Guidelines for a Pleasant Visit-Information Release-History

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

Guided Bird Walk Sunday October 4, More Bird Walks October 11, 17, 25 and 31
8:30am - also November 7, 8, 21, 22 - and December 13
Our resident Northern Cardinals were among dozens of species seen and heard around the gardens this week -- Read bird checklist reports and join us for a guided walk lead by Prescott College Prof. Carl Tomoff Sunday October 4. The following weekend Anne Leight guides October 11; Cynthia Donald and Pete Moulton are joined by photographer Cindy Marple October 17, then Troy Corman and Rich Ditch guide Oct. 25. ASU Professor Dave Pearson and Anne Leight guide a Halloween walk October 31, Charlie Babbitt guides our bird walk November 7, Troy Corman and Anne Leight Nov. 8, Kathe Anderson Nov. 21, Cindy West November 22 - and then Kathe Anderson & Mark Ochs Dec. 13. Check this page again in mid-September for our updated list of Fall bird walk dates and guides.

Sunday Arboretum History Walks October 4
10am repeats November 1 and December 6
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 on the first Sunday each month this Fall. Walks typically last about 90-minutes, departing at 10am from the Visitor Center breezeway. Correspond with Sylvia, or read more about

Trio Rio in Concert -- ‘Americana’ in the Garden October 10
12:30 - 2:00 pm. Pack a picnic and invite friends to hear these accomplished musicians; bandmates include Ron Rutowski plays fiddle, Ronnie Glover on guitar and vocals. At full strength the band includes Don Paddock on bass and Billy Parker on mandolin and vocals. Yes, it can be a four-person trio, and they dub their music 'acoustic americana.
Preview Trio Rio on YouTube
In addition to gigs in Scottsdale they've hit the road for concerts in Texas - two prominent concerts include former AZ governor Janet Napolitano's inauguration party and Sandra Day O'Connor's birthday party. Their set list often includes Pancho and Lefty, El Gallo del Cielo, Miles and Miles of Texas, Sugar Moon, Southwestern Pilgrimage, Cooler than Hell, The Road Goes on Forever, Deep Water, Saint Olof's Gate and Tonight We Ride. Catch ‘em at several venues in Scottsdale and Cave
Creek – for the band’s schedule see

Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Sunday Walk with Kathy & Tom McDonald October 10
** 1:30 pm on Saturday October 10; also Sundays October 25 and also November 22 guided by Dave Morris
Explore our Curandero Trail on a one-hour Saturday walk guided by desert plant enthusiasts Kathy and Tom McDonald; authors, Arizona State Parks Volunteers and owners of Smiling Dog Landscapes in Gold Canyon; sharing anecdotes about prickly pear cacti, ratany, agaves, jojobas -- and explaining ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. Ethno-botanist and Choctaw Tribal Nation member David Morris guides this walk on Sundays October 25 and November 22. ** 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

Saturday Monarch Morning for Kids October 10
Our special Monarch Butterfly education event has filled; to be added to our Email list for future "Science & Stories" mornings for kids, email with a subject line of your email reading
"Lacey - Add Me For Science & Stories"

Fall Plant Sale October 16 through November 1
Members-Only Friday Sale Preview October 16, opens to all October 17
Herb Festival October 24
Arboretum annual members are invited Friday October 16 for 'first dibs' on what we have in stock - one day before our big seasonal sale opens to the public Saturday Octobe 17, and continues daily through November 1. Trails and gardens are open to all visitors every day of the sale -- but on our Members-Only Preview shopping day October 16 our selection of new and choice plants are reserved for members-only shopping. Wondering what plants are in stock? Browse our Most recent Plant Sale List
If you're not already among our annual members - Fall is a prime time to buy annual membership at BTA, where members save 20-percent on plant purchases during the opening weekend of this fundraising sale of trees, shrubs, herbs, flowers, cacti and succulents. Need planting and landscaping advice? Arboretum staff are joined by knowledgeable volunteers from Pinal County's Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program there to advise and assist buyers with suggestions for trees and smaller plants ideal for a wide range of landscaping projects. Special events include lectures, guided tours and weekend walks; most are included with daily admission of $10 -- and the middle weekend also features our annual Herb Festival, with live music and exhibitors including the AZ Herb Association, October 24 - Saturday.

Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walk Saturday October 17 at 1:30 pm
moves to 1:30 pm in October - starting October 1 daily hours are 8:00am - 5:00 pm
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. Arboretum volunteer tourguide Dave Oberpriller leads this tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. October daily hours return to the Fall-Winter schedule and we're open 8:00am - 5:00pm when this tour repeats October 17. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a hat, bring sunscreen and water bottle. The tour, conducted at a leisurely pace, lasts about 90 minutes and proceeds along wheelchair-accessible paths. Check out a few Plants of the Bible Lands on Facebook. 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

LightRoom 5 Users Group Sunday October 18
10am til noon in the Smith Building Lecture Room
Photographers and digital photo editing enthusiasts 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 organizers and read more complete details on our Photo Class Page

Tree Tour October 18
at 1:30pm
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.

Painting Workshops -- Basic October 23-25, and 'Beginners II' November 13-15
$225 for 3-day workshops, with credit card ready, call 520.689.2723 to enroll
Learn the fundamentals of painting with acrylics in two different levels of three-day workshops coached during afternoon hours from 1:00 - 4:30 PM. Read more about these classes with Gold Canyon Artist Sue Ann Dickey - her goal is to "take the pain out of painting" for beginners, and for anyone who was left frustrated by other painting or art classes, or has drifted away from painting and wants to try again."
What did class participants have to say following their workshops?
Here are quotes excerpted from appraisals: "it was relaxed and a friendly, non-stress atmosphere....our teacher, Sue Ann is very knowledgeable and's okay to experiment - the atmosphere was very supportive and affirming...there was ample time to work on our own with critique. I thoroughly enjoyed this class; Sue Ann's awareness of, and attention to, the varying skillsets and abilities of the participants - I'm already signed up for the next workshop. Read more about Gold Canyon artist Sue Ann Dickey

Butterfly Walk Saturday October 24
Saturday at 9:30am
Butterfly walk leader Adriane Grimaldi is the education director at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, and October 24 she's our special guest for the season finale of this popular summertime guided walk. This relaxed and slow-moving walk that explores our Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden, Demonstration Garden and Children's Garden collections.
see, photograph and learn about colorful butterflies here at the Arboretum, ranging from Empress Leilia to Queen,
Spring Azure and more.
See Butterfly Photos and Learn IDs from CAZBA

Herb Festival Saturday October 24
11:00 AM - 3:00 pm
"Herb is the word" during the final Saturday of October's annual Fall Plant Sale fundraiser and we'll have a variety of herbs available for purchase. This recurring Fall event is strategically scheduled for late October to take advantage of optimal herb planting time. Meet members of the Arizona Herb Association and browse items at their booth; learn about container gardening from Catherine 'The Herb Lady' Crowley, all beneath the shady grove of pistachio trees across from our Wing Memorial Herb Garden.

General Tour of the Main Trail Saturday October 24
11:00 AM
What bird molts foot-long wing feathers? How old is a 10-foot-tall Saguaro? Can you name a desert plant that has a fruit, seed, or nut at its edible peak in October? Arizona State Parks volunteer Jim Shepherd has the answers to a wide range of natural history questions - and shares anecdotes on an informal guided tour of our 1.5 mile main trail. Jim's once-a-month tours are included with daily $10 admission - and depart the visitor center breezeway at 11:00am read more in our E-newsletter

Geology walking tour Saturday, October 24 , with Rich Leveille
**start time moves to 1:30pm October 24 and November 28 with Rich Leveille
Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour with andprofessional geologist Rich Leveille . This tour 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 is our guide at 1:30 pm October 24 and again November 28; and there's no rock walk planned in December. another engaging geology guide isASU Professor Steve Semken

