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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.

 
Publications - Desert Landscape School

A Guide to Desert Landscaping & Maintenance
Regular Price: $68.00
Member Price: $54.00
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Sustainable landscape management has changed status from nice to have to a must-have in the last decade-especially in desert environments. This book is the result of the Garden's more than 75 years of experience in cultivating desert plants and the School's involvement in sharing techniques and best practices with homeowners and professionals.



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 20 - August 22 / 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Espalier
Regular Price: $38.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Sunday / June 25 / 2 - 4 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (20 AVAIL)

Hot Pots
Regular Price: $111.00
Member Price: $89.00
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Saturday / August 25 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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

Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (17 AVAIL)

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

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

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In photography, the closer you focus on a given subject, the more you reveal. Join us as we explore an unfamiliar world by magnifying a subject. We will discuss the difference between close-up and macro photography, ways to get very close, equipment, focusing, lighting and steadying the camera. While this introductory class is open to all camera owners, it is best suited for those who are proficient in operating a DSLR camera. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 20, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Create unique photographic images through light painting. Join Ashley Lowery and learn to use light sources to paint images and words with long exposures and flashlights. Class time will be spent in the Garden, where participants will 'paint' the desert scene and plants with light. For digital SLR cameras with a tripod only. Students should bring a flashlight. This class is designed for beginner-level photographers and no prior experience is required. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 30, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (5 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Cooking in the hot Arizona summer can be a daunting task. Chef Jason Wyrick demonstrates a variety of hearty and filling recipes that don't require an oven or stove and are perfect for surviving hot desert summers. Learn to create simple, elegant recipes without heating up your home. Recipes demonstrated will be vegan. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Jul 16, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

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

Figs have been with us since ancient times. They are delicious, have lots of dietary fiber and provide many health benefits. Watch fig delicacies being prepared, sample them and take home recipes to try in your kitchen. This class is demonstration only. Instructed by Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Jul 26, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

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

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

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

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

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

Gazpachos are cold soups that turn seasonal fruits and vegetables into a refreshing, delicious meal. Whether sweet or savory, Chef Maria Cano will demonstrate a variety of amazing soups to add to your repertoire, including a seasonal tomato gazpacho, watermelon gazpacho and a lime chicken gazpacho. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 12, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

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

Full of flavor, texture and history, ancient grains and seeds such as quinoa, spelt, and amaranth are at the forefront of everyday cooking in this class. Learn more about their health value and versatility with indigenous foods chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz as she prepares some of her favorite breads, salads and dessert. This class is demonstration only. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

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

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

 
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.


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

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

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

Unlike paints, charcoals do not require additives or brushes, making them an easy, expressive and versatile medium. Working with charcoal is a good way to learn gray gradients and lighting techniques. Learn how to hold your charcoal, blend and layer to create varied textures and images. All materials included. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 22, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

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

Join Lynn Reves and explore the various charcoal techniques and types of papers used to draw beautiful night-blooming flowers and night-time pollinators with fine detail and bold artistic expression. Click here for additional required materials. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 13, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

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

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

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

Mosaic tables are a great way to express your artistic side. In this class, we will create a desert-inspired table top using colorful stained glass and glass tiles. The custom table base is constructed out of metal and measures 14 x 14-inches and 21-inches tall. Instructed by David Jarvinen. All materials included with class attendance. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 23, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM   (1 AVAIL)

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

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

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


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

 
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extended Camp
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Summer Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
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's Owls
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday and Saturday / June 22 and June 24
Thursday / 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday / 6 - 8:30 a.m. (field trip)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spend a celestial evening in the Garden as we explore the night sky using the STARLAB Portable Planetarium from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Discover an overview of the constellations and learn what stars mean to us, and what they meant to the native people who lived here hundreds of years ago. Please wear comfortable clothing and your favorite socks; no shoes are allowed inside the STARLAB. During the program, participants will be asked to sit on the floor in a cross-legged position. Limit 20.
Session Summer 2017: Fri, Aug 25, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (15 AVAIL)

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

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

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

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

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.

 
 
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.

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

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

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

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

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

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

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

* includes refreshments, 3 CEU hours and Garden admission.

Teacher Appreciation During Flashlight Tours
 
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Take a much needed break from the business of a new school year and take some time to enjoy the hidden charms of our Sonoran Desert. Join us for a complimentary evening of Flashlight Tours on Saturday, August 5, in honor of all the hard work you do to educate our students

Teacher Appreciation Night is free for K-12 teachers, home school teachers, school administrators, and one guest each. School ID to be shown at check-in. Pre-registration is REQUIRED..
Session 2017 Teacher Appreciat: Sat, Aug 5, 2017 7:00PM - 9:30PM   OPEN

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

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

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

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

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

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

 
Teens in the Garden
TEENS IN THE GARDEN (TIG) PROGRAM
Know any teens 13 to 18 years old who are interested in a fun and interactive plant-science adventure? Let them know about this priceless opportunity to gain experience and work closely with Garden staff and volunteers. During monthly gatherings throughout the school year teens will learn first-hand what careers and experiences await them at botanical gardens. With the help of experienced plant biologists, the teen team will contribute to an international scientific database - giving them skills and experiences needed for college and beyond.

Teens and their parents are invited to a free informational meeting:
  • Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 1 - 2 p.m.
  • For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, please email lmarks@dbg.org or call 480 481.8123.

Donation
 
Additional donations to program by parents

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