Plants of the Bible Land Walking Tour
at 8:00 am July 19 , August 16

     The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert, so it is not surprising that many of plants common in the Middle East can thrive in Arizona -- and may be seen here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Please join Arboretum volunteers * on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Tours move to a morning start time of 8:00 AM during summer months, stepping-off from the Visitor Center on the Third Saturday each month with Dave Oberpriller as guide June 21, July 19 and August 16. Tour start time moves to 8:30am on September 20, and then 1:30pm from October-through-April.

     Our guides suggest you 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.

     Plants of the Bible Land tours are included with the price of daily admission and are separate from official Arboretum tours. Groups and clubs of 20 or more may also schedule their own Plants of the Bible Land guided tour by special arrangement. To arrange a group tour, please contact Instructional Specialist Lacey Pacheco at 520.689.2723, or lpacheco@ag.arizona.edu. Visitors on a group tour must still pay for daily admission, but there is no added charge for the Plants of the Bible Land tour. The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located about 45 minutes east of Mesa - right near highway 60 milepost #223. From Tucson, the Arboretum is about a two hour drive via highways 79 and 60. For other information or directions please call the recorded message line at 520-689-2811.

          *Opinions and views expressed by volunteers are strictly their own and do not necessarily represent the position of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum or its management.
     
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