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DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN SPRING 2012 WORKSHOPS

January 10, 2012

 

Contact:
John Sallot
Phone: 480 481.8101
jsallot@dbg.org

   
WHAT:

March, April & May events open to the public.

WHERE:

Desert Botanical Garden (in Papago Park)
1201 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ  85008

COST:

Free with regular Garden admission or Garden membership (unless otherwise noted). 

Garden Admission: $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (60+), $10 for students (13-18 and college with ID), $8 for children 3-12.  Children 2 and younger and Garden members are admitted free.

FOR INFO: The public can get more details by visiting the Garden’s website at www.dbg.org or by calling 480 941.1225.
   

DAILY AND WEEKLY ACTIVITIES
INCLUDED WITH MEMBERSHIP OR ADMISSION

Garden Tours
October 1 – May 13 / Daily
Explore the Garden with an expert who will help you understand the extraordinary plants of the Sonoran Desert. This docent-led tour guides you past towering saguaros and tiny mammillarias, bizarre boojums and elegant palo verdes. How does such abundant life survive and thrive in the harsh desert? Take a tour and find out. Bring water and a camera, and wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.

Birds in the Garden
Mondays / February – April / 8 a.m. / May / 7 a.m.
Second Saturdays / February – April / 8 a.m. / May / 7 a.m.
J
oin expert birders for a morning bird walk along the Garden trails. Everyone is welcome, including first-time birders. Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes, and bring binoculars if available.

Ask a Gardener
Saturdays and Sundays / February – April / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Want ideas for creating year-round color in your yard and conserving water in the desert? Drop by our Ask a Gardener station where knowledgeable volunteers can help with your gardening questions.

Flashlight Tours
Thursdays and Saturdays / May 26 – September 1 / 7 p.m.
Flashlight tours are a sensory adventure where you will see, hear and feel the desert night. The self-paced stroll along the main trail to 10 discovery stations is perfect for families and children of all ages. Included with membership or paid Garden admission. For additional information call 480 941.1225 or visit dbg.org

 

CHILDREN & FAMILY PROGRAMS
(REQUIRES ADVANCE REGISTRATION) 480 481.8146.

Preschool Program: Seedlings
A science-based enrichment program for preschoolers
Young children discover the wonders of the desert alongside their caregiver in our nature based preschool program. A theme is introduced each week and is full of new discovery centers, songs to sing, yummy snacks, and engaging activities to captivate young minds.

Guided by caring and experienced teachers, Seedlings blends the Garden’s unique resources with imaginative and fun ways to learn about plants and animals in our desert backyard. We use music, stories, arts & crafts, nature walks, movement, touch, and observation to explore the theme each week. 

Spring Session:  March 27- April 20

Classes available for 3-4 year olds:
Limit: 12 children with an accompanying adult.

  • Tuesday mornings / March 27, April 3, 10, and 17 / 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday mornings / March 28, April 4, 11, and 18 / 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
  • Friday mornings / March 30, April 6, 13, and 20 / 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.


Classes available for 4-5 year olds:
Limit: 14 children with an accompanying adult. 

  • Tuesday afternoons / March 27, April 3, 10, and 17 / 12:45 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday mornings / March 29, April 5, 12, and 19 / 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.
  • Thursday afternoons / March 29, April 5, 12, and 19 / 12:45 - 2:30 p.m.


Class Fees:
Member: $80 per four-week session
General Public: $100 per four-week session

For future sessions and the daily schedule, please visit dbg.org/seedlings or call 480 481.8121.

Science Enrichment Program: Learning Labs
This science enrichment program is designed to help your child explore and understand the wonders of our Sonoran Desert. During this four week session we will use a variety of scientific tools and processes as well as crafts, journaling, literature, and fun activities to understand some of our more commonly seen feathered friends. Each day participants will enjoy an exploration hike, journaling and a fun, healthful snack. Our uniquely designed curriculum blends hands-on, inquiry-based learning with a dose of fun and is taught by enthusiastic Garden staff and volunteers.

Spring Session: Birds
March 27 - April 19
Limit: 14 children with an accompanying adult (optional)

Classes available for 5 – 7 year olds:
Tuesday mornings 9:15 - 11:15 a.m. OR Tuesday afternoons 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Gambel’s Quail / March 27
  • Owl / April 3
  • Curve Billed Thrasher / April 10
  • Mourning Dove / April 17


Classes available for 7 – 9 year olds:
Thursday afternoons / 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Gambel’s Quail / March 29
  • Owl / April 5
  • Curve Billed Thrasher / April 12
  • Mourning Dove / April 19


Classes available for 9 – 12 year olds:
Thursday mornings / 9:15 - 11:15 a.m.

  • Gambel’s Quail / March 29
  • Owl / April 5
  • Curve Billed Thrasher / April 12
  • Mourning Dove / April 19


Class Fees:
Members: $56 per four week session or $16 per class
General Public: $70 per four week session or $20 per class
To register call 480 481.8121

Desert Discovery Program for Girl Scouts
Our Desert Discovery programs will create a fun and memorable experience for girls as they learn about life in our desert. Girls will experience nature first hand and will connect with each other and our desert community. Daisy, Brownie, and Junior troops can select the topic and time that works for them.

Bountiful Butterflies - Learn about the lifecycle and habitat requirements of butterflies and visit the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion. Available October, November, March, April, and May.
Program fee: $8 / scout and $8 / chaperone

Sonoran Survivors - Where’s the water and why’s it so warm? Participants will learn about conditions in a desert and how desert plants and animals are able to thrive in such an extreme place. Available January through May.
Program fee: $6 / scout and $6 / chaperone

Program capacity: 5 scouts minimum, 20 scouts maximum; 1 chaperone / 4 scouts
Registration today at dbg.org/girlscouts

Hip, Herb, Hurray!

