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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. 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.

 
Publications - Desert Landscape School

A Guide to Desert Landscaping and Maintenance
Regular Price: $68.00
Member Price: $54.00
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Gain a thorough understanding of how to select, install and maintain plants in a desert landscape. Filled with best practices, illustrations and instructions, this guide translates plant science into practical advice, making it perfect for landscape professionals, homeowners and gardeners.

Pricing valid for Desert Landscape School students only. One book purchase per student, please.

This is for local pickup only. The book must be picked up during your program the Desert Botanical Garden.

 
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 Ecology and Plant Biology Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Tuesdays | June 19 - Aug. 28 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

For those equipped with the knowledge to see it, the arid desert bristles with abundant and diverse life. Learn the fundamentals of plant biology and desert ecology to see and identify the myriad species that live and interact in this climate, and how to create landscapes that make the most of their desert-adapted advantages. In this 20-hour program, plant experts illustrate the basics of desert plant growth, reproduction and function.
Session Summer 2018: Tue, Jun 19, 2018 - Tue, Aug 28, 2018 4:30PM - 6:30PM   CLOSED

Planting and Maintenance Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Tuesdays | Sept. 4 - Nov. 13 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

After thoughtfully planning and selecting which plant fit your landscape design, it is crucial to know how to get them in the ground and keep them thriving. In this program, students get expert training in best practices for planting and pruning, and plenty of hands-on learning opportunities. Ideal for homeowners and professionals who plan to install and care for landscape plants in the desert, including how to diagnose and treat plant disorders.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Sep 4, 2018 - Tue, Nov 13, 2018 4:30PM - 6:30PM   (16 AVAIL)

Sustainable Desert Landscapes Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Thursdays | Sept. 6 - Nov. 15 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Whether you are redesigning an existing landscape or creating a brand new design, it is vital to have sustainability in mind and make use of rainwater and green building materials. Gain practical knowledge of desert soils, hydrology, horticulture and sustainable practices to start creating more resilient and environmentally responsible outdoor spaces. Garden experts offer hands-on lessons covering water harvesting and irrigation in real-life landscaping scenarios that empower students to do it on their own with confidence.
Session Fall 2018: Thu, Sep 6, 2018 - Thu, Nov 15, 2018 4:30PM - 6:30PM   OPEN

Desert Plant Palette Certificate
Regular Price: $324.00
Member Price: $259.00
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Saturdays | Sept. 8 - Nov. 17 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Using the Garden as an outdoor classroom, take advantage of our living library to learn how to identify commonly used desert plants. Insightful horticulturists with deep knowledge of the Garden's collection guide students through making informed plant selections and placements. Ideal for professionals and homeowners, this program is a building block for any desert landscaping or gardening project. Expect to learn about cacti, agaves, yuccas, trees, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, ornamental grasses and bulbs, herbaceous perennials and more.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Sep 8, 2018 - Sat, Nov 17, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (17 AVAIL)

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 Landscapes Certificate
Regular Price: $374.00
Member Price: $299.00
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Tuesdays | April 3 - June 12 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Designing sustainable desert landscapes requires a firm grasp of design principles and processes. Our instructors guide students through the process of turning a dream into a functional diagram, then mapping out a preliminary design and finalizing a master plan. To register for this program, students must have successfully completed the following certificates:
  • Desert Plant Palette
  • Sustainable Desert Landscapes

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.

Home Landscape Design Basics II
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Mondays | June 18, 25 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This series walks you through each phase of designing the ideal landscape to complement your home in the Sonoran Desert, assigning relevant exercises along the way. 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 15.

This class builds on Home Landscape Design Basics I and further develops your landscape plan through a studio format. You will be guided through the best methods and proper sequence for installing your design. Home Landscape Design Basics I is a prerequisite for this class.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 18, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Plants for Shade
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | June 21 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

For all its heat, the Arizona sun casts its fair share of shade on light-loving native and desert-adapted plants. Thankfully, some beautiful species thrive and flower in low light. Learn how to choose plants to match your specific shade conditions and create a shady retreat in your garden. Instructed by Starr Urbatsch, agave and aloe collections manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Thu, Jun 21, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (20 AVAIL)

