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Kids Camps & Programs

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Give your children the ultimate gift: a connection to nature. With Desert Botanical Garden's children’s programs, your kids can enjoy a variety of unique opportunities while they discover the wonders of the Sonoran Desert in a safe and stimulating environment.

We integrate a place-based focus on science, art, music, literature and social studies into all of our programs. We utilize the expertise of the Garden’s enthusiastic staff, dedicated volunteers, and diverse partnerships with other organizations to ensure high-quality offerings.

Whether you are looking for self-guided experiences or an engaging, in-depth program, the Garden is a fantastic resource you can count on year round. Our current programs for children and youth include:

 

Youth Programs

Seedlings Preschool

A science-based enrichment program for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Learning Labs Homeschool

Science enrichment program geared toward homeschooling families.

Summer Camp

Fun, hands-on, science-based camps for kids of all ages.

Desert Discovery Program for Girl Scouts

Explore the Garden through a guided tour while earning a Desert Discovery Activity Patch.


Children’s Program Cancellation Policies


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Family Programs

Create meaningful memories for the whole family when attending one of the Garden’s desert exploration programs. Kids, parents and grandparents alike will leave with a shared enthusiasm for plants and animals around us!

These programs are designed for families with children ages four to 13, although children 17 and under are welcome. Limit 20 people per program. Price is per family member.


Baby Boojums

It is never too early to make a connection with nature! Help your baby or toddler explore the world around them in this fun and highly interactive program. This fall we will focus on plant parts through explorations of roots, leaves, flowers and seeds. Our trained and enthusiastic Garden staff and volunteers will help your child develop hand-eye coordination, motor skills and curiosity in the dynamic world of the Sonoran Desert. Limit 12 children per class. Price includes one caregiver per child.


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Teen Programs

Opportunities for Teens at the Garden

Join other teens interested in the environment and conservation for fun volunteer opportunities and educational programs at the Garden. Applications accepted each August.

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Self-led Garden Exploration

There is a lot to do at the Garden with your family! You can take on the challenge of a Nature Quest, investigate butterflies at the Exploration Station, or search for plants and animals using our bingo sheets. The Garden can be a gateway to the Sonoran Desert with the help of these few simple and fun activities.

Nature Quest at the Garden

Quests are an engaging and challenging route of discovery that incorporate desert ecology, map reading, nature observation, adventure and fun. Quests are fun field experiences similar to scavenger hunts and are age appropriate for children 8 and older. Questers will learn about a special topic by following intriguing clues and a special map. Upon successfully completing this task, you will find a 'quest box' at the end of your journey. At the Garden, your quest is to find members of our favorite desert plant family: cacti!

Cacti Quest is included with Admission to the Garden; just ask for the Cacti Quest when you are at the Admissions entrance gates.

Learn more about questing in Arizona.

Desert Detectives Bingo

Test your observation skills with fun bingo sheets that can be picked up at the admissions booth. You'll learn to spot the many ways that desert plants are specially adapted to the Sonoran Desert's harsh climate as well as pick out the signs and sounds that the desert animals leave behind. You can even start early by printing them off now! Click here to download and print.

 

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Children and family education programs are generously supported by The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation.

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