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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 - April 19, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Quail

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Quail 4/19/15
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Learn about Arizona's five species of quail, and how to find and identify them. Explore their distinctive breeding behavior, social structure and ecology. Then, go into the Garden to observe quail and apply what we learned.
Now - April 19, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Baking with Chocolate

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Baking with Chocolate 4/19/15
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Learn more about the history of chocolate and how to bake a Mexican chocolate cake, chocolate macaroons with orange cream filling, chocolate pecan toffee and triple chocolate cookies. Yum!
Now - April 23, 2015

Photography and Art

Digital Desert Photography: Getting Started - Spring

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
April 20, 2015 - April 27, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Home Landscape Design Basics II (Core)

This program is SOLD OUT. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
April 21, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Classic Quinoa

This program is SOLD OUT. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
April 21, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

The Art of Watering

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product The Art of Watering 4/21/15
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Even though succulents need less water, they do need it in the right amounts and at the right time. Find out how to keep your succulents in peak condition.
April 21, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Sunrise Tai Chi - April 21

General $18.00
Member $14.00
Product Sunrise Tai Chi 4/21/15
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What better way to start your day than doing tai chi at the Garden! The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health.
General $75.00
Member $60.00
Product Mastering the Tools of Photography: Understanding Your Camera 4/21/15
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$75.00
 
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Learn the functions and set-up of a DSLR camera and about shutter speeds, apertures and ISO, then try your new skills as we walk through the Garden.
April 22, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Sundown Yoga - April 22

General $18.00
Member $14.00
Product Sundown Yoga 4/22/15
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You will be quietly guided as you expand your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the warmth of the last sun-lit hours of the afternoon.
April 22, 2015

Photography and Art

Beneficial Bug House

General $65.00
Member $52.00
Product Beneficial Bug House 4/22/15
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Attract bees and other beneficial insects to your garden! Create whimsical structures that are both decorative and functional using recycled plant material.
April 23, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Summer Flowering Annuals

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Summer Flowering Annuals 4/23/15
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Learn how to select and grow colorful summer annuals and keep your garden bright and beautiful even in our hottest months!
April 26, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Breakfast Makeover

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
April 26, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Raised Bed Gardening

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Raised Bed Gardening 4/26/15
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Learn the advantages and disadvantages of raised-bed gardening and explore different construction materials, designs and soil mixes used in creating a raised bed.
April 26, 2015

Photography and Art

Hummingbird Photography - April

General $56.00
Member $45.00
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There is little that can match the majesty of hummingbirds in flight except perhaps capturing these colorful, fast-moving creatures with your camera!
April 26, 2015

Photography and Art

Photography: Capturing Sunsets

General $56.00
Member $45.00
Product Photography: Capturing Sunsets 4/26/15
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Learn how to use your camera and various techniques to capture your own vibrant photographs of a Sonoran sunset, with the help of hands-on instruction in the Garden.
April 26, 2015 - April 28, 2015

Education through Travel and Adventure

Birds, History and a Bit of Spice

General $874.00
Member $699.00
Product Birds History and a Bit of Spice 4/26/15
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Join us on an expedition to some of the most famous birding locations in North America: Southern Arizona’s Madera Canyon, Rio Rico ponds, Kino Springs, Patagonia and Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds.
April 27, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

The Moon: A World Away

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product The Moon: A World Away 4/27/15
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The moon has only recently been mapped in high resolution revealing its fascinating geologic history. Learn about Arizona’s connection to the exploration and to the moon in the past, present and future.
April 28, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Designing Poolside Landscapes

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Designing Poolside Landscapes 4/28/15
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Learn how to create a beautiful, comfortable and low-maintenance pool oasis with design, plant and landscape maintenance tips.
April 28, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Sunrise Tai Chi - April 28

General $18.00
Member $14.00
Product Sunrise Tai Chi 4/28/15
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What better way to start your day than doing tai chi at the Garden! The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health.
April 29, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Sundown Yoga - April 29

General $18.00
Member $14.00
Product Sundown Yoga 4/29/15
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You will be quietly guided as you expand your consciousness and listen to the sounds of the Garden in the warmth of the last sun-lit hours of the afternoon.
April 29, 2015 - May 20, 2015

Photography and Art

Drawing Cactus Flowers

This program is SOLD OUT. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
May 1, 2015 - May 22, 2015

