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.
Lifelong Learning
Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, science, travel and wellness.
Desert Landscape School
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.
Children, Family & Educators
Families engage in hands-on, nature-based experiences in a fun and safe environment, and teachers can participate in professional development opportunities.
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.

Searching for Life in the Solar System
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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This class has been CANCELED. Please contact adulteduc@dbg.org for more information.

Wednesday l Nov. 14 l 6 - 8 p.m.


Are we alone? The search for habitable environments and for life on other worlds is a major driving force for the exploration of the solar system. Join Professor Jim Bell from ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration to explore the short list of worlds around us that may once have been (and perhaps still are) habitable: Mars, Jupiter's moon Europa, Saturn's moons Titan and Enceladus, and more. During the last decade scientists have also discovered an amazing diversity of life on our own planet, thriving in what were once considered hostile conditions. And during the same time, astronomers have discovered thousands of other planets orbiting other nearby Sun-like stars-some of which may be habitable as well. Find out why this is such an incredible time to search for life in the solar system, and beyond! Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Nov 14, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

Prominent Leaders of Native America
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday l Nov. 15 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Native peoples have produced some of the most renowned military, political and spiritual leaders known to humanity. Explore the concept of leadership, how it existed generally among a variety of American Indian nations, and the lives of particular individuals who rose to leadership roles with the context of their times. Emphasis will be on noted leaders from Southwestern nations, such as Manuelito, Alchesay, Geronimo and Carlos Montezuma, although we will also explore the lives of other significant native leaders such as Susan La Flesche Picotte and Sacheen Littlefeather. Instructed by Eduardo Pagan Arizona State University Bob Stump Endowed Professor of History.
Session Fall 2018: Thu, Nov 15, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Raptors
Regular Price: $94.00
Member Price: $75.00
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Monday and Friday / Nov. 26, 30
Monday / 10 - 11:30 a.m. / Friday / 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (fieldtrip)


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 unique 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 2018: Mon, Nov 26, 2018 10:00AM - 11:30AM   (4 AVAIL)

Ducks Not Ducks
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Thursday | Jan. 10 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | Jan. 12 l 8 - 10:30 a.m. (field trip)


Phoenix is the destination for a variety of waterfowl in the winter. This interactive class discusses several of the duck species easily seen on urban ponds, as well as species often mistaken for ducks-American coots, pied-billed grebes and two species of cormorants. Even if it does not quack, it might still be a duck-or not! Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Jan 10, 2019 6:30PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Shake, Rattle and Roll
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Jan. 14 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn what's shaking with the science of earthquakes. Hear Amy Englebright discuss seismic activity throughout the country, including Arizona. Did you know that the Grand Canyon State is home to many small faults that cause about 100 earthquakes a year, but most are too small to be felt by people? Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Jan 14, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Mexican Gray Wolves and Coyotes
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 15 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Far from the lone villains depicted in children's cartoons, 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 distinguishing features, habitats, feeding habits, ecological niche and life history of these amazing canines. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

The Secret Lives of Dogs
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday | Jan. 22 | 6 - 8 p.m.

It is estimated that more than five million dogs enter animal shelters each year in the United States. Dr. Lisa Gunter will discuss new research from the Canine Science Collaboratory that explores the canine experience in the shelter, what we can do to reduce stress for these dogs, and how we can help owners after adoption. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Jan 22, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Gems and Minerals of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | Jan. 26 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Rock out as you learn about Arizona's tremendous wealth of gems and minerals, such as turquoise, peridot and malachite. Discuss the geological history that led to the formation of these gems and minerals and where they are located. Instructed by Amy Englebright. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Jan 26, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Magic of Mushrooms
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Jan. 28 | 6 - 8 p.m.

There's much ado about mushrooms. Some are delicious, some are deadly, and some are intoxicating. Join us for a discussion of a wide variety of fungal species, including the death cap and fly agaric mushrooms, coffee rust, hallucination-inducing ergot and chocolate-eating mushrooms. Instructed by Dr. Ken Sweat, from Arizona State University's School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018 - 2019: Mon, Jan 28, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Are We Alone?
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Jan. 30 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Recent discoveries of thousands of planets have put new focus on the age-old question, "Are we alone in the Universe?" Does extra-terrestrial intelligence exist, and how and where can we find it? Dr. Per Aannestad, Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University, discusses these questions in the context of our own 100 billion- star galaxy, emphasizing our improved knowledge and the many factors that are still unknown. Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Jan 30, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Package Deal - Bird-Watching for Beginners
Regular Price: $151.00
Member Price: $121.00
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Join Kathe Anderson as you discover the basics of birding. This series of classes include field trips to local birding areas where you will be able to hone your newfound skills. Limit 12.

PACKAGE DEAL: Master your birding skills and register for all three classes through Jan. 1 and receive an exclusive 10 percent discount!