Lavender, rosemary, sage and thyme are some of the wonderful herbs that delight our senses. Join us this spring break to explore the sensory filled world of herbs! Smell the wonderful aromas, feel the soft, textured leaves and see the varied colors of an herb garden. Participants will touch, taste and smell some of our favorite herbs, learn how to use plants to make paper, and create their own mini herb garden to take home. Snacks provided but participants should bring their own lunch. This is a drop off program for children in K- 2 and 3 - 5 grades. Limit: 14 children per class.
Wednesday / March 14 / 8:30 - 3 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $36
Aftercare / 3 - 5 p.m. / $10


MyPlate Menus
Applying the new MyPlate Guidelines is easy. Chef Rachel will show parents how to create a produce-dominated plate. You’ll learn how to work more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains into daily meals and snacks, how to choose healthier protein sources and use higher quality fats and oils. You will discover techniques that make vegetables more tender, tasty, and digestible and more appealing to kids, how to make more fruit-based desserts, and healthier snacks. Come with an open mind and mouth. You’ll sample six great recipes and take home printed recipes, tips, and strategies you can begin to apply immediately.

While parents are enjoying Chef Rachel’s class in the Globe Teaching Kitchen, children can spend the afternoon in the Weisz Learning Center with children’s programming staff doing their own age appropriate exploration of fruits and veggies. Join us as we learn about fruits and veggies by exploring the botany of these colorful foods. What is a grain? Do I eat roots? Why are green veggies so good for me? Price includes one adult and one child.
Sunday / March 25 / 2 - 4 p.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56


Astronomy Night with the Family
Join members of the Phoenix Astronomical Society for a family friendly evening of exploring our night sky with high powered telescopes and interactive activities. With a clear night, participants can expect one of the best night sky views this spring with views of Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. This program is geared towards families with children ages 6 - 10. Inclement weather backup is April 7. Price is per person.
Saturday / March 31 / 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Members: $15 / General Public $18


Summer Camp at the Garden
Summer Camp at the Garden is always an adventure! Each day our campers become scientists as they use their powers of observation and inference to learn about the world around them. The Garden’s top notch educators encourage exploratory learning in a fun and safe environment. Every day of camp brings new adventures in outdoor experiences, children’s literature, free choice learning, snack, games, art projects, and more!

Here Comes the Sun!
May 29 – June 1
Skip into summer by discovering a well known character in the desert – the sun! Search for shadows and delve into the hot wonders of the sun with hands-on experiments exploring the sun’s relationship with plants and animals. Test the power of the sun by capturing its energy to see if a solar oven can cook your very own snack. Imagination will shine this week with a visit from Childsplay theatre company. Snacks are provided. Campers must bring their own sack lunch. Limit 12 campers per class.

For children in preschool or going into kindergarten, ages 4 and 5
Tuesday – Friday / 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Members: $130 / General Public: $160

Let’s Dig In!
June 4 – 8
As part of Michele Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, we are bringing back our popular gardening camp for 2012! Learn about and participate in the cycle that brings food to our tables. Campers will explore what it takes to grow food in our desert and will get to participate in each step of the process as they plant, care for, harvest and feast during Let’s Dig In camp. The highlight of camp this week will be a trip to Love Grows CSA Farm and other local gardening hotspots. Snacks provided. Full day campers must bring their own lunch. Limit: 14 campers per class

For children going into 1 – 2 and 3 – 4 and 5 – 6 grades / 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Members: $250 / General Public: $310
Aftercare / 3:30 - 5 p.m. / $50 per week

Solar Powered Sun Fun
June 11 – 15

Explore the science behind the summer sun and how it affects our lives as desert-dwellers. Investigate how the sun can make plants bend over backwards and causes animals to pant, flutter and thermoregulate through hands-on experiments designed to test the awesome power of the desert sun. Learn how to transform the abundant energy from the sun into a useful cooking tool when you make your own snack in a real solar oven! Snacks provided. Full day campers must bring their own lunch.  Limit: 14 campers per class.

For children going into 1 – 2 grades / 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Members: $130 / General Public: $160

For children going into 3 – 4 and 5 – 6 grades / 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Members: $250 / General Public: $310
Aftercare / 3:30 - 5 p.m. / $50 per week

Home, Home in the Desert
June 18 – 22
So many interesting plants, animals and people call the Sonoran Desert home. Discover how all these organisms survive and thrive in our desert home. Sign up to explore and experience the amazing adaptations desert wildlife, plants and people have in order to flourish in our local environment. Campers will learn how to use desert plant resources for food, tools, and entertainment and explore the ways in which plants and animals are adapted to the temperatures and dry air of our desert. We will explore movement and imagination this week of camp with a magical visit from Childsplay theatre company staff. Snacks provided. Full day campers must bring their own lunch. Limit: 14 campers per class.

For children going into 1 – 2 grades / 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Members: $130 / General Public: $160

For children going into 3 – 4 and 5 – 6 grades / 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Members: $250 / General Public: $310
Aftercare / 3:30 - 5 p.m. / $50 per week

Overnight Summer Camp Celebration
We will top off the 2012 summer camp season with an exciting nocturnal experience as we invite Home in the Desert participants as well as other friends to participate in an overnight camping experience at the Garden. Make s’mores, sing songs around the campfire, and sleep under the stars. Participants will experience the Garden in a whole new way! Parents are welcome to join us. Night time snack and simple breakfast provided. Price is per person (adult or child).

