Programs & Events

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geology Walking Tour Guided by Rich Laveille

February 25, 2017   1:30pm

Geologist Rich Leveille takes visitors on the Main Trail to learn about the geology of the area. Compress two billion years of geologic history into one educational hour.

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Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk with Kathy & Tom

February 26, 2017   1:30pm

Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by desert plant enthusiasts and local authors Kathy & Tom McDonald.

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Guided Walk on the Main Trail

Every day in March   11:00 am

Arizona State Parks volunteers narrate arboretum history and point out colorful plants and birds plus seasonal changes on these daily guided walking tours.

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Mary Isham Watercolor Exhibit

Every Day in March   8am - 5pm

All month Boyce Thompson Arboretum will exhibit the works of painter and fabric artist Mary Isham. Come see her work which celebrates color in all flora and fauna.

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Thunder Gourd Workshop

March 4, 2017   10:00 am

Experienced gourd artists can learn how to make a "thunder gourd" which makes a dramatic and rumbling noise. A clean gourd and all materials are provided.

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Guided Bird Walk with Cynthia and Pete

March 4, 2017   8:30am

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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Intro to Gourd Art Basic Workshop

March 5, 2017   10:00 am

Beginners to gourd art can take this class to learn the basics of cleaning and preparation. A clean gourd and all materials are provided.

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Walk-In Terrarium Workshop

March 10, 11 and 12   9:30am - 3pm

Learn the history of terrariums and get step-by-step, hands-on instruction to assemble your own portable little garden-in-glass. Materials provided to participants.

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Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk with Jim Shepherd

March 11, 2017   1:30pm

Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepherd as he explains how Sonoran desert peoples used local foliage to survive.

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Spring Plant Sale

March 11 - 26, 2017   8am - 5pm

It's that time of year again! Support the Arboretum when you purchase one of our trees, shrubs, herbs, flowers, cacti or succulents for your personal garden. Free planting and landscaping advice will be available from our master gardeners on the weekends.

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Guided Bird Walk with Troy Corman

March 12, 2017

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk:

March 18, 2017   1:30pm

Volunteer tour guide Dave Oberpriller takes visitors through the park touring plants that are found in the Sinai Desert. A leisurely 90-minute tour that is wheelchair accessible.

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Sunday Tree Tour with Jeff Payne

March 19, 2017   1:30pm

Our monthly tour of the park's collection of trees takes us from the native to the exotic and back on this leisurely tour. Learn new tips on tree care and horticulture.

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Geology Walking Tour Guided by Phil St. George

March 25, 2017   1:30pm

Geologist Phil St. George takes visitors on the Main Trail to learn about the geology of the area. Compress two billion years of geologic history into one educational hour.

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Guided Bird Walk with Anne and Kathe

March 26, 2017   8:30am

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk with Dave Morris

March 26, 2017   1:30pm

Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by ethnobotanist and member of the Choctaw nation Dave Morris as he explains how Sonoran desert peoples used local foliage to survive.

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Guided Bird Walk with Kathe and Mark

April 1, 2017   8:30am

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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Guided Walk on the Main Trail

Every day in April   11am

Arizona State Parks volunteers narrate arboretum history and point out colorful plants and birds plus seasonal changes on these daily guided walking tours.

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‘Going Vertical’ Gardening Workshop With Pinal Master Gardeners

April 1, 2017   11am

Make some big changes in your garden! Learn about vertical gardening from Pinal County's Master Gardeners at this free workshop.

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Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert Guided Walk with Dave Morris

April 8, 2017   1:30pm

Walk the Curandero Trail on a slow-paced tour guided by ethnobotanist and member of the Choctaw nation Dave Morris as he explains how Sonoran desert peoples used local foliage to survive.

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Intro to Gourd Art Basic Workshop

April 8, 2017   10:00 am

Beginners to gourd art can take this class to learn the basics of cleaning and preparation. A clean gourd and all materials are provided.

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Guided Bird Walk with Kathe and Mark

April 9, 2017   8:30am

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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Pine Needle Coiling on Gourds Workshop

April 9, 2017   10am - 2pm

Students will learn to weave pine needles on the rim of a gourd to create a decorative finish.  A clean and prepared gourd and all materials are provided, but students may bring special feathers, beads or other adornments if they like.

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Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk:

April 15, 2017   1:30pm

Volunteer tour guide Dave Oberpriller takes visitors through the park touring plants that are found in the Sinai Desert. A leisurely 90-minute tour that is wheelchair accessible.

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Geology Walking Tour Guided by Scott McFadden

April 22, 2017   1:30pm

Geologist Phil St. George takes visitors on the Main Trail to learn about the geology of the area. Compress two billion years of geologic history into one educational hour.

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Guided Bird Walk with Cathy Wise and Steven Prager

April 23, 2017   8:30am

See bright red resident Northern Cardinals as well as dozens of other species seen and heard around the gardens every week.

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