Guidelines for a Pleasant Visit-Information Release-History

Most Special Events Included With Admission
$10 for Adults, $5 for Ages 5-12

Daily Guided Walking Tours "From Saguaros to Tequila Plants" at 11:00 am
Our volunteer tourguides research, study and prepare themselves to answer an array of interesting questions – just ask veteran guide Rich Adams. Guests often ask whether its true that Saguaro cacti grow arms to counter-balance the trunk; what plant tequila is distilled from, whether an extract from creosote bush produces the pungent coating on railroad ties - and if palm trees are native to Arizona. Where does BTA get its water? And how do those massive boulders of volcanic rock stay in place above the ‘Switchbacks’ section trail below Picketpost Mansion? Learn about the Sonoran Desert and hear the answers to those and many more questions on a guided 11a.m. tour; they're included with daily admission of $10 (free, for our BTA annual members), and depart from the breezeway lobby of BTA's visitor center daily at 11am. Read more about Daily Guided Tours

One O'Clock Guided Wildflower Walks March 26, 28, 29
in April our Thursday and Saturday tours move to 10 AM
Staff and volunteers report more flowers every day along our trails - and guided wildflower walks at 1:00 pm will be every Thursday and Saturday of March - with a bonus Sunday walk March 29. Flower walks continue in April -- but start earlier, moving to 10am. What's to see during this week? Early-season flowers such as rhyolite bush (Ragged Rock Flower), purple bladderpod, miner's lettuce, bluedicks, desert phlox, blue lupines, apricot globemallow, Mormon tea, jojoba, London rocket and henbit. Watch for vines of the Wild Cucumber (Marah gilensis) seen in shaded spots along the Main Trail. Clusters of flowers are fingernail-wide and cream-white, the little flowers resemble starfish -- and the vines growing from the Wild Cucumber tuber are truly impressive, some already 10-feet-tall! Learn more about these "Jack And The Beanstalk" vines any day this month a guided walking tour - walks that circle our 1.5 mile main trail daily starting at 11:00am and included with Arboretum admission of $10 for adults or $5 for kids (and at no charge, of course, for our annual members and visitors with annual AZ State Parks pass). Connect on facebook for up-to-the-minute flower updates and photos:
https://www.facebook.com/boycethompsonarboretum

March 23- 29 Spring Plant Sale
daily from 8am-5pm
Stock-up on plants for your garden, backyard or patio; many of the plants available for purchase during this seasonal fundraiser are grown by arboretum horticultural staff in our own nurseries here on-site. Read more plant sale Special events. Consider annual membership, a bargain at $50 for a couple or $75 for a family. Experienced arboretum horticultural staff and Pinal County master gardeners are on hand weekends during the plant sale to answer your questions about plants and landscaping. Arboretum staff grow the plants for the sale and also maintain many of these same plants in our gardens and exhibits - they know firsthand how these plants perform, from nursery pot to maturity in an Arizona garden and landscape. Got a University of Arizona ID? The Arboretum is affiliated with UA's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, so bring your CatCard or other UA I.D. during the Spring Plant Sale because our regular $10 daily admission is waived for UA employees and students. Guided nature walks are offered most weekends year-round, and during March-April there are daily 11 a.m. general tours included with daily admission. Invite friends and bring a picnic; explore the scenic gardens and walk more than two miles of paths and trails during a day trip. The arboretum is a College of Agriculture And Life Sciences affiliate, about a 90-minute drive from campus. You may even bring a dog; the arboretum welcomes leashed and well-behaved pets.

Craft Classes: Wine Bottle WindChimes March 26, Terrariums & More April
fees $30-$85; have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll
Classes & dates: Wine Bottle Wind Chimes March 26; Clay Pot Wreaths April 2, Build-a-Terrarium April 4 & April 30; Tipsy Pots April 9, Gourd Masks April 11-12;. Basic Gourd Art April 22; Advanced Gourd Art with Pine Needle Coiling April 23y. Specific questions about these workshops? Call Lacey at 520.689.2723 or email lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu

Friday Yoga for BTA members-only March 27
4:00-5:00PM in the Smith Building Lobby - continues April 3, 10, 17 and 24
Free to BTA members and their guests, we offer a relaxed Friday afternoon session for all-levels fusing various styles of hatha yoga. Meet in the Smith Building lobby, located between the display greenhouses from 4:00-5:00. Classes are free to BTA annual members and their guests. Yoga coach Lance has been teaching the style since 2001. He has a degree in sociology/religious studies and possesses an extensive background in massage therapy and instruction. Questions? email Lacey lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu

