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Desert Botanical Garden is a natural learning environment for students of all ages. Request a field trip now or browse our field trip programs to see overviews, fees and other information.

Field Trip Offerings | Request a Field Trip


Sonoran Desert Adventure Program: Guided Tours

School Field Trips for Pre-K through 8th Grade


Our Guided Tour Season has ended for the 2013-14 season. Please check back in early August for Guided Field Trips for the 2014-15 season.

Designed and taught by Desert Botanical Garden educators, we offer innovative field trips for grades Pre-K through 8. Our programs blend the Garden’s unique resources with a hands-on, inquiry-based learning experience—and a dose of fun—to get students excited about nature.

Garden field trips are specifically designed to complement your school districts’ educational objectives, and correlate with Arizona Academic and Common Core Standards, and we are renowned for advancing excellence in science education by:

  • Getting students involved with interactive, hands-on, inquiry-based investigations
  • Stimulating an interest in scientific concepts, and nurturing a stewardship of the desert
  • Encouraging a natural curiosity about the world


Group tours for the 2013-2014 school year are available November 12 through May 16. Start times are 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

Adult Chaperones
Maximum:
1 non-teacher adult chaperone per 5 students
Extras
: Any adults beyond the maximum will pay regular admission upon arrival

Siblings   
Tag-along siblings and children are not permitted on the guided tours.

If district or program policies differ, please contact the Children’s Registrar at 480 481.8121 or email teacherRSVP@dbg.org

Preparing for your Field Trip

The documents below will help you prepare for your Sonoran Desert Adventure field trip to the Garden. 


Optional Add-on:

A visit to the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion is the highlight of many students’ Garden experience.  This addition will add an additional 15 minutes to your tour time.

  • Fall 2013: Mariposa Monarca will be open from September 30 – November 24
  • Spring 2014: Butterfly Pavilion will be open from March 1 – May 11


If you have additional questions, please contact our Children's Registrar, at 480 481.8121 or email teacherRSVP@dbg.org.

Fees for Guided Tours

There are limited Title I funds available for the 2013-2014 Season.
Thank you to our sponsors Act One Foundation, APS Foundation and U.S. Bank Foundation.

  • $6 per student, teacher, teacher's aide and chaperone.
  • $2 Additional fee for the Butterfly Pavilion (open seasonally).


Paying for your Field Trip

Full payment is required a minimum of 10 business days prior to your scheduled visit. We accept checks, major credit cards, and purchase orders. Memberships and coupons may not be used toward guided tours as they are considered a special event. Make checks and Purchase Orders payable to Desert Botanical Garden and note the school name and confirmation number from your letter.

Send check payment to:
Desert Botanical Garden
Attn: Business Office
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Fax: 480 481.8173

    Send PO or Credit Card payment to:
Desert Botanical Garden
Attn: Education – Children’s Registrar
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: 480 481.8121
Fax: 480 481.8189


Cancellation Policy

  • Full refunds are available for cancellations made at least 10 business days prior to scheduled guided tour.
  • Cancellations made less than 10 business days prior to the event will incur a 30% cancellation fee unless rescheduling a guided tour to a later date.
  • Cancellations made within 2 business days of the event will incur a 30% cancellation fee even if rescheduling a field trip to a later date.
  • No shows on the day of the guided tour will not receive a refund.


If you have additional questions, please contact our Children's Registrar, at 480 481.8121 or email teacherRSVP@dbg.org.

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Tour Summaries 

New! Nature as a Problem Solver: A STEAM Curriculum 
2 hours, suggested for grades 1-4 / Standards
Students are introduced to an exciting new way to look at nature as inspiration for solving human problems or biomimicry. Observation and experimentation with plants and works of art will encourage discussion, wonder, and creativity.

Pre & Post Activities

New! Solutions Inspired by Nature: A STEAM Curriculum
2 hours, suggested for grades 5-8 / Standards
Students are introduced to an exciting new way to look at nature as inspiration for solving human problems or biomimicry. Observation and experimentation with plants and works of art will encourage discussion, wonder, and creativity.

Pre & Post Activities

Are You A Yucca?: Basic Plant Parts

90 min., Suggested for: Pre-Kindergarten / Standards

Children will travel through the Garden to different plant parts themed discovery stations. At the discovery stations students can pick a seedling, travel through roots “underground” and test to see if different leaves have their own scent, learning through their senses. At the end the students will decide as a group whether or not they are a yucca.

Pre & Post Activities

Are You A Butterfly?: Butterfly Characteristics
90 min., Suggested for: Pre-Kindergarten, Standards
Children will travel through the Garden to different exploration stations developed around the insect parts theme. At these exploration stations students will have the opportunity to feel with antenna, observe and create wings, eat like a butterfly using their proboscis and explore through the pavilion observing live butterfly bodies and behaviors.

Pre & Post Activities

The Magic of Desert Plants: Basic Plant Parts
2 hours, Suggested for Kindergarten, Standards

Students discover the magical world of desert plants through a variety of activities designed to captivate young minds. Students learn the role of roots, what is hidden in leaves, a secret about stems, and more.