Citrus Wreath
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Saturday | June 23 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Who said wreaths are just for winter holidays? Break tradition with a fresh and summery citrus wreath perfect for a wall or front door. Lynn Reves guides you through a step-by-step process of constructing a wreath that you can take home and mount. All materials included. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jun 23, 2018 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Vegetable Gardens and Insects
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | June 24 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Learn how to identify and treat the most common insect pests that stalk our desert vegetable gardens. You will learn best practices in garden maintenance to prevent pests and practical steps to take when they decide to move in. Liz Lonetti will also cover techniques of integrated pest management. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Jun 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Greywater Systems
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Wednesday | June 27 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Greywater systems eliminate waste-and shrink utility bills-by utilizing shower, sink and laundry water to irrigate your landscape. Learn greywater system basics and how to incorporate one into your home to make the best use of Arizona's precious water. Instructed by Ryan Wood from the Watershed Management Group. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Jun 27, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Plant Propagation
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Wednesday | July 11 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join the Garden's Rosa Crespo and Angelica Elliott to learn techniques for propagating plants, including how to collect and sow seeds, divide specialized structures and take cuttings. Use these skills to propagate various plant materials to take home. Discover how to succeed with both sexual and asexual propagation of various plants to enhance your garden, save money and overcome many plant-growing challenges. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Jul 11, 2018 10:00AM - 1:00PM   WAIT LIST

Vegetable Gardening: Month by Month
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursdays | July 12, 19 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Subtle changes in sun and soil bring new growing opportunities each month. Learn techniques and ideas for picking and planting to extend each season's harvest. By spreading activities across each page of the calendar, gardeners can enjoy the fruits of their labor all year. Instructed by Pam Perry. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Thu, Jul 12, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (18 AVAIL)

Watering and Controller Programming
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | July 14 | 9 a.m. - Noon

When you learn correct watering techniques and take an active role in the proper management of your home irrigation system, you will see amazing health benefits trickle down through your garden. Jeff Lee shares the details of irrigation-controller programming through hands-on exercises with controller models in the classroom. Limit 20.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 14, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (13 AVAIL)

Summer Ikebana
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday | July 15 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Feel your stresses wilt away and creativity blossom through ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement. Discuss the basic principles of this traditional, meditative art form. Then, after Ping Wei's demonstration, make your own original, summer-inspired ikebana arrangements. Participants will need to bring their own small- to medium-sized vases. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 10.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Jul 15, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Learn the basics of proper pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, three types of pruning cuts and some common pruning mistakes. Class includes a pruning demonstration. Instructed by John Eisenhower, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist. July and August programs instructed by Luana Vargas, ISA Board Certified Master Aborist. Limit 30.

Growing Succulents Indoors
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | July 26 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Succulent plants make wonderful specimens that fit beautifully into any home. Explore the diversity of succulents suitable for growing indoors, including the best genera, small and large plants, cultural needs and ways to make them stand out in your home. Instructed by Angelica Elliott, program development manager at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Thu, Jul 26, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (18 AVAIL)

Backyard Destinations
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Saturday | July 28 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Bring your backyard to the forefront of family time by creating engaging activity zones throughout the space. Learn how to set up focal areas for group gatherings, comfortable and well-lit reading nooks or a cool clubhouse for kids. Go beyond the pool and the BBQ as you discover fun options that will get the whole family spending more time outdoors. Instructed by Marie White. Limit 20.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 28, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (19 AVAIL)

Gardening for the Birds
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Monday | July 30 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Join Noelle Johnson as she explains how to supply food, shelter and other essentials of a desert bird habitat. Learn how to brighten your garden with long-blooming plants that will provide an explosion of birdseed and fruits. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jul 30, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Growing Grapes
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Aug. 5 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Grapes flourish in the low desert, providing juicy treats in the summer heat and welcome shade when grown on an arbor. Discover which varieties grow best here and get tips for propagation, plant placement, supporting structures, watering, pruning and protecting your fruit. Instructed by Jeff Ho. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Aug 5, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (16 AVAIL)

Kokedama
Regular Price: $100.00
Member Price: $80.00
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Saturday | Aug. 11 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Kokedama brings the miniature magic of Japanese bonsai to an adorable sphere of moss. The ancient art abounds with possibilities for your indoor and outdoor gardens and living spaces. Learn to make your own moss ball for tabletop displays artfully arranged on a wooden bowl. During this class, Lynn Reves guides participants through a step-by-step process of soil selection and moss-wrapping techniques, and then discusses maintenance and watering methods. All materials included. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Aug 11, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Backyard Orchard
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday | Aug. 12 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Fruit trees take time to mature and produce fruit-so start now on your own orchard to reach that dream of a homegrown harvest. Learn to plan a backyard orchard, how to select fruit trees that thrive in the desert, and how to take advantage of the best maintenance practices. Instructed by Liz Lonetti. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Aug 12, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Concrete Hand Planter
Regular Price: $113.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Thursday and Saturday | Aug. 23, 25
Thursday | 6 - 8 p.m. | Saturday | 10 a.m. - Noon


