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

To redeem a LEARN Gift Certificate with a promo code, click here.
Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, history, science, travel and wellness.
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.
Families engage in hands-on, nature-based experiences in a fun and safe environment, and teachers can participate in professional development opportunities.
Early Childhood Programs
Most brain development in children happens in the first eight years, and much of it in the first three. Nature education programs at the Garden are a fantastic way to promote your child's development. Registration includes one caregiver and one child.

For questions on registering children between the ages of 30-36 months, please contact Lauren Marks, Program Development Manager - Children & Family, at 480-481-8123.

Baby Boojums - Winter
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Caregivers and children ages 6-30 months discover firsthand how sensory-based experiences in nature can guide early childhood development, and strengthen bonds with each other and with the Sonoran Desert.

Class activities vary according to age and development milestones. For ages 6-18 months or those who are sitters and crawlers, we recommend the 9:30-10:30 a.m. class. For ages 18-30 months or those who are strong walkers, we recommend the 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. class.

Seedlings - Spring
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers explore the wonders of our desert through nature-based activities and guided walks on the trails. Snack included. Registration includes one caregiver and one child.

Baby Boojums - Spring
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Caregivers and children ages 6-30 months discover firsthand how sensory-based experiences in nature can guide early childhood development, and strengthen bonds with each other and with the Sonoran Desert. Registration includes one caregiver and one child.

Class activities vary according to age and development milestones. For ages 6-18 months or those who are sitters and crawlers, we recommend the 9:30-10:30 a.m. class. For ages 18-30 months or those who are strong walkers, we recommend the 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. class.


 
Sleep Over Camp
Sparkling starry skies, crackling campfires, and up close animal encounters await - join us on a child-friendly exclusive overnight adventure!

An evening campfire snack and light breakfast is included, along with Garden admission for the evening and the following day. Adult chaperone participants are required for children under 18 years of age and are suggested to accompany children in at least a 1:5 ratio. Camping gear is not included- please bring your own sleeping arrangements and flashlights.

Price listed is for one participant.

Sleep Over Camp
Regular Price: $80.00
Member Price: $100.00
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Camp out overnight with animals from Wild Rising by Cracking Art. Experience guided night hikes, campfire snacks and storytellers, and special animal guests. In the morning, rise with the sun and enjoy the trails before the Garden opens its gates.

Please include all members of your party in your quantity selection.
Session Wild Rising Sleep Over: Fri, May 1, 2020 - Sat, May 2, 2020 6:00PM - 9:30AM   OPEN

 
Spring Break Camp
Children in grades K-6 become scientists as they use their powers of observation to learn about the world around them. Garden instructors encourage exploratory learning in a fun and safe environment. Each day of camp brings new adventures in outdoor experiences, children's art and literature, free choice learning and more.

Extended Camp is now available as an add-on product when you register for Spring Break Camp.

Wings and Wildflowers
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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Your child will become a budding botanist as we examine flowers, bugs and birds during this week-long camp session. Each day packs new nature-based adventures, art projects, and creativity into engaging and educational experiences Snacks included. Campers must bring their own lunch each day.

Please select the quantity of campers above AND select group with your child's grade level in the drop-down menu below to continue with your registration. This may mean you must complete multiple registrations if you have children spanning multiple age groups. This helps us ensure that friends and family members are in their preferred groups. Thank you!

Extended Camp is available as an add-on when you register for Spring Break Camp.

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 lmarks@dbg.org. For more information call 480.481.8123/480.481.8151.

 
Summer Camp K-6th Grade
Rising kindergarteners-rising 6th graders become scientists as they use their powers of observation to learn about the world around them. Garden instructors encourage exploratory learning in a fun and safe environment. Each week packs new nature-based adventures, art projects, and creativity into engaging and educational experiences. Snack provided. Campers bring their own lunch.

To register for your selected week of camp, please select the quantity of campers AND select the group with your child/children's grade level(s) for the 2020-2021 school year in the drop-down menu. This may mean you complete multiple registrations if you have children spanning multiple grades. This helps us ensure family members and friends are in their preferred groups. Thank you!

Package Deal - Summer Camp 2 Weeks
Regular Price: $380.00
Member Price: $305.00
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Register for two weeks of camp by April 1 and receive a discount!

Offer expires April 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Select your camp weeks during checkout.

Package Deal - Summer Camp 3 Weeks
Regular Price: $570.00
Member Price: $458.00
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Register for three weeks of camp by April 1 and receive a discount!

Offer expires April 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Select your camp weeks during checkout.

Package Deal - Summer Camp 4 Weeks
Regular Price: $760.00
Member Price: $610.00
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Register for four weeks of camp by April 1 and receive a discount!

Offer expires April 1. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

Select your camp weeks during checkout.

Extended Camp Week: Wonderful Water June
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
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June 1-5 / 3-6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must be registered for Summer Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Campers are not separated by grade level. Snack provided.

