniques to add finishes and textures to the gourd shards. After some practice time, combine your new skills to design, embellish and produce your own unique necklaces. Participants will choose from various size and shaped shards to make two necklaces. All materials included. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Painting with Acrylics
Regular Price: $280.00
Member Price: $224.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for Introduction to Acrylics and Desert Birds in Acrylics by December 12 and receive an exclusive 10% discount!

Offer expires on December 12. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Introduction to Acrylics
Sundays / January 22 and 29 / 1 - 4 p.m.


Discover how to paint creatively with acrylics. This class will include lessons on color theory, brush control, the importance of composition, and mixing the correct colors of the desert fauna with a focus on birds. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 12.

Desert Birds in Acrylics
Thursdays / February 9, 16 and 23 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


The Sonoran Desert is full of a wide variety of unique birds. Using acrylic painting techniques, learn to capture the beauty of desert birds and paint them accurately, bringing them to life on your canvas. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 22, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Introduction to Acrylics
Regular Price: $131.00
Member Price: $105.00
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Sundays / January 22 and 29 / 1 - 4 p.m.

Discover how to paint creatively with acrylics. This class will include lessons on color theory, brush control, the importance of composition, and mixing the correct colors of the desert fauna with a focus on birds. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 22, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Watercolor and Wine
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Sunday / January 29 / 3 - 6 p.m.

Celebrate the desert and the outdoors while painting al fresco. Join Lynn Reves to experience an afternoon of watercolor painting while enjoying a glass of wine in the beautiful Garden. In this class, you will learn how to paint different desert subjects such as hummingbirds and flowers in watercolor while sampling a variety of wines. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Each participant will receive one flight of wine. Additional drinks will be available for purchase. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.

Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 29, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Gourd Purse
Regular Price: $153.00
Member Price: $122.00
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Saturday / February 4 / 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Learn to select, clean and prepare a gourd, then construct the pieces into a stylish yet functional purse. Students can decorate their pieces with wood burning, paints, stain and dyes. You will also be shown different ways to finish the interior at home. Completed purses make a great conversation starter at gatherings. All materials included. Instructed by Paula Gregg. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 9:00AM - 3:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Mosaic Mandala
Regular Price: $170.00
Member Price: $136.00
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Tuesday and Wednesday / February 7 and 8 / 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mandalas are circular designs symbolizing the notion that life is never-ending. The mandala appears to us in all aspects of life: the earth, the sun, the moon, and the circles of life encompassing friends, family and communities. We will create a mandala to reflect your home and love of nature. This will make a wonderful addition to your patio or garden using colorful glass tiles. All materials included with class attendance. Instructed by David Jarvinen. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Feb 7, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Desert Birds in Acrylics
Regular Price: $180.00
Member Price: $144.00
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Thursdays / February 9, 16 and 23 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Sonoran Desert is full of a wide variety of unique birds. Using acrylic painting techniques, learn to capture the beauty of desert birds and paint them accurately, bringing them to life on your canvas. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Feb 9, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

Desert Charms
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Sunday / February 12 / 1 - 3 p.m.

In this class, participants will make beads and charms from the dried, woody portions of saguaro and cholla cactus. Participants will learn wire-working techniques and will add embellishments and a necklace cord to enhance their desert treasures. No jewelry-making experience is necessary. All materials included. Instructed by Shari Keith. Limit 15.
Session winter 2016-17: Sun, Feb 12, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

String Art
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Monday / February 20 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

String art is enjoying a revival in home décor. The unique look is achieved by wrapping colored thread around small nails to create a defined design. Join Lynn Reves as she shows you how to make your own string art project using different desert motif patterns. You will learn different stringing patterns and layering techniques to make your own art decoration. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2016-17: Mon, Feb 20, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (13 AVAIL)

Wooden Botanicals
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday / February 25 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Garden is the perfect location to inspire you to create a watercolor painting on a wood slice. In this class, you will be introduced to basic watercolor techniques such as color mixing and brush work. Then, apply your new painting skills to create a stunning desert botanical piece on wood. All materials included. Instructed by Rachel Eskandari. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 25, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

Family Playtime
Price: $5.00
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Discover what the Desert Botanical Garden has to offer you and your child through our new playtime program. Explore our indoor and outdoor classrooms at your own pace and encourage your child to engage in free choice and self-led nature play opportunities. Garden staff will be present to answer questions about our children and family programming. Advance registration is encouraged.