Take "hands-on learning" to the next level as you make a concrete planter with a glove mold. Lynn Reves guides students through mixing, pouring and forming concrete into a unique gesture. Use the finished sculptural planter to give your favorite plant a hand. All materials included. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Summer 2018: Thu, Aug 23, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Herbs for Natural Beauty
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday | Aug. 26 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Unlock the natural oils and antioxidants of common herbs for simple beautifying applications. Learn which herbs contain anti-aging solutions and how to grow them alongside other garden produce. Join Liz Lonetti in this a hands-on class to learn how to make your own beauty products and create refreshing pick-me-ups for desert-parched skin including skin tonics and oils, facial masks and more. All materials included. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Aug 26, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Creative Containers
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Monday | Aug. 27 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Whether you transform a terra cotta pot or playfully repurpose a household receptacle, there is no limit to your container garden's design and decorative potential. Join "AZ Plant Lady" Noelle Johnson as she shares tips on how to create a plant environment perfectly fit to your whimsy. Students should bring a 12- to 15-inch container, figurines, and special mementos. Plants, soil and other materials provided. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Aug 27, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (15 AVAIL)

Scented Gardens
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Thursday | Aug. 30 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Add a layer of sensory splendor to your garden area with a dose of plants for the nose. Learn which sweet-scented flowers and fragrant herbs are suitable for our low desert climate. Many are easy to grow and will bring delightful fragrances while attracting pollinators to your landscape. Instructed by Carol Stuttard. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Thu, Aug 30, 2018 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. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. 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.

iPhone and iPad Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday / July 7 / 9 a.m. - noon

Continue building 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 Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 7, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Capturing Sunsets and Lightning
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday | July 11 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

During the summer monsoon season sunsets glow with vibrant colors that photographers dream about and the Garden offers a great vantage point to capture them. Learn the best settings and techniques for photographing sunsets and lightning with instructor Joanne West and then use the Garden for a hands-on sunset shoot session. Weather permitting we may be fortunate to capture lightning as well. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Jul 11, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Editing
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday / July 18 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Tweak your photos to perfection with the editing app Snapseed on your iPhone or iPad. Ashley Lowery will walk you through the amazing transformations you can make with the touch of your finger! Students should download the free app SnapseedÃ'® onto device before class.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Jul 18, 2018 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Red Rocks and Full Moon Photography: An Intro
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Monday | July 23 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Joanne West and John Marino on an in-class journey exploring the opportunities of photographing the red rocks and pristine waters of Oak Creek, which flows through the heart of Sedona. Learn general photographic techniques, and how to use natural light to capture the moonrise and sunset in this scenic area. Open to all digital camera owners. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jul 23, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (4 AVAIL)

Red Rocks and Full Moon Photography: In the Field
Regular Price: $325.00
Member Price: $260.00
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Wednesday | July 25 | 1 - 9:30 p.m.

Follow Joanne West and John Marino into the field to hike and photograph Oak Creek Canyon at Crescent Moon Ranch. Explore creative techniques to capture the lush environment from general photographic skills and equipment, to composition and the use of natural light. As a bonus, a full moon will be rising over Cathedral Rock at dusk. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden and picnic lunch. Click here for required equipment. Limit 8.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Jul 25, 2018 1:00PM - 9:30PM   WAIT LIST

iPhone and iPad Photography: Nighttime
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday / July 25 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Nighttime brings out a different set of creatures, candid moments and, unfortunately, new photography challenges. Learn the essential techniques that will erase the graininess from iPhone or iPad photos taken in dark settings and produce stunning results. Explore lighting, exposure levels and the best apps for nighttime photography. Some photography practice in the Garden is included.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Jul 25, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Moonscape Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Friday | July 27 | 6 - 9 p.m.

Enjoy a fantastic evening of shooting moon-illuminated landscapes in this class designed for amateur photographers. With hands-on guidance, participants use creative experiments to learn elements of lighting, exposure, camera settings and nighttime considerations. Participants should bring digital or film SLR camera, wide-angle or medium zoom lens, tripod, cable or remote shutter release (optional) and flashlight. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Fri, Jul 27, 2018 6:00PM - 9:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Entering Photo Contests
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | Aug. 4 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Award-winning professional photographer Lisa Langell guides you through the ins and outs of entering photography contests. Learn critical components of nature photography, including how to protect your rights and the 12 main elements of an image that judges use to select award-winning photos. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Aug 4, 2018 10:00AM - 2:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

HDR Photography: An Introduction
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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DATE CHANGE TO: Sunday | July 29 | 8 - 11 a.m.