Geology walking tour Saturday, March 28 at 1:30 PM with Steve Semken
** tour at 1:30pm repeats March 28 with Steve Semken as guide
Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour with ASU Professor Steve Semkenthat compresses almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour! Learn about Pinal schist, the volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff. Rich Leveille returns April 25.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party March 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.
$18 Arboretum Members; $28 Non-Members
Mixed-media artist Jenn Jensen will coach a hat-making workshop followed by high tea (tea, light sandwiches, desserts) prepared by Tall Order Catering; also garden croquet. Participants must be 16 or older to attend; space is limited; have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to register. For other details email Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu

The Story in the Rocks: A Beginners’ Geology Walk
10:30am on Fridays and Saturdays April 3, 4, 10, 18, also May 1-2
Volcanoes Rock! Ancient stories are written in the boulders, rock formations and mountains around the Arboretum; learn more on this hands-on geology walk for beginners. This walk is intended for school-aged children and their families as well as novice adults curious about geology. Participants in our Story in the Rocks Walk will explore lesser-used trails that reveal the Arboretum’s deeper secrets. Tour lasts about one hour. Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu

Life In The Sonoran Desert Guided Walk April 3
1:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays April 3, 4, 10, 18, also May 1-2
The Sonoran Desert covers most of southern Arizona, northern Sonora, Mexico and part of southern California. It’s a place where a toad lives underground for most of a year until rain soaked soil causes it to spring forth to find a mate, where pigs aren’t pigs but related to hippos. It’s a place where a bat may land on the ground grab a grasshopper or beetle and sometimes catch a pocket mouse carrying it to a cave to eat, where a skunk may do a hand stand to get in position to spray a predator, where a snake may swim in the sand. Learn more about some of our unusual Sonoran Desert wildlife neighbors, join our “Life In The Sonoran Desert” guided walk Saturday afternoon. Would your Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop, student science club, or other group like to join this walk -- or arrange a private group tour? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu

Guided Bird Walk April 4 at 8:30am
* * Guides are Mark Ochs and Troy Corman
Summer Tanager, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Yellow-bellie Sapsucker and Northern Cardinal were also reported following bird walks here this past weekend Read recent bird checklist reports and join us for guided walks to learn basic bird identification skills, and where to find birds at BTA. Our next guided walk is April 4 and guided byMark Ochs and Troy Corman. Mark returns April 18 - and Kathe Anderson guides on April 26. Revisit this page to confirm dates and times before you drive up -- and for the most updated list of dates and bird walk leaders.

Master Gardener Presentation April 4: Butterfly Gardening
11:00am, included with $10 daily admission, no pre-registration needed

Volunteers with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program wrap-up their Springtime once-a-month Saturday series of seminars April 4 with "Butterfly Gardening". Did you know that butterflies are nearsighted - that they don't like fresh water, and that butterflies must have a variety of plants to mature from egg to adult? Join the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners and learn what you can plant to support our beloved butterflies.There's no pre-registration required to attend these once-a-month workshops offered by Superstition Mountain Master Gardener volunteers, and no additional fee or enrollment - these are included with daily admission of $10 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. For more info about our local Master Gardeners group, their classes and volunteer work, call Carol at 602-438-4003 or email caparrott21@hotmail.com.

Terrarium Workshop April 4 & 30
9-11:30 a.m. $30-$40; with credit card ready call 520.689.2723
Get your hands a little dirty create your own low-maintenance - and completely portable -- indoor garden; participants will arrange soil, decorative rock and assorted succulents in a drum-style glass fishbowl, creating a unique terrarium. All materials, including terrarium, soil and plants are included. Read more in our E-newsletter. Popular during the Victorian era, terrarium art is bring revived by mixed-media artist Vicki Johnson in workshops teaching the history of terrariums and offering step-by-step, hands-on instructions to build your own. Registration of $30-40 includes a (7-by-10-by-10 along with succulents, soil, rocks, and decorating materials. Vicki will explain types of succulents ideal for a terrarium, how to arrange them for aesthetic balance, and how to care for your mini-ecosystem (succulent terrariums are low-maintenance easy to maintain. This workshop is also available to private groups, for details email Lacey at lpacheco@ag.arizona.edu or call 520.689.2723

