Programs & Events

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Beginner's Painting Class with Chuck Davison

September 24, 2017   8am

Chuck Davison invites you to learn basic painting -- and take home your own unique piece -- following a beginners’ painting class where he’ll give step-by-step instruction and coaching to help beginners paint a colorful Dragonfly design.

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Edible, Useful & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert

September 24, 2017   8am

Ethnobotanist David Morris guides a leisurely one-hour stroll up the Curandero Trail,  pointing out prickly pear cacti, mesquite trees, agaves and many more native plants of the Sonoran Desert.

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Intro to Photography Workshop, Walk & Guided Shoot

September 24, 2017   10am

A quintet of photographers volunteer a day here at the Arboretum each month -- sharing their camera skills and coaching beginners. The goal is to share a few basic camera lessons while photographing the gardens. These photo walks include time for participants to learn basic camera functions ranging from aperture and exposure to white balance.

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Intro to Cameras Guided Walk for Beginner-to-Intermediate Photographers

September 24, 2017   10am

These photo walks include time for participants to learn basic camera functions ranging from aperture and exposure to white balance. In addition, participants will be able to ask their specific questions answered in a supportive small groups, each with a friendly camera coach whose goal is to "put the fun in camera functions, and eliminate aspects of photography that can be intimidating to beginners."

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Guided Bird Walk Friday with Lisa & Peggy

October 6, 2017   8:30am

Fall-Winter migrating birds visit the gardens in October; visit this week to see  chorus around the gardens. Sharpen your birding skills on a bird walk guided by Lisa & Peggy at 8:30 a.m.

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Saturday History Walking Tour with Sylvia Lee

October 7, 2017   10am

Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee narrates this two-hour walking tour focused on the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson, and his Arboretum.

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Guided Bird Walk with AZ Audubon Naturalists Steven & Cathy

October 7, 2017   8:30am

Fall-Winter migrating birds visit the gardens in October; join a guided bird walk this month to hear their chorus around the gardens. Sharpen your birding skills on a bird walk guided by Arizona Audubon naturalists Steven & Cathy.

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Guided Bird Walk with Kathe Anderson

October 8, 2017   8:30am

Fall-Winter migrating birds visit the gardens in October; visit this week to see  chorus around the gardens. Sharpen your birding skills on a bird walk guided by Lisa & Peggy at 8:30 a.m.

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Butterfly Walk with Gail Morris - A

October 8, 2017   9:00am - 11:00am

Butterfly researcher Gail Morris coordinates the Southwest Monarch Migration Study -- and guides a special Sunday walk through the gardens: a slow-paced tour where you can see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more.

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Fall Plant Sale

October 14-29, 2017   8:00am - 5:00pm

Need planting and landscaping advice? Arboretum staff are joined by helpful volunteers from Pinal County's Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program there to advise and assist buyers with suggestions for trees and smaller plants ideal for awide range of landscaping projects.

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Agave Nectar, Mesquite Flour, and a Taste of Desert Edibles with Jim Shepherd

October 14, 2017   1:30pm - 2:30pm

During his walk, Jim narrates ways cacti, ratany, agaves and jojobas have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than 1,000 years.

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Tree Tour with Miguel Hernandez

October 15, 2017   8:00am

If you love all things sylvan and want to learn more about trees – don’t miss this relaxed, slow-paced tour featuring Arboretum staff; a chance to learn about trees both native to the Sonoran Desert and exotic, with a skilled professional's tips on tree care and horticulture.

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Guided Bird Walk with Lisa Murphy

October 20, 2017   8:30am

Fall-Winter migrating birds visit the gardens in October. Sharpen your birding skills and join a guided bird walk this month to hear their chorus around the gardens.

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Digital Photographers Roundtable: Lightroom, Photoshop, and More

October 21, 2017   10am

Photographers of all skill levels who enjoy digital image post-processing are invited to meet in the Smith Building Lecture room, beginners are definitely welcome to attend this popular recurring meetup, which expands this year to include programs and platforms beyond LightRoom.

