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.
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.

State Birds of the West
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday l Sept. 24 l 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Focusing on the state birds of the area west of the Mississippi, this class explores the question of what a state bird is and should be, as well as the state nickname and some other quirky state symbols of the wilder west. Find out why the California gull is Utah's state bird, what bird is shared by at least five states and which state also has a state raptor. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Sep 24, 2018 6:30PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Dryland Ecosystems
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday | Sept. 25 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Although the word "desert" conjures up vast and barren dunes of sand for many, Arizona residents know that plants thrive in the Valley's dry conditions. In fact, some species of cactus and succulents are so well suited to arid life that they quickly die when given too much water. Find out how dryland ecosystems have evolved to flourish in perfectly parched harmony. Instructed by Dr. Heather Throop from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Sep 25, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Phoenix Peregrines
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Oct. 15 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Peregrines make cheetahs look slow. They are not only the fastest vertebrate on the planet; they are incredible predators in their own right. Once commonly referred to as duck hawks, peregrine falcons take a variety of prey including many bird species much larger than themselves. Listed as an endangered species just a few decades ago, peregrines have made an incredible recovery and were removed from the endangered species list in 1999. Learn about these amazing and beautiful birds and why Arizona was one of the first states to support robust populations. Instructed by Jeff Meyers of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

DNA: Fact, Fiction and Fables
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday l Oct. 16 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Join Kim Kobojek from Arizona State University's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences as she shares how DNA analyses inform all facets of society today, from helping to solve crimes to finding long-lost ancestors. Participants will also hear tales "from the forensic side" and get a chance to ask questions in a DNA-Q&A. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 16, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Introduction to Stars and Galaxies
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | Oct. 17 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Take one small step into Arizona's rich astronomical tradition in this class covering the basics of our stars, galaxy and beyond. Is our own sun special? What makes our home galaxy "milky"? Come equipped with life's big questions-and an open mind. Instructed by Tyler Richey-Yowell from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Oct 17, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

History of the Sonoran Desert
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday l Oct. 22 l 6 - 8 p.m.

The Sonoran Desert holds many wonders of an extreme environment and the life that lives in it. This program will introduce the geology, flora, fauna, and human history of Arizona and the Sonoran Desert. Using information and theories from biology, ecology, geology and archaeology, this class explores the adaptations of desert animals, plants and other life forms; the landscape that set the stage for their evolution; and the human cultures that have called this desert home. Instructed by Dr. Ken Sweat from Arizona State University's School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Oct 22, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Morning Flights: Birds and Champagne
Regular Price: $106.00
Member Price: $85.00
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Sunday l Oct. 28 l 9 - 11 a.m.

Take a leisurely stroll around the Garden, observing the birds as they slip into their daytime routines, discussing the species' characteristics and behaviors. Then, settle into a typical (if only!) human morning routine-sipping mimosas and sampling cheeses, paired with additional information about birds and their daytime strategies. Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 15.
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Oct 28, 2018 9:00AM - 11:00AM   (9 AVAIL)

Arizona Cats
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday l Oct. 30 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Discover the majesty of Arizona's four species of fearsome wildcats. Feared, loathed and worshiped, wildcats have had a varied relationship with humans from the beginnings of time. From jaguars to bobcats, learn about these misunderstood, highly athletic predators, their fossil origins and ancestors, and their current ecology with. Instructed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Jeff Meyers. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Tue, Oct 30, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (8 AVAIL)

Bioluminescence
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday l Nov. 7 l 6 - 8 p.m.

Explore the illuminating science of organisms that can brighten up the deepest seas and darkest skies. With a focus on insect bioluminescence, this class sheds light on the mysterious chemicals that allow fireflies, jellyfish and even some algae to glow. Instructed by Dr. Ron Rutowski from Arizona State University's School of Life Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Wed, Nov 7, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Fossils in Your Backyard
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday l Nov. 8 l 6 - 8 p.m.

It may be hard to believe, but the Southwest was once a lush, tropical zone where Tyrannosaurus Rex was king. Could a piece of the giant lizard, or the bones of its favorite prey, be hiding in your backyard's soil? You need some special skills and equipment to find out. Join a curator from the Arizona Museum of Natural History to explore the basics of amateur fossil hunting. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Thu, Nov 8, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

The History of Red: Cochineal
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Monday | Nov. 12 | 6 - 8 p.m.

When archaeologists uncovered the ancient frescoes in the pre-Columbian buildings at Mitla in Oaxaca, they found well-preserved images bursting with bright red color. The early Zapotecs who made those pictures painted them with carmine dye, which they made from the ground-up bodies of the cochineal insect. Learn about the many historic and current uses of this remarkable insect-cum-coloration with Dr. Ken Sweat from Arizona State University's School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Fall 2018: Mon, Nov 12, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Searching for Life in the Solar System
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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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   OPEN

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   (9 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   (5 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 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.