Programs & Events

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geology Guided Walk with Phil St. George

March 24 and April 28, 2018   1:30 p.m.

Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on an informative tour with professional geologist Phil St. George.


Future Home School Days

March 25 and April 26, 2018   11:00 a.m.

Home School families are invited to gather and learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail during a two-hour learning activity hosted by professional geologist Scott McFadden. Amble through the Arboretum's rocky areas where kids and learn about granite, schist, quartz and other rocks commonly found in local backyards and parks. 


Home School ‘Tree’ Education

April 26, 2018   11:00 a.m.

Home School families are invited to gather and network on special days arranged for them to learn curricula and attend tours. Our April Home School topic is simply...Trees!. BTA is a natural fit for the study of trees thanks to the robust and diverse population of trees that reside on the premises.


Wildlife Photography Workshop with Arizona's Bruce Taubert

April 28, 2018   9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Bruce Taubert has been photographing Arizona's wildlife for forty years! His extensive experience has resulted in an intimate knowledge of the subject rich with experience and anecdotes like netting bats after dark, to staying calm while face-to-face with massive bull elk on the Mogollon Rim. Taubert will narrate photographs, share anecdotes and explain exposure and composition techniques from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., also answering questions and discussing photography after class.


Acoustic Outdoor Concert Featuring Trio Rio

April 28, 2018   11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Pack a cooler, bring your friends, and join the fun in our picnic area with Trio Rio! These accomplished musicians dub their music "acoustic Americana" and are actually a four person trio (yes, its real)! 


Pictures From Our Past - History of Boyce Thompson Arboretum

May 6, 2018   10:00 a.m.

During an hour inside our air-conditioned Lecture Room, Sylvia Lee will show images of vintage historic structures and arboretum gardens while sharing her behind-the-scenes knowledge from spending the past decade researching the history of Boyce Thompson Arboretum.


Arizona's Best Butterfly Photography Walk with Marceline VandeWater

May 26, 2018   9:00 a.m.


Arizona Lizard Habitat Workshop

June 9, 2018   8:00 a.m.

Casa Grande based outdoor educator Phil Rakoci will guide event participants on a walk through the amazing Arizona lizard habitat of Boyce Thompson!