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Welcome
Enjoy a full range of educational classes and programs for learners of all ages!
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.

Sculpture in the Garden
Regular Price: $46.00
Member Price: $38.00
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Saturday / Dec. 16 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Channel your inner creativity as we craft our own imaginative garden sculptures. This class will tour the brand new art installation of Jun Kaneko's dynamic, life-size figures for inspiration before getting their hands dirty to create individual masterpieces to take home. Additional participants are $15 for members, $18 for the general public.
Session Fall 2017: Sat, Dec 16, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

Free Family Playtime
 
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Sunday/ Jan 7 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. OR
Saturday / Feb 10 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Discover what the Desert Botanical Garden has to offer you and your child through our new playtime program. Drop in any time between 9am and noon to explore our indoor and outdoor classrooms at your own pace and encourage your child to engage in free choice and self-led nature play opportunities. Garden staff will be present to answer questions about our children and family programming.
Session Winter 2018: Sun, Jan 7, 2018 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (14 AVAIL)

Letterboxing 101
Regular Price: $42.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday / Jan. 20 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Take the whole family outdoors and explore nature through letterboxing, which combines solving clues, orienteering, and art journaling for the ultimate scavenger hunt. This class will provide materials to get you started and facilitate a special on-site adventure. Additional participants are $14 for members, $17 for the general public.
Session Letterboxing 101: Sat, Jan 20, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (16 AVAIL)

Backyard Birding
Regular Price: $43.00
Member Price: $36.00
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Saturday / Feb. 17 / 1 - 3 p.m.

Hit the trails to take part in one of the biggest citizen science projects in the world, the Great Backyard Bird Count. Garden instructors will show you how to use binoculars, identify common bird species and collect data to help scientists learn more about birds and their ecology. After the walk, make and take home a special treat to entice your own backyard birds. Additional participants are $14 for members, $17 for the general public.
Session Backyard Birding: Sat, Feb 17, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM   (19 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.

 
 
 
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.

Free Family Playtime
 
Sunday/ Jan 7 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. OR
Saturday / Feb 10 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Discover what the Desert Botanical Garden has to offer you and your child through our new playtime program. Drop in any time between 9am and noon to explore our indoor and outdoor classrooms at your own pace and encourage your child to engage in free choice and self-led nature play opportunities. Garden staff will be present to answer questions about our children and family programming.

Baby Boojums - Winter
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Discover nature at an early age through exploration, movement, and song. Garden instructors guide children ages 6-30 months and their caregivers in developing hand-eye coordination, motor skills and curiosity in the Sonoran Desert. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Seedlings - Winter
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Young children ages 3-5 years and their caregivers encounter the wonders of the desert through stories, art and nature walks in our preschool program. Garden instructors lead a different theme each session with weekly lessons exploring plants, animals and their interactions with each other. Snack included. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Baby Boojums - Spring
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Discover nature at an early age through exploration, movement, and song. Garden instructors guide children ages 6-30 months and their caregivers in developing hand-eye coordination, motor skills and curiosity in the Sonoran Desert. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Seedlings- Spring
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Young children ages 3-5 years and their caregivers encounter the wonders of the desert through stories, art and nature walks in our preschool program. Garden instructors lead a different theme each session with weekly lessons exploring plants, animals and their interactions between each other. 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.

 
 
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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Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine: Extended Camp
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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Grades K - 5

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

Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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Grades K - 5

Discover how truly fun it can be to think green in this interactive and hands-on day camp. Your child will discover innovative ways to help the planet by reusing everyday objects to solve real life challenges. Snacks included. Campers must bring their own lunch each day.

Package Deal - Extended Camp Week One 2018
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $68.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full week of Extended Camp by February 12 and receive an exclusive 15 percent discount!

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

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Spring Break Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, Mar 12, 2018 - Fri, Mar 16, 2018 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (11 AVAIL)

Package Deal - Extended Camp Week Two 2018
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $68.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full week of Extended Camp by February 20 and receive an exclusive 15 percent discount!

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

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Spring Break Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.
Session Spring 2018: Mon, Mar 19, 2018 - Fri, Mar 23, 2018 3:00PM - 6:00PM   (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.

 
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 in the Garden 2017-18
Price: $50.00
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Teens in the Garden Program will focus on citizen science, volunteer projects, horticulture, and research at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Registration fee: $50 per year.
Meeting dates: 10/7, 11/4, 12/2, 1/6, 2/3, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5
Time: 1- 4 p.m.