Join John Marino and Joanne West as they introduce aspects of HDR photography including camera settings and software to merge images. Capture photos in the Garden and then process them to render a final HDR image in the Garden's digital classroom. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera settings, especially the bracketing function. Click here for required equipment. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Jul 29, 2018 8:00AM - 11:00AM   (13 AVAIL)

Storytelling through Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | Aug. 18 | 5 - 8 p.m.

Elevate your photography from everyday snapshots to dynamic and engaging storytelling tools. Scott English Milam will break down examples of the main shot types that make up visual storytelling, and share tips and tricks for shooting on the fly. Leave your tripod at home and learn to capture your life in a fast and easy way. All photography levels are welcome. Students should have a working knowledge of basic camera settings. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Aug 18, 2018 5:00PM - 8:00PM   (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. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. 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.

The Wonders of Turmeric
Regular Price: $62.00
Member Price: $52.00
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This class has been CANCELED. Please contact adulteduc@dbg.org for more information.

Saturday | June 23 | 1 - 3 p.m.


Join Chef Terri Milligan as she demonstrates flavorful dishes including mango almond lasse (a mango turmeric beverage), jeweled turmeric couscous with dried cherries, apricots, figs and fresh mint and bite-sized spice-rubbed lamb "sickles" with a Moroccan mint barbeque sauce. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jun 23, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

Homemade: Cheese
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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New session added: Saturday | June 23 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Saturday | June 30 | 1 - 3 p.m.


With a little guidance, you can master the traditional art of cheesemaking, starting with ricotta, mascarpone and fresh mozzarella. Watch and taste as Chef Terri Milligan makes herb ricotta crostini with roasted wild mushrooms and arugula, fresh berries with honey mascarpone and classic mozzarella Caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.

Summer Entertaining
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | July 7 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Chef Terri Milligan shares some of her al fresco entertaining recipes including summer fruit and vegetable ceviche salad with edible petals, zucchini linguini salad with kale pistachio pesto, and chilled mango gazpacho and key lime margarita mousse parfaits. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 7, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Sugar Detox
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | July 10 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to break free of a reliance on sugar and other empty calories and nourish your body with wholesome, guilt-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nutrient-dense recipes. We will cover recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Instructed by Sara Korezeniewski. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Tue, Jul 10, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Best of Brazil
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | July 14 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Brazil's melting pot of diverse cultures translates directly to cooking pots full of unparalleled flavor combinations. Chef Terri Milligan shares a number of deliciously complex recipes from South America's largest country, including Brazilian moqueca-a fish stew made with white fish, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and coconut milk. Then try xuxu (chayote) and shrimp with chile and lime, and a cassava cake. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 14, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Summertime Tapas
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Tuesday | July 17 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Tapa means lid. In old Spain, innkeepers would place a crust of bread on top of beverage glasses to keep out the flies. Creative Andalusians added toppings of tasty morsels to those lids of bread, and tapas were born. These small plates of cold appetizers with bold flavors are easy to make and share. Join us at the Garden as Chef Teresa Hansen demonstrates several tasty offerings that will inspire you to lay out a smorgasbord and invite your friends. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Tue, Jul 17, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

Global Street Foods
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | July 21 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Popular street foods are like savory snapshots of a country's tastes, cultures and history. Take an international street food tour by learning about several favorites from around the world. Chef Terri Milligan will cook and share Mediterranean lamb kofta kabobs with curry lime mint yogurt, Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, Chinese dim sum with fresh ginger and soy dipping sauce, and Mexican alfajores a dulce de leche filled cookies. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 21, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

Street Tacos
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Aug. 12 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Take your next Taco Tuesday to new heights by learning the subtle art of street taco construction. Chef Monica O'Brien uses her street smarts to guide you through a foolproof method for marrying meat and tortilla. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Aug 12, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Handcrafted Soaps
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Saturday | July 21 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Learn how to use the melt and pour process to make handcrafted soaps infused with scents from natural flowers and herbs. Handcrafted soaps contain moisturizing glycerin, butters or oils and are free of harsh preservatives and other chemicals that can be irritating to skin. A variety of fresh and dried herbs, clays and essential oils will be provided to customize your soaps. All materials included.​ Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 21, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Milk Baths
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday | Aug. 18 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Milk baths are an ancient technique for exfoliating the skin. With the right touches, they can also present a blissfully indulgent evening of relaxing self-care. Explore different ingredients to soothe dry, itchy skin, or simply start a new habit of stress-reducing "me time." All materials included. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Aug 18, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Paella
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | July 29 | 1 - 3 p.m.

