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Enjoy a full range of educational classes and programs for learners of all ages! Desert Botanical Garden offers a wide range of classes, with registrations taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register early to ensure your space in the program. Advance registration is required for all classes. Confirmation of your enrollment will be sent to you via email after you have completed registration. View Adult Education Cancellation and Refund Policies.

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Now - July 24, 2014

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Monsoons and Haboobs

General $32.00
Member $25.00
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In the Southwest, there are monsoons and haboobs, seasonal weather features that can unleash powerful winds and torrents of rain or dust. Join us at the Garden to learn more about these natural phenomena.
July 26, 2014

Photography and Art

Walnut Wonder Gourds

General $132.00
Member $106.00
Product Walnut Wonder Gourds 7/26/14
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Cross sections of black walnut shells inlaid on a gourd create a stylish design for a fine piece of art. Learn techniques to precisely insert these unique...
July 26, 2014

Children and Family Education

Family Class: Constellation Connection

General $20.00
Member $16.00
Product Constellation Connection 7/26/14
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Enter the desert's night sky with ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration and their STARLAB Portable Planetarium. This class is designed for families with children ages four to 13, although children 17 and under are welcome.
July 27, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Gluten-Free Baking

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
August 2, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Colorful Plants for Summer

General $44.00
Member $35.00
Product Colorful Plants for Summer 8/2/14
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Learn about valuable plants for summer color in the Sonoran Desert, basic color theory and color design principles.
August 2, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Anchovies

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Anchovies 8/2/14
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Anchovies are essential to certain cuisines and dishes, from Asian fish sauces to everyday steak sauce, Caesar salad and Italian puttanesca sauce; the anchovy is a secret ingredient that will tantalize your palate.
August 3, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Raised Bed Gardening

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Raised Bed Gardening 8/3/14
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Deciding whether to build a raised garden bed or lower it into the ground can depend on many factors. This course will cover the differences as well as advantages and disadvantages to both kinds.
August 6, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Working with a Landscape Contractor

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Working with a Landscape Contractor 8/6/14
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This class will cover the basics of contractor selection, installation specifications and maintenance activities specifically tailored to the Sonoran Desert.
August 9, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

The Gardener's Guide to Cactus

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product The Gardeners Guide to Cactus 8/9/14
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Join author and garden designer Scott Calhoun for a journey into the world of garden cactus. Learn just how easy, hardy and rewarding cactus can be in your landsacpe.
August 10, 2014

Photography and Art

Moonscape Photography - August

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
August 10, 2014

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Desert Night Ecology

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product Desert Night Ecology 8/10/14
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Join us as we explore the flora and fauna that have adapted to desert heat by coming to life when the sun goes down.
August 13, 2014 - September 3, 2014

Photography and Art

Bird Portraits

General $124.00
Member $99.00
Product Bird Portraits 8/13/14
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This unique class combines science and art as students learn about and draw various birds found in the Garden.
August 14, 2014 - August 21, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Vegetable Gardening: Month by Month

General $75.00
Member $60.00
Product Vegetable Gardening Month by Month 8/14/14
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Enjoy fresh, seasonal vegetables every month of the year. This class will discuss month-by-month techniques and ideas for picking and planting to extend each season's harvest.
August 16, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Introduction to Aquaponics

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Introduction to Aquaponics 8/16/14
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Aquaponics is a technique that can be used in making our desert homes more sustainable. In this introductory class, we will discuss the concept, how it works, what you can grow and how people are actually using aquaponics in homes across Phoenix.
August 16, 2014

Photography and Art

Creative Lighting

General $56.00
Member $45.00
Product Creative Lighting 8/16/14
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In this class, we will discuss how to take advantage of, and possibly modify, existing lighting to produce great images.
August 16, 2014

Photography and Art

A Bird of Many Colors

General $88.00
Member $70.00
Product A Bird of Many Colors 8/16/14
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Join Cindy Kovack to create a whimsical bird, shaded and highlighted with acrylic paint that glows with color. Each bird will be a unique conversation piece.
August 17, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Cooking with Summer Vegetables

