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. Mobile users: Find the members login in the menu to the right.
Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, science, travel and wellness.
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.
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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Free with Garden admission

Saturday | Feb. 9 | 9 a.m. - Noon
Saturday | March 30 | 9 a.m. - Noon
Saturday | April 13 | 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 outdoor nature play space at your own pace and encourage your child to engage in free choice and self-led nature play opportunities.

Plant Potions
Price: $7.00
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Saturday | March 30
Arrive between 9 a.m. - Noon | $7 per child

Back by popular demand! Mix, mash, grind, and smash botanical ingredients to create your own, custom-made plant potion! With the help of a caregiver, children use an array of scientific and traditional tools to explore plants harvested from the desert in this highly hands-on experience.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 19, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   CLOSED

Bubble Bonanza
Price: $7.00
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Saturday | April 20
Arrive between 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. | $7 per child

Measure and mix ingredients to make your own bubble solution and experiment with the properties of bubbles to push physics to the limit. Enjoy our nature play learning space as it transforms into a bubble bonanza of fun, creativity and science. Learning Lab ends at noon.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 20, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Paint and Play
Price: $7.00
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Saturday | May 4
Arrive between 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. | $7 per child

Children use assorted natural materials, tools and brushes to print, smear, stamp, and spread their vision onto canvas. Sip some juice and immerse yourself into our nature play learning space to indulge in the full experience. Learning Lab ends at noon.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 4, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN