Programs & Events

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arboretum Members Only - Bat Night

Saturday, September 21, 2019   7-10 p.m.

"Bat Night" with Arizona Game & Fish is your chance to see these fascinating creatures up close. Join AZGF field biologists here at the Arboretum for an unforgettable members-only event.


Book Club: People of the Blue Water

Friday, October 4, 2019   9 a.m.

Flora Gregg, a young school teacher in Oklahoma, first heard of the Havasupai Indians, a small Arizona tribe, in 1900.


The Prickly Garden: Desert and Desert-adapted Plants for your Garden

Saturday, October 5, 2019   11 a.m.

Do you know how to choose and use cacti and succulents in your garden? Learn how to select, safely transplant, and care for a variety of cactus and succulents that are proven to do well in the Sonoran Desert with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners.


Dragonfly Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Sunday, October 6, 2019   8:30 a.m.

Observe the remarkable aerobatics of dragonflies and learn about their fascinating life cycle on a morning stroll. Maricopa Audubon Program Director Laurie Nessel will guide the walk.


Top 10 Landscape Plants Walk

October 11, 2019   10 a.m.

Bring photos or blueprints of your yard, patio or landscape and get expert advice on ideal trees, shrubs, cacti, flowers and herbs that thrive in our beautiful corner of Arizona.


Edible and Medicinal Plants Tour

October 12 and 27, 2019   1:30 p.m.

Learn the edible and medicinal uses of native desert plants along our Curandero Trail on a leisurely walk guided by Jim Shepherd.


Photography - Walking Workshop

Sunday, October 13, 2019   9-11 a.m.

This is a fun, interactive beginner/intermediate recurring monthly class. Class coaches teach a specific lesson and then we all go out into the arboretum to practice the lesson.


Butterfly Walk

Saturday, October 19, 2019   8:30 a.m.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is a hub for local pollinators, making it a perfect place to learn about butterflies in the great outdoors!


Geology Tour

Saturday, October 26, 2019   1:30 p.m.

Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a tour with a professional geologist as your guide for a lively tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history.


Gourd Art Class: Basics & Beyond

Tuesday, October 29, 2019   9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This class is perfect for beginners or for repeat students wanting to improve their skills. Participants will cover the basics of gourd art.