Educators, Students & Groups
A natural learning environment
- Guided Field Trip: Sonoran Desert Adventure: K-8
- Self-Guided Group Tours: For students of all ages
- Teacher Workshops
- Girl Scouts
Our programs engage K-8 teachers and students with the Garden’s unique resources with a hands-on, inquiry-based learning experience—and a dose of fun—to help them enjoy the Sonoran Desert and care about it. 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).
Guided Field Trips for the 2018-2019 school year are available Oct. 15, 2018 through May 10, 2019.
- $6.50 per student, teacher, teacher's aide and chaperone.
- $3 fee per person for the Butterfly Pavilion (available Oct. 16-Nov. 16, 2018 and March 4-May 10, 2019).
- Grant funding may be available for Title 1 Schools
- Passes, Memberships and coupons are not accepted.
Field Trip Program Summaries - all field trips last two hours unless otherwise noted
Grade levels suggested based on standards addressed during field trip.
Biomimicry: Nature as a Problem Solver (grades 3-8) Standards
Inspired by nature, students design, build and test their creative solutions to solve human problems.
Sensational Search: Using your Senses to Explore (Kindergarten) 90 minutes Standards
Students explore the living and non-living elements of the Sonoran Desert with their five senses through a variety of interactive, hands-on activities. Pre & Post Activities
Desert Buddies: Habitats and Organism Interactions (1stgrade) Standards
Students examine interconnections between living things as they search for Sonoran Desert Buddies- plants and animals that help each other survive. Pre & Post Activities.
Butterfly Beginnings: Butterfly Lifecycles (Grades K-2) Standards
Students journey through different stages of the butterfly life cycle and observe living examples in our Butterfly Pavilion. (Available October 16th-November 16thand March 4th- May 10th) Pre & Post Activities
Add-on Butterfly Pavilion
Customize any of the above field trips by adding a visit to our Butterfly Pavilion when available (Available October 16th-November 16thand March 4th- May 10th)
- To receive a refund, you must send a written cancelation request at least 14 days before the scheduled date of your field trip. Please send your written request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Actual attendance counts must be provided to Garden staff and confirmed with the lead teacher’s signature upon arrival. Refunds will be provided for absent students and chaperones if actual attendance fulfills at least 85% of the number provided at booking. Schools will be invoiced for students and chaperones in excess of projected numbers provided at booking (excludes grant recipients).
If you have additional questions, please contact our Children's Registrar, at 480.481.8121 or Abbie Smith, Science Curriculum Coordinator at 480.941.3515 or email email@example.com.
Sponsored by 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.