A pan of paella is the perfect dish to gather around and enjoy with family or friends. Learn how to prepare the rice, veggies, and seafood favorite in traditional Spanish fashion to create this crowd-pleaser. Instructed by Monica O'Brien. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Jul 29, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

Cooking 101: Fish
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Aug. 5 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Dive into dishes swimming with fishes from around the world! Chef Monica O'Brien will share an array of gourmet fish preparations, including two Mediterranean types of salmon, the Vietnamese catfish called swai prepared in French and Asian styles, a Japanese seared ahi salad and mahi-mahi Mexican tacos. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Aug 5, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (2 AVAIL)

Cold Soups
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Aug. 19 | 1 - 3 p.m.

On a hot summer day, cold soups are a refreshing way to turn seasonal fruits and vegetables into a cool, delicious meal. Chef Monica O'Brien demonstrates sweet and savory cold soups to add to your repertoire, including vichyssoise, watermelon gazpacho, cucumber avocado, curried carrot ginger and cauliflower. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Aug 19, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00AM   (8 AVAIL)

Freezer-Friendly Meals
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Saturday | Aug. 25 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Ride your next wave of meal-making momentum through a whole week's worth of prep with a new set of recipes fit for the freezer. Chef Maggie Norris discusses ingredients that you didn't know you can freeze and how long you can really keep them frozen. Learn to make gazpacho, salmon chopped salad, meatloaf cups and mashed potatoes. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Aug 25, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (12 AVAIL)

Refreshing Summer Drinks
Regular Price: $65.00
Member Price: $52.00
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Sunday | Aug. 26 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Beat the summer sun with a flavorful array of cool, flavorful drinks perfect for poolside sipping. Alcohol-free for maximum hydration, these beverages will keep you going with gusto all summer long. This class is demonstration only. Instructed Monica O'Brien. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Aug 26, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (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. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. 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 Monsoon Painting
Regular Price: $156.00
Member Price: $125.00
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Sundays | July 8, 15, 22 | 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Capture the drama of the desert during monsoon season in acrylics. A fun adventure with paint on canvas, this class covers the brush stroke techniques to portray the glorious monsoon cloud formations, basic color theory, composition, contrasts and textures of the desert landscape. All materials included. Instructed by Cheryl Fecht. Limit 12.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Summer 2018: Sun, Jul 8, 2018 1:00PM - 3:30PM   (6 AVAIL)

Desert Flowers on Scratchboard
Regular Price: $130.00
Member Price: $104.00
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Mondays | July 9, 16, 23 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The intricate petals of desert flowers make perfect subjects for scratchboard art. Scratchboard originated in the 19th century and became a popular form of engraving due to the fine, almost photographic, level of detail it allowed. Spend three days with artist Devon Meyer as you explore techniques, tools and methods to develop skills to become an accomplished scratchboard artist. Click here for additional required materals. Limit 15.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium. See even more examples!
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jul 9, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (13 AVAIL)

Introduction to Oil Pastels
Regular Price: $113.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Wednesdays | July 11, 18 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This class is designed for beginning students who wish to acquire or improve their basic skills in oil pastels. We will explore materials, including oil pastels, papers and pigments, and techniques, including blending and layering to create varied textures and images. Students will work from seasonal flowers and plants for inspiration. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Jul 11, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (6 AVAIL)

Desert Landscapes in Oil Pastels
Regular Price: $113.00
Member Price: $90.00
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Wednesdays | Aug. 1, 8, 15 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

From cactus flowers and paloverdes to bright skies and red mountains, desert landscapes abound with richly colored subjects perfect for oil pastel art. Spend three days with artist Lynn Reves as you create a landscape that captures the desert's vivid colors using oil pastels. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Aug 1, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (12 AVAIL)

Stone Mandalas
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Saturday | July 14 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Transform ordinary river rocks into works of art with the simple use of colorful paint dots. Learn how to create a design and experiment with color palettes to master the art of mandala drawing on two stones. You will receive your own set of paint dot tools to continue your newly learned art form beyond the classroom. All materials included. Instructed by Gail Aubel.
Limit 12.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 14, 2018 10:00AM - 4:00PM   WAIT LIST

