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.
Get inspired and learn new skills through one of our programs in art, gardening, photography, 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.
Girl Scouts
The Girl Scout Desert Discovery 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: Bountiful Butterflies
Price: $10.00
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Saturday | May 11 | 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. Search for each part of the lifecycle when you visit the Garden's butterfly pavilion.

Girl Scouts who complete various butterfly themed activities listed on their Adventure Diary will receive the Bountiful Butterflies Patch.

Please select the quantity for all attendees in your order, including scouts and accompanying family members.
Session Spring 2019 Bountiful : Sat, May 11, 2019 10:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Girl Scouts: Sonoran Search
Price: $10.00
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Aug. 10 OR Aug. 17 | 7 - 9:30 p.m.

Scouts: $10 | Leaders and family members: $10


Girl Scouts and their families will explore the self-paced trails and stations to experience the night-blooming plants and animals that chirp, whirr and whisper in the desert after dark. Girl Scouts who complete nighttime desert activities promoting play, learning and adventure will receive the Sonoran Search patch

 
Family Classes
Create meaningful memories for the whole family while attending a desert exploration program about native plants and animals. These programs are designed for families with children ages 5 to 12, although children 17 and under are welcome. Prices listed include one child and one adult.

Free Family Playtime
 
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Free with Garden admission

Saturday | Feb. 9 | 9 a.m. - Noon
Saturday | March 30 | 9 a.m. - Noon
Saturday | April 13 | 9 a.m. - Noon


Discover what the Desert Botanical Garden has to offer you and your child through our new playtime program. Drop in any time between 9 a.m. and noon to explore our outdoor nature play space at your own pace and encourage your child to engage in free choice and self-led nature play opportunities.

Bubble Bonanza
 
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Saturday | April 20
9 a.m. - noon | FREE with Garden admission


Join us in the Cocoon, a new place for garden play! Measure and mix ingredients to make your own bubble solution and experiment with the properties of bubbles to push physics to the limit. No advance registration required.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, Apr 20, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN

Paint and Play
 
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Saturday | May 4
9 a.m. - noon | FREE with Garden admission


Join us in the Cocoon, a new place for garden play! Children use assorted natural materials, tools and brushes to print, smear, stamp, and spread their vision onto canvas. No advance registration required.
Session Spring 2019: Sat, May 4, 2019 9:00AM - 12:00PM   OPEN


 
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.

For questions on registering children between the ages of 30-36 months, please contact Lauren Marks, Informal Science Education Coordinator at 480-481-8123.

Free Family Playtime
 
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Free with Garden admission

Saturday | Feb. 9 | 9 a.m. - Noon
Saturday | March 30 | 9 a.m. - Noon
Saturday | April 13 | 9 a.m. - Noon


Discover what the Desert Botanical Garden has to offer you and your child through our new playtime program. Drop in any time between 9 a.m. and noon to explore our outdoor nature play space at your own pace and encourage your child to engage in free choice and self-led nature play opportunities.

Seedlings - Spring
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Young children ages 3-5 years and their caregivers encounter the wonders of the desert through stories, art and nature walks in our preschool program. Garden instructors lead a different theme each session with weekly lessons exploring plants, animals and their interactions between each other. Snack included. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Baby Boojums - Spring
Regular Price: $70.00
Member Price: $58.00
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Introduce your little ones to the wonders of nature through exploration, movement and song. Garden instructors will guide you and your child in developing hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and curiosity in the Sonoran Desert. Classes this spring will focus on garden birds and plants. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Seedlings - Fall
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Young children ages 3-5 years and their caregivers explore the wonders of the desert through stories, projects and nature walks in our preschool program. Garden instructors lead a different theme each season with weekly lessons exploring native plants, animals and their interactions between each other. Snack included. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Seedlings - Winter
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $145.00
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Young children ages 3-5 years and their caregivers encounter the wonders of the desert through stories, art and nature walks in our preschool program. Garden instructors lead a different theme each session with weekly lessons exploring plants, animals and their interactions with each other. Snack included. Limit 12 children each with accompanying adult.

Seedlings Package - Tuesdays
Regular Price: $445.00
Member Price: $370.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Aug. 19 and receive an exclusive discount!

Offer expires Aug. 19. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This package is for Tuesday sessions.

Fall Dates: Sept. 10 - Oct. 15
Winter Dates: Jan. 7 - Feb. 11
Spring Dates: March 17 - April 21
Valid: Tue, Sep 10, 2019 - Tue, Apr 21, 2020   COMING SOON

Seedlings Package - Wednesdays
Regular Price: $445.00
Member Price: $370.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Aug. 19 and receive an exclusive discount.

Offer expires Aug. 19. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This package is for Wednesday sessions.

