Programs & Events

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Friday Guided Walks with Birding Experts Lisa & Peggy

May 6, June 1, July 6, August 3, 2018   6:30 a.m.

Join guides Lisa & Peggy for a Friday bird walk at the Arboretum! This is a great way to get into birding, sharpen your skills and get some exercise. Beginners are always encouraged and welcome.


Digital Photography Monthly Meet-Up

May 19, June 23, July 21, August 18, 2018   10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This fun and informative monthly meet-up, is a place where participants can both share and learn the current trends in digital image processing.


Arboretum Tree Tour: Sonoran Desert Natives and Exotics from Afar

May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, 2018   8:00 a.m.

The word "arboretum" is defined as a living collection of trees...Join us to learn about the native and exotic species within the Arboretum.


Rocks & Geology Guided Walk

May 26, June 23, July 28, August 25, 2018   8:00 a.m.

Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on an informative tour through the arboretum.


Agave Nectar, Nopalitos & Tastes of the Sonoran Desert

June 2 and July 7, 2018   8:00 am

Learn about plants along our Curandero Trail on a leisurely guided walk with desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepherd. You'll see prickly pear cacti, mesquite trees and more! Plus, you'll have a chance to taste a few desert edible samples ranging from prickly pear jelly to nopalitos, mesquite flour, and agave nectar.


Painting Class for Beginners - Intermediates

June 10 and July 8, 2018   11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Ever wanted to try your hand with a brush and canvas? Maybe it's just time to fine tune your skills? Accomplished local artist Chuck Davidson will arm you with both knowledge and skill associated with watercolor painting. 


Butterflies of Arizona with Ron Rutowski

June 23, 2018   8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Join a guided butterfly walk each month this Summer -- a chance to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more.


Natural Remedies: Immune System and Allergies

June 23 and 24, 2018   See Description

Sedona herbalist Feather Jones hosts creative workshops in making salves, teas and wild herb infusions from native plants. Feather will host guided walks along the Curandero Trail and through our herb garden. Workshops to follow hike in the air-conditioned lecture room.


Macro Photography Class with Paul Landau

June 23, 2018   6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The human eye can only look so close; Scottsdale photographer Paul Landau has learned to capture microscopic scenes with his camera, revealing intricacies and patterns almost invisible to the human eye.


Sonoran Desert Bird Species: A Sunday Bird Walk with Homer Hansen

June 24, 2018   6:30 a.m.

Here’s a chance for birders to sharpen their skills alongside a pro – Hansen is the course instructor for the Tucson Audubon Society's Moving to Mastery birding workshops, he’s a popular presenter and trip leader at Arizona birding festivals.


After-Hours Event: Creepy Crawlies! Arizona's Scorpions, Snakes, and Spiders!

June 30, 2018   5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Bring your kids for a special family after-hours evening to learn fact from fiction about Arizona's scorpions, snakes and spiders.


Improve Photography Skills and Photo Essentials with Alex Coleman

June 30, 2018   10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Learn basics photography or improve your current skills with Alex Coleman, award-winning nature and travel photographer! This new hands-on class begins with an outdoor shoot around the trails and colorful gardens of Boyce Thompson Arboretum!


Historic Photos: Slideshow & Local History

July 7, 2018   10:00 a.m.

Phoenix historian and author Sylvia Lee guides monthly walking tours while narrating nuggets of Arboretum history and putting her anecdotes in perspective next to 1920s structures, and the very first trees planted here.


Learn Your Arizona Lizards- Guided Tour

August 11, 2018   8:00 a.m.

Learn about lizards of the Sonoran Desert during a 90-minute hike through the arboretum.