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

Field Trip Offerings


Guided Field Trips: Sonoran Desert Adventure
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School Field Trips for Pre-K through 8th Grade


NEW Registration Process

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 district's educational objectives, and correlate with Arizona Academic Standards and Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards (Common Core), 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


Guided Field Trips for the 2014-2015 school year are available October 1 through May 15.

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 in strollers are not permitted on the guided field trips.

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

Preparing for your Guided 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 2014: Mariposa Monarca will be open from September 27 – November 23, 2014
  • Spring 2015: Butterfly Pavilion will be open from March 7 – May 10, 2015


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

Fees for Guided Field Trips

At this time there is no funding available to assist with your visit.

Click here to learn more about raising money for your field trip through Goodwill of Central Arizona.

  • $6.50 per student, teacher, teacher's aide and chaperone.
  • $2 Additional fee for the Butterfly Pavilion (open seasonally).
  • Passes, Memberships and coupons are not accepted.


Paying for your Guided Field Trip

Full Payment or approved purchase order is due no later than ten (10) business days before your scheduled tour. We accept approved purchase orders, checks and major credit cards. 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


    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

  • All cancellations must be submitted in writing to: teacherrsvp@dbg.org and confirmed via email by Desert Botanical Garden. Phone cancellations will not be accepted.
  • 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 | Request a Guided Field Trip

Nature as a Problem Solver: A STEM 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. Take-Away Post Visit Activity and Materials to be completed in classroom will be provided by the Desert Botanical Garden.

Pre & Post Activities

Solutions Inspired by Nature: A STEM 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. Take-Away Post Visit Activity and Materials to be completed in classroom will be provided by the Desert Botanical Garden.

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: Lifecycles
2 hours, 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 Group Tour
Request a Self-Guided Group Tour

For students of all ages


What is a Self-Guided Group Tour?


To schedule a Self-Guided Group Tour:


Paying for your Self Guided Group Tour

Full payment or approved purchase order is due no later than ten (10) business days before your scheduled tour. We accept approved purchase orders, checks and major credit cards. 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


    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 Independent Study

Visits for students ages High School through College


What is an Independent Study?


To schedule an independent study for your students:


A visit to the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion is the highlight of many students’ Garden experience. Independent Study students may elect this option when checking in at the Admissions Window for the discounted price of $2.00 or at the Pavilion for the regular price of $3.50.


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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Sponsored by Act One Foundation, The Arizona Republic, Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona, The Boeing Company, Cox Charities, 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 Foundation, The Fred Maytag Family Foundation, Meridian Bank, N.A., Phoenix Suns Charities and the U.S. Bank Foundation.

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