Student and Teacher Nature Field Trips & Activities in Phoenix, AZ


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DESERT botanical garden outreach

Desert Botanical Garden is offering outreach events for schools, community groups and businesses to share the great work done at the Garden. Garden educators will bring the wonders of the Garden offsite to schools and immerse kids in desert-inspired stories, games and STEM activities. Perfect for grades K-12.

Program available Tuesday-Friday, October 4, 2022 – May 26, 2023

Program Cost:

30 Minute Program: $75

60 Minute Program: $125

90 Minute Program: $175

Schools eligible for 30 Minute Programs for $50 each.

Please submit request a request with the time frame of your event to for an estimated rate.

Any programs held outside of a 30-mile radius from Desert Botanical Garden will incur a fee of $3/mile.

Contact for more information.

Program Options

Garden offers professional development opportunities

Sensational Saguaros

Kids will get to know more about saguaros through the scientific work that the Garden’s research department does to preserve this iconic cactus. Garden educators will lead youth through the cultural significance of the saguaro to the local O’odham people. Each participant will have an opportunity to hear a story, create an art project inspired by the saguaro and play a game. ​

Self Guided Field Trip in Desert

All about the desert tortoise

Our education team will happily travel to you to conduct a hands-on learning presentation which includes a brief story about the Sonoran desert tortoise and a live animal encounter starring our tortoise who will create an original art piece for you. Youth will also learn about the special adaptations of the desert tortoise and their role in the ecosystem.

Guided Field Trip in Desert

magnificent butterflies

This program explores the wonderful world of butterfly life cycles and migrations through hands-on observations and projects. Learn about butterfly way stations and become familiar with the type of plants butterflies need to survive through the work of the Garden’s Great Milkweed Grow Out program.

field trips 

Currently, the Garden’s guided and self-guided program is on hiatus for this season. The Garden is committed to offering quality education programs for schools and teachers, please stay tuned for new ways to bring the garden into your classroom.

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nature play supervisor

Cody Lawrence

Home School

Desert Botanical Garden welcomes you to participate in children and family programs and activities. Feel free to also browse through our Girl Scouts materials and Your Garden At Home children and family activities.

Your Garden At Home

Updates, news, activities and more from the Garden to your home.

PLAN AHEAD: Please purchase Museum of the Moon general Admissions or membership reservations now, due to limited availability, please no walk-up purchases.