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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.

Chiricahua Mountains
Regular Price: $1,099.00
Member Price: $879.00
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Thursday - Saturday | Apr. 12 - 14
Members: $879 | General Public: $1099

Join scientists from across the globe in the "Galapagos of North America," a fascinating wonderland of soaring peaks and riparian forests. One of the top birding places in the U.S. and home to the brilliantly colored Elegant Trogon, the Chiricahua Mountains will mesmerize you with hidden secrets on a journey designed especially for Garden members and bird enthusiasts. Get to experience life as a naturalist as you stay and learn at the American Museum of Natural History, Southwestern Research Station. Participants must be able to walk at least two miles with moderate grade changes and uneven terrain.

Trip includes:
  • Round-trip transportation from the Garden
  • Certified naturalist guide
  • Lodging for two nights
  • All meals during two-day stay

Not included:
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
Session Spring 2018: Thu, Apr 12, 2018 - Sat, Apr 14, 2018 7:00AM - 5:00PM   WAIT LIST

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $69.00
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Friday | April 13 | 10 a.m. - Noon

Visit the tranquil Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden for a specially arranged private garden tour and authentic tea ceremony. This beautiful garden abounds with hand-selected stone perimeters, meandering paths, 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.
Session Spring 2018: Fri, Apr 13, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM   WAIT LIST

Four Peaks and Full Moon Photography
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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Wednesday | April 25 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Sunday | April 29 | 5 - 8:30 p.m. (field trip)

When the rare opportunity to shoot a setting sun and rising moon in the same evening arises, students in this class will be ready with cameras poised to capture stellar compositions. In addition to explaining optimal camera settings, instructor Robert McBride takes the class to a stunning vantage point featuring the famous Four Peaks summits. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Participants should bring camera, user guide and wide-angle and telephoto lenses. A tripod, cable release and flashlight are highly recommended. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera operation modes and settings. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden and picnic lunch. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 10.
Session Spring 2018: Wed, Apr 25, 2018 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights and Cactus Tour
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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Thursday | May 3 | 9 - 11 a.m.

More than an architectural marvel, Tovrea Castle boasts must-see gardens containing more than 5,000 cacti of 100 plus varieties. Docents from the Tovrea Carraro Society lead a tour of the castle main floor and basement, then a Garden guide gives a private cactus garden tour. This is a walking tour. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes, pants and be able to walk unaided over possibly loose and uneven footing. Transportation is not provided. Limit 30.
Session Spring 2018: Thu, May 3, 2018 9:00AM - 11:00AM   WAIT LIST

Wine, Water and Adventure
Regular Price: $438.00
Member Price: $350.00
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Friday | May 18 | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

May we recommend the red blend? The tasteful day in and around Red Rock Country begins at V-Bar-V Heritage Site, home to Arizona's largest known petroglyphs, and then swirls into the exquisite Verde Valley for a kayak trip on the scenic Verde River. Then its bottoms up at the Alcantara Vineyards for a sampling of their award-winning wines among beautiful grape vines and rolling hills. Transportation departs promptly from the Garden at 7 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. Must be 21 years or older to participate. Limit 10.

Trip includes:
  • Round-trip transportation from the Garden
  • Certified naturalist guide
Not included:
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
Session Spring 2018: Fri, May 18, 2018 7:00AM - 6:00PM   (8 AVAIL)


Travel and Adventure program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date minus 30% of the registration cost. 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 substitute any instructors in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Please contact or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2).