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
August 19, 2014 - August 21, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Environmental Challenges of Desert Gardening (Core)

General $75.00
Member $60.00
Product Environmental Challenges of Desert Gardening Core 8/19/14
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Discuss the basic characteristics of desert soils, sun exposure, frost damage and pest problems. This introductory class will show you how to work with these influences to make you a successful desert gardener.
August 19, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

The Art of Enchiladas

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product The Art of Enchiladas 8/19/14
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Join Chef Jason Wyrick as he shows you how to make an authentic enchilada, with all its complexity of flavors.
August 20, 2014 - August 23, 2014

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Wading Birds: Herons, Egrets, Bitterns and More

General $81.00
Member $65.00
Product Wading Birds Herons, Egrets, Bitterns and More 8/20/14
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In this class, we will focus on the ecological differences among the many species of Large wading birds and behavioral clues that make field identification easier.
August 22, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Catalina Mountains Sky Island Tour

General $225.00
Member $180.00
Product Catalina Mountains Sky Island Tour 8/22/14
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Join us for an unforgettable exploration of Arizona's incomparable Sky Islands as we follow the Catalina Highway. Experience the mountains topographic complexity as we travel from the desert to the alpine forest in just a few short hours.
August 23, 2014

Photography and Art

Terrarium Garden

General $106.00
Member $85.00
Product Terrarium Garden 8/23/14
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Join Elsie Andrade and Joan McCarter as you create a whimsical and practical garden under glass. This class will offer step-by-step instructions on creating your own terrarium.
August 24, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Pruning Trees and Shrubs

General $44.00
Member $35.00
Product Pruning Trees and Shrubs 8/24/14
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In this introductory class, learn the basics of pruning to keep your green investments healthy, functional and looking great. You will learn the art and science of good pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, the five types of pruning and...
August 24, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Prickly Pear Harvest and Treats

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Prickly Pear Harvest and Treats 8/24/14
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Prickly pear fruits, also called tunas, are nutritious and beautiful. Learn the traditional and modern ways of harvesting these delicious purple fruits, removing the spines and preparing them into tasty treats.
August 29, 2014

Children and Family Education

Family Class: Nocturnal Insect Hunt

General $15.00
Member $12.00
Product Nocturnal Insect Hunt 8/29/14
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Fly through the sky with moths, lacewings, beetles and praying mantids in this exploration of nocturnal insects of the Sonoran Desert. This class is designed for families with children ages four to 13, although children 17 and under are welcome.
August 30, 2014

Photography and Art

Designing Jewelry from the Desert

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
August 31, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Sustainable Edible Gardens

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Sustainable Edible Gardens 8/31/14
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Learn the fundamentals of how to create a sustainable edible garden that will provide beauty, fun and food for years to come.
September 9, 2014 - November 11, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Desert Life Forms Certificate

In this program, we will highlight the various plant forms that are used in urban desert landscapes. At each class a specific plant category will be discussed.
September 14, 2014 - September 18, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Savor Santa Barbara

Sparkling sunshine most days of the year, a moderate climate yielding comfortable temperatures and just enough rain to keep everything green makes Santa Barbara a perfect destination for growing flowers, fruit and vegetables.
October 31, 2014 - November 9, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

A Journey to the Galápagos Islands

The Garden is pleased to offer a unique collaborative photo expedition with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic™. On this journey, voyagers will embark on an adventure where they will see huge sea lions, hundreds of...


About our Programs

Program sizes are limited to ensure quality, and we regret that receipt of your payment does not guarantee enrollment. Your enrollment will be confirmed by email.

Should your program be unavailable, you will be contacted and your payment will be refunded. See below for more information about cancellation and refund policies.

For additional inquiries, email AdultEduc@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146.

Member Discounts

Desert Botanical Garden members receive a 20 percent discount on education programs and pay the lower member fee listed. Become a member today to get member prices.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Refunds are available for cancellations made at least five (5) business days prior to the event (less a $20 fee). No refunds are available less than five (5) business days and fees/registrations cannot be transferred to another date or program.


If you are unable to attend an on-site class, you may send an alternate adult participant with your confirmation.

Adult Education Age Requirements

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