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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 - October 27, 2014

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Kites and Falcons

General $75.00
Member $60.00
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This program will explore the ecological diversity and adaptations of Arizona hawks, eagles, kites and falcons.
Now - October 22, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Sundown Yoga - October 22

Class is FULL. Please watch for upcoming classes in our Foods and Well-being category.
October 23, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

What's Wrong with My Vegetable Garden?

General $38.00
Member $30.00
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Join Carol Stuttard as she teaches you how to keep your vegetables healthy, vigorous and less vulnerable to insect pests, diseases and mysterious ailments.
October 23, 2014 - November 20, 2014

Explorations in Natural Sciences

More Birding with Cynthia Donald

General $87.00
Member $70.00
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This class is a follow-up to Start Birding. Students should have binoculars and a field guide and be familiar with the use of both. There will be five classroom sessions at the Garden and four Sunday field trips of varying lengths and locations.
October 26, 2014

Photography and Art

Pumpkin Perfection

General $106.00
Member $85.00
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Learn how to create a festive arrangement using a real pumpkin as a container and an assortment of stunning succulents.
October 27, 2014 - November 10, 2014

Photography and Art

A Fish Out of Watercolor

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
October 28, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Sunrise Tai Chi - October 28

Class is FULL. Please watch for upcoming classes in our Foods and Well-being category.
October 28, 2014

Photography and Art

Artistic Textures and Finishing Techniques

General $69.00
Member $55.00
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Photoshop® Elements offers a multitude of ways to add your own artistic touches to present photographs in creative, stylish and professional ways.
October 28, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Aravaipa Canyon Field Trip

Escape the city at the renowned and mysterious Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness. Come with us into the heart of this unique region as we hike along the Aravaipa Creek.
October 29, 2014

Photography and Art

Sweet Skulls

General $62.00
Member $50.00
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Join Denise Clayton as she demonstrates a step-by-step process in creating sugar skulls, a traditional folk art from Mexico used to celebrate Day of the Dead.
October 29, 2014

Photography and Art

Mastering the Tools of Photography: The Secret of Lighting

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
October 29, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Sundown Yoga - October 29

Class is FULL. Please watch for upcoming classes in our Foods and Well-being category.
October 30, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Best Bulbs for Desert Gardens

General $38.00
Member $30.00
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This class will teach you which bulbs to plant, where to find them and how to care for them in your own garden.
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...
November 1, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Vulture Gold Mine Tour

We will go on a two-hour guided walking tour of the Vulture Gold Mine and then enjoy a splendid lunch at Wickenburg's famous Rancho de los Caballeros resort.
November 4, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Sunrise Tai Chi - November 4

General $18.00
Member $14.00
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What better way to start your day than doing tai chi at the Garden! A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, one of the most beneficial of the Oriental healing arts. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health.
November 5, 2014

Photography and Art

Introduction to Photoshop® Elements - Nov.

General $69.00
Member $55.00
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In this introductory class, you will be introduced to the crucial features of this software utilizing the Garden's digital classroom.
November 5, 2014

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Gold Mining in Arizona

General $32.00
Member $25.00
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This presentation will review mines, their geology and production methods from the 1870s to the present.
November 5, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Sundown Yoga - November 5

Class is FULL. Please watch for upcoming classes in our Foods and Well-being category.
November 6, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Water Harvesting: Design to Implementation

General $38.00
Member $30.00
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Join Ryan Wood from the Watershed Management Group to learn about water harvesting from design to implementation.
November 6, 2014

Photography and Art

Moonscape Photography - Nov.

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
November 7, 2014 - November 9, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Agua Fria: Cultural Landscapes with Wendy Hodgson

Join us for a unique opportunity to explore the Agua Fria National Monument and the Verde Valley.
November 10, 2014 - November 16, 2014

Photography and Art

Star Streaks in the Desert

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on wait list.
November 11, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Sunrise Tai Chi - November 11

General $18.00
Member $14.00
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What better way to start your day than doing tai chi at the Garden! A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, one of the most beneficial of the Oriental healing arts. The movements improve breathing, reduce stress and stimulate the mind, promoting longevity and good health.
November 12, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Sundown Yoga - November 12

Class is FULL. Please watch for upcoming classes in our Foods and Well-being category.
November 12, 2014

Photography and Art

HDR Photography - Nov.