Friday / June 22 / 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 a.m.
For children going into grades 1 – 6
Members: $40 / General Public: $50

 

March WORKSHOPS
(REQUIRES ADVANCE REGISTRATION) 480 481.8146

Spring Tree and Shrub Care
Learn from an expert arborist how to emerge from the cold season with the best health for your landscapes woody plants. The class will discuss spring pruning of tree and shrubs, including frost-damaged plants. It will cover the best timing and methods for spring pruning including restoration and rejuvenation of sheared or overgrown shrubs. Instructed by John Eisenhower. Limit 25.
Sunday / March 4 / 2 - 4 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Desert Adapted Plants (Core)
Get to know the many fascinating plants that come from the deserts around the world in time for the Garden's Spring Plant Sale. Desert-adapted plants have evolved with specialized adaptations to thrive in extreme conditions. This sets them above many of the high-maintenance plants too often used in landscapes around the Valley. Learn how to make these intriguing and stunning plants a part of your landscape. Instructed by Angelica Elliott. Limit 25.
Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday / March 5, 7, and 11
Monday and Wednesday / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday / 2 - 4 p.m.
Members: $75 / General Public: $94

Weed Wise
Many might call them mustard weeds, but to some Sisymbrium irio is an edible treat. After all, a weed is just a plant with a bad reputation. There are weeds that help till the soil, weeds that remove toxins, and even weeds that are eaten as delicacies. Revel in the wonders of weeds and learn how to manage them with aplomb. We will explore cutting edge, environmentally friendly methods to handle these rebels with a cause. Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 25.
Tuesday / March 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Penstemon and Poppies in Pencils
Celebrate springs most popular wildflowers while learning to draw them with the pencils of your choice. Demonstrations of graphite, watercolor, and other colored pencils will be given; allowing students to explore varied uses of pencils. All levels welcome; materials list available with online listing. Instructed by Lynn Reeves. Limit 15.
Tuesdays / March 6, 13, 20, 27 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $130 / General Public: $162


Moonscape Photography
The beauty of moon-lit nights combined with the splendor of the Garden make for a fantastic evening of photos and fun. Class times are optimized for best shooting of moon-illuminated landscapes. This class is for amateur photographers who want to develop their nighttime photography skills through hands-on guidance and personal instruction on the Garden trails. This class is focused on creativity and experimentation to learn elements of lighting, exposure, camera settings and nighttime considerations such as painting with light. For digital or film SLR cameras with a tripod only. Instructed by Adam Rodriguez. Limit 10.
Wednesday / March 7 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56

Proper Planting and Staking
Get ready for planting season. How large a plant pit do I need? When should I amend the plant backfill? Do I need to add fertilizer? Should I stake newly planted trees? How often do I need to water? Find out the answers to these and other questions at this landscape planting workshop. Information will be provided for all types of plants as well as a hands-on opportunity to actually plant several plants at the Garden. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest. Limit 25.
Saturday / March 10 / 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Light and Exposure
Making a good exposure starts with understanding light and how to use the existing light to your advantage. In this course we will study light sources, and the color of light, beginning with sunlight and shade. We will take a walk in the garden to determine high contrast and low contrast scenes.  We will discuss ISO’s, exposure compensation, how to use your camera’s histogram and gray cards. Limit 10.
Saturday / March 10 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Photography in the Field
Learn to shoot photographs like those taken by Adam Rodriguez in a class taught by the photographer himself. This workshop is for digital SLR photographers wishing to improve their understanding of exposure, color composition, camera histogram and the secrets to finding the shot. Also gain understanding of metering on location, selection of focal lengths, combination techniques in the field with a flash, and diffusion disc techniques. Participants will spend this hands-on workshop outdoors photographing Garden subjects. Limit 10.
Sunday / March 11 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Dry It, You'll Like It!
Drying to preserve your harvest or market purchases saves space, uses less energy than freezing or canning, saves money, concentrates flavors, and preserves nutrients in foods. Chef Rachel will walk you through the basics of choosing a dehydrator, temperature, timing, cleaning, preparation, storage and the option of reconstituting dried foods. The focus will be on fruits, veggies, herbs, spices and meat. You will learn how to make great gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free snacks for home, the trail, and on the go, as well as sauces, entrees, appetizers, holiday gifts and desserts. Instructed by Rachel Albert. Limit 15.
Sunday / March 11 / 2 - 4 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Vegetable Garden Design
A vegetable garden does not have to be square. It could be tiers off the back porch or a raised serpentine swath of color along a walkway. Come learn about the latest materials for raised beds, how to copy the indigenous, sunken waffle beds to channel water, and more. We will draw up a plan for your own edible, sustainable, accessible and beautiful garden. Now is the best time to plan for cool season success. Get ready to think outside the box! Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 25.
Thursdays / March 15 and 22 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $60 / General Public: $75

Mining in Arizona
Almost every material used in modern civilization is derived from one of Earth’s natural mineral resources. Arizona contains many ore deposits bearing copper, silver, and gold and has been a leading copper-producing state since the 19th century with large open pit mine operations around the state that produce significant amounts of copper ore every year. Learn about the formation and properties of ore deposit minerals, mining methods and ore processing. Instructed by Danny Foley. Limit 24.
Tuesday / March 20 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $20 / General Public: $25

Home Landscape Design I
The Home Landscape Design series covers the basics of designing residential landscapes that are attractive, comfortable, functional and sustainable as well as appropriate for the Sonoran Desert. The instructor will walk participants through each phase of design and assign exercises from programming thru concept design. Class participants can use their own homescape for these exercises, whether they are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one. Session I will cover the basic design process and principles. Different design philosophies will be explained such as xeriscape, permaculture, sustainable and regenerative. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest. Limit 24.
Wednesdays / March 21 and 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $60 / General Public: $75