Camera Basics: Moving To Manual With Michael Madsen & Patty Van Herpen
April 4, Saturday afternoon, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. $40. With credit card ready, call 520-689-2723 to reserve
Looking for an inexpensive class in photography and camera basics? Sign-up soon for this one: an informal but thorough Saturday afternoon that begins with classroom time, then moves outdoors for in-the-field camera practice and coaching. One recent participant wrote this: "I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed this class, it was extremely helpful to me. The instructors, specially Michael, were professional, knowledgable and were able to relate well to the group. Thanks so much.". Here's one more: ""I loved the camera class given by Michael & Patty! Information was presented very well and the hands-on shoot that afternoon very helpful. An informative, and also fun class as well. BTA is one of my favorite places to go for learning." Read more complete details on our Photo Class Page

Live Music April 4: ‘A Snowbird Sendoff Concert’ by the Needham Twins 3-5pm in the Picnic Area
3:00 - 5:00 PM in the Picnic Area. included with dailt $10 admission
For more than two decades twin brothers Jerry & Larry Needham toured, traveled and entertained from their home in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota throughout the Midwest and Canada. Now living in Mesa, they’re offering fellow BTA members and supporters a special ‘Snowbird Send-off’ concert featuring
The Needham Twins take on rock, pop, country and folk from 3-5pm in the Picnic Area (dry afternoon weather willing, that is). Music’s free to our annual members – and included with $10 daily admission for nonmembers. Read more

Arboretum History Walk Sunday April 5 at 10 am
You may have walked our trails a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine cavalry soldiers camped in this region in the late 1800s? Learn about the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum on a walking tour guided by Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee. Walks typically last about 90-minutes, departing at 10am from the Visitor Center breezeway. Tour repeats May 3 at 10am. Correspond with Sylvia, or read more about
http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/history.html

LightRoom 5 Users Group April 5, Sunday
10am til noon in the Smith Building Lecture Room
Photographer and digital editing enthusiasts Rimgaudas and Jack coordinate our once-a-month meeting of the LightRoom5 users group. These informal workshops are open to the public, free to BTA annual members and included with $10 daily admission if you're not among annual members. Connect with Rim and read more complete details on our Photo Class Page

Home School Day Tours April 8
10am. $2 - $10
Pre-registration and payment for Homeschool Days is required and is non-refundable. Space is limited. Families are asked to register for the tour no later than one week prior to each 10am tour. $2 per student from pre-kindergarten through high school (ages 4-18) and $2 per adult, with a limit of two adults per family - additional adults pay regular admission of $10 each. Sessions continue Wednesday, April 8 with "Plants of the Bible Land". The Arboretum is home to several plants found in the Middle East. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times! (2 hours). To sign up and prepay have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours. Make sure to pre-register at least two days prior to the workshop date; download our informative PDF

Thursday Craft Workshop: Tipsy Pots April 9
9am - 1pm. $30-$40. have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll
Artists-In-Residence Vicki and Gerald Johnson offer this new class in ways to 'faux finish' terra cotta pots to make them look aged, then use those pots to create a whimsical tabletop tower planter that appears to defy gravity. All materials are included, including terra cotta pots, paint, plants and soil. Would your garden club, Red Hat ladies or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private group? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu

Craft Workshop: Gourd Mask Thursday-Friday Workshop April 11 & 12
9am - 1pm. $85-$95. have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll
Students will create a colorful mask made of half of a gourd during this two-day class. On the first day of class, students will create their own design, burn it into the gourd and then color it and seal it with a topcoat. On the second day of class, students will learn how to add adornments such as feathers, wire and beads to complete their face mask. Would your gourd club, craft circle or other community group like to schedule this activity as a private group? Contact Lacey at lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu

