Kids Camps & Programs
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:
A science-based enrichment program for preschoolers and their caregivers.
Science enrichment program geared toward homeschooling families.
Fun, hands-on, science-based camps for kids of all ages.
Explore the Garden through a guided tour while earning a Desert Discovery Activity Patch.
Children’s Program Cancellation Policies
- Refunds are available for cancellations made at least 10 business days prior to the event. Cancellations made less than 10 business days will incur a 30% cancellation fee.
- Programs may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment. A full refund will be made in the event the Desert Botanical Garden cancels a program.
- Refunds will not be issued for missed class sessions or after program start date.
- A waiver of liability is required for all children’s programs.
- Please visit Desert Discovery Girl Scouts Program for cancellation policy information.
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!
- The Gift of Flowers / December 7 / 10 - 11:30 a.m. Class has been CANCELLED.
- All About Owls / January 18 / 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Click here to register and for class description.
- Desert Book Club: GQ GQ. Where are you? Adventures of a Gambel's Quail with Author Sharon Ritt
- February 15 / 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Click here to register and for class description.
2014 Spring Break Trip
Travel to the Sea of Cortez for an adventure vacation with the whole family. For complete details and to make a reservation, click here.
Join other teens interested in the environment and conservation for fun volunteer opportunities and educational programs at the Garden. Applications accepted each August.
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!
The Cacti Quest is sponsored by Emerson Network Power.
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.
Exploration Station for Kids
Drop-in science exploration activities for children are available outside of the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion during butterfly seasons. Visit the Exploration Station to learn fascinating things about our butterfly friends.
Children and family education programs are generously supported by The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation.