Programs & Events

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Daily Guided Tours

Ongoing Daily   11:00 a.m.

Arboretum volunteers narrate the history of Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden while pointing out colorful plants and birds during a relaxed walk to observe seasonal changes.

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Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walks

January 14, February 11, March 11, 2018   1:30 p.m.

During this once-a-month Sunday walk, Rich Adams guides his tour past palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other Plants of the Bible Land.

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Stitching Classes with Cindy Adams

January 15, 22, 29, 2018   9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Students will learn casting on and the basic knit stitch, how to purl and to combine the knit and purl stitch to create patterns, as well as, learn to bind off and finish a piece.

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Nouveau Jardin Tour - en Francais

January 21, 2018   10:00am

S'il vous plaît venez rejoindre notre nouveau jardin tour - en Français.    Whether you’re learning French or speak the language, we’re offering a new tour guided in Gallic – a chance to walk the 1.5 mile long main trail through Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park and hear narration about familiar gardens and scenery, that most romantic of all Romance languages.

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Australia Day Means Didgeridoos & Walk-a-Bouts

January 27, 2018

Didgeridoo Jam and Australian stories beneath the eucalyptus and gum trees with Gold Canyon ‘didge’ player Bernie Haley and friends.

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Geology Walking Tour Guided by Scott McFadden

January 27, 2018   1:30pm

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

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Edible-Medicinal Sonoran Desert Plants Walk by Dave Morris

January 28, 2018   1:30pm

Ethno-botanist Dave Morris guides this one-hour walk where you'll see prickly pear cacti, the towering stalks of our native Agave chrysantha, and mesquite trees – and learn practical uses for desert plants that have fed, clothed and healed Sonoran dwellers for 1,000 years. 

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Friday Bird Walk with Lisa & Peggy

February 2, 2018   8:30 a.m.

Join your guides Lisa & Peggy for a Friday bird walk at the Arboretum! This is a great way to get into birding and to sharpen your identification skills.

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Plants of the Bible Lands Lecture: Agriculture in Ancient Israel

February 17, 2018   1:30 p.m.

David Oberpriller has guided popular “Plants of the Bible Lands" walks around the Arboretum for more than a decade, pointing out plants mentioned in the Bible that can grow and thrive here in AZ, and sharing anecdotes from scripture.

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Friday Bird Walk with Lisa and Peggy

February 2, 2018   8:30am

Join guides Lisa & Peggy for a Friday bird walk at the Arboretum.  It’s a great way to get into birding and to sharpen your locating and identification skills. Beginners are encouraged to attend.

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Pinal Master Gardeners Workshop: 'Succulents: Out of Africa'

February 3, 2018   11:00 a.m.

Our green-thumbed volunteers of Pinal County's Superstition Mountain Master program present to you...‘Succulents Out of Africa'.

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History Walking Tour Sunday with Sylvia Lee

February 3, April 1, and June 2, 2018   10:00 a.m.

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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Saturday History Walking Tour with Sylvia Lee

February 3, 2018   10:00am

You may have walked through Arboretum gardens and trails a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine cavalry soldiers camped in this region in the late 1800s? 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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Painting Class for Beginners - Intermediates

February 4, March 4, April 8, 2018   11:00 a.m.

Ever wanted to try your hand with a brush and canvas or maybe you just need to fine tune your painting skills? Enroll in the watercolor painting class that accomplished local artist Chuck Davison will coach on three separate dates starting Feb.4.

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Stitching Class: Freeform Shawl

February 5, 2018   9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Create a beautiful shawl of your own design. Ideas will be shared, but each knitter’s creation will be unique.

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Wednesday Workshop - Basic Gourd Art, Thunder Gourds, Pine Needle Coiling

February 7, thru April 4, 2018   9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday Workshops are designed to inspire thought while evoking the creativity within you. Choose from varying levels and join us for a great time!

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Edible-Medicinal Sonoran Desert Plants Walk Guided by Jim Shepherd

February 10, 2018   1:30pm

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.

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Guided Bird Walks

February 11, 17, 25, 2018   8:30 a.m.

 Arboretum guided bird walks are an ideal way to get into birding and to sharpen your locating and identification skills! Beginners are always welcome at this exciting event.

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Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walks

February 11, and March 11, 2018   1:30 p.m.

The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

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Photography for Beginners-Informal Workshop & Outdoor Shoot

February 11, 2018   9:00am

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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Lightroom, PhotoShop & Digital Image Post Processing

February 17 and March 10, 2018   10:00am

Photographers of all skill levels who enjoy digital image post processing are invited to meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Smith Building Lecture room. Beginners are definitely encouraged to attend this popular recurring meet up, which includes programs and platforms beyond just Photoshop and LightRoom.

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Tree Tour

January 21, February 18, March 18, and April 15, 2018   1:30 p.m.

See trees native to the Sonoran Desert as well as other more  'exotic ' specimens.Learn tips on tree care from skilled professional's to ensure your trees at home are kept in tip top shape!

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Needlework Class: Beginning Crochet Stitching

February 19, 26, 2018   9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Students will learn chain stitch, single and double crochet. Also, how to increase and decrease and use these stitches to make decorative patterns. All materials are provided.

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Geology Walking Tour Guided by Scott McFadden

February 24, 2018   1:30pm

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

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Guided Bird Walks

March 11, 17, 2018 and April 7, 2018   8:30 a.m.

Arboretum guided bird walks are an ideal way to get into birding and to sharpen your locating and identification skills! Beginners are always welcome at this exciting event.

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