Artichokes: Thistle Be Good!
How does the tough flower bud of a huge thistle plant end up as a dinner table delicacy? We will provide a satisfactory answer to this prickly metaphysical query while following the artichoke’s historical path since it was first cultivated in Sicily during the time of the ancient Greeks. In the kitchen, we will learn what a choke is and when you can eat it, various ways to prepare artichokes, how to stuff them, and how to prepare dips and sauces that complement their taste and texture. Instructed by Ken Furtado. Limit 15.
Saturday / March 24 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Hummingbirds
Few birds can so entrance us with their beauty and their abilities as hummingbirds. Let them reveal their secret lives as we explore their behavior. Learn about the unique structures that allow them to produce such wondrous colors and discover how they are able to fly in such miraculous ways. We’ll go into the garden and watch hummingbirds’ feeding and courtship behaviors. Instructed by Tom Gaskill. Limit 24.
Saturday / March 24 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Agave on Silk
Spend two mornings designing and painting an agave plant on the fantastically beautiful medium of silk. You will learn everything you need to know to get started painting on silk from how to stretch silk, build a frame, learn the difference between dyes and paints, how to apply resists, and how to fix for permanence. By using the salt and rubbing alcohol techniques you will learn how to create cool textures along with blending dyes on silk. All pieces will then be steamed to make permanent, the finished painting can then be mounted and framed. All materials included. See online listing for additional instructions. Instructed By Christine Sutherland. Limit 15.
Saturdays / March 24 and 31 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $80 / General Public: $100

Succulent Hanging Basket
Create a beautiful hanging basket of succulents in class appropriate for a trailing display. Learn which succulents have the best growth habit for making stunning hanging baskets and how to prepare the planting container. Basket, assorted succulent plant cuttings and soil are included. Instructed by Lynn Reeves. Limit 20.
Sunday / March 25 / 2 - 4 p.m.
Members: $80 / General Public: $106

March Equinox Geology Walk at Papago Park
Gazing at the unique Papago Buttes often brings up interesting geological questions. Do not miss this exclusive opportunity to learn the answers and much more. Get a personal geologic tour of the rock features that give Papago Park its distinctive look. This fun event begins at the Garden and includes a delicious catered continental breakfast during a classroom presentation, followed by an easy but exciting equinox morning excursion within Papago Park to unlock the secrets of these iconic rock formations. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 25.
Sunday / March 25 / 9 - 11:30 a.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Photography in the Field
Learn to shoot photographs like those taken by Adam Rodriguez in a class taught by the photographer himself. This workshop is for digital SLR photographers wishing to improve their understanding of exposure, color composition, camera histogram and the secrets to finding the shot. Also gain understanding of metering on location, selection of focal lengths, combination techniques in the field with a flash, and diffusion disc techniques. Participants will spend this hands-on workshop outdoors photographing Garden subjects. Limit 10.
Sunday / March 25 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Digital Desert Photography:  Getting Started
This is a hands-on-class for beginning digital camera users interested in learning which button to push, which setting to use, when to use it and how to create dramatically better-looking photos every time. This is not a class about theory – full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts. Class instruction emphasizes learning the functions and features of your digital camera for various shooting conditions and subjects. Also covered are basic composition, tips for taking better everyday pictures and the use of auto scene modes of your camera. Open to all digital camera owners. Some shooting in the Garden is included, and students should bring sample photos for critique. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 10.
Sunday and Wednesday / March 25 and 28 / Sunday / 1 - 5 p.m. / Wednesday / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $70 / General Public: $88

The Everchanging Rose
Roses were first found in China in the 11th Century BCE. Learn how they progressed and changed through the ages to become the most loved of flowers. This class also includes hands on learning preparing you to propagate and possibly name your own rose. Instructed by Steve Sheard.
Limit 25.
Wednesday / March 28 / 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Best Plants: Shrubs
Learn about the best plants to use in the Phoenix Metro area for your residential landscape. It may seem very challenging to find plants that can tolerate the Sonoran Desert environment. However there are many plants, native and introduced, that can thrive in our area. This class will be formatted as a plant walk where the participants will view recommended plants with instruction on how to identify them. Also, recommendations will be provided on how to use the plants in your home landscape. This class is part of a four-part series which will occur throughout the year and will cover trees / shrubs / ground covers & vines / accent plants. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest. Limit 24.
Saturday / March 31 / 8 - 10 a.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Photographing in HDR
A general problem in photography is the rendering of scenes which have very bright highlights and deep shadows. Learn how to use three photographs of the same scene taken under different exposures to process the High Dynamic Range (HDR) image to reveal its details in highlights and shadows. Class includes two hours of shooting in the field and one hour of in-class software demonstration. For DSLR cameras with tripod and Auto-Exposure Bracketing (AEB). You may have to change the exposures manually if your camera does not bracket. Instructed by Adam Rodriguez. Limit 10.
Saturday / March 31 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62

 

April WORKSHOPS
(REQUIRES ADVANCE REGISTRATION) 480 481.8146

Spring Cactus Blooms in Mixed Media
Focus on flowers and learn different techniques to produce glowing blossoms. Explore mixed combinations of graphite, ink, and colored pencil with watercolor to add depth and texture to your finished art piece. All levels welcome.Medium of your choice. Materials list available with online listing. Instructed by Lynn Reeves. Limit 15.
Mondays / April 2, 9, 16, and 23 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $130 / General Public: $162


The Art of Watering
Cacti and other succulents have fascinated people ever since early Europeans brought them back from their first explorations of the world after the Middle Ages. Even though they are succulent plants that need less water to survive than ordinary leafy plants, they do need water in the right amounts and at the right time of the year. Find out how to water your succulents and keep them in peak condition. Instructed by Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 25.
Tuesday / April 3 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38


Gems of Arizona
Arizona is the country’s leading gem mining state and produces fine peridot, amethyst, turquoise and garnets. This class focuses on how these and gems from other states are formed and valued. The fascinating science of gemology, which incorporates mineralogy, history, psychology, economics, mythology and glamour, will be discussed as well. If you ever plan on visiting a gem show, this course will also give you some buying tips. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 24.
Tuesday / April 3 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $20 / General Public: $25


Shade Garden Design and Selections
A common problem in gardening is finding suitable plants that will grow in shady areas of the landscape. There are many different kinds of shade from filtered shade to deep shade and determining which type you actually have is the first step in creating an inviting garden. There are many beautiful desert-adapted plants that thrive and flower in these low-light conditions. Learn how to select which plants will flourish so you can produce a cool respite to enjoy. Instructed by Angelica Elliott. Limit 25.
Wednesday / April 4 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38