Mesquite Flour & Cooking Class- October 25, Sunday
10am - included with daily admission, no class registration needed
Native trees that thrive in our corner of the Sonoran Desert, Mesquites are legumes - and each year mesquites drop tons of ripened seed pods. They're a favorite of coyotes and cattle, were a staple of Apaches and O'odham; and today the sweet are ground into flour for baking - even fermented as a brewer's adjunct for beer and wine. Learn more about mesquite Oct. 25 when Chandler-based Chef Eric & Terri of Tall Order Catering demonstrate culinary uses for mesquite bean pods. The culinary couple will demonstrate preparation of several recipes including _____, ____ and ____ - with tasty samples shared at the end of the class. Their class is included with regular daily admission of $10. Don't miss Tall Order Catering's singular spin on Sonoran Desert cuisine. Got mesquite beans you need ground into flour? Check out the schedule for Desert Harvesters hammermill [ ]
Arboretum hours return to the Fall-Winter scheduled in October, open daily from 8am-5pm starting Oct. 1, and with the last paid admissions taken at 4pm, so those final visitors have a full hour to enjoy the gardens and trails. Read more at; connect with Chef Eric, Terri - and more than 5,000 Arboretum fans including staff and volunteers at

November 1- Live Concert of ‘Americana’ with Mrs. Lincoln
12 Noon - 1:30opm -- - included with daily admission
A self-described “eclectic attack of acoustic folk music, down-home country rock & original singer-songwriting,” Valley-based Americana band Mrs. Lincoln features Valley musicians Annrenee Jones, Mark Marconias and Gram Benike. Invite friends for a great live set outdoors beneath the shade of towering trees in the picnic area from noon til 130pm. Music’s included with daily admission of $10; and free -- of course – with your AZ State Parks annual pass.
Connect online and find concert video links at

Home School Day Tours: November 5 'Edible Medicinal Plants;' Plants of the Bible Lands December 3
for details email Lacey at
Guided tours offered to public school groups are also available to home-schoolers on special Fall-Winter dates, ranging from $2 - $10 per person. This year we're adding a new tour and date, with an Edible-Medicinal Desert Plants guided walk and activity November 5, and then our popular Plants of the Bible Lands day for home-schoolers is December 3 -- and repeats on April 7; also new this year is morning dedicated to Geology of this region on February 4 - and the Arizona Tour returns on March 3. For more complete descriptions of each day, or to be added to our email list for the 2016 schedule, contact education coordinator lacey at with this as your subject line: Home School Days at BTA

