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: 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

 
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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July 8 - 12 | 8:30 a.m. - 3 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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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   WAIT LIST

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   (3 AVAIL)

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.

 
Teacher Workshops
The Desert Botanical Garden is committed to high quality education. We offer a variety of resources to support teachers and students in and out of the classroom. Our teacher workshops vary in subject, but are always standards-based, hands-on and fun! See the descriptions below to find an engaging workshop to inspire you and your classroom curriculum.

Teacher Appreciation During Flashlight Tours
 
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Relax and let the stress melt away as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of desert nights. Enjoy a complimentary night of Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden and take a parting gift for your classroom. Registered teachers receive a complimentary drink ticket (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Other light refreshments will be available for purchase.

Advance registration is encouraged. Open to PreK-12 teachers, educators, administrators, and homeschool educators. Registration includes admission for one educator and one guest.
Session 2019: Sat, Aug 3, 2019 7:00PM - 9:30PM   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.

Seedlings - Fall
Regular Price: $175.00
Member Price: $145.00
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NEW Start Date!
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays
| Sept 10 - Oct 18

Young children ages 3-5 years and their caregivers explore the wonders of the desert through stories, projects and nature walks. 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 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!

This package is for Tuesday classes from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

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   OPEN

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.

This package is for Wednesday classes from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

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   OPEN

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.

This package is for Thursday classes from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

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   OPEN

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.

This package is for Friday classes from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

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   OPEN


 
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   CLOSED