Children and Family Education

Baby Boojums For Ages 0 - 18 months

General $45.00
Member $40.00
Product Baby Boojums 2015 Spring 0-18 Months
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It is never too early to make a connection with nature! Babies and toddlers explore the world around them in this fun and highly interactive program. Program is for 0-18 months.
May 1, 2015 - May 22, 2015

Children and Family Education

Baby Boojums For Ages 18 - 30 months

Class is FULL. Please email teacherrsvp@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
May 2, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Biscotti

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Biscotti 5/2/15
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Biscotti are twice-baked cookies that have been know in Italy since the 1700s. They can be sweet, savory or salty. Learn tantalizing variations of a basic technique.
May 2, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Drip Irrigation Design and Installation

General $44.00
Member $35.00
Product Drip Irrigation Design and Installation 5/2/15
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Learn how to maintain a drip irrigation system and how to avoid many of the common mistakes associated with design and installation.
May 2, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Strange Succulents for Unique Gardens

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Strange Succulents for Unique Gardens 5/2/15
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In this class, we look at the many strange succulents suited to our desert and how they can add unique character to your garden.
May 2, 2015

Photography and Art

Finding the Perfect Angle

General $50.00
Member $40.00
Product Finding the Perfect Angle 5/2/15
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Find the perfect angle and discuss exposure, composition and lens selection to enhance both your vision and photography skills as you photograph the beauty of the Garden.
May 3, 2015

Photography and Art

Moonscape Photography - May

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
May 3, 2015

Photography and Art

Recycled Bracelets

General $63.00
Member $50.00
Product Recycled Bracelets 5/3/15
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Make colorful beads from discarded paper and accent with glass or wire beads. Connect your pieces with colorful wire to create your one-of-a-kind bracelet.
May 4, 2015 - June 8, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Landscape for Life

General $110.00
Member $88.00
Product Landscape for Life 5/4/15
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Explore the roles of the five universal elements of residential landscapes: water, soils, plants, plant practices and materials.
May 4, 2015 - May 18, 2015

Photography and Art

Desert in Watercolor

General $100.00
Member $80.00
Product Desert in Watercolor 5/4/15
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Spend three days with watercolor artist Lynn Reves as you learn to create a stunning desert composition with its vibrant sunsets and bold plant forms!
May 4, 2015 - May 18, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Bougainvillea Bonsai - May

General $106.00
Member $85.00
Product Bougainvillea Bonsai 5/4/15
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When the plants you love are too big for your garden, try them as miniature bonsai creations!
May 5, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Vegan India

This program is SOLD OUT. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
General $75.00
Member $60.00
Product Mastering the Tools of Photography: Composition 5/5/15
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An understanding of composition is essential for impactful photography.We will examine the rules of composition and break down a photograph to its basic elements, while discussing depth of field, lens selection and cropping using Adobe® Photoshop® Elements.
May 5, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Evening Birding at the Garden

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product Evening Birding at the Garden 5/5/15
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In the evening, birds come out for a meal and lots of socializing, their equivalent to dinner and a movie. Learn about the typical spring birds encountered in the Garden and how to identify them by their sounds.
May 6, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Plants for Shade

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Plants for Shade 5/6/15
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Explore which beautiful desert-adapted plants thrive and flower in low-light and shady environments and how to choose plants to match your specific shade conditions.
May 6, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Javelinas

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product Javelina 5/6/15
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Some people think javelina are wild pigs, but they are members of the peccary family, a group of hoofed mammals unique to the New World. Learn about the natural history of these fascinating Arizona icons and of their recent immigration from the tropics.
May 7, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Regrowing Food Scraps

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Regrowing Food Scraps 5/7/15
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Do not toss--re-grow! Learn how to give new life to pineapple tops, avocado pits, green onions and many other food scraps.
May 9, 2015

Children and Family Education

Family Class: Desert Book Club with Author Susan Lowell

General $20.00
Member $16.00
Product Desert Book Club with Author Susan Lowell 5/9/15
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Go on an exciting adventure with three javelinas in Susan Lowell’s desert adaptation of The Three Little Pigs. This class is designed for families with children ages four to 13, although children 17 and under are welcome.
May 9, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Summer Survival for Vegetable Gardens

