Programs & Events

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

General Tours at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Daily, January 2 thru 31, 2019   11:00 a.m.

Arboretum volunteers narrate the history of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden, and point out colorful plants and birds during this guided nature walk.


Photography: Walking Workshop

January 13, 2019   9:00 a.m.

Walking Workshop is a fun, interactive beginner/intermediate recurring monthly photography class.


Tai-Chi Chi-Gong

January 15, 22 & 29, 2019   10:00 a.m.

This standing or sitting practice moves your chi (energy), improving circulation, relaxation, and overall wellbeing. meet at the Visitor Center and practice in a variety of beautiful places in the Arboretum.



January 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 & 31, 2019   1:00 p.m.

Enjoy an all-level yoga session with Deborah Joya in the serenity and beauty of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.


Guided Meditation

January 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 & 31, 2019   2:30 p.m.

The Arboretum’s atmosphere of beauty, peace, nature, and wildlife is the perfect place for the healing practice of meditation. Meditation is like a reset for the brain and impacts all of our body systems. Join us for a relaxing mediation session at the Arboretum.


Guided Walking Meditation

January 17, 24 & 31, 2019   9:00 a.m.

The big trees, flowers, and butterflies of the Arboretum along with Deborah Joy’s intuitive guidance encourages us to take a break from those unnecessary thoughts and find the peace and joy within.


Digital Photographers Meet

January 19 and February 16, , 2019   10:00 a.m.

Photographers of all skill levels who enjoy digital image post-processing are invited to meet in the Smith Building lecture room.


Geology Tour

January 26, 2019   1:30 p.m.

Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a tour with professional geologist, and your guide Rich Leveile.


Edible and Medicinal Plants Tour

January 27, 2019   1:30 p.m.

Learn the edible and medicinal uses of native desert plants on a walk along our Curandero Trail.


Bird Walk

February 1, 2, 10,15, 16, 24 2019   8:30 a.m.

Engaging bird walk guides Lisa Murphy and Peggy Trantham invite all who love birds to join them for a walk around the main trail. Arboretum guided bird walks are an ideal way to get into birding and to sharpen your skills!


Book Club and Author Meet: The Red Light Runner by Bobbi Lancaster

February 1, 2019   9:00 a.m.

The Red Light Runner by Bobbi Lancaster is her compelling memoir detailing her life and her transition from Bob to Bobbi. Meet the author as she joins our meeting to discuss her book and her life.


Switching to Manual with Michael Madsen

February 2, 2019   10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Gilbert artist Michael Madsen will be offering a beginning to intermediate photography workshop on switching to manual. Madsen has traveled much of Arizona in search of the perfect picture; on this Saturday he will coach beginning to intermediate photographers who are ready to harness the horsepower of their digital cameras by getting past the "auto" settings in favor of manually controlling their own aperture, shutter speeds, and ISO.


History Tour

February 3, 2019   10:00 a.m.

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


Gourd Art Class: Pine Needle Coiling

February 6, 2019   9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Students will learn to weave pine needles on the rim of a gourd to create a decorative finish.


Keaton Fine Art “Paint and Wine”

February 17, 2019   12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Carla Keaton, owner of the Keaton Fine Art Gallery, is leading a series of ‘Paint and Wine’ classes Sunday, February 17, and Saturday, March 16.