Programs & Events

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Geology Tour

Saturday, July 27, 2019   8 a.m.

Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a tour with a professional geologist as your guide for a lively tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history.


Lizard Walk

Saturdays, June 29 and July 13, 2019   8 a.m.

Arizona lizards do comical pushups to display their blue bellies - attend a tour guided by Casa Grande outdoor educator Phil Rakoci who will be accompanied by AZ Game and Fish Department's Audrey Owens.


Dragonfly Walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Saturday, July 6, 2019   8:30 a.m.

Observe the remarkable aerobatics of dragonflies and learn about their fascinating life cycle on a morning stroll. Maricopa Audubon Program Director Laurie Nessel will guide the walk.


History of the Arboretum - Presentation

Saturday, July 6, 2019   10:00 a.m.

Phoenix historian and author Sylvia Lee guides monthly walking tours while narrating nuggets of Arboretum history while placing her anecdotes in perspective next to 1920s structures, and the very first trees planted here.


Digital Photographers Meet

Saturday, July 20, 2019   10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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


Arboretum Members Only - Bat Night

Saturday, July 20, and September 21, 2019   7-10 p.m.

"Bat Night" with Arizona Game & Fish is your chance to see these fascinating creatures up close. Join AZGF field biologists here at the Arboretum for an unforgettable members-only event.


Butterfly Walk

Saturday, July 20, 2019   8:30 a.m.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is a hub for local pollinators, making it a perfect place to learn about butterflies in the great outdoors!


Edible and Medicinal Plants Tour

Sunday, July 28, 2019   8 a.m.

Did wind-blown pollen from jojoba shrubs prompt you to reach for the anti-histamines last month? Spring flowers on these ubiquitous shrubs should produce a crop of seeds during mid-Summer; if your only familiarity with jojoba is from skin lotion, be here Saturday afternoon to learn a few more uses for these wax-packed seeds.