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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.

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   (18 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   (14 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.

 
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

 
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 - Spring
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. Classes this spring will focus on garden birds and plants. 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.

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. Classes this spring will focus on garden birds and plants. 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.

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 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   (12 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.

 
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   WAIT LIST

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   WAIT LIST

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   WAIT LIST

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.