Saturday Concert April 11 > Americana with Mrs. Lincoln
April 11, Saturday, from 12:00 - 2:00
Described as "an eclectic attack of acoustic folk, down-home country rock and original singer-songwriting" this lunchtime concert in our picnic area from 12-2pm will get you in the groove. Lead vocalist and guitarist Annrenée Jones joins premiere Valley musicians such as Gram Benike, Marconias, Chad Standlea, David Wells and percussionist Wes Hawkins for a concert open to the public and included with daily admission of $10 (free to BTA annual members, also at no charge to Arizona State Parks annual pass-holders). Frontwoman and vocal powerhouse Annrenee describe their sound as: “where roots meets rock . . . alternative folk/Americana sensibilities, sprinkled with thoughtful, introspective lyrics, wrapped up in tight three-part harmonies and sealed with searing electric slide guitar riffs.” If your schedule doesn’t allow the lunchtime show – they’re headed to Globe afterwards to headline the Community Concert at 7:00pm. Check out their set list - and schedule
and connect on facebook

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Sunday Walk Guided By Jim Shepherd April 11
** at 1:30 PM - tour repeats April 26 with Kathy & Tom McDonald as our special guest tourguide
Explore our Curandero Trail on a one-hour walk guided by Arizona State Parks Volunteer Jim Shepherd as guide; he's a desert plant enthusiast and will share anecdotes about prickly pears, along with other knowledge about ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. This tour repeats Saturday April 26, Sunday, with Kathy and Tom McDonald, owners of Smiling Dog Landscapes in Gold Canyon, as our guides. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkers. Read more about jojoba, creosote and prickly pears

Swiss Society Spring Picnic April 12
Sunday from 11:00 - 3:00
Volunteers are still needed to help with the annual AZ Swiss Society’s Spring picnic – an event that brings lively oom-pah music and leiderhosen to our picnic area, and also draws members of German, Austrian and Dutch societies from across AZ. April 2 is the deadline to sign-up for the picnic and prepay your $15 registration; if you’d like to volunteer and help
organizers, call Kurt at 602-799-6608 or Susan at 520-661-8869. What’s in store? Expect a day when the Swiss flag will unfurl above the picnic area and with a potluck lunch menu that includes bratwurst and Swiss Cervelat along with bread, iced tea, coffee and lemonade (it’s a potluck – so bring your favorite casserole, side dish, salad or dessert to share). Austrian, German, French, Italian, Dutch -- all who wish to feel Swiss for a day are welcome, too. Volunteers are needed for setup & decoration; transportation, running the PA system and serving as MC; grilling sausages, hosting a buffet table – and cleanup! Entertainment, too, if you can truly yodel – or offer a stirring rendition of a favorite national standard in Austrian, German, French, Dutch or Italian. To volunteer or for more info, call Kurt or Susan via the numbers above or email azswisssociety@gmail.com read more at http://www.arizonaswisssociety.com

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk Sunday April 12 and 18 at 1:30 pm
Second Sunday and again Third Saturday each month at 1:30pm through April
The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert; many of the same plants common in the Middle East thrive in our Arizona climate, and can be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Join Arboretum volunteers on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Tours are April 12 & 18. From May-through-Septemberthis tour moves to a morning start time. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, and don't forget your sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Using references in ancient texts, guides will describe how people of the Bible Land used plants as food, medicine, and shelter in ways similar to how native peoples of Southern Arizona continue to do so in modern times. Read a more complete description of our Plants of the Bible Land Guided Tour

Girl Scout Badge Saturday Workshops Spring 2015
April 18 and 25, May 9
Girl Scouts from Brownie through Cadette can earn badges during group workshops at the Arboretum.
Download our Registration PDF. Registration of a non-refundable down-payment of $20 is required to hold a position for a scout or troop. Workshop admission fees are $10 per scout and $10 per adult chaperone; $5 for each non-scout between ages 5-12 (yes, these workshops are open to kids other than girl scouts – even boys). To sign up and prepay have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours. Make sure to pre-register at least two days prior to the workshop date, and when you call please tell our staff the specific workshop and date you wish to register for, your Girl Scout troop number, your name (or the troop leader's name); contact phone numbers, and the number of scouts and chaperones attending. Questions? email Lacey at [lpacheco@cals.arizona.edu] or call her at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. Spring 2015 workshops for Junior scouts are Flowers April 18 and Gardener May 16; Brownies study 'Arizona' April 25 and 'Bugs' May 23; and for Cadettes Woodworker May 9.

