Programs & Events

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Home Schoolers

March 30, 2017   10am

Tour guide Jim Shepherd leads a morning studying Plants of the Bible Lands.

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Weekend Wildflower Walks in April

Saturdays and Sundays in April   10am

State Parks volunteers guide our popular Weekend Wildflower Walks – join either day for a chance to see, photograph and learn about Arroyo Lupine above Ayer Lake, Desert Wishbone along the Switchbacks, Wild Cucumber along Queen Creek - and a dozen other ephemeral flowers here at BTA.

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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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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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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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Friday Bird Walk with Lisa and Peggy

April 21, 2017   8:30am

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

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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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Home Schoolers "Edible Desert Plants" Activity

April 27, 2017   10am

Tour guide Jim Shepherd leads a morning exploring the Arboretum’s  popular module “Edible-Medicinal Desert Plants”. Pre-registration is required.

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