Zen Doodle Gourd
Regular Price: $130.00
Member Price: $105.00
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Saturday | July 21 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Find a sense of Zen while doodling labyrinthine lines on a beautiful, natural gourd. Gail Aubel guides students through peaceful patterns and demonstrates techniques for applying them successfully to the gourd's shape. Transform a gourd into a colorful work of art with ink markers and colored pencils and learn how to make your own designs. All materials included. Students will receive a pre-cleaned gourd. Limit 12.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 21, 2018 9:00AM - 3:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Watercolor on Vellum
Regular Price: $173.00
Member Price: $138.00
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Mondays | Aug. 13, 20, 27 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn the fine art of painting on vellum using watercolor and the traditional dry-brush technique often used for botanical painting. The inherent properties of the surface lend to creating remarkable translations in the composition of original artwork. Students will create a small composition using detailed elements of desert plants such as flowers, fruits, spines and seed pods as inspiration. Click here for additional required materials. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 12.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Aug 13, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Mosaic Thermometer
Regular Price: $125.00
Member Price: $100.00
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Wednesday | Aug. 15 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Transform your thermometer into a mosaic masterpiece. Join artist David Jarvinen to bedazzle a thermometer with porcelain and glass tiles. Encased in a metal housing, the thermometer will be affixed to a 10x12-inch weatherproof panel and hanger. This project will work for all climates and is stable through freeze and thaw conditions. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 12.

See what inspiring creations others have made in this exciting medium.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Aug 15, 2018 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (6 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. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

 
Desert Landscape School Events

Tancer Distinguished Speaker Series
Regular Price: $0.00
Member Price: $0.00
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As a Desert Landscape School credential holder, you are invited to attend the inaugural event of the Tancer Distinguished Speaker Series! This event brings Lattie Coor, past president of Arizona State University, to talk about lifelong learning and the merits and opportunities of learning new skills throughout your career. Refreshments will be served and this event is also an opportunity to connect with other credential holders. We look forward to seeing you at the Desert Botanical Garden for this event!

Wednesday / Oct. 11 / 5 - 7 p.m.

The Garden is grateful to Shoshana and Robert Tancer for making this series possible.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 5:00PM - 7:00PM   CLOSED

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

Package Deal - Summer 2018 Family Programs
Regular Price: $117.00
Member Price: $96.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Purchase all three summer Family Programs as a package through June 6 and receive a 15 percent discount.

Three classes for only: Members: $96 | General Public: $117

Offer expires June 6 Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Popsicle Science
Friday | July 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Cultivate your culinary side with us and learn to make Sonoran Desert-inspired popsicles using the properties of science! Each child will make and taste their own concoctions and leave with recipes to continue the fun at home.

Reptile Encounter
Friday | July 27 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Slither in and meet some of our native desert reptiles and amphibians face to face! Whether you are already a reptile enthusiast or just want to become more comfortable around these creepy crawlies, you are sure to have a special experience.

Desert Arachnids
Friday | Aug. 10 | 6 - 8 p.m.

How well do you know your eight-legged neighbors? Come discover the amazing adaptations and mysterious ways of spiders in this program, including how to identify venomous species common in our desert.
Session Summer 2018: Fri, Jul 13, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (19 AVAIL)

Popsicle Science
Regular Price: $46.00
Member Price: $38.00
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Friday | July 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Cultivate your culinary side with us and learn to make Sonoran Desert-inspired popsicles using the properties of science! Each child will make and taste their own concoctions and leave with recipes to continue the fun at home. Additional participants are $16 for members, $20 for the general public.
Session Summer 2018: Fri, Jul 13, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

Reptile Encounter
Regular Price: $46.00
Member Price: $38.00
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Friday | July 27 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Slither in and meet some of our native desert reptiles and amphibians face to face! Whether you are already a reptile
enthusiast or just want to become more comfortable around these creepy crawlies, you are sure to have a special experience. Additional participants are $16 for members, $20 for the general public.
Session Summer 2018: Fri, Jul 27, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Desert Arachnids
Regular Price: $46.00
Member Price: $38.00
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Friday | Aug. 10 | 6 - 8 p.m.

How well do you know your eight-legged neighbors? Come discover the amazing adaptations and mysterious ways of spiders in this program, including how to identify venomous species common in our desert. Additional participants are $16 for members, $20 for general public. Ages 5+. Price includes one child and one adult.
Session Summer 2018: Fri, Aug 10, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (15 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.

Arizona Outlaws
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | July 7 | Noon - 2 p.m.

