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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.

Vultures and Condors
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday | March 18 | 6:30 - 8 p.m. AND
Saturday | March 21 | 7:30 - 9:30 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. First session in classroom and second session is in the field. Transportation to the local field trip site is not provided. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Mar 18, 2020 6:30PM - 8:00PM   CLOSED

Hummingbirds
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday I March 19 I 8 - 11 a.m.

Learn about more than a dozen species of hummingbirds found in Arizona, where to find them and the anatomy of a hummingbird feather. We will spend time in the Garden looking for hummingbirds and unusual migrants.Students are encouraged to bring binoculars. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2020: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 8:00AM - 11:00AM   CLOSED

Evidence for Evolution
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Thursday | March 19 | 2 - 4 p.m. 

How can we be sure humans evolved from a branch of the Great Apes? If we evolved from apes, why are there still apes? How does one species give rise to another? Is evolution still happening? What is “the theory of evolution by natural selection,” and how sure are scientists about it? Dr. Kirstin Hendrickson will take an empirical look at the evidence scientists use to understand our evolutionary roots. We will look specifically at the path of human evolution and its place within the context of the planet. Join us for a tour of the science and language of evolution, all wrapped into the fascinating story of how we came to be human. Limit 30. 
 
Session Spring 2020: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   CLOSED

All About Cranes
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | March 25 | 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Cranes are large, elegant, remarkable birds that figure prominently in folklore around the world. In this interactive class, we’ll concentrate on the lifestyle and behavior of Sandhill Cranes, (common to the United States), discuss the endangered Whooping Crane and review a selection of international cranes. Instructed by Kathe Anderson. Limit 12. 
 
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Mar 25, 2020 9:30AM - 11:00AM   CLOSED

Global and Local Plastic Pollution
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | March 29 | 1 - 3 p.m.    

Beth Polidoro, Associate Professor, School of Math & Natural Sciences at ASU, provides specific case studies, including examples from the Sonoran Desert and metro-Phoenix, to help to illustrate impacts on ecosystems and public health.  Review global, regional and local initiatives to reduce and mitigate plastic pollution. The pros and cons of different technologies, policies, and management initiatives will be discussed, along with a presentation of opportunities to engage in solutions globally and locally. Limit 24.
 
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Mar 29, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

History of Tequila
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Tuesday | March 31 | 6 - 8 p.m.

Tequila is one of the most popular distilled beverages in America, and its roots are firmly planted here in the southwest desert. This course will explore the process and history of tequila making, as well as the native cultures it came from and how it is now integrated into our own. Instructed by Dr. Ken Sweat from Arizona State University's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Tue, Mar 31, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Birding 101
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday | April 2 | 7 - 10:30 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 Spring 2020: Thu, Apr 2, 2020 7:00AM - 10:30AM   OPEN

What to See in Arizona
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Sunday | April 5 | Noon - 2 p.m.

Before he retired from the Arizona Historical Society in 2009 Jim Turner worked with more than 70 museums all over the state. As an editor/author for Rio Nuevo Publishers for the past ten years he has researched and written about Arizona’s archaeological sites and natural wonders. If you’re new to Arizona, or even if you’re a native, you are sure to find some spots you didn’t know about, or will enjoy revisiting. Limit 30. 
 
Session Spring 2020: Sun, Apr 5, 2020 12:00PM - 2:00PM   OPEN

Forensic Botany: Scene of the Crime
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | April 15 |  6 - 8 p.m.    

Join Dr. Ken Sweat as he examines the use of plants and traditionally related organisms as evidence in criminal investigations. Beginning with the wood grain of the ladder left at the scene of the Lindberg baby kidnapping, and continuing into modern genetics-based case studies, review how plant evidence has solved past crimes and will help future investigators prosecute the guilty and free the innocent. Limit 30.
Class formerly titled “Scene of the Crime.” 
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 15, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Astronomy Night at the Garden
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Friday | April 17 | 6:30 - 9 p.m.    

Join the Phoenix Astronomical Society for an informative, fun and educational observing night! Come learn what’s in the night sky and how to find those elusive objects. Class participants will enjoy views through three high powered telescopes. Plus, Meteorite Mike will be available to answer questions. Optional supplies: A red filtered flashlight, comfortable shoes and a light jacket. Limit 30. 
Session Spring 2020: Fri, Apr 17, 2020 6:30PM - 9:00PM   OPEN

Be a Citizen Scientist with iNaturalist
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | April 18 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Citizen Science is for everyone, no matter your age, experience level or time constraints. Learn how to use the iNaturalist app and be part of an international community of naturalists. Students will gain experience with the app by making observations during a Garden walk. Participants should bring their smartphone, sturdy walking shoes, hat and water. Instructed by Dr. Anne Ellis. Limit 30.

Go to www.inaturalist.org to download the app before attending class. iNaturalist does not have a cost.
 
Session Spring 2020: Sat, Apr 18, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Biomimicry: Tapping into Nature's Genius
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Wednesday | April 29 | 6 - 8 p.m. 

Biomimicry is the conscious emulation of life’s genius, and offers a new perspective for a sustainable and regenerative future by asking the question: what lessons can we learn from the natural world? The compelling core of this new field is that nature has already solved many of the challenges we are currently facing: energy use, food production, climate control, non-toxic chemistry, transportation, and more. Participants will learn to tune into the genius of nature through careful observation techniques and dive deeper into the realm of bio-inspired design. This workshop will guide you through the biomimicry process: identifying organism function and strategy, synthesizing design principles, and brainstorming applications for how we might learn from these time-tested solutions. Instructed by Lily Urmann of the ASU School of Biomimicry. Limit 30.
 
Session Spring 2020: Wed, Apr 29, 2020 6:00PM - 8:00PM   OPEN

Medical Marijuana
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | May 9 | 2 - 4 p.m.

Arizona is one of many states that has legalized marijuana for medical use, and the plant is again in the news with voters considering legalization for recreational use. With a history as old as civilization, from ancient shamans, to blues musicians, to the modern indoor growing facility, the cannabis plant has been strongly shaped by its relation to humans. This class will explore the history of the medical use of marijuana with an emphasis on the modern medical marijuana movement in Arizona. Instructed by Dr. Ken Sweat from ASU's School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2020: Sat, May 9, 2020 2:00PM - 4:00PM   OPEN

Sustainability and Happiness
Regular Price: $34.00
Member Price: $27.00
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Saturday | May 16 | 1 - 3 p.m.

Dr. Scott Cloutier, of the ASU School of Sustainability, will discuss his research on the links between sustainability and happiness while Anna Quagliata of Energie Madre Healing will address holistic nutritional practices for enhancing mind, body, and spirit.  The presentation will enhance and offer accessible practices to students to achieve sustainable happiness for collective prosperity. Limit 30.
 
Session Spring 2020: Sat, May 16, 2020 1:00PM - 3:00PM   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.
AGE REQUIREMENTS | Children under 10 may not attend. Ages 10-14 may attend education programs with an adult and both must pay fees. Those 1