General $75.00
Member $60.00
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Learn how to master High Dynamic Range (HDR), a technology that captures the full range of highlights and shadows!
November 12, 2014

Explorations in Natural Sciences

Birding: Jays, Crows, Ravens and Nutcrackers

General $32.00
Member $25.00
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The Corvids—jays, crows, ravens, nutcrackers and magpies—are widely believed to be the most intelligent birds. Learn what makes their intellectual abilities so distinctive and how very much like us they are.
November 13, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Tovrea Castle and Cactus Garden Tour - Nov.

This program SOLD OUT. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
November 14, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony

This program is SOLD OUT. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
November 15, 2014

Children and Family Education

Family Class: Nature Photography

General $20.00
Member $16.00
Product Nature Photography 11/15/14
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Snap away with photography expert Jason Wise, as we use the plants and animals of the Garden to think about how to compose an appealing image. Kids and adults will learn how to take beautiful nature photos with their point and shoot or (even better) digital SLR camera. This class is designed for families with children ages four to 13, although children 17 and under are welcome.
November 15, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Colorful Plants for Fall

General $44.00
Member $35.00
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Learn the most valuable plants for fall color in the Sonoran Desert from landscape architect Jack Gilcrest.
November 15, 2014

Photography and Art

Photography: The Art of People

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
November 15, 2014

Photography and Art

iPhone/iPad Photography - Nov.

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
November 15, 2014

Photography and Art

Tote-ly You

General $73.00
Member $59.00
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Using a few easy steps, create an original tote bag with hand-painted designs specifically tailored to your style.
November 15, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Healthy Edible Gifts

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
November 15, 2014 - November 16, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Under the Desert Dome

This program has been CANCELLED. Please contact AdultEduc@dbg.org for more information.
November 15, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Pruning Trees and Shrubs - Fall

General $44.00
Member $35.00
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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 when to use them, and how to avoid the two worst pruning mistakes.
November 16, 2014

Landscape and Gardening

Selecting and Growing Herbs

General $38.00
Member $30.00
Product Selecting and Growing Herbs 11/16/14
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This class will cover all the basics, including plant choice, soil types, watering schedules, the planting calendar, amounts of sun and shade and other tips on cultivating your own healthy herb garden.
November 16, 2014

Photography and Art

Focus on Landscape

General $75.00
Member $60.00
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Robert McBride will teach you how to shoot exciting landscape images efficiently, easily and quickly.
November 16, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Green Chile Corn Tamales - A Holiday Treat

Class is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.
November 18, 2014

Photography and Art

Herbs in a Hanging Basket

General $86.00
Member $69.00
Product Herbs in a Hanging Basket 11/18/14
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Rethink the hanging basket, and plant a creative and practical herb garden for your wall, balcony or patio.
November 18, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Sunrise Tai Chi - November 18

General $18.00
Member $14.00
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What better way to start your day than doing tai chi at the Garden! A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of tai chi chuan, one of the most beneficial of the Oriental healing arts.
November 22, 2014

Foods and Well-Being

Pomegranates from Tree to Table

General $62.00
Member $50.00
Product Pomegranates from Tree to Table 11/22/14
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Learn about the culture and domestication of pomegranates, and how its evolution has intersected with human culture over the years. Then, sink your teeth into some delicious pomegranate dishes, including an amazing salad, sorbet, salsa, buffalo wing glaze and jelly.
November 22, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Urban Farm Tour

General $86.00
Member $69.00
Product Urban Farm Tour 11/22/14
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Urban farming is becoming more popular as people strive for more productive and sustainable city landscapes. We will visit several local farms to see how this concept is being applied to the Sonoran Desert.
December 5, 2014

Education through Travel and Adventure

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour and Tea Ceremony - Dec.

General $70.00
Member $56.00
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Escape to the Far East for this unique opportunity to visit the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden for a specially arranged private garden tour and tea ceremony.
December 13, 2014

Photography and Art

Pine Needle Coiling on Gourds

General $144.00
Member $115.00
Product Pine Needle Coiling on Gourds 12/13/14
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Learn techniques to add pine needle weaving to the rim of a gourd and create your own artistic basket.
January 23, 2015 - January 25, 2015

Education through Travel and Adventure

Willcox Weekend: Cranes, Wine and Archeology

This program is FULL. Please e-mail AdultEduc@dbg.org to be placed on a wait list.


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.

Sponsors

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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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