Programs & Events

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Wednesday Workshop - Basic Gourd Art, Thunder Gourds, Pine Needle Coiling

February 7, thru April 4, 2018   9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday Workshops are designed to inspire thought while evoking the creativity within you. Choose from varying levels and join us for a great time!


Tree Tour

January 21, February 18, March 18, and April 15, 2018   1:30 p.m.

See trees native to the Sonoran Desert as well as other more  'exotic ' specimens.Learn tips on tree care from skilled professional's to ensure your trees at home are kept in tip top shape!


Guided Tours at 10:00 a.m. Daily

Daily Guided Tours   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Arboretum volunteers narrate the history of Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden, they point out colorful plants and birds and lead a relaxed walk to observe seasonal changes – starting at 10:00 a.m. each day of March and April.


Guided Bird Walks

March 2, 3, 11, 16, 17, 25, 2018 and April 7, 2018   8:30 a.m.

Arboretum guided bird walks are an ideal way to get into birding and to sharpen your locating and identification skills! Beginners are always welcome at this exciting event.


Painting Class for Beginners - Intermediates

March 4, and April 8, 2018   11:00 a.m.

Ever wanted to try your hand with a brush and canvas? Maybe it's just time to fine tune your skills? Accomplished local artist Chuck Davidson will arm you with both knowledge and skill associated with watercolor painting. 


Spring Plant Sale

March 9 thru 25, 2018   8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All trees, shrubs, herbs, flowers, cacti and succulents are priced right and looking for their forever homes!


Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Guided Walk

March 10, 25, 2018   1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Choctaw nation ethno-botanist Dave Morris narrates Sunday guided walks Feb. 25 and also March 25 explaining edible and medicinal uses of native desert plants along the Curandero Trail.


Tree Tour

March 18 and April 15, 2018   1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The word "arboretum" is defined as a living collection of trees , what guided tour could be more fitting than a once-a-month ‘Trees of BTA’ guided walk?


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. 


History Walking Tour with Sylvia Lee

April 1, 2018   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, and imagine cavalry soldiers camped there in the late 1800s! See obscure BTA attractions...You may have walked our trails a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens!


Thunder Gourd Workshop

April 4, 2018   9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Have you ever made a thunder gourd? Most people haven't, but they're so cool!


Wildflower Walk at Ten O'clock

April 7, 8, 21, 22, 2018   10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Learn to identify penstemons, poppies and primrose! Our wildly popular wildflower walks coincide with the annual spring desert green-up! Join us at the arboretum to witness this stunningly beautiful yearly occurrence. 


Master Gardener Workshop:

April 7, 2018   11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Learn to be a master gardener from Green-thumbed volunteers of Pinal County's Superstition Mountain Master program! Their program ‘Pollinators – the Birds & The Bees’ is full of valuable information for both novice and experienced gardeners and concludes their annual workshops for the season.