Offered:
Saturday / Dec. 10 / 9:00am - 12:00pm
Wednesday / Dec. 28 / 1:00 - 4:00pm

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.

Pricing includes 1 adult and 1 child participant. Additional participants are $19 for members, $23 for the general public.
Session Fall 2016: Sat, Dec 3, 2016 1:30PM - 3:30PM   CLOSED

Insect Gardens
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday / January 7 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn how helpful bugs can keep the pests away. We will discover how ladybugs, lacewings and even wasps can be good for a garden and which plants will make them want to visit. Each child will receive seeds to start insect gardens at home.

Pricing includes 1 adult and 1 child participant. Additional participants are $16 for members, $20 for the general public.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Jan 7, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Living with Wildlife
Regular Price: $36.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday / February 4 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Learn more about the animals that call Arizona home. Educators and special animal guests from the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center will dispel common myths and stereotypes surrounding our native wildlife as well as provide helpful tips for living peacefully with our wild animal neighbors.

Pricing includes 1 adult and 1 child participant. Additional participants are $14 for members, $17 for the general public.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 4, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (11 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.

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

Wings and Wildflowers
Regular Price: $165.00
Member Price: $140.00
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March 6 - 10 OR March 13 - 17 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Grades K-5

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

Wings and Wildflowers: Extended Camp
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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Grades K-5

The science doesn't have to end! Each day, our Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. You may register for individual days or a full week of Extended Camp (see package deal below). Campers must participate in Spring Break Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.

Package Deal - Extended Camp Week One
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $68.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full week of Extended Camp by February 20 and receive an exclusive 15% discount!

March 6 - 10 / 3 - 6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Spring Break Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
Session Spring 2017: Mon, Mar 6, 2017 - Fri, Mar 10, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Extended Camp Week Two
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $68.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full week of Extended Camp by February 20 and receive an exclusive 15% discount!

March 13 - 17 / 3 - 6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Spring Break Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
Session Spring 2017: Mon, Mar 13, 2017 - Fri, Mar 17, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (10 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.

The Science of Storytelling
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / January 11 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Storytelling is perhaps mankind's most ancient art. Skilled storytellers can hypnotize an audience and create a community bond. Learn techniques, such as building a suspenseful plot narrative, creating audience interaction, volume dynamics, body language and theatrics, as well as how to build a rhythmic speaking cadence. Gary Every will walk you through how to construct and tell a compelling story in any setting. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (20 AVAIL)

The Monsters Within
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday / January 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Parasites. They steal your food, invade your body and can even take over your mind. From aggressive caterpillars that defend against their parasitic nemesis to docile cockroaches easily led off to become an incubator for a wasp's eggs, the effects of parasites on their hosts are often unique and frequently quite bizarre. This class will explore some of the more interesting and unusual parasites found in nature, whose hosts include humans as well as other creatures. Instructed by Dr. Ken Sweat from ASU's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Jan 17, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

STARLAB
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday / January 22 / 5 - 7 p.m.

Spend a celestial evening in the Garden as we explore the night sky using the STARLAB Portable Planetarium from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Discover an overview of the constellations and learn what stars mean to us, and what they meant to the native people who lived here hundreds of years ago. Please wear comfortable clothing and your favorite socks; no shoes are allowed inside the STARLAB. During the program, participants will be asked to sit on the floor in a cross-legged position. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Jan 22, 2017 5:00PM - 7:00PM   WAIT LIST

Arizona Deer
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / January 25 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Arizona is home to two distinct species of deer, the mule and Coues white-tailed deer. The mule deer is a resident of the northern forests, chaparral areas and the southern desert grasslands. The Coues whitetail is most common in southeastern Arizona and inhabits the Mogollon Rim and sky islands of southeastern Arizona. Learn about the natural history, ecological relationships and management of these wonderful animals found in Arizona. Instructed by Jim Heffelfinger, author of Deer of the Southwest. Limit 30.
Session winter 2016-17: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Bluebirds, Robins and Thrushes
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / January 26 / 6:30 - 8 p.m.

