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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.

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Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, history, 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.
Photography
Whether you are an aspiring photographer or an experienced professional, the Garden provides photography classes for all skill levels taught by qualified professionals. We offer introductory classes that guide beginner photographers to acquire the basic principles and techniques of photography. For the experienced professional, we provide classes that build upon their skills and how to master new techniques. Whatever level of your experience or camera you use, we have a class for you! Many of the classes are supported with hands-on sessions in the Garden's digital classroom, along the Garden's trails or to Arizona destinations.

Galaxy Smartphone Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 15 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Go above and beyond the basics of your Samsung Galaxy® smartphone and unlock the hidden potential of advanced features to create stunning photographs with a few swipes of your thumb. Learn to compose, crop and edit in a variety of apps to enhance your photos and develop your own artistic style. Participants should bring their Samsung Galaxy® smartphone, plus charging cable or backup battery. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Students should download the free Snapseed® and Instagram® apps onto device before class. Instructed by Lori A. Johnson. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Jan 15, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   CLOSED

Photographing Nature in Winter: An Introduction
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Tuesday | January 21 | 6 – 8 p.m.

The stark, white landscape in the wintertime can be breathtaking, but hard to capture. Join Robert McBride in this classroom session to learn what it takes to become a digital landscape photographer, from taking advantage of the soft winter light to creating images that are beautifully exposed amid bright conditions. This class is open to all digital photographers. Participants should bring camera and manual. Limit 10. 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Tue, Jan 21, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Photographing Nature in Winter: In the Field
Regular Price: $249.00
Member Price: $199.00
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Saturday | Jan. 25 | 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Explore the winter wonderland of Sedona’s Red Rocks with Robert McBride. Discover techniques to capture winter scenes, from general photographic skills, to equipment, to composition and the use of natural light. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Participants should bring DSLR camera, lenses, and tripod. This is an offsite program and transportation from the Garden is included. Limit 10. Click here for required equipment.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Jan 25, 2020 9:30AM - 7:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 22 | 5 - 7:30 p.m. OR
Sunday | Feb. 9 | 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 


Continue building your iPhone and iPad photography skills to create better photos using a range of settings. Learn how to improve your device photography and editing techniques with different lighting scenarios and compositions, and how to add creative touches to "finish" your photos. Time is allotted for guided help on the Garden trails. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.

iPhone and iPad Photography: Getting Started
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Saturday | Jan. 25 | 10 a.m. -  1 p.m.

The best camera is often the one you have with you when something spectacular happens right before your eyes. Learn how to stabilize, hold and shoot, using your iPhone® or iPad®, and choose the best apps for mobile photography and editing. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Jan 25, 2020 10:00AM - 1:00PM   WAIT LIST

Capturing the Desert in Black and White
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Monday | Jan. 27 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

Black and white photography forces the viewer to focus on an image. Without the distraction of color, composition becomes more important, and the contrast between light and dark, subject and angle creates photographs of magnitude. Learn to use your camera and your eye to take beautiful black and white photographs. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Participants should bring camera and lenses. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Jan 27, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (4 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Editing
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 29 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Tweak your photos to perfection with the editing app Snapseed on your iPhone or iPad. Ashley Lowery will walk you through the amazing transformations you can make with the touch of your finger! Students should download the free app Snapseed onto device before class. Limit 15.

Galaxy Smartphone Photography 2: Editing
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday | Jan. 30 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Take your Galaxy smartphone photography skills to the next level by fine-tuning your photos with a swipe of your thumb using a variety of editing apps. Learn to fix compositional and lighting errors or enhance your photos with artistic effects. This is a follow-up class for participants who have already taken Galaxy Smartphone Photography. We will continue editing using Snapseed, Instagram, and additional editing apps. Instructed by Lori A. Johnson. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Thu, Jan 30, 2020 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Friday | Jan. 31 | 1 - 5 p.m. AND
Friday | Feb. 7 | 1 - 4 p.m.  


Learn to take your camera off automatic and use the more advanced creative exposure settings to produce compelling photographs. Topics include advanced exposure techniques, metering, how to achieve sharp focus and merge technical and creative aspects of photography. This class is most appropriate for DSLR or mirrorless cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Participants should bring camera and manual. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.

Wildlife Photography: An Introduction
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Monday | Feb. 3 | 10 a.m. – Noon

Wildlife presents a photographer with unique challenges when it comes to capturing a vibrant, living creature in the moment. In this classroom session, learn what equipment is needed, mastering exposure, composition and design to achieve maximum color, composition and design, how and when to approach your subject and more. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 10.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Mon, Feb 3, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Instagram for Gardeners
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Saturday | Feb. 8 | 2 – 4 p.m.

It can take months or even years to produce flowers that bloom for just a week, or vegetables that make a single meal. Learn to capture and share those special, hard-earned moments with your friends and Instagram® followers in a perfectly curated picture. Instructed by Lori A. Johnson. Limit 12.
 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 8, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

Wildlife Photography: In the Field
Regular Price: $249.00
Member Price: $199.00
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Saturday | Feb. 8 | 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on a field excursion to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a world renowned zoo featuring more than 200 animal species exhibited in simulated natural habitats. This trip expands upon Photographing Wildlife: An Introduction and provides additional guidance for nature photographers. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Participants should bring DSLR camera, tripod and 200m lens or greater. This is an offsite program and transportation is included. Price includes admission into the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Lunch is not included. Limit 10. 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Sat, Feb 8, 2020 9:30AM - 7:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Nighttime
Regular Price: $53.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 12 | 7:15 - 9:15 p.m.

Nighttime brings out a different set of creatures, candid moments and new photography challenges. Learn the essential techniques that will reduce the graininess from iPhone® or iPad® photos taken in dark settings and produce stunning results. Explore lighting, exposure levels and the best apps for nighttime photography. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Bring a flashlight or selfie ring light for a light source.
Limit 15.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 12, 2020 7:15PM - 9:15PM   OPEN

Wildflower Photography
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 26 | 8 a.m. - Noon

Join Joanne West to learn how to capture the iconic desert wildflowers. Discover which camera settings and appropriate gear to use, composition, and other tips to capture powerful wildflower images. Limit 12. 
Session Winter 2019-2020: Wed, Feb 26, 2020 8:00AM - 12:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Introduction to Macro Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Friday | Feb. 28 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Explore the art of the up-close and personal: macro photography. Discuss composition, proper equipment, focusing, lighting and how to steady the camera at close range. While this introductory class is open to all camera owners, it is best suited for those who are proficient in operating a DSLR camera. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2019-2020: Fri, Feb 28, 2020 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (10 AVAIL)

CLASS CANCELLATIONS | Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors.
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.
AGE REQUIREMENTS | Children under 10 may not attend. Ages 10-14 may attend education programs with an adult and both must pay fees. Those 15 and older may attend without an adu