Welcome
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.
History and 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.

Native Bees of the Sonoran Desert
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Sept. 18 | 6 - 8 p.m.

More than 1,000 species of bees call Arizona home. Learn about their traits, behaviors and habitats, which include our own backyards and the farms that grow our local foods. Leave with a few ideas about how you can support this vital species through planting beneficial species and doing a few citizen science experiments at home. Instructed by Madeleine Ostwald. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2019: Wed, Sep 18, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Backyard Birding
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | Sept. 28 | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Unlike most wildlife, birds freely enter and explore human habitats. Kathe Anderson guides you through creating a habitat that attracts a variety of birds and keeps them safe. In addition, learn to identify a number of common local backyard species you can hope to attract. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2019: Sat, Sep 28, 2019 10:00AM - 11:30AM   (7 AVAIL)

Southeast Arizona Specialty Birds
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday | Oct. 1 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Southeast Arizona is considered one of the biggest hotspots in the country to find unusual birds. Find out why this area attracts such rare birds, where to go and what species you might see there. Get tips on planning a trip to this birding area and learn about the Arizona woodpecker, elegant trogon, sulfur-bellied flycatcher, violet-crowned hummingbird, two sparrows found only in Arizona and more. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 20.
Session Fall 2019: Tue, Oct 1, 2019 6:30PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Clean Energy for a Better World
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday | Oct. 3 | 6 - 8 p.m.

New technology is constantly transforming the energy and transportation sectors, revolutionizing the ways we produce and consume electricity and move people and products. Dr. Paul Hirt explains the characteristics, causes and likely consequences of this exciting energy transition that is sweeping the world. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2019: Thu, Oct 3, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Captivity of the Oatman Girls
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | Oct. 6 | 10 a.m. - Noon

In March 1856, Olive Oatman arrived at Fort Yuma wearing a borrowed dress and indigo blue triangles tattooed around her mouth and chin. She and her sister Mary Ann had been captured by Yavapai Indians in 1851 and lived with the Mohave Indians for the next five years. Missionary Oliver Stratton published a bestselling book about their work in 1857 and Olive became one of America’s first women celebrities when she went on a coast-to-coast lecture circuit for the next six years. Drawn from “The Blue Tattoo“ by Margot Mifflin, this class also uses military records, memoirs, newspaper articles, illustrations, historic photographs and maps. Instructed by Jim Turner. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2019: Sun, Oct 6, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

Geology of the Phoenix Basin
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Oct. 21 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn about the geologic history of the Phoenix Basin: the comings-and-goings of ancient oceans; volcanoes both apocalyptic and calm; the stretching and thinning of the Earth’s crust; mountains created, destroyed, or subsumed into new mountains; and traces of relatively recent Ice Age megafauna. We will take an imaginary tour of the local Phoenix geology in a bull’s eye fashion, beginning inside the Phoenix Basin then to the mountains that rim the basin, and finally to the more distant, yet visible, mountains outside of the basin. Class includes a brief outdoor component. Instructed by Gavin McCullough. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2019: Mon, Oct 21, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   WAIT LIST

Bird Journaling
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Oct. 23 | 9 - 11 a.m.

This interactive program introduces bird journaling through a series of short exercises. With a small class size, and lots of encouragement, you can confidently dabble with journaling techniques. Supplies will be available to borrow, or bring your own. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Wed, Oct 23, 2019 9:00AM - 11:00AM   (9 AVAIL)

All Arizona Halloween Storytelling
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Oct. 28 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Spend a ghoulish evening immersed in Halloween stories rooted in Arizona’s history, folklore and legends. Hear of ghosts, conquistadors, monsters, heroes, villains and tragic love stories derived from a variety of historical eras and the diverse regional cultures. You might not want to come alone. Instructed by Gary Every. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2019: Mon, Oct 28, 2019 6:00PM - 7:30PM   OPEN

Raptors
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Thursday | Nov. 7 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. AND
Thursday | Nov. 14 | 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (field trip)

This class provides an overview how to identify raptors not only by size and shape but by behavior, habitat and season. You will learn the different categories of raptors, as well as species like osprey and northern harrier, plus turkey and black vultures. The accompanying field trip to the West Valley gives participants experience with identifying some of these species in the wild. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2019: Thu, Nov 7, 2019 10:00AM - 11:30AM   (8 AVAIL)

Mexican Gray Wolves and Coyotes
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday | Nov. 19 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Coyotes and wolves are intelligent social canines that live in family groups and play important roles in Arizona’s ecology. Jeff Meyers, from the Arizona Game and Fish Department, discusses the various distinguishing features, habitats, ecological niche and life history of these amazing canines. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2019: Tue, Nov 19, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN
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 adult.