These melodious songsters are popular and widely known from other parts of the United States. However, we have our own collection of this family of birds in Arizona. This class will emphasize the common varieties of thrushes, including eastern and western bluebirds, hermit thrushes, robins and Townsend's solitaires, in Arizona, providing information on their identification and backstory. Class includes a list of recommended birding spots to find these iconic species. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 20.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Jan 26, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Raptor Identification
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday and Saturday / February 1 and February 4
Wednesday / 6:30 - 8 p.m. / Saturday / 7:30 - 11 a.m. (field trip)

This class provides an overview how to identify raptors not only by size and shape, but by behavior, habitat and season. You will learn the different categories of raptors, as well as unique species like osprey and northern harrier, plus turkey and black vultures. The accompanying field trip to the West Valley will give participants experience with identifying some of these species in the wild. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Feb 1, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Medical Marijuana
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / February 2 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Arizona is one of many states that has legalized marijuana for medical use, and the plant is again in the news with voters considering legalization for recreational use. With a history as old as civilization, from ancient shamans, to blues musicians, to the modern indoor growing facility, the cannabis plant has been strongly shaped by its relation to humans. This class will explore the history of the medical use of marijuana with an emphasis on the modern medical marijuana movement in Arizona. Instructed by Ken Sweat from ASU's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session winter 2016-17: Thu, Feb 2, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Nature's Journal
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday / February 5 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Whether you are interested in keeping notes on the harvest from your home garden or participating as a citizen scientist in the study of climate change, keeping records of the natural world is a great way to increase your connection to the environment. The study of biological events, or phenology, is becoming more important as we learn to adapt to ever-changing climatic conditions. You will learn various methods and techniques for observing and collecting information on the natural world including climate, plants and wildlife. This class will also provide a brief overview of national and regional phenology programs as well as local activities at the Garden. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest, landscape architect. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sun, Feb 5, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Arizona Weather
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday / February 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered why Arizona is so dry or why we have the famous monsoon season? Arizona has a uniquely diverse climate with hot desert summers and cold alpine winters. Learn about our state's varied climate and meteorology. Topics of discussion may also include winter storms, blazing heat, and severe weather associated with monsoon thunderstorms such as microbursts, haboobs, hail, flash floods and even tornadoes. Instructed by Mike Santoro from ASU's School of Geographical Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Mon, Feb 6, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (15 AVAIL)

Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / February 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The plants of the Sonoran Desert are not only beautiful and unique, but they also have many practical applications. This class will take you on a journey of native Sonoran Desert plants and their medicinal uses. You will discover the amazing gifts that these plants have to offer. Kerry Amann will review some of the most commonly seen plants and will discuss their ethnobotanical uses, current applications, which parts are used and more. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Thu, Feb 9, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (19 AVAIL)

Geology of the Superstition Mountains
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday / February 21 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Superstition Mountain range, just east of the Valley, is the largest mountain range surrounding Phoenix, with its highest point reaching 5,024 feet. The creation of the Superstition Mountains arose from intense volcanic activity millions of years ago. Amy Englebright will discuss how the Superstition Mountains were formed and why this mountain range has a characteristic coloration that makes them highly photogenic. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Tue, Feb 21, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (19 AVAIL)

A to Z Bird Anatomy
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday and Saturday / February 22 and February 25
Wednesday / 6:30 - 8 p.m. / Saturday / 8 - 11 a.m. (field trip)

Take a closer look at an alphabet of bird body parts, some exterior and some interior. This class will help you with bird identification and will give you a new appreciation of multiple miracles and amazing adaptations that make up a bird. A local field trip to several Tempe urban ponds will help integrate this new knowledge. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2016-17: Wed, Feb 22, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Sonoran Mineralogy Lab
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday / February 25 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Explore the geology of the Sonoran Desert with its abundance of natural minerals coveted by miners and collectors alike. Why are some minerals shiny and some dull? Why are some common and others precious? Through discussion and hands-on investigation, learn about mineral formation, and gain the basic geologic skills needed to identify various minerals and understand their unique natural properties. Instructed by Ray Grant. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 25, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

CANCELATION POLICY

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

 
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.

Willcox Weekend: Cranes, Wine and Archeology
Regular Price: $824.00
Member Price: $659.00
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Friday - Sunday / January 6 - January 8 OR
Friday - Sunday / January 27 - January 29
Arrive Friday at 2 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

Colossal Cave and Empire Ranch
Regular Price: $156.00
Member Price: $125.00
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Friday / January 13 / 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Combine the history of a 140-year-old working cattle ranch and the stunning Colossal Cave for a sensational adventure! We will hike the half-mile Heritage Discovery Trail, where you will find majestic cottonwood trees and many outlying historic structures. Then we will visit Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Colossal Cave is known for its beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites and was once used by Hohokam and Sobaipuri for shelter. On this private tour, your guide will share information on the cave's history, legends and geology as you walk up and down six and a half stories of the magnificent Colossal Cave. Limit 10.