Craft Classes: Gourd Art, Wine Bottle Wind Chimes - And More
with a credit card ready, call 520-689-2723 to enroll and prepay for classes
Wine Bottle Wind Chimes
9am-1pm on Nov. 4; repeats Jan. 6, 2016 and again Feb. 20. $30-$40.
Learn to cut recycled wine bottles to use as the base for a wind chime. Cut bottles will be provided, as well as beads, chain and all materials. Students are encourage to bring needle nose pliers and wire cutters if they have them. Students will leave with a completed project.
Thunder Gourds 9am-1pm Nov. 8; repeats Jan. 20, Feb. 13, April 30. $75-$85
Make a gourd with a synthetic drum head and spring that makes a rumbling thunder-like noise when shaken. It is recommended that students take Gourd Art prior to this class to learn the basics, but it is not required. A cleaned and cut gourd and all materials are provided and students leave with a completed project.
Gourd Art 9am-1pm Nov. 7, Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 2 and April 6. $35-$45. Basic gourd art includes gourd cleaing and preparation, choosing and drawing a design, woodburning and applying color. A class for beginners and repeat students wanting to improve their skills. A cleaned gourd and all materials are provided; most students leave with a completed project
Closed Coiling on Gourds Jan. 23, Feb. 7, March 23 $45-$55. an introduction to the closed coiling technique, covering paper rush with waxed linen thread, weaving it onto the rim of a gourd to create a decorative finish. A prepared gourd and all materials will be provided. Students may bring special feathers, beads and other adornments if desired. Depending on skill level, this project may not be finished in class. Materials will be provided to take home to complete the project if necessary. It is recommended that students take Gourd Art to learn the basics before taking this class, but it is not required. Students may take Gourd Art prior to this class to decorate their gourd, but must let instructors know they are doing so.
Gourd Mask $85-$105 (2-day class). Saturday & Sunday, January 16 & 17; Wednesday and Thursday, February 17 & 18; Saturday & Sunday, March 5 & 6; Saturday & Sunday, April 9 & 10. Make a mask using half of a gourd in this class. Day one is spent designing the mask, woodburning and applying color. Day 2 is spent adding feathers and other adornments to the mask. A prepared gourd and all materials are provided, but students may bring special feathers, beads and other adornments if they want. It is recommended that students take Gourd Art prior to this class to learn the basics, but it is not required. Students will leave with a completed project.
Gourd Rain Sticks Feb. 3, Feb. 27, April 16. $45-$55. Create the sound of rain with a gourd, chicken wire and rice! Students will be provided a clean prepared gourd and all materials. It is recommended that students take Gourd Art to learn the basics before taking this class, but it is not required. Students will leave with a completed project
Living Succulent Wreath or Centerpiece. Dec 2, Dec. 6. $30-$40. Students will make a living wreath or centerpiece using succulent cuttings. Plants and all materials are provided, but students may bring special bows or other items for decoration. Students will leave with a completed project.
Pine Needle Coiling on Gourds, Jan. 3, also April 20. $45-$55. 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. It is recommended that students take Gourd Art to learn the basics before this class, but it is not required. Students may take Gourd Art prior to this class to decorate their gourd, but must let instructors know they are doing so. Most students will complete their project in class, materials will be provided to finish at home if necessary
Terrarium March 11 & March 12 from 10am-3pm. $15. Walk-in class, reservations not needed. Create an indoor garden in a glass container with the succulents of your choice. Large glass containers, soil and rocks will be provided, students will purchase their succulent plants separately. Students may bring special accessories for their terrarium and will leave with a completed project.

Master Gardener Presentations
November 7 and also December 5 at 11am
Volunteers with the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners program continue their Fall-Winter once-a-month Saturday series of seminars November 7 with an 11:00 am presentation about "Co-existing With Wildlife." Are the Critters getting to you and your garden? Tired of losing the 'Varmit' war and need some new strategies and weapons to turn the tide of battle? Then this presentation is for you! Join in the conversation as battle hardened Master Gardeners share their 'war stories' and strategies of coping with the fauna of the Sonoran Desert. 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 - and free to our annual members, also free if you have an Arizona State Parks annual pass. Mark your calendar for December 5 when the Master Gardeners' topic is: Plants of the Mediterranean. Did you ever dream of vacationing in an Italian Villa? Does the word “Mediterrean” evoke the image of Spanish-inspired courtyard gardens, terra cotta pots and vibrant colors found in homes bordering the Adriatic and Aegean seas?  Your dream can come true! Join the Superstition Mountain Master Gardeners and learn about your huge plant choices such as citrus,, rosemary, lavender, Olives, Pomegrantes and more and bring the Mediterranean to you.For more information about our local Master Gardeners, their classes and volunteer work, call Carol at 602-438-4003 or email:

Girl Scout Badge Workshops 2015-2016
November 14 & 15, December 5, January 9 and January 30 > more 2016 dates listed below
$10 per scout, $10 per adult chaperone - call 520.689.2723 to pre-register and prepay

