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Enjoy a full range of educational classes and programs for learners of all ages!
Science
If you are intrigued by your environment and the living things that comprise it, explore the Garden's interactive science programs. The Garden offers classes designed to illuminate topics from Arizona geology and history to celestial objects in the desert sky. Discover the remarkable characteristics and behavior of desert animals or enjoy the history of desert people. Many classes are hands-on lectures or with trips full of adventure and excitement.

Arizona's Owls
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday and Saturday / June 22 and June 24
Thursday / 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday / 6 - 8:30 a.m. (field trip)


Mostly denizens of the night, owls have fascinated people for eons. We will discuss their adaptations for their nightly haunts and look closely at the five species of owls found in Arizona. A field trip is planned to Zanjero Park, a successful burrowing owl relocation site in Gilbert. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Jun 22, 2017 6:30PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

Desert Tortoise
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / July 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn about the life history of the fascinating Sonoran Desert tortoises, relicts of an epoch when this area was a tropical deciduous forest. Discover their life history, feeding habits, survival mechanisms and why they are considered keystone species. Instructed by Randy Babb from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Jul 19, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Bats
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday / August 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Though bats may seem scary, they are actually quite beneficial, eating a vast number of harmful insects. There are more than 28 species of bats in Arizona. Unfortunately, eastern U.S. bat populations are declining faster than any other land mammal. However, Arizona bat populations appear stable and some species have been increasing in numbers. Join Randy Babb, from Arizona Game and Fish, and learn more about these fascinating flying friends and how we can protect them. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Tue, Aug 15, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Iconic Ironwood Tree
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / August 17 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

One of the most iconic trees in the Sonoran Desert, and is considered a foundation plant due to its great ecological importance. A large number of animal depend on the ironwood tree for food and shelter and more than 160 species of plants have been reported growing under its canopy, taking advantage of shade and protection. In the past, several indigenous groups of the southwest as well as northwestern Mexico depended on ironwood as a source of food, medicine and wood for construction and crafts. Learn about the natural history of one of the most remarkable trees in the Sonoran Desert. Instructed by Raul Puente-Martinez, curator of living collections at the Garden. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 17, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Dragonflies
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday / August 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Learn about the brutal and brief lives of dragonflies, megafauna of the insect world whose exceptional flight and jewel-like colors have captivated humans for centuries. Join Pierre Deviche from ASU's School of Life Sciences as he shares his enthusiasm and knowledge of the order Odonata. You will learn about dragonfly anatomy, life cycle, behavior, diversity of Arizona species, and how, where and when to find them. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

STARLAB
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Friday / August 25 / 6 - 8 p.m.

Spend a celestial evening in the Garden as we explore the night sky using the STARLAB Portable Planetarium from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Discover an overview of the constellations and learn what stars mean to us, and what they meant to the native people who lived here hundreds of years ago. Please wear comfortable clothing and your favorite socks; no shoes are allowed inside the STARLAB. During the program, participants will be asked to sit on the floor in a cross-legged position. Limit 20.
Session Summer 2017: Fri, Aug 25, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Impact of Water
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / August 30 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Water is essential for all living organisms. Without it, life could not survive. We will discuss how ancient and modern societies are able to survive in the desert and the history, development and impact of water on social, environmental and economic fabric. Instructed by Dr. Colin Tetreault. ASU's Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 30, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Northern Lights
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday / September 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

The Northern Lights - the Aurora Borealis - is a stunning and colorful natural phenomenon, which we have only recently begun to understand. We will discuss the changing explanations for this "light show" and explore the connection between the Northern Lights and solar activity, in particular the sunspot cycle, solar flares, and the magnetic fields of the Sun and the Earth. Instructed by Dr. Per Aannestad. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2017: Wed, Sep 6, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. 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 either by phone or email. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.