Fall Dates: Sept. 11 - Oct. 16
Winter Dates: Jan. 8 - Feb. 12
Spring Dates: March 18 - April 22
Valid: Wed, Sep 11, 2019 - Wed, Apr 22, 2020   COMING SOON

Seedlings Package - Thursdays
Regular Price: $445.00
Member Price: $370.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Aug. 19 and receive an exclusive discount.

Offer expires Aug. 19. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This package is for Thursday sessions.

Fall Dates: Sept. 12 - Oct. 17
Winter Dates: Jan. 9 - Feb. 13
Spring Dates: March 19 - April 23
Valid: Thu, Sep 12, 2019 - Fri, Apr 24, 2020   COMING SOON

Seedlings Package - Fridays
Regular Price: $445.00
Member Price: $370.00
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PACKAGE DEAL: Register for a full year by Aug. 19 and receive an exclusive discount.

Offer expires Aug. 19. Programs may be purchased separately at the regular price, subject to availability.

This package is for Friday sessions.

Fall Dates: Sept. 13 - Oct. 18
Winter Dates: Jan. 10 - Feb. 14
Spring Dates: March 20 - April 24
Valid: Fri, Sep 13, 2019 - Fri, Apr 24, 2020   COMING SOON


 
Summer Camp ages 5-12
Each day our campers become scientists as they use their powers of observation in the classroom and on the trail to learn about the world around them. Campers will break out into groups by age to take part in outdoor experiences, children's literature, free choice learning, art projects and more! Snacks are provided. Campers must bring their own sack lunch.

Fantastic Beasts of Arizona
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 3 - 7 OR July 8 - 12 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

(Note correction: Our LEARN catalog incorrectly listed the June 3 - 7 camp at 3 - 6 p.m.)


Discover truly wondrous creatures native to the state of Arizona. Uncover the unique natural history and adaptations of a variety of mammals, reptiles, birds and more through experiments, activities, and wild special guests.

Sky Science
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 10 - 14 OR July 15 - 19 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

What can a pinecone tell you about an incoming storm? How can you make a rainbow on demand? Explore the science and learn the folklore of stars, climatology, and weather of our skies through experiments, arts, and opportunities to create.

Plant Power
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 17 - 21 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Why would a flower smell like rotting meat? Mimic a little round stone? Catch and swallow prey? Through classic and cutting edge experiments, discover these answers buried in the secret lives of plants, and meet some of the weirdest specimens from around the world.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Jun 17, 2019 - Fri, Jun 21, 2019 8:30AM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Sensory Science
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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June 24 - 28 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Fully immerse your senses in nature at the Garden through investigation and play. Measure and mix ingredients to make the slimiest of slimes, enticing aromatic potions, and build unique, musical instruments.
Session Summer 2019: Mon, Jun 24, 2019 - Fri, Jun 28, 2019 8:30AM - 3:00PM   OPEN

Extended Camp
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Summer Day Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space is limited.

Select the first day of Extended Camp you wish to purchase. You will have the option to add additional days of Extended Camp on the next page.

 
Spring Break Camp
Children 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.



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Aquatic Adventures
Regular Price: $210.00
Member Price: $175.00
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March 11 - 15 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Ages 5-12

Campers will become aquatic ecologists and use real scientific methods to study the desert's threatened wetlands and the unique plants and animals that can be found there.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Register for a full week of Extended Camp by Feb. 12 and receive a discount. Members: $68/week | General Public: $85/week. Look for the add-on option as you complete your Spring Break Camp registration.
Session Spring 2019: Mon, Mar 11, 2019 - Fri, Mar 15, 2019 8:30AM - 3:00PM   CLOSED

Aquatic Adventures: Extended Camp
Regular Price: $20.00
Member Price: $16.00
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March 11 - 15 | 3 - 6 p.m.

The science doesn't have to end! Extended Camp offers additional activities through the afternoon. Campers must participate in Spring Break Camp to be eligible for Extended Camp. Snack included. Space limited.

This product will be available on Feb. 13 after the Extended Camp full week offer expires. To take advantage of the full week offer, see the Aquatic Adventures registration.

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.

 
Teens in the Garden
TEENS IN THE GARDEN (TIG) PROGRAM
Know any teens 13 to 18 years old who are interested in a fun and interactive plant-science adventure? Let them know about this priceless opportunity to gain experience and work closely with Garden staff and volunteers. During monthly gatherings throughout the school year teens will learn first-hand what careers and experiences await them at botanical gardens. With the help of experienced plant biologists, the teen team will contribute to an international scientific database - giving them skills and experiences needed for college and beyond.

Teens in the Garden 2018-19
Price: $50.00
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Teens in the Garden Program is a year-long program that focuses on citizen science, volunteer projects, horticulture, and research at the Desert Botanical Garden.

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 lmarks@dbg.org
Valid: Sat, Oct 6, 2018 - Sat, May 18, 2019   OPEN