Pre & Post Activities

Desert Buddies: Habitats & Organism Interactions
2 hours, Suggested for Grade 1, Standards
Students will be intrigued by our unique Sonoran Desert plants and animals and the way they help each other. Students investigate the desert habitat and its interconnections of living things.

Pre & Post Activities

Desert Detectives: Lifecyles
2 hourrs, Suggested for Grades 2, Standards
Students examine the life cycles of the saguaro, the agave and a cactus wren. Stories and activities teach students about the importance of each stage in these organisms’ lives.

Pre & Post Activities

The Secrets of Desert Plants: Plant Parts and Adaptations
2 hours, Suggested for Grade 3, Standards
Students explore the amazing ways that plants have adapted to the desert environment. Activities help students investigate how stems store water, roots gather water and leaves keep water from escaping.

Pre & Post Activities

Arizona Plants & People: Relationships between People and Plants
2 hours, Suggested for Grade 4, Standards
Students will discover how native plants are used for food, shelter and tools and how people rely on plants today, just as they have for thousands of years.

Pre & Post Activities

Science Survival: Scientific Method
2 hours, Suggested for Grade 5, Standards
Students go through the steps of the scientific method and simultaneously learn about desert plants. Students need their critical thinking hats on for this tour!

Pre & Post Activities

Transpiration: The Journey of Water
2 hours, Suggested for Grade 6, Standards
Students investigate the path that water follows through a plant using challenging experiments and field study.

Pre & Post Activities

A Key to Desert Plants: Dichotomous Key
2 hours, Suggested for Grade 7, Standards
Students will explore the Garden as they use a dichotomous key to learn about agaves, wildflowers, cacti, and trees. Using this scientific tool, students will sharpen their observation skills, and learn to correctly identify desert specimens.

Pre & Post Activities

Flower Power – the Genetic Journey
2 hours, Suggested for Grade 8, Standards
Students will explore the reproductive process of flowering plants during this tour. Students investigate the structure of seeds, flowers and fruit, match plants with their pollinators and use a Punnett square to cross-genetic traits.

Pre & Post Activities

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Self-Guided School Group Visit | Request a Field Trip

Visits for all students (Pre-K through College)


What is a Self-Guided School Group Tour?


To schedule a Self-Guided Tour:


Paying for your Self Guided Tour

Full payment is required a minimum of 10 business days prior to your scheduled visit. We accept checks, major credit cards, and purchase orders. Memberships and coupons may not be used toward guided tours as they are considered a special event. Make checks and Purchase Orders payable to Desert Botanical Garden and note the school name and confirmation number from your letter.

Send check payment to:
Desert Botanical Garden
Attn: Business Office
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Fax: 480 481.8173

    Send PO or Credit Card payment to:
Desert Botanical Garden
Attn: Education – Children’s Registrar
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: 480 481.8121
Fax: 480 481.8189


Cancellation Policy

A visit to the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion is the highlight of many students’ Garden experience.  If you would like to include a visit to the Pavilion please be sure to add it to your request form or you can pay at admissions that day.


Fees


If you have additional questions, please contact our Children’s Registrar at 480 481.8121 or email teacherRSVP@dbg.org

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Independent Study | Request a Field Trip

Visits for students ages High School through College


What is an Independent Study field trip?


To schedule an independent study project for your students:


A visit to the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion is the highlight of many students’ Garden experience.  Students may elect this option when checking in at Admissions. If paying at the Pavilion, regular admission rates will apply.


Fees


If you have additional questions, please contact our Children’s Registrar at 480 481.8121 or email teacherRSVP@dbg.org

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Classroom Outreach

Bring the Desert Botanical Garden to your School (Pre-K through 3rd grade)

   
What is Classroom Outreach?


To schedule a Classroom Outreach for your students:


Program Summaries

Are You A Yucca?: Basic Plant Parts
60-90 min., Suggested for: Pre-Kindergarten, Standards
Minimum group size: 20 Students, Maximum group size: 40 students
Children will travel through the Garden to different plant parts themed discovery stations. At the discovery stations students can pick a seedling, travel through roots “underground” and test to see if different leaves have their own scent, learning through their senses. At the end the students will decide as a group whether or not they are a yucca.

What is a Desert?
90 minutes, suggested for grades K-3, Standards
Minimum group size: 20 students, Maximum group size: 60 students

Students will explore the characteristics that define a desert.  They will discover how the plants have adapted to the Sonoran Desert, and how people have modified their behaviors to thrive in the harsh climate.

Fees for Classroom Outreach


If you have additional questions, please contact our Children’s Registrar at 480 481.8121 or email teacherRSVP@dbg.org


Sponsored by Act One Foundation, APS Foundation, The Arizona Republic, Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona, The Boeing Company, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, The Dorrance Family Foundation, the Herbert H. and Barbara C. Dow Foundation, the  Ferry Family Foundation in Memory of Ernest S. and Virginia D. Ferry, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation, GoDaddy.com® , the Maurice R. and Meta G. Gross Foundation, Intel, The Fred Maytag Family Foundation, Meridian Bank, Thunderbirds Charities and the U.S. Bank Foundation.

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