Offer expires on Jan. 2. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Birding 101
Saturday | Feb. 2 | 8 - 11 a.m.
Fly through a quick review of bird anatomy and terminology, get briefed on binocular use and then train your eagle eyes on the skies. The instructor also covers field guides, apps, websites, guided field trips and books about birding locations.

Birding: Bills, Behavior and Diet
Thursday and Saturday | Feb. 7, 9
Thursday | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | 8 - 11 a.m. (field trip)

Successful bird-watching takes more than guesswork and luck. Give your birding life wings with a deeper understanding of anatomy and behavior. Start predicting specific bird movements by finding the seeds, fruit, nuts or prey suited to each bird's bill. Then learn to look and listen for their many behaviors.

Birding: Environment and Families
Tuesday and Saturday | Feb. 19, 23
Tuesday | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | 8 - 11 a.m. (field trip)

Make birding an immersive practice by gaining an intimate knowledge of avian families and the environments they inhabit. Identify the key characteristics of Arizona's habitats and the birds commonly found in these areas.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 2, 2019 8:00AM - 11:00AM   (8 AVAIL)

Birding 101
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Saturday | Feb. 2 | 8 - 11 a.m.

Fly through a quick review of bird anatomy and terminology, get briefed on binocular use and then train your eagle eyes on the skies. The instructor also covers field guides, apps, websites, guided field trips and books about birding locations. The field experience will help participants find birds, as well as develop a vocabulary of field marks for identification. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sat, Feb 2, 2019 8:00AM - 11:00AM   (9 AVAIL)

Birding: Bills, Behaviors and Diet
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday and Saturday | Feb. 7, 9
Thursday | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | 8 - 11 a.m. (field trip)


Successful bird-watching takes more than guesswork and luck. Give your birding life wings with a deeper understanding of anatomy and behavior. Start predicting specific bird movements by finding the seeds, fruit, nuts or prey suited to each bird's bill. Then learn to look and listen for their many behaviors-noisy, silent, shy, bold, solitary, communal, active or sedentary. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Thu, Feb 7, 2019 6:30PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Birding: Environment and Families
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Tuesday and Saturday | Feb. 19, 23
Tuesday | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Saturday | 8 - 11 a.m. (field trip)


Make birding an immersive practice by gaining knowledge of avian families and the environments they inhabit. Arizona's habitats include low desert to high elevation tundra, rivers, urban and rural spaces and transition zones. Identify the key characteristics of Arizona's habitats and the birds commonly found in these areas, including seasonal migration fluctuations. The field experience will focus on habitats birds frequently occupy. Transportation to the field trip site is not provided. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Tue, Feb 19, 2019 6:30PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Memoir Writing: What's Your Story
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Mondays | Feb. 4, 11 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Learn the secrets and joys of putting your personal journey to paper. In this class, discover how to capture your memories in words, and help people make sense of, and even find meaning and solidarity in, the key moments in your life. Instructed by Barbara Geis. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Mon, Feb 4, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Desert Edibles
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | Feb. 10 | 9 - 11 a.m.

Join Kelly Athena for an ethnobotanical tour through Sonoran Desert bean trees, including mesquite, paloverde and ironwood. Learn how to identify them, harvest their buds, blossoms, and beans, and prepare and store them. You will also receive recipes on how to use the beans as edamame, sprouts, snacks and tea. Dress comfortably, some walking in the Garden. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 10, 2019 9:00AM - 11:00AM   OPEN

A Geological Narrative of Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 13 | 6 - 8 p.m.

The complex landscapes of Arizona are geologically quite young, but they reveal rocks and fossils that record a history of almost two billion years. Explore the geology of Arizona and the origins of the Grand Canyon, the red rocks of Sedona, Mogollon Rim and the low deserts. Instructed by Dr. Steven Semken of Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Limit 30
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 13, 2019 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Afternoon Flights: Birds and Wines
Regular Price: $88.00
Member Price: $70.00
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Sunday | Feb. 17 | 3 - 5 p.m.

Note: If you are a Garden volunteer (VIG), your discount cannot be applied to this program.

Take a leisurely stroll around the Garden observing the birds as they slip into their nighttime routines, and discussing the species seen and their behaviors. Then settle into an indulgent human nighttime routine-enjoying a flight of wines and cheeses while discussing the birds and their nighttime strategies. Students must be 21+, and are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 15.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Sun, Feb 17, 2019 3:00PM - 5:00PM   OPEN

Arizona Snakes
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Feb. 27 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Slither into this class focused on the Sonoran Desert's more singular snake species. Discuss the roles these serpents play in the overall ecological landscape and how they are vital to our desert ecosystem-including some information about the newly discovered role rattlesnakes play in seed dispersal. Instructed by Jeff Meyers, Arizona Game and Fish Department Limit 30.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Wed, Feb 27, 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 either by phone or email. We reserve the right to substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

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.