Nature Sketching
Nature journaling has been an effective and artistic way to record observations on everything from world expeditions to backyard gardens. Learn sketching techniques using graphite, watercolor pencils and ink markers, as well as quick and easy ways to capture trees, clouds, grasses and water. Sketchbook and field kit provided. The Saturday field trip will focus on wildflowers, optimal location to be determined, transportation not included. Instructed by Elaine Hultgren. Limit 15.
Wednesdays and Saturday / Wednesdays / April 4 and 11 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. / Saturday / April 14 / 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Members: $80 / General Public: $100


Moonscape Photography
The beauty of moon-lit nights combined with the splendor of the Garden make for a fantastic evening of photos and fun. Class times are optimized for best shooting of moon-illuminated landscapes. This class is for amateur photographers who want to develop their nighttime photography skills through hands-on guidance and personal instruction on the Garden trails. This class is focused on creativity and experimentation to learn elements of lighting, exposure, camera settings and nighttime considerations such as painting with light. For digital or film SLR cameras with a tripod only. Instructed by Adam Rodriguez. Limit 10.
Thursday / April 5 / 7 - 10 p.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56


Irrigation System Maintenance
Avoid costly professional repairs and irrigation nightmares. If you already have an irrigation system and want to learn how it works, how to take care of it or make simple repairs, this program is for you. Improperly maintained systems can be challenging for homeowners. Familiarize yourself with all three types of irrigation systems (drip, sprinklers and bubblers) and specific needs for each. Learn how to maintain the systems for peak efficiency to ensure healthy plants. Learn to troubleshoot the most common irrigation system failures and to perform proper repair techniques from nozzle and emitter replacement to pipe repair. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Saturday / April 7 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $35 / General Public: $44


Cholla Buds: Treasure of the Desert
Join us on an adventure as we harvest the suprisingly delicious and  nuritionally rich buds of the misunderstood cholla cactus. Using traditional harvesting methods, participants will be taught how to carefully remove spines and cook cholla buds, while learning about their ecology, anatomy, ethnobotany, nutritional and medicinal qualities. This is the ultimate experience in eating local; you will leave with new recipe ideas to surprise friends and family. Instructed by Martha Burgess. Limit 15.
Saturday / April 7 / 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Members: $55 / General Public: $68


Composition and Seeing
Edward Weston said that composition is the strongest way of seeing. Building on our understanding of light, we will look at how to use natural light to shape our compositions. We will also examine traditional rules of composition, and the work of selected landscape photographers. In this class we will talk about depth of field, where to hang the frame in capture, and cropping in Photoshop. The use of a tripod is recommended. Limit 10.
Saturday / April 7 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62


Cyanotype Silk Scarves
Create a beautiful silk scarf using one of the oldest photographic printmaking processes—cyanotype. Participants will be given a pretreated 15x60-inch silk scarf and learn to apply botanical elements, gathered from the Garden, creating white impressions on the distinctive Prussian blue color of cyanotype’s photosensitive iron-based formula. Your unique scarf will make a great wardrobe addition or holiday gift. Once you have completed the workshop you will have the skills to produce more fabric cyanotypes on your own. All materials included. Instructed by Laslo Layton. Limit 15.
Sunday / April 8 / 12 - 3 p.m.
Members: $75 / General Public: $94


Photography for Birders
Whether you are just getting started photographing birds in your backyard or traveling to a wildlife refuge, this class will show you how to make beautiful images of avian subjects. Topics covered include: Making correct exposures, capturing bird behavior and action, choosing the right equipment, producing sharp images, designing the image, how to approach wild birds, guidelines for proper conduct in the field. Some shooting in the Garden will be included. This class is open to all camera owners. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Tuesday / April 10 / 8:00  - 11 a.m.
Members: $35 / General Public: $44


Sonoran Desert Geology Lab
What kind of rock is that? From the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, to copper bearing volcanic rocks of mine country, to metamorphic rock peaks you may be climbing, we will explore the diverse geology of the Sonoran Desert. Through hands-on investigation, learn basic geologic skills needed to identify and interpret various desert rocks and minerals and better understand their unique natural properties. Instructed by Danny Foley. Limit 24.
Tuesday / April 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $20 / General Public: $25


Home Landscape Design II (Core)
The Home Landscape Design series covers the basics of designing residential landscapes that are attractive, comfortable, functional and sustainable as well as appropriate for the Sonoran Desert. The instructor will walk participants through each phase of design and assign exercises from programming thru concept design. Class participants can use their own homescape for these exercises, whether they are creating a new landscape or renovating an existing one. Session II discusses more detailed aspects of homescape design including both the hardscape and softscape parts of the landscape. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest. Limit 24.
Wednesdays / April 11 and 18 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $56 / General Public: $75


The Colorado River, Flowing Through Conflict Lecture
Follow the Colorado River, source to sea, with National Geographic writer/ adventurer Jonathan Waterman, who paddled the entire length of the river in over five months, and National Geographic photographer/ filmmaker Pete McBride, who takes an intimate aerial portrait of the river’s watershed by following the irrigation water that sustains his family's Colorado ranch, downriver to the sea. Traversing 1,450 miles and draining seven states, the Colorado River supports over 30 million people across the Southwest. Today, this resource is so depleted it no longer reaches its natural destination – the Gulf of California. Follow its path through these two personal journeys chronicled in their inspirational photo essay, The Colorado River, Flowing Through Conflict to understand this national treasure. Presentation followed by Q&A and book sale/signing. Presented in partnership with the Sonoran Institute.
Wednesday / April 11 / 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $12 / General Public: $18


