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National Geographic Live


Desert Botanical Garden celebrates its fourth year as a National Geographic Live Arizona Community Partner. Visit nglive.org to learn about other exciting events. 

2012/2013 Speaker Series


  • Garden members who use the code “DESERT” when ordering tickets will have 10% of their purchase price donated to the Garden.
  • Special Member Series Prices starting at $78.
  • Ticketing information: 480.644.6500 | www.MesaArtsCenter.com/natgeolive
  • Speakers will be at the Mesa Arts Center – One East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 
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Photo credit: Børge Ousland

Børge Ousland Adventures in Polar Exploration

Wednesday / March 6 / 7:30 p.m.

Polar adventurer, avid outdoorsman and former member of Norway’s Marinejeger (the equivalent to our Navy Seals) Børge Ousland is the first person ever to cross Antarctica solo and unsupported, and the first to cross the Northwest and Northeast Passages by sea in a single season. Journey with him to the Poles in this charismatic and compelling presentation of bigger-than-life images, videos and stories. Ousland will report on his latest expeditions with photos and hair-raising video direct from the field.

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