Day trip includes:
• Expert guides and educational programming
• Snacks and picnic lunch
• Transportation to and from the Garden
• Entrance fees

Not included:
• Personal expenses
• Dinner at Terrace Café
Session Winter 2016-17: Fri, Jan 13, 2017 7:00AM - 7:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $69.00
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Friday / January 20 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Visit the tranquil Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden for a specially arranged private garden tour and authentic tea ceremony. This 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 Winter 2016-17: Fri, Jan 20, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights and Cactus Tour
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Thursday / February 2 / 9 - 11 a.m.

The Tovrea Castle 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 Winter 2016-17: Thu, Feb 2, 2017 9:00AM - 11:00AM   WAIT LIST

Birding Hotspot: Pinal Mountains
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Saturday and Sunday / February 11 and February 12
Arrive Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Depart Sunday at 12 p.m.


Come and explore two enchanting birding hotspots within two hours of Phoenix, Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Pinal Mountain. We will see common desert species such as the bright red northern cardinals and usual winter visitors-like the red-naped sapsuckers and ruby-crowned kinglets. We will also visit a park featuring a restored Salado ruin, where birding is always productive. This journey should yield sights of a number of birds not found regularly in Phoenix including scrub jays and spotted towhees. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 8.

Two-day trip includes:
• Expert guide and educational programming
• Entrance fee to Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Not included:
• Transportation
• Lodging at Noftsger Hill Inn (Lodging reservation instructions will be provided after program registration has been confirmed).
• Dinner on Saturday
• Personal expenses
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 11, 2017 - Sun, Feb 12, 2017 1:30PM - 12:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Hohokam and Romero Ranch Archaeology
Regular Price: $124.00
Member Price: $99.00
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Saturday / February 18 / 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Situated at Catalina State Park just north of Tucson, Romero Ruins is a multifaceted archaeological site with both a Hohokam village dating back from 500 AD to 1450 and the remnants of Francisco Romero's ranch from the 1850s. You will be led on a private archaeological tour with park ranger Jack McCabe, who will discuss the history and lore of this historical site. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden and picnic lunch. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 8 a.m. and returns by 3 p.m. Limit 10.
Session Winter 2016-17: Sat, Feb 18, 2017 8:00AM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Birds and History of the San Pedro River Basin
Regular Price: $1,124.00
Member Price: $899.00
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Early Bird Special: Purchase Birds and History of the San Pedro River Basin by December 12 and receive $100 off!

Offer expires on December 12, subject to availability.


Sunday - Tuesday / April 23 - 25, 2017
Arrive Sunday at 2:30 p.m. / Depart Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

The San Pedro River Basin is renowned for its scenic beauty and diversity of plant and animal life, and spring is a wonderful time to see migrant and breeding birds. We will venture into the riparian corridor along the San Pedro River as well as Ramsey Canyon, "hummingbird capital of the U.S.," located in the nearby Huachuca Mountains. We will also visit museums in Bisbee and explore the Fort Huachuca Museum, which highlights the role of military intelligence within the U.S. Then, we offer a glimpse of the true old west in Tombstone with a private tour of the historic courthouse. Accommodations will be at the nationally acclaimed Casa de San Pedro Bed and Breakfast. This trip will be led by author and naturalist Lynn Hassler and Carlos Oldham, Garden docent and former President of Portland Audubon Society. Limit 8.

Three-day trip includes:

• Expert guides and educational programming
• Lodging at Casa de San Pedro Bed and Breakfast
• Breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday
• Dinner on Sunday and Monday
• Snacks and water
• Transportation for all group activities in Garden vehicle
• All entry fees to parks and museums

Not included:

• Transportation to and from Casa de San Pedro Bed and Breakfast
• Personal expenses
• Alcoholic beverages
Session Spring 2017: Sun, Apr 23, 2017 - Tue, Apr 25, 2017 2:30PM - 1:30PM   (4 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

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

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

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

 
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.

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.

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 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

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

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

There is a fee of $50 to be paid at accepted applicants first meeting. This fee covers the cost of a program t-shirt, snacks and incidentals during the course of the yearly program.

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