This product is for a full week of Extended Camp. Offer expires April 1. Individual dates may be purchased separately, subject to availability.
Session Wonderful Water June E: Mon, Jun 1, 2020 - Fri, Jun 5, 2020 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Extended Camp Week: Real Life Transformers June
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
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June 8-12 / 3-6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must be registered for Summer Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Campers are not separated by grade level for Extended Camp. Snack provided.

This product is for a full week of Extended Camp. Offer expires April 1. Individual dates may be purchased separately, subject to availability.
Session Real Life Transformers: Mon, Jun 8, 2020 - Fri, Jun 12, 2020 3:30PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Extended Camp Week: Locomotion Commotion
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
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June 15-19 / 3-6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must be registered for Summer Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Campers are not separated by grade level. Snack provided.

This product is for a full week of Extended Camp. Offer expires April 1. Individual dates may be purchased separately, subject to availability.
Session Locomotion Commotion: Mon, Jun 15, 2020 - Fri, Jun 19, 2020 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Extended Camp Week: Amazing Adaptations
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
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June 22-26 / 3-6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must be registered for Summer Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Campers are not separated by grade level. Snack provided.

This product is for a full week of Extended Camp. Offer expires April 1. Individual dates may be purchased separately, subject to availability.
Session Amazing Adaptations: Mon, Jun 22, 2020 - Fri, Jun 26, 2020 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Extended Camp Week: Wonderful Water July
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
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July 6-10 / 3-6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must be registered for Summer Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Campers are not separated by grade level. Snack provided.

This product is for a full week of Extended Camp. Offer expires April 1. Individual dates may be purchased separately, subject to availability.
Session Wonderful Water July: Mon, Jul 6, 2020 - Fri, Jul 10, 2020 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Extended Camp Week: Real Life Transformers July
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $70.00
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July 13-17 / 3-6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must be registered for Summer Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Campers are not separated by grade level for Extended Camp. Snack provided.

This product is for a full week of Extended Camp. Offer expires April 1. Individual dates may be purchased separately, subject to availability.
Session Real Life Transformers: Mon, Jul 13, 2020 - Fri, Jul 17, 2020 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Wonderful Water - June
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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June 1-5 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Dive in to summer with an exploration of water. Investigate the chemical properties, ecological importance, and conservation of water in our desert. Prepare to get wet!

Real Life Transformers - June
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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June 8-12 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Explore lifecycles of frogs, butterflies and other creatures through hands-on activities and live animal guests as they make their amazing transformations from beginning to end.
 

Locomotion Commotion
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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June 15-19 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Run, scurry, slither, and hurry to camp to uncover the many modes of animal locomotion. Discover how animals move and how they influence engineers designing their own inventions.

Amazing Adaptations
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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June 22-26 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Why are jackrabbit ears so big? Why are chuckwallas' tails so fat? Discover answers to these questions and many other amazing adaptations to life in our harsh desert climate.

Wonderful Water - July
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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July 6-10 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Dive in to summer with an exploration of water. Investigate the chemical properties, ecological importance, and conservation of water in our desert. Prepare to get wet!

Real Life Transformers - July
Regular Price: $225.00
Member Price: $180.00
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July 13-17 / 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Explore lifecycles of frogs, butterflies and other creatures through hands-on activities and live animal guests as they make their amazing transformations from beginning to end.

 
Girl Scouts
The Girl Scout Program creates a fun and memorable experience for Girl Scouts as they learn about life in the desert. These event-style programs welcome all Girl Scout levels along with leaders, parents and family members. Pre-registration is required for all attending.

Girl Scouts: Bugs and Beyond
Price: $10.00
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Saturday | Apr. 18 | 10 a.m. - Noon

It's a bird! It's a plane! No! It's a bug. Girl Scouts explore through close observation and hands-on activities what makes a bug an insect and why we need them for our survival. Scouts will use microscopes to get face-to-face with these fascinating insects, and earn a participation patch.

Please select the quantity for all attendees in your order, including scouts and accompanying family members.
Session Bugs and Beyond Spring: Sat, Apr 18, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Girl Scouts: Bountiful Butterflies
Price: $10.00
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Saturday | May 9 | 10 a.m. - noon

Metamorphose into a beautiful butterfly as you journey through the lifecycle of a butterfly and learn what a butterfly needs in order to survive and thrive. Scouts search for each part of the lifecycle, visit the Garden's butterfly pavilion, and earn a unique participation patch.

Please select the quantity for all attendees in your order, including scouts and accompanying family members.
Session Bountiful Butterflies : Sat, May 9, 2020 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

 
Teens in the Garden
During monthly gatherings throughout the school year, teens will learn first-hand what careers and experiences await them at botanical gardens and similar institutions.

Applications are required to be submitted and accepted prior to registration.

Teens in the Garden 2019-2020
Price: $50.00
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Teens in the Garden is a year-long program that focuses on monthly volunteer service learning projects, career building opportunities, and exploring nature and fun with science.

Registration fee: $50 per year.
Meeting dates: First Saturdays of the month during the school year
Time: 1- 4 p.m.

For more information, please contact jbello@dbg.org
Valid: Sat, Oct 5, 2019 - Sat, May 2, 2020   OPEN