Swifts and Swallows
Explore lives lived on the wing as we learn about two of our most agile groups of flying birds. Discover the amazing life histories of birds who are so familiar and yet, because they fly so skillfully, always seem to be a mystery. Learn about our local species and learn some tips to alleviate the difficulties of identifying them. We will then walk along the canal to see migrating swallows and visit a local nesting colony of white-throated swifts. Instructed by Tom Gaskill. Limit 24.
Thursday and Saturday / April 12 and 14 / Thursday / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. / Saturday / 8 - 10 a.m.
Members: $40 / General Public: $50


Smartphone Photography
The best camera you have is the one on you when something spectacular happens right before your eyes. That means nearly every person with a Smartphone has a great camera as well. Some of the world’s most famous photographs were taken from a Smartphone–amazing images taken with the simplest photographic device. Learn how to stabilize, hold and shoot with your Smartphone. iPhone, Android or Blackberry camera phone required. Instructed by Jeffrey Lowman. Limit 10.
Saturday / April 14 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $40 / General Public: $50


Digital Desert Photography:  Next Steps
Learn the “Keys to photographic excellence”. An emphasis will be placed on intermediate photo skills and advanced set-up of your digital SLR camera. You will learn to take your camera off the auto scene modes and take charge of capturing images using the creative settings of the mode dial. Topics will include: creative use of exposure controls, auto focus options, metering and exposure, use of histograms and highlights, understanding the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings, and image resolution and white balance. Hands-on assistance will be provided for you to set up your camera for varying lighting conditions and scenes using appropriate metering and focus options. Some shooting in the Gardens is included, and students should bring photos for class critique. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is best for DSLR camera owners. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 10.
Saturday and Wednesday / April 14 and 18 / Saturday / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. / Wednesday / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $70 / General Public: $88


Flash and Capturing Action
Timing, demands an ability to anticipate, see and capture peak action. Cartier-Bresson, the father of photojournalism, called this element in taking pictures, “the decisive moment”. It is an essential ingredient in both landscape and people photography. We will talk about basic flash techniques, shutter speeds and f stops. We will look at the Garden in terms of weather, time of day, and season and study successful photographs of nature. An off camera flash and tripod are recommended. Limit 10.
Sunday / April 15 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62


The Desert Tortoise Revealed
Learn about the life history of the fascinating Sonoran Desert tortoises, relicts of an epoch when this area was a tropical deciduous forest. Learn about their survival mechanisms, why they are considered keystone species and their future prospects in a changing world. We will discuss proper etiquette when encountering a tortoise in the wild and briefly cover the care of captives. After the lecture and discussion, participants will have a chance to meet the resident Garden tortoises for a close up encounter. Instructed by Laurie Nessel. Limit 20.
Sunday / April 15 / 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Members: $20 / General Public: $25


1491 in 2012: The New World "Un-Discovered"

In 1492 Columbus’ journey exploring for new routes to Asian spices unleashed a culinary transfer of foods and flavors that changed the way the world eats forever. Inspired by Charles C. Mann’s bestsellers 1491 and 1493, Chef Feddie Bitsoie will create a menu of North American foods for today based on an alternate history where no oceans were ever crossed. Combining his anthropology background and culinary expertise Freddie will create a modern meal imagining a vast network of food trade among the Americas. Limit 15.
Sunday / April 15 / 2 - 4 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62


Astronomy in the Garden
Spend a celestial Friday evening in the Garden as we explore the night sky from one of the best locations in the city for stargazing. With the Music in the Garden concert in the background, we will walk to an ideal location for exploring and learning about the night sky, with and without telescopes. Enjoy wine, cheese and desserts. Instructed by members of the Phoenix Astronomical Society. Guests must be 21 or older. Limit 24.
Friday / April 20 / 7 - 9 p.m.
Members: $35 / General Public: $44


Vegan Arizona
Arizona has a myriad of cultures, and all of them have delicious foods. From delicious nopales to mesquite bean flour there are many ingredients that are grown and enjoyed locally that most of us do not think to include in our every day meal preparation. Chef Madelyn Pryor and Chef Jason Wyrick, co-author of New York Times bestseller 21 Day Kickstart to Weight Loss will guide you through a vegan culinary journey of Arizona and surrounding regions. You will learn how to bring in bold, savory flavors including chilies, seared mushrooms, and a myriad of spices. Being vegan has never been so delicious. Limit 15.
Saturday / April 21 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62


Master Your Point and Shoot Camera
Learn how to obtain the best results from your digital point and shoot camera. This hands-on class focuses on learning how to set up your camera and use its many features with time for guided help on the Garden trails. This is an excellent, entry level class for students new to point and shoot style digital cameras. Instructed by Jeff Lowman. Limit 10.
Saturday / April 21 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $40 / General Public: $50


Silver Clay Desert Leaf Jewelry
Using real leaves you will create precious silver jewelry with incredible detail and texture. From selected leaves and twigs you will be lead through the step by step process of creating beautiful organic forms. While using silver metal clay to ready the leaf for kiln firing, students will also learn finishing skills like attaching jumprings, beading and making earwires. Finished leaves can become a necklace, earrings, broach, ornaments or even napkin rings. Students will be furnished with enough silver clay to make one large or 2-3 small leaves and finishing supplies. Instructed by Lynn Reeves. Limit 15.
Sundays / April 22 and 29 / 2 - 4 p.m.
Members: $100 / General Public: $125


Dragonflies:  Unlocking the Mysteries
Learn about the brutal and brief lives of these megafauna members of the insect world. Their exceptional flight and jewel-like colors have captivated humans throughout time. ASU Life Sciences Professor Pierre Deviche will share his enthusiasm and knowledge of the order Odonata. We will touch on topics including anatomy, life cycle, behavior, diversity of Arizona species and how, where and when to look for them. Join Laurie Nessel for the Saturday session as we tour the Garden’s pond to look for and identify early season odonata and decipher their tactics and behavior. Close focus binoculars are highly recommended. Limit 20.
Monday and Sunday / April 23 and 29 / Monday / 6:30  - 8 p.m. / Sunday / 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38


