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. Mobile users: Find the members login in the menu to the right.
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.

Montezuma Castle and Well
Regular Price: $249.00
Member Price: $199.00
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Friday | Feb. 8 | 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Montezuma Castle, a towering 20-room dwelling carved into a limestone cliffside, tells the story of the innovative and hardy Sinagua people who once lived there. Join archaeologist Matt Guebard on a private tour of this ancient archaeological site and hear the history of the 14th-century dwelling and the culture that created this significant monument. Then head to Montezuma Well, a natural limestone sinkhole that supports a variety of unique species not found anywhere else in the world. Guebard will share with you the current science and research taking place today at Montezuma Castle and Well. The hike to Montezuma Castle is approximately one-quarter mile on an easy paved trail. The hike to Montezuma Well has a series of stairs to climb. Price includes round-trip transportation from the Garden, entrance fees and lunch. Transportation from the Garden departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Fri, Feb 8, 2019 7:30AM - 4:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

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   WAIT LIST

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights and Cactus Tour
Regular Price: $44.00
Member Price: $35.00
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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.

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony
Regular Price: $86.00
Member Price: $69.00
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Friday l Feb. 8 l 10:30 - 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 10:15 a.m. Limit 12.
Session Winter 2018-2019: Fri, Feb 8, 2019 10:30AM - 12:30PM   (2 AVAIL)

Deer Valley Petroglyph Tour
Regular Price: $76.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Friday | March 29 | 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. Price includes entrance fees, Garden guide and picnic lunch. Transportation is not provided. Participants should arrive at the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve by 9:45 a.m. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2019: Fri, Mar 29, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Lower Salt River Sunrise Float Trip
Regular Price: $236.00
Member Price: $189.00
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Friday | April 12 | 5 - 10 a.m.

Join us for the unique experience of floating down the Lower Salt River. This relaxing trip allows participants to experience a desert sunrise against the backdrop of the rugged terrain, and learn about the cultural and natural history of a rare ecosystem. Price includes light breakfast, round-trip transportation, professional guides, river raft and safety gear. Transportation from the Garden departs at 5 a.m. and returns at 10 a.m. Limit 16.
Session Spring 2019: Fri, Apr 12, 2019 5:00AM - 10:00AM   OPEN

Explore Aravaipa Canyon
Regular Price: $1,124.00
Member Price: $899.00
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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

Explore Chiricahua Mountains
Regular Price: $1,194.00
Member Price: $955.00
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EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register for this program by May 1 and receive a 10 percent discount.

Members: $955 | General Public: $1,194
Offer expires on May 2, subject to availability.

Saturday - Monday | September 14 - 16
Regular price: Members: $1,060 | General Public: $1,310

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 designed for the Garden. 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. Limit 12.

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

Not included:
• Personal expenses
• Alcoholic beverages
Session Fall 2019: Sat, Sep 14, 2019 - Mon, Sep 16, 2019 7:00AM - 5:00PM   OPEN

Mexico: Monarch Migration, Gardens and Heritage
Regular Price: $2,999.00
Online Sale Price: $2,799.00
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EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Register through May 1 and receive a $200 discount. Rates do not include airfare.

EARLY BIRD RATE: $2,799 | AFTER MAY 1: $2,999
Price for double occupancy. Single supplement is an additional $325.

For more information and to reserve your spot in this Garden expedition, please call Holbrook Travel at 877.907.5360 or go to www.holbrook.travel/desertbg-mx20.

Feb. 18 - 23, 2020

Each year, millions of monarch butterflies fly thousands of miles from North America to their winter home in Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains. The migration is one of nature's most amazing phenomena-and you can be a part of it. Travel with Garden leaders Elaine McGinn, Director of Planning and Exhibits, and lepidopterist Dr. Kim Pegram. Hike and ride horseback along streams and through fir-covered mountains as you immerse yourself in the fluttering monarchs filling the air and covering trees with their bright orange wings. While in Mexico, enjoy the acclaimed National Museum of Anthropology and beauties of Chapultepec Park, among other historical sites and rich, regional meals.

Trip includes:
• Accommodations
• Educational programming
• Expert naturalist guide
• Entrance fees to attractions and historic sites
• Land transportation
• Meals and non-alcoholic beverages
• Carbon offsetting
Session Winter 2020: Tue, Feb 18, 2020 - Sun, Feb 23, 2020 7:00AM - 5:00PM   (10 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.