Welcome
The Garden classroom stays open year-round and hosts an array of programs led by experts who draw inspiration from our plant collections and the desert environment.
Lifelong Learning
Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, science, travel and wellness.
Desert Landscape School
Gain skills and confidence to get the job done in all aspects of desert landscaping, plus earn a credential after you successfully complete all the certificate programs.
Children, Family & Educators
Families engage in hands-on, nature-based experiences in a fun and safe environment, and teachers can participate in professional development opportunities.
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.

Free Family Playtime
 
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Sunday | Oct. 14 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Discover what Desert Botanical Garden has to offer you and your child through our new playtime program. Drop in any time between 9 a.m. 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.

Free with Garden admission


 
Girl Scouts
The Girl Scout Desert Discovery Program creates a fun and memorable experience for Girl Scouts as they learn about life in the desert. These event-style programs welcome all Girl Scout levels along with leaders, parents and family members. Pre-registration is required for all attending.

Girl Scouts: Bountiful Butterflies
Price: $10.00
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Scouts: $10 | Chaperone: $10
Saturday | Oct. 13 | 10 a.m. - Noon
Saturday | May 11 | 10 a.m. - Noon


Metamorphose into a beautiful butterfly as you journey through the lifecycle of a butterfly and learn what a butterfly needs in order to survive and thrive. Search for each part of the lifecycle when you visit the Garden's butterfly pavilion.

Girl Scouts who complete various butterfly themed activities listed on their Adventure Diary will receive the Bountiful Butterflies Patch.

Girl Scouts: Bugs and Beyond
Price: $10.00
Scouts: $10 | Chaperone: $10
Saturday | Dec. 8 | 10 a.m. - Noon
Saturday | Feb. 9 | 10 a.m. - Noon


It's a bird! It's a plane! No! It's a bug. Girl Scouts explore through close observation and hands-on activities what makes a bug an insect and why we need them for our survival. Scouts will use microscopes to get face-to-face with these fascinating insects.


Girl Scouts who complete various butterfly themed activities listed on their Adventure Diary will receive the Bugs and Beyond participation patch.

 
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 Lauren Marks, Informal Science Education Coordinator at 480-481-8123.

Free Family Playtime
 
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Sunday | Oct. 14 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Discover what the Desert Botanical Garden has to offer you and your child through our new playtime program. Drop in any time between 9 a.m. 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 - Fall
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Young children ages 3-5 years and their caregivers explore the wonders of the desert through stories, projects and nature walks in our preschool program. Garden instructors lead a different theme each season with weekly lessons exploring native plants, animals and their interactions between each other. Snack included. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Seedlings Package - Tuesdays
Regular Price: $445.00
Member Price: $370.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Sept. 28 and receive an exclusive discount!

Offer expires Sept. 28. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This package is for Tuesday sessions.

Fall Dates: Oct. 9 - Nov. 13
Winter Dates: Jan. 8 - Feb. 12
Spring Dates: March 26 - April 30
Valid: Tue, Oct 9, 2018 - Tue, Apr 30, 2019   (12 AVAIL)

Seedlings Package - Wednesdays
Regular Price: $445.00
Member Price: $370.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Sept. 28 and receive an exclusive discount.

Offer expires Sept. 28. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This package is for Wednesday sessions.

Fall Dates: Oct. 10 - Nov. 14
Winter Dates: Jan 9 - Feb 13
Spring Dates: March 27 - May 1
Valid: Wed, Oct 10, 2018 - Wed, May 1, 2019   (10 AVAIL)

Seedlings Package - Thursdays
Regular Price: $445.00
Member Price: $370.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Sept. 28 and receive an exclusive discount.

Offer expires Sept. 28. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This package is for Thursday sessions.

Fall Dates: Oct. 11 - Nov. 15
Winter Dates: Jan. 10 - Feb. 14
Spring Dates: March 28 - May 2
Valid: Thu, Oct 11, 2018 - Thu, May 2, 2019   (10 AVAIL)

Seedlings Package - Fridays
Regular Price: $445.00
Member Price: $370.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Sept. 28 and receive an exclusive discount.

Offer expires Sept. 28. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This package is for Friday sessions.

Fall Dates: Oct. 12 - Nov. 16
Winter Dates: Jan. 11 - Feb. 15
Spring Dates: March 29 - May 3
Valid: Fri, Oct 12, 2018 - Fri, May 3, 2019   (10 AVAIL)


 
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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Teacher Appreciation Night will return in August 2019!

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.

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! Garden Camp Adventures for Summer 2018 has concluded. Registrations for 2019 will open in February.

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
Refund Policy
To receive a refund, you must send a written request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your class or program. Please send your written request to registrar@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8146/480.481.8121.

 
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 2018-19
Price: $50.00
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Teens in the Garden Program is a year-long program that focuses on citizen science, volunteer projects, horticulture, and research at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Registration fee: $50 per year.
Meeting dates: First Saturdays of the month during the school year
Time: 1- 4 p.m.

For more information, please contact lmarks@dbg.org
Valid: Sat, Oct 6, 2018 - Sat, May 18, 2019   (18 AVAIL)