Pruning Trees and Shrubs
In this introductory presentation learn the basics of pruning to keep your green investments healthy, functional and looking great. You will learn the art and science of good pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, the five types of pruning and when to use them, and how to avoid the two worst pruning mistakes. You will leave this program ready to prune your own trees and shrubs with confidence and effectiveness. Includes a pruning demonstration plus informative take home materials and resources. Instructed by John Eisenhower. Limit 25.
Sunday / April 29 / 2 - 4 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38


Stained Glass with Desert Plants
Learn to use traditional glass paints to create saguaro, agave, opuntia or penstemon motifs that are fired permanently into glass blanks to make ornaments, suncatchers or autonomous panels. Work with various brushes to trace, stipple, blend, matt and mask. Students return a third week to prepare fired pieces for display. Drawing skills helpful but not required. All materials included. Instructed by Laurie Nessel. Limit 15.
Mondays / April 30, May 7 and 14 / April 30 and May 7 / 6 - 9 p.m. / May 14 / 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Members: $120 / General Public: $150

 

May WORKSHOPS
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1816: The Year Without a Summer
How does geology influence climate, botany, civilization and more? The 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia affected the entire world erupting volcanic ash into the atmosphere causing the year without a summer. Known as the world’s largest and deadliest volcanic eruption in recorded history, the explosion was heard over 1200 miles away and resulted in climatic abnormalities that caused massive crop and agricultural failures worldwide. Learn about different types of volcanism and how they can affect the natural world. Instructed by Danny Foley. Limit 24.
Tuesday / May 1 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $20 / General Public: $25

Nighthawks
Nothing in the night flies with the skill and breathtaking ease of nighthawks. Explore their surprising lives and discover the secrets of their astonishing flying abilities. Learn about our nighthawks and their relatives, and some keys to their identification. After some background in the classroom, we’ll enter their world and observe nighthawks in action in the night sky. Instructed by Tom Gaskill. Limit 24.
Wednesday / May 2 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Fortify Your Soil with Compost
And you thought composting was a rotten business! In fact, it is an enriching business, especially if you know the secrets to cultivating this black gold in your garden. It starts with creating an attractive environment for the right kind of microscopic employees. You can then sit back and let them do all the dirty work. Students will learn how to manufacture compost, with and without a compost bin. We will see examples of the easiest and most efficient compost systems. Homemade compost is free, smart and easy. It is a get-(your soil)-rich-quick scheme that will make a world of difference in your garden. Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 25.
Thursday / May 3 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Moonscape Photography
The beauty of moon-lit nights combined with the splendor of the Garden make for a fantastic evening of photos and fun. Class times are optimized for best shooting of moon-illuminated landscapes. This class is for amateur photographers who want to develop their nighttime photography skills through hands-on guidance and personal instruction on the Garden trails. This class is focused on creativity and experimentation to learn elements of lighting, exposure, camera settings and nighttime considerations such as painting with light. For digital or film SLR cameras with a tripod only. Instructed by Adam Rodriguez. Limit 10.
Thursday / May 3 / 7 - 10 p.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56

Sonoran Snakes Art Studio
They shake, they rattle, and they roll. Some are dangerous, most are not, but all are beautiful and highly regarded in many cultures. This art studio class will consist of an informative lecture at the beginning of the 1st class. We will then begin to draw and paint a variety of desert snakes using graphite, colored pencils and watercolor. All levels welcome. Materials list available with online listing. Instructed by Elaine Hultgren. Limit 15.
Thursdays / May 3, 10, 17and 24 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $130 / General Public: $162

Digital Desert Photography:  Getting Started
This is a hands-on-class for beginning digital camera users interested in learning which button to push, which setting to use, when to use it and how to create dramatically better-looking photos every time. This is not a class about theory – full of confusing jargon and detailed concepts. Class instruction emphasizes learning the functions and features of your digital camera for various shooting conditions and subjects. Also covered are basic composition, tips for taking better everyday pictures and the use of auto scene modes of your camera. Open to all digital camera owners. Some shooting in the Garden is included, and students should bring sample photos for critique. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 10.
Saturday and Wednesday / May 5 and 9 / Saturday / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. / Wednesday / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $70 / General Public: $88

Rhubarb Cooking Class
With its cherry-red stalk and bright green leaves, you couldn't ask for a prettier plant. Because it's the stalk that we eat, rhubarb is actually a vegetable — except in New York state, where a court declared in 1947 that rhubarb was a fruit! Rhubarb has been used for medical purposes for thousands of years, but this beauty truly belongs on the table. Its anti-inflammatory properties and nutritional profile make it a super food to add to your diet. In this class you will learn the story behind this amazing food plus some great ways to prepare and serve it—and none of them requires strawberries. Instructed by Ken Furtado. Limit 15.
Saturday / May 5 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Maximize your Irrigation System
A properly designed and installed irrigation system is essential to maximize efficiency and use the least amount of water possible to keep plants healthy. Most of us use whatever the builder or previous owner installed, and that often means a system that performs poorly and uses too much water. Learn how to identify and correct the performance-robbing problems in your irrigation system. The good news is that ripping out the old system and starting over is rarely needed. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Saturday / May 5 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $35 / General Public: $44

Barbara Fenzl's Summer Entertaining
Summer is right around the corner and "the living is easy." Barbara Fenzl, owner of Les Gourmettes Cooking School, television personality, and author of 3 Southwest cookbooks shows how to entertain with a menu that can mainly be done a day or two ahead of time so you can enjoy your guests and leave the oven on "off." Celebrating the flavors of summer, you'll learn how to create Bacon and Avocado Quesadillas with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce; Chilled Tomatillo and Cucumber Soup: Cumin-Cured Pork Tenderloin with Papaya Salsa; Asparagus with Cactus Chile Glaze; and Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars. Limit 15.
Sunday / May 6 / 12 - 2 p.m.
Members: $65 / General Public: $82