Most Americans have heard of Billy the Kid, Johnny Ringo, and Ike Clanton, but they probably don't know why these men were immortalized while once-famous outlaws like Billy Stiles, Bill Brazelton, and Pearl Hart sank into oblivion a decade after they committed their crimes. This course examines the politics, economics and social issues that created the stage robbers and gun fighters, as well as dance hall girls, "soiled doves" and madams like Big Nose Kate-Doc Holliday's girlfriend. The course includes an annotated bibliography and we will examine the phenomenon of instant myth-making unique to the American West.Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 7, 2018 12:00PM - 2:00PM   OPEN

Earthquakes
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | July 18 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Find out what's shaking with plate tectonics and faults as they relate to Arizona. This class will explore the nature and hazards of active tectonics, earthquakes and faults. Learn about the Sonoran earthquake of 1887, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake near Tucson that was felt throughout the state. This class will answer some common questions about earthquakes and faults. Instructed by Amy Mellinger. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Jul 18, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Astronomy at the Garden
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday | July 19 | 7:45 - 9:45 p.m.

Spend a celestial evening experiencing the night sky at the Garden, one of the best locations in the city for stargazing. We will walk to an ideal location in the Garden to explore and learn about the Sonoran sky. Weather permitting, we will spend part of the evening observing Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Instructed by Mario Gonzalez. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Thu, Jul 19, 2018 7:45PM - 9:45PM   (8 AVAIL)

Vultures and Condors
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday and Saturday | July 19, 21
Thursday | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Saturday | 6 - 8:30 a.m. (field trip)


Soar with the desert's natural garbage disposals-vultures and condors. Considered ugly by some, these bald birds fill a unique ecological niche. In this interactive class, find out more about the animals' remarkable anatomical adaptations and the health threats that we happen to share with them. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Transportation to field trip site is not provided. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Thu, Jul 19, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Poisons and Provisions
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | July 23 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

For centuries, many plant species found in the Sonoran Desert have been used for food, as components in religious ceremonies and as poisons-for benign and diabolic purposes. Covering plants from the highly nutritious mesquite bean to the hallucinogenic and often fatal sacred Datura, this class will explore a collection of the local plants used for such purposes by both native and modern cultures. Instructed by Ken Sweat from ASU's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jul 23, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Desert Ants
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Aug. 6 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Arizona boasts an impressive diversity of insects, including ants. These social creatures have evolved amazing abilities to thrive in the varied landscapes of the Grand Canyon State. Come learn about some of these ubiquitous but inconspicuous animals and see them live in artificial colonies. Instructed by Ti Eriksson from the Social Research Group at ASU. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Aug 6, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Scorpions
Regular Price: $28.00
Member Price: $22.00
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Wednesday | Aug. 8 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Take a black light into your backyard at night and you might discover a few scorpion neighbors. While some are poisonous, most of these crawly critters prefer to keep to themselves, and some even rid us of other insect pests. Learn more about this misunderstood insect from Randy Babb of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Aug 8, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Remembering Phoenix
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Mondays | Aug. 13, 20 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Using his book Historic Photos of Phoenix as a guide, ASU's Bob Stump Endowed Professor of History Eduardo Pagan will take you through a tour of Phoenix as it once was, sharing how the town was founded, why it grew and what contributed to its becoming one of the largest metropolises in the country. During the course, students hear stories about the individuals, buildings, and organizations featured in Pagan's book. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Aug 13, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Bats
Regular Price: $28.00
Member Price: $22.00
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Wednesday | Aug. 22 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Though bats may seem scary, they are actually quite beneficial, eating a vast number of harmful insects. There are more than 28 species of bats in Arizona, where bat populations appear stable and even at times increasing. Join Randy Babb, from Arizona Game and Fish Department, and learn more about these fascinating flying friends and how we can protect them. Then we will head out to the Garden to see these flying creatures at dusk. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Aug 22, 2018 6:00PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Ecology of the Boojum Tree
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Aug. 29 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Rising above the desert scrub, the boojum tree is a true desert survivor and perhaps the oddest of our desert-adapted plants. While boojum trees are common in some parts of this desert, most people have never seen one, and even research on the plant is thin. Learn what is known, and what is suspected, about the ecology and relationships of this unique tree. Instructed by Ken Sweat from ASU's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Aug 29, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

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. We reserve the right to subsitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.

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

Birding Hotspot: Kachina Wetlands
Regular Price: $337.00
Member Price: $269.00
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Friday | Aug. 17 | 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Let your senses take flight as you immerse yourself in the avian wonders of Kachina Wetlands and the Arboretum at Flagstaff. Start the morning with Kathe Anderson exploring the Wetlands, where wildflowers bloom and a placid pond attracts awesome ospreys, swallows and waterfowls, along with local woodpeckers, sparrows and jays. As the day warms up, head north to the Arboretum for a picnic lunch and leisurely stroll through the wooded grounds listening and looking for robins, warblers and hummingbirds. Price includes transportation, entrance fee and picnic lunch. Limit 10.
Session Summer 2018: Fri, Aug 17, 2018 6:00AM - 5:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Watson Lake Kayaking
Regular Price: $282.00
Member Price: $225.00
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Friday | Aug. 24 | 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Spend a perfect summer day kayaking through the otherworldly beauty of Watson Lake. Gain a new appreciation for Arizona's geological history and diversity as you glide amongst huge granite boulders and tiny lake islands. A cool, quiet escape from the Phoenix bustle and heat, Watson Lake provides a meditative and inspiring retreat for explorers of all ages and skill levels. Price includes transportation, entrance fee, picnic lunch, guide and equipment. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Fri, Aug 24, 2018 7:00AM - 2:00PM   (11 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. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2).