"Plant Problems, Disorders and Diagnosis" Lecture & Lab Garden Class - April 18
10 a.m. , included with daily admission - no pre-registrration required
Arboretum staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne invites gardeners to the 4th and final of his new series of once-a-month horticultural lectures; they're included with daily admission of $10, no pre-registration required. What is wrong with my plant? Is my plant dead? Why are the leaves yellow? I found bugs on my plants are they good or bad? What can cause dieback? Join Certified Arborist Jeff Payne as he guides you through problems that occur or can go wrong with your plants in your own backyard and what to watch out for during an informative talk and hands-on field lab diagnosing common problems with plants at Boyce Thompson Arboretum that the Horticulture Staff encounter on a daily or seasonal basis.

John Aho 'Painting With Light' High-Power April 18 - Saturday - After Hours
7-9pm. $40, Call 520.689.2723
Familiar plants and scenery are rendered a candy-colored rainbow of colors after dark by custom-made, high-power LED light boxes strategically placed and arranged by artist and local luminary John Aho. The $40 fee for these special-access evenings is a fundraiser for the Arboretum ( $30 for BTA annual members). Connect with John on Facebook and see photos from prior nighttime shoots with John http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/photoclass.html

Writing Your Tree Rings - Workshop with Author / Poet Jari Thymian - April 19
9:00 a.m. $15 for BTA members, $25 non-members
Explore and rediscover surprising branches, roots, and shadows through mapping and writing your personal tree rings during a morning coached by poet and author Jari Thymian, who has hundreds of poems published in publications ranging from The Pedestal to The Christian Science Monitor.

Open Mic in the Garden: Poetry and Short Readings April 19
1:00 PM

Celebrate National Poetry Month along with writers, poets, and all who love words during an outdoor open mic, Sunday, April 19, from 1-3 p.m., and hosted by author and poet Jari Thymian. Poets and writers will read poetry or short writings of their own or from other authors. BTA visitors are welcome to jump into the river of words as audience and/or readers. The event is included with admission of $10 adults, or $5 ages 5-12. To sign up as a reader, contact Jari Thymian via email at poetryintheoutdoors@gmail.com

Tree Tour With Jeff Payne Sunday April 19
1:30 pm
So, just what is an Arboretum? BTA staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne leads this walk where visitors learn the answer to that often-posed question during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the Arboretum. Join Jeff for a chance to learn about the Arboretum's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more.

Tuesday Book Club Discusses "The Ancient Ones" April 21
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 AM in the Smith Building Lecture Room
The Ancient Ones is the first in a series of mysteries inspired by the author’s experiences as a paranormal investigator and by her avid interest in archaeology. The Ancient Ones centers on Lorelei Lanier - who finds that she has powerful connections to the spirit world. While working with the FBI and a paranormal research group on a dark arts case Lorelei makes startling discoveries about herself as well as the area where she lives. Will she be prepared for what the ancient ones have in store for her? Join our once-a-month lively book club discussion - included with $10 daily admission if you're not already among our annual members, or don't have an AZ State Parks annual pass. This book is available in the BTA Gift Shop; to order a copy by mail, have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723. To RSVP that you plan to attend the book club meeting, please email Vicki at BTABookClub@msn.com

Butterfly Walk Season Debut April 25 , Saturday,
9:30am with ASU Professor Ron Rutowski
Join ASU Professor Ron Rutowski for a chance to see, photograph and learn about colorful species ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen, Spring Azure and more. This relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections. Jan Harding and Laura Miller lead the walk May 23 at 9:00 am
See Butterfly Photos and Learn IDs from CAZBA

North American Migrant Bird Count May 9
Can you ID most of the common desert birds with confidence? Pinal County coordinator Doug Jenness needs teams of skilled birders recording all they can see and hear at BTA, Oak Flat, upstream along Queen Creek, and at Top-Of-The-World (also “urban birds” in parks and neighborhoods in our neighboring town of Superior, also Queen Valley and Gold Canyon). To volunteer with the cuont, call Doug Jenness at 520-909-1529, or email d_jenness@hotmail.com

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walks Resume May 9
8:00 AM with Wild Man Phil Rakoci and Steven Prager as our guides
This entertaining guided walk is for kids -- adults -- and all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. Casa Grande naturalist and outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci is our special guest tourguide. There's no additional fee, and no pre-registration necessary, just be in our Visitor Center breezeway at 8:00am. Walks continue June 13 and again July 11 - with Abi King from Arizona Game & Fish Department as our guest in July. See photos andconnect with Wild Man Phil on Facebook. See photos and read morehttp://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu/events/lizardwalk.html