Opuntia
Explore the diversity of the one of the world’s most well know cacti, Opuntia. Known as the Prickly Pear to all we will delve into this amazing plant including some close relatives. This classroom and trailside experience will be taught by Scott McMahon, cactaceae collections manager at the Garden. Limit 25.
Tuesday / May 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $25 / General Public: $32
Children and Family Education

Gluten Free Baking with Almond Flour
Wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free baking just got easier. Now you can make amazingly moist breads, cookies, cakes, and crispy, high protein, low-carb crackers and breadings with a single flour. Chef Rachel will teach you how to use blanched almond flour in both sweet and savory recipes. One or two recipes will contain dairy; the rest will be wheat free, gluten free, and dairy-free. Instructed by Rachel Albert. Limit 15.
Wednesday / May 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Making Medicinal Creosote Salves
Learn how to make medicinal salves and other herbal preparations to improve your families’ health. The local creosote bush will be infused into an herbal salve, which students will take home. Also, you will learn how to make several different healthful herbal preparations, including an infusion, decoction and tincture (a concentrated herbal extract). Learn where you can get necessary supplies to make your own herbal remedies at home. Instructed by Linda Curry. Limit 20.
Saturday / May 12 / 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $35 / General Public: $44

Geology of the Grand Canyon
The geologic story of the Southwest cannot be told without examining its most important feature–the Colorado Plateau and its significance over geologic time. Learn about the age and formation of the Grand Canyon and other significant features of the Colorado Plateau, such as the red rocks of Sedona. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 24.
Tuesday / May 15 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Member: $20 / General Public: $25

Dinner with Dates
Date ranches once stretched from Glendale to Mesa, covering 300 acres and producing more than one million pounds of dates annually. Although the number of date trees has dwindled over the past 50 to 60 years, the Southwest is still home to some of the most delicious dates. Chef Rachel will share interesting facts about this ancient fruit. She will walk you through the ins and outs of buying, storing and adding dates to sweet, spicy and savory recipes from breakfast to dessert. Recipes will be wheat-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. Instructed by Rachel Albert. Limit 15.
Sunday / May 20 / 2 - 4 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Digital Desert Photography:  Next Steps
Learn the “Keys to photographic excellence”. An emphasis will be placed on intermediate photo skills and advanced set-up of your digital SLR camera. You will learn to take your camera off the auto scene modes and take charge of capturing images using the creative settings of the mode dial. Topics will include: creative use of exposure controls, auto focus options, metering and exposure, use of histograms and highlights, understanding the relationship between ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings, and image resolution and white balance. Hands-on assistance will be provided for you to set up your camera for varying lighting conditions and scenes using appropriate metering and focus options. Some shooting in the Gardens is included, and students should bring photos for class critique. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is best for DSLR camera owners. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 10.
Sunday and Wednesday / May 20 and 23 / Sunday / 1 - 5 p.m. / Wednesday / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $70 / General Public: $88
 

TRAVEL AND LEARNING

Japanese Friendship Garden Tour & Tea Ceremony
Escape to the Far East for this unique opportunity to visit the Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden for a specially arranged private garden tour and tea ceremony. The Japanese Friendship Garden, Ro Ho En, is an authentic 3-1/2 acre Japanese Stroll Garden with tea garden and tea house located in central Phoenix. This tranquil and beautiful setting features more than 1,500 tons of hand selected stone, footbridges, more than 50 varieties of plants, flowing streams and waterfall, and a pond with over 300 Koi fish. The garden was designed by landscape architects from Himeji, Japan. The tea ceremony, conducted by a Tea Master from the Urasenke Foundation, is based on an elegant ritual dating back to 11th century Japan.  Price includes roundtrip transportation, garden walking tour and private tea ceremony. For those self-driving to the program, please arrive to the Phoenix Japanese Friendship garden by 9:50 am. Limit 12.
Friday / March 2 / 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56

Wallace Garden Tour
Do not miss an exclusive opportunity to view and enjoy a private collection of desert plants from around the world without leaving town. Join us at Wallace Gardens in north Scottsdale for a gentle walking tour led by Lee Brownson. This tour on private trails not open to the general public features interpretation of the plants, their ecological importance, and the relationships they share with their environment. Highlights include a covered 6,000 square foot cactus pavilion uniquely designed for climate control, a boojum tree forest, and world-renowned collection of Ephedra, in addition to beautifully manicured garden spaces. Price includes a contribution to Wallace Gardens. Transportation not included. Directions will be provided with class confirmation. Limit 20.
Saturday / March 3 / 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $40 / General Public: $50

Rancho de los Caballeros Tour
Head out Wickenburg way for this popular seasonal outing featuring cowboy naturalist Richard Fredrickson of the famed Rancho de los Caballeros guest ranch in Wickenburg. This tour begins with a moderately difficult walk in the desert, treating nature lovers to a fabulous array of Sonoran Desert upland plant and animal species, local history, storytelling and ecology. The walk is loaded with nature interpretation and hands-on demonstrations, followed by a delicious lunch at the ranch’s historic cowboy-inspired dining room. This loop walk is approximately 1 1/2 miles long with minimal elevation change but does have some short sections of loose rocks and gravel. Lunch and gratuities are included. Transportation from the Garden departs at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Limit 20.
Thursday / March 8 / 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Members: $50 ($65 with Garden transportation)
General Public: $62 ($77 with Garden transportation)

Photographing Ghost Town
Grab your gear and sign up for an adventure photo session at Goldfield Ghost Town at the base of the Superstition Mountains. Home to numerous historic buildings and the famous Mammoth Gold Mine, Goldfield is a photography playground suitable for exploring and expanding your photographic skills.

For the best experience, students should have DSLR cameras or an advanced point-and-shoot with ability to capture images in the full manual mode. You should also be familiar with setting up your camera and measuring exposure for varying lighting conditions. For those familiar with HDR photography, this will offer opportunity to advance your skills.
Saturday / March 10 / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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