Letterboxer (for Brownie level scouts); Nov. 14 from 10am-12:30pm. Learn the history of letterboxing, and how to read a letterbox map and code. They will then create their own letterbox, making a unique handmade stamp and notebook. The Scouts will then break into small groups and go on a letterbox hunt in the Arboretum’s Demonstration Garden, using clues from letterbox maps to locate letterboxes hidden earlier by Arboretum staff. Cadette scouts have the "Trees" badge session Nov. 15 from 9am-1:30pm, exploring the variety of trees at the Arboretum with an arborist and learning about care, needs and parts of a tree. Participants will make a tree journal, a tasty dish with ingredients that come from trees, and make a family tree with tree cookies. *Depending on season and need, Scouts may be able to help plant or care for a tree. Dec. 5 Junior scouts have the "Arizona" badge from 9am-12:30pm. The Arboretum is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is the perfect place to learn about the diverse cultures, wildlife and plant life that make Arizona unique. The Girl Scouts will tour behind the scenes of the Arboretum to see how a state park operates, and hike the trail to learn to identify plants and wildlife. Scouts will also learn to prepare Navajo tacos, taste foods from native plants and participate in activities designed to teach about the history of Arizona (Cadettes have this badge workshop Jan. 9, 2016.Other 2016 workshops include Geocatching for Juniors Jan. 30, Flowers for Juniors March 26, 'Bugs' for Brownies April 3, and 'Gardener' for Juniors April 23; 'Animal Habitats' for Juniors May 1, 'Senses' for Brownies May 7, 'Wood Worker' for Cadettes May 14 and the 'Arizona' patch for Brownies May 21

Calling All Authors -- Arboretum Book Festival November 21
Meet authors from across southern Arizona, writers from genres ranging from historical fiction and non-fiction, to mystery and suspense, memoir and children's books. Our Autumn foliage remains glorious in early December, here's a chance 'to meet the person behind the pen' and take home personalized holiday gifts for bookworms on your list. Plans for the day include readings by select authors, music; maybe even a writing workshop!
Bring cash for a tasty lunch in our picnic area - Chef Eric & Terri of Tall Order Catering will be grilling bratwursts for $4 each, burgers for $5 -- and vegetarian chili at $3-a-bowl (cash only). Visit our website in November for the agenda and list of participating authors; and authors who'd like to be involved, please contact co-coordinators by email to Or call BTA 520. 689. 2723

Fall Foliage Finale Thanksgiving Weekend - With Live Music By Scott Schaefer
Chinese Pistachio trees here sport vivid seasonal colors from harvest gold to pumpkin orange and red each November for Arizona's Fall Foliage Finale, a full glorious month after the colorful aspen and maple leaves have already fallen and denuded trees of Arizona's higher elevation deciduous forests. Foliage here usually peaks November from Nov. 20-Dec.5, particularly the week of Thanksgiving. Celebrate Thanksgiving here - we're open Thanksgiving Day and visitor are welcome to BBQ in our picnic area. We're also open 'Black Friday' for all who prefer scenic gardens over shopping malls & doorbusters.
Thanksgiving weekend brings our annual Fall Foliage Finale Festival with live music both days by Scott Schaefer (flute, didgeridoo, guzheng)' sometimes along with surprise guest accompanists (check his website for updates). Carry some cash for a cup of hot spiced cider, arts & crafts vendors both days of the weekend, with events from about 10:00 a.m. til 3:00 p.m. No lunch plans? Bring cash Chef Eric & Terri of Tall Order Catering will be here Saturday with a choice of three savory, hearty soups: posole, roasted pumpkin soup, and tomato bisque - from $3-$5 (cash only).
Watch this space closer to the event - wood-fired pizza was so popular in 2014 that local baker Bert Archer may bring his trailer-mounted pizza oven back and serve made-to-order artisan pizzas for $15 cash one or both days of the event. For seasonal updates and reports on the Fall color as it progresses
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Welcome Back Buzzards March 26, Saturday, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
7:00-8:30 Vulture Viewing
8:30-10:00 Guided Bird Walk with ASU Professor Dave Pearson
9:00-1:00 Fallen Feathers Wildlife Rescue Living Exhibit of Raptors

March brings the Vernal Equinox, observed by cultures from the ancient Greeks to Aboriginal Australians; the Arboretum celebrates the transition of seasons with our annual Welcome Back Buzzards seasonal salute. Events are included with adult admission of $10; free to BTA annual members and AZ state parks pass-holders. Arrive early for the 7am special opening Saturday 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 the 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 Fallen Feathers Wildlife Rescue will have a popular living exhibit of raptors set up near the Smith Building, so kids and adults alike can have closeup views of a real, live Turkey Vulture along with other birds.
View a Bye Bye Buzzards Day event video by Arboretum Volunteer Mike Rolfe

Learn Your