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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 Outlaws
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | July 7 | Noon - 2 p.m.

Most Americans have heard of Billy the Kid, Johnny Ringo, and Ike Clanton, but they probably don't know why these men were immortalized while once-famous outlaws like Billy Stiles, Bill Brazelton, and Pearl Hart sank into oblivion a decade after they committed their crimes. This course examines the politics, economics and social issues that created the stage robbers and gun fighters, as well as dance hall girls, "soiled doves" and madams like Big Nose Kate-Doc Holliday's girlfriend. The course includes an annotated bibliography and we will examine the phenomenon of instant myth-making unique to the American West.Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Sat, Jul 7, 2018 12:00PM - 2:00PM   OPEN

Earthquakes
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | July 18 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Find out what's shaking with plate tectonics and faults as they relate to Arizona. This class will explore the nature and hazards of active tectonics, earthquakes and faults. Learn about the Sonoran earthquake of 1887, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake near Tucson that was felt throughout the state. This class will answer some common questions about earthquakes and faults. Instructed by Amy Mellinger. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Jul 18, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Astronomy at the Garden
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday | July 19 | 7:45 - 9:45 p.m.

Spend a celestial evening experiencing the night sky at the Garden, one of the best locations in the city for stargazing. We will walk to an ideal location in the Garden to explore and learn about the Sonoran sky. Weather permitting, we will spend part of the evening observing Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Instructed by Mario Gonzalez. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Thu, Jul 19, 2018 7:45PM - 9:45PM   (8 AVAIL)

Vultures and Condors
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Thursday and Saturday | July 19, 21
Thursday | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Saturday | 6 - 8:30 a.m. (field trip)


Soar with the desert's natural garbage disposals-vultures and condors. Considered ugly by some, these bald birds fill a unique ecological niche. In this interactive class, find out more about the animals' remarkable anatomical adaptations and the health threats that we happen to share with them. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Transportation to field trip site is not provided. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2018: Thu, Jul 19, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Poisons and Provisions
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | July 23 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

For centuries, many plant species found in the Sonoran Desert have been used for food, as components in religious ceremonies and as poisons-for benign and diabolic purposes. Covering plants from the highly nutritious mesquite bean to the hallucinogenic and often fatal sacred Datura, this class will explore a collection of the local plants used for such purposes by both native and modern cultures. Instructed by Ken Sweat from ASU's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Jul 23, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Desert Ants
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Aug. 6 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Arizona boasts an impressive diversity of insects, including ants. These social creatures have evolved amazing abilities to thrive in the varied landscapes of the Grand Canyon State. Come learn about some of these ubiquitous but inconspicuous animals and see them live in artificial colonies. Instructed by Ti Eriksson from the Social Research Group at ASU. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Aug 6, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Scorpions
Regular Price: $28.00
Member Price: $22.00
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Wednesday | Aug. 8 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Take a black light into your backyard at night and you might discover a few scorpion neighbors. While some are poisonous, most of these crawly critters prefer to keep to themselves, and some even rid us of other insect pests. Learn more about this misunderstood insect from Randy Babb of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Aug 8, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM   (9 AVAIL)

Remembering Phoenix
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Mondays | Aug. 13, 20 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Using his book Historic Photos of Phoenix as a guide, ASU's Bob Stump Endowed Professor of History Eduardo Pagan will take you through a tour of Phoenix as it once was, sharing how the town was founded, why it grew and what contributed to its becoming one of the largest metropolises in the country. During the course, students hear stories about the individuals, buildings, and organizations featured in Pagan's book. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Mon, Aug 13, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (8 AVAIL)

Bats
Regular Price: $28.00
Member Price: $22.00
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Wednesday | Aug. 22 | 6 - 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, where bat populations appear stable and even at times increasing. Join Randy Babb, from Arizona Game and Fish Department, and learn more about these fascinating flying friends and how we can protect them. Then we will head out to the Garden to see these flying creatures at dusk. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Aug 22, 2018 6:00PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Ecology of the Boojum Tree
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Aug. 29 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Rising above the desert scrub, the boojum tree is a true desert survivor and perhaps the oddest of our desert-adapted plants. While boojum trees are common in some parts of this desert, most people have never seen one, and even research on the plant is thin. Learn what is known, and what is suspected, about the ecology and relationships of this unique tree. Instructed by Ken Sweat from ASU's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Summer 2018: Wed, Aug 29, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

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. We reserve the right to subsitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.