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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.

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   (14 AVAIL)


 
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


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.
Session Girl Scouts Butterflie: Sat, Oct 13, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   COMING SOON

 
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.

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   (10 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)

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   COMING SOON

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   COMING SOON

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   COMING SOON

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   COMING SOON


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

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   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.
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.