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Summer Survival for Vegetable Gardens 5/9/15
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$38.00
 
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With the miracle of mulch, the solace of shade and the deliverance of drip irrigation, your vegetable garden thrive in the inferno of a desert summer.
May 9, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Faux-Stone Pots and Succulents

General $106.00
Member $85.00
Product Faux-Stone Pots 5/9/15
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Create a durable, light stone-like planter to plant with various succulents and take home.
May 13, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

The Science of Dog Intelligence

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product The Science of Dog Intelligence 5/13/15
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Dr. Clive Wynne from ASU’s Department of Psychology shares recent research on the behavior and cognition of dogs with comparisons to their wild cousins.
May 14, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Exuberant Summer Vegetable Gardens

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Exuberant Summer Vegetable Gardens 5/14/15
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Even when temperatures flirt with 117 degrees, summer gardens can be lush, productive oases of harvestable crops.
May 15, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Astronomy at the Garden

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product Astronomy at the Garden 5/15/15
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We will walk to an ideal location in the Garden to explore and learn about the Sonoran sky, with and without telescopes.
May 16, 2015

Photography and Art

Photographing Saguaro Blossoms

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
May 16, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Roadrunners and Cuckoos

General $56.00
Member $45.00
Product Roadrunners and Cuckoos 5/16/15
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Explore the ecology, diet and nesting habitats of roadrunners and observe them in the Garden. Also learn about the conservation needs of the yellow-billed cuckoo in Arizona.
May 17, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Cool Lemon and Lime Desserts for Hot Days

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Cool Lemon and Lime Desserts for Hot Days 5/17/15
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If you are ready to put your culinary skills to the citrus test, we will start with a new interpretation of lemon sorbet, and then learn how to make several more deliciously different desserts using limes and lemons.
May 17, 2015 - May 21, 2015

Photography and Art

Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps - Spring

General $94.00
Member $75.00
Product Digital Desert Photography Next Steps 5/17/15
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Designed for photographers interested in learning the keys to photographic excellence. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is best suited for DSLR users.
May 19, 2015

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Sonoran Mineralogy Lab

General $32.00
Member $25.00
Product Sonoran Mineralogy Lab 5/19/15
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Explore the geology of the Sonoran Desert. Through lecture and hands-on investigation, learn about mineral formation, the basic geologic skills needed to identify various minerals and understand their unique natural properties.
General $75.00
Member $60.00
Product Mastering the Tools of Photography: The Secret of Lighting 5/19/15
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$75.00
 
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Lighting is the essential ingredient in all photography. In this class, we will discover light sources and the color of light, beginning with sunlight and shade.
May 19, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Composting 101

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Composting 101 5/19/15
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With composting, you can transform waste and food scraps into black gold for your garden.
May 26, 2015 - May 29, 2015

Photography and Art

Concrete Leaf Casting

General $94.00
Member $75.00
Product Concrete Leaf Casting 5/26/15
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$94.00
 
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Get hands-on with Lynn Reves as you dive in and explore ways to use concrete and colorant to create one-of-a-kind pieces to grace your garden.
May 27, 2015 - June 3, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Small Outdoor Patios

General $75.00
Member $60.00
Product Small Outdoor Patios 5/27/15
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$75.00
 
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Learn how to design elegant landscapes for courtyards, outdoor balconies and side yards that are beautiful and easy to maintain.
May 28, 2015

Foods and Well-Being

Sugar Detox

This program is SOLD OUT. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
May 28, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Growing Sages

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Growing Sages 5/28/15
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Learn what makes a true sage and experiment its many uses, from cooking to attracting hummingbirds.
May 28, 2015

Photography and Art

Storm-Chasing Photography

General $56.00
Member $45.00
Product Storm-Chasing Photography 5/28/15
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$56.00
 
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This class is for beginner photographers who are interested in one of the most exciting and adventurous types of photography in the area—desert thunderstorms!
May 30, 2015

Landscape and Gardening

Drip Irrigation for Vegetable Gardens and Containers

General $44.00
Member $35.00
Product Drip Irrigation for Vegetable Gardens and Containers 5/30/15
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$44.00
 
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Tired of watering your containers by hand? Learn how to design and install a drip system to create stunning containers and gardens.


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.

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Foods and Well-being classes sponsored by:

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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.

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