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Guided Bird Walk with Mark Ochs

October 21, 2017   8:30am

Fall-Winter migrating birds visit the gardens in October. Sharpen your birding skills and join a guided bird walk this month to hear their chorus around the gardens.

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Guided Bird Walk with Anne Leight

October 22, 2017   8:30am

Fall-Winter migrating birds visit the gardens in October. Sharpen your birding skills and join a guided bird walk this month to hear their chorus around the gardens.

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Edible, Useful, and Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert

October 22, 2017

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Home Schoolers "Backyard Butterflies"

October 24, 2017   11am - 1pm

Homeschool families will gather on special days where kids can learn during the same programs and guided tours popular with thousands of public school kids. October 24 brings the Tuesday debut for a new workshop on ‘Backyard Butterflies’.

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Butterfly Walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

October 28, 2017   9:30am

This leisurely guided outing proceeds along paths that are wheelchair-accessible, exploring our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections.

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Geology Walking Tour Guided by Phil St. George

October 28, 2017   1:30am

Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a tour with professional geologist Phil St. George as your guide for a lively tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour!

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Guided Bird Walks in November

November 3, 4, 12, 17, 18, and 26   8:30am

Red-naped Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush and other Fall-Winter migrant birds have returned to the gardens by November; join a guided bird walk this month to sharpen your birding skills.

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'Container Gardening' with Pinal Master Gardeners

November 4, 2017   11am

Green-thumbed volunteers with Pinal County's Superstition Mountain Master program present ‘Container Gardening’ Nov. 4 when their Saturday series of 11am outdoor workshops resumes at the Arboretum.

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'Arboretum Pictures from the Past' Slideshow and History Talk

November 4, 2017   10:00am

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

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Agave, Mesquite and Prickly Pear: Edible Desert Plants with David Morris

November 11, 2017   1:30pm

Join ethnobotanist David Morris and hear the edible and useful qualities of plants along the Curandero Trail duirng a leisurely one-hour guided walk.

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Beginning Oil and Acrylic Painting Two-Day Workshop with Carla Keaton

November 12-13, 2017

Professional artist Carla Keaton expands upon her popular series of ‘art & wine’ basic painting classes with a new 2-day course for beginning painters to master basic techniques, properly use tools and media, and apply color strategically – and with flair!

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Home Schoolers "Backyard Butterflies"

November 17, 2017   11am - 1pm

Homeschool families will gather on special days where kids can learn during the same programs and guided tours popular with thousands of public school kids.

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Home School Days at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

November 17, 2017   11:00am

Homeschool families will gather on special days where both kids and adults learn, having access to the same programs and guided tours popular with thousands of public school kids.

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Tree Tour with Certified Arborist Jeff Payne

November 19, 2017   1:30pm

If you love all things sylvan and want to learn more about trees – don’t miss this relaxed, slow-paced tour featuring Arboretum staff; a chance to learn about trees both native to the Sonoran Desert and exotic, with a skilled professional's tips on tree care and horticulture.

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Thanksgiving Weekend Fall Foliage Finale Festival

November 25 - 26, 2017   11am - 3pm

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is THE place for Arizona's Fall Foliage Finale; leaves in the famous grove of pistachio trees usually change one glorious month after the colorful aspen and maple leaves have already fallen and denuded trees of Arizona's higher elevation deciduous forests – perfectly timed to be at peak color during the latter two weeks of November, and Thanksgiving weekend.

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Geology Walking Tour Guided by Rich Leveille

November 25, 2017   1:30pm

Learn about Pinal schist, the volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff.

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Home Schoolers "Backyard Butterflies"

December 7, 2017   11am - 1pm

Homeschool families will gather on special days where kids can learn during the same programs and guided tours popular with thousands of public school kids.

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Home School Days: Edible and Medicinal Desert Plants

December 7, 2017   11am - 1pm

Homeschool families are invited to gather on special days where they can  partake of the same programs and guided tours popular with thousands of public school kids.

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