Advanced Photography Composition with Sue Tatterson
APRIL OR MAY DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
to be on the Waiting list
email [ BTAinfo AT cals.arizona.edu ]
In the visual arts, line, shape, form, pattern and texture are the basic elements of design; learning to use them successfully in your photographic compositions will enhance your skillset and take your photographs to another level. Gold Canyon artist Sue Tatterson leads a workshop exploring each of these design elements in depth. Read a more complete description at our
Photo Class Pagefor details about other Camera classes

Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Classes Aug. 1-2, Aug. 29-30
9:30am. And Don't Miss Superior’s Annual Festival Aug. 24
Have you wanted to pick a peck o’ prickly pears, but didn't know how to get the stickers off before turning the bright red fruits into tasty jelly – or margaritas? On two special weekends in August we’ll offer back-to-back classes on Saturdays and Sundays Aug. 1-2 and also Aug. 29-30 coaching the finer points of processing the ripe fruit of the season for fresh batches of jelly, jam, syrup and more. Workshops feature Chef Eric & Terri of Tall Order Catering, with their unique spin on Cactus Cuisine and lessons on de-spining & processing. No pre-registration is necessary for any of these classes, just be in the visitor center breezeway by the 9:30am start time. Over the years more than 2,000 have attended BTA’s unique series of cactus classes teaching “How To Juice Prickly Pears” -- a summertime series so popular it spawned a cactus culinary festival in the neighboring town of Superior. Our experts share proven techniques to pick, prepare, process and preserve these juicy, seasonal fruits of the Sonoran Desert -- with tasty, healthy prickly pear snacks shared at the end of each class. Learn from prickly pear pickin’ pros! And mark your calendar to attend the 4th Annual Prickly Pear Festival in Superior on Aug. 22. Superior’s culinary celebration of cactus cuisine includes guided desert hike, a pancake breakfast - complete with prickly pear syrup, of course; vendors and guest speakers. Preview the event
check out this Prickly Pear Festival Gallery By Jack Haskell

Bye-Bye Buzzards - on a September Saturday To Be Announced
7am Vulture Viewing, 8:30am bird walk, 9am-1pm Live Bird Exhibit
March 21 brings the Spring Equinox, observed by cultures from the ancient Greeks to Aboriginal Australians; the Arboretum has a day filled with events starting just after sunrise with the annual 'Welcome Back Buzzards' seasonal send-off. with a special Saturday early opening at 7:00 am, one hour early for this month, to see the famous flock of Turkey Vultures perched on the cliffs before they depart to spend their day soaring the skies. World-traveled ASU Professor Dave Pearson will be our special guest 'Vulture-ologist' from 7:00-8:30, talking about the big black birds, answering questions and sharing his appreciation for the soaring scavengers until the vultures take to the skies -- typically by 8:30am. Dr. Pearson and others will guide birdwalks through the gardens at 8:30, and from 9:00-2:00 volunteer wildlife rehabbers from the Arizona Game & Fish Department will have their popular living exhibit of raptors and reptiles set up near the Smith Building, so kids and adults alike can have closeup views of a real, live Turkey Vulture along with hawks and owls.
View a Bye Bye Buzzards Day event video by Arboretum Volunteer Mike Rolfe

Full Moon Drum Circle DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Looking for a unique way to salute the rising full moon? Cindy Green is organizing a ‘Full Moon Drum Circle’ on that Sunday evening, two hours of participatory percussion beneath our towering and shady trees that encircle the Smith Building courtyard. Drummers are invited to call Cindy Green at 480-299-4129, or to email Cindy at [drumheart@yahoo.com] for details. Green coaches drum-building workshops, and says all drums are welcome. No percussion? No problem! Green will bring a few loaners for those who wish to participate and revel in the ancient sound of drums echoing in the towering hackberry and mesquite trees which shade the Smith Building front courtyard. BTA closes at ____ p.m. during ______; we'll reopen the main gate at ______ for BTA members on this special evening. The two-hour drum circle begins at_______, continuing through sunset and by the light of the rising full moon, expected at _________, ending and closing the park again at dark _______. You're not among our members yet, but would like to join us and attend? Membership starts at $50 for a full year for a couple - and that includes a pair of one-time-use guests passes to bring two friends or family for a visit; with a credit card ready call 520-689-2723 to order a membership by phone. View a short film clip of Cindy Green drumming at BTA




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