 
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.

For questions on registering children between the ages of 30-36 months, please contact the Children's Education Registrar at 480-481-8121.

Baby Boojums - Fall
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Introduce your little ones to the wonders of nature 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. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Baby Boojums Tuesday Package - 6-18 months
Regular Price: $180.00
Member Price: $150.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year (Fall, Winter, Spring) by Aug. 24 and receive an exclusive discount! This package is for Tuesday sessions for 6 - 18 months.

Fall Dates: Sept. 11 - Oct. 2
Winter Dates: Feb. 19 - March 12
Spring Dates: May 7 - 28
Session 2018-19 Package: Tue, Sep 11, 2018 9:30AM - 10:30AM   (12 AVAIL)

Baby Boojums Tuesday Package - 18-30 months
Regular Price: $180.00
Member Price: $150.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Aug. 24 and receive an exclusive discount! This package is for Tuesday sessions for 18 - 30 months.

Fall Dates: Sept. 11 - Oct. 2
Winter Dates: Feb. 19 - March 12
Spring Dates: May 7 - 28
Session 2018-19 Package: Tue, Sep 11, 2018 11:00AM - 12:15PM   (11 AVAIL)

Baby Boojums Friday Package - 6-18 months
Regular Price: $180.00
Member Price: $150.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year (Fall, Winter, Spring) by Aug. 24 and receive an exclusive discount! This package is for Friday sessions for 6 - 18 months.

Fall Dates: Sept. 14 - Oct. 5
Winter Dates: Feb. 22 - March 15
Spring Dates: May 10 - May 31
Session 2018-19 Package: Fri, Sep 14, 2018 9:30AM - 10:30AM   (12 AVAIL)

Baby Boojums Friday Package - 18-30 months
Regular Price: $180.00
Member Price: $150.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Aug. 24 and receive an exclusive discount! This package is for Friday sessions for 18 - 30 months.

Fall Dates: Sept. 14 - Oct. 5
Winter Dates: Feb. 22 - March 15
Spring Dates: May 10 - May 31
Session 2018-19 Package: Fri, Sep 14, 2018 11:00AM - 12:15PM   (12 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

 
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.


Teacher Appreciation During Flashlight Tours
 
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Relax and let the stress melt away as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of desert nights. Enjoy a complimentary night of Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden as our thank you. Refreshments available for purchases (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

Advanced registration is strongly encouraged. Open to PreK-12 teachers, educators, administrators and homeschool educators.

Saturday August 4, 2018 7-9:30pm
Teacher + one guest: Free with a school ID

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

Thank you for your interest in camp! Summer Camp 2018 is sold out for the season. Registrations are currently open for our waiting list only.​

Our Desert Rocks
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 4 - 8 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Uncover mysteries of our past through science! Discover the wonders of our unique Arizona geology this summer through experiments with mineral identification, fossil excavations, homemade crystals and more. Ages 5-12.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 4, 2018 - Fri, Jun 8, 2018 8:30AM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

Creepy Crawly Critters
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 11 - 15 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Uncover the truth about the animals that creep, crawl and make people cringe. Step into the shoes of a scientist as you explore the ecology of these fascinating species, learn their beneficial roles and even meet some of them in the classroom. Ages 5-12.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 11, 2018 - Fri, Jun 15, 2018 8:30AM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

Unlikely Partners
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 18 - 22 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

How could a palo verde tree benefit from a little pocket mouse? A starling from a woodpecker? A wasp from a tarantula? Become an ecologist and piece together the relationships between plants and animals in the Sonoran Desert through experiments, activities and exploration in the Garden. Ages 5-12.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 18, 2018 8:30AM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

Color Quest
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 25 - 29 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Discover why jays are blue, where rainbows come from and how ground-up insects create a red dye! Learn all about the science of color and art, from creating natural pigments to exploring physics of light refraction. Ages 5-12.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jun 25, 2018 8:30AM - 3:00PM   WAIT LIST

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