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.
Travel and Adventure
The Garden offers guided travel and adventure suited to a wide variety of interests and schedules. Hike riparian habitats and mountains of southwest Arizona or enjoy the summer exploring cooler climate areas. Watch the sun rise or set as you float along the Salt River. Marvel at thousands of cranes on one of our bird-watching tours. Expand your travel portfolio and learn from experts in the field. Watch feature locations come alive when paired with our rich and diverse programming.

Explore Aravaipa Canyon
Regular Price: $1,124.00
Member Price: $899.00
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Sunday and Monday | Nov. 11 - 12

Revel in the mysteries of Aravaipa Canyon as you trace the footsteps of ancient peoples on a series of hikes through the flourishing ecosystems along the cool Aravaipa Creek. Catch glimpses of hummingbirds, heron, bighorn sheep and a host of skittering reptiles as you venture into labyrinthine side canyons, fueled by the fresh wilderness air and shaded by cottonwoods and towering cliffs. Break up the two-day trip with a peaceful night's stay at the Aravaipa Farms Orchard and Inn, where you will be replenished by a wholesome farm-to-table dinner. Suitable for most hikers, but requires ability to walk several miles through uneven terrain and some water. Limit 8.

Two-day trip includes:
  • Roundtrip transportation from the Garden
  • Professional guide services
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Meals during the program
  • Lodging for one night at Aravaipa Farms Orchard and Inn
Not included:
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
Session Fall 2018: Sun, Nov 11, 2018 - Mon, Nov 12, 2018 9:00AM - 5:30PM   WAIT LIST

Deer Valley Petroglyph Tour
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Friday | Nov. 2 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Visit the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve on a private guided tour, taking an in-depth look at the preserve, the Adobe Dam project and the 1,500 petroglyphs on site. This tour provides a historical perspective on the importance of the site to prehistoric cultures of Arizona between 500 and 7,000 years ago. Be transported back in time to catch a glimpse of an ancient people, and explore the many interpretations of their rock art. Transportation is not provided. Participants should arrive at the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve by 9:45 a.m. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Fri, Nov 2, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

Urban Farm Tour
Regular Price: $238.00
Member Price: $190.00
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Saturday | Nov. 17 | 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Urban farming is becoming more popular as people strive to create an edible landscape. Visit several established and local urban farmers for a behind-the-scenes look at their interpretation and use of space to design an urban garden in the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy a private tour at Maya's Farm near South Mountain Park and then feast on a real, freshly prepared and totally organic farm-to-table meal. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden, expert guides and educational programming and farm-to-table meal outdoors. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 2 p.m. Limit 12.
Session Fall 2018: Sat, Nov 17, 2018 7:30AM - 2:00PM   OPEN

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $69.00
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Friday | Nov. 30 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. OR
Friday | Dec. 7 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Visit the tranquil Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden for a specially arranged private garden tour and authentic tea ceremony. This beautiful garden features more than 1,500 tons of hand-selected stone, footbridges, more than 50 varieties of plants, flowing streams and waterfalls. Tour includes garden walking tour, private tea ceremony and hand-picked confectioneries from Kyoto, Japan. Transportation is not provided. Participants should arrive at the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden by 9:45 a.m. Limit 12.

Willcox Weekend: Cranes, Wine and Archeology
Regular Price: $824.00
Member Price: $659.00
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Friday - Sunday | Jan. 25 - 27
Arrive Friday at 2 p.m. | Depart Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Each winter sandhill cranes gather in the Sulphur Springs Valley of southeastern Arizona. Watch these majestic birds fly in to their midday resting area-one of nature's greatest wildlife spectacles. We will also explore the Rex Allen Museum and Amerind Museum, and sample wines at a local vineyard to round out the weekend. Prominent author and naturalist Lynn Hassler, and Carlos Oldham, Garden docent and former president of the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon, lead this weekend trip. Limit 8.

Three-day trip includes:
  • Lodging and breakfast at Willcox Holiday Inn Express
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Dinner on Friday and Saturday
  • Professional guide services
  • Transportation to all group activities
  • Amerind Museum and Rex Allen Museum private tours
  • Wine tasting
  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages​
Not included:
  • Transporation to and from Willcox
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
Session Fall 2018: Fri, Jan 25, 2019 - Sun, Jan 27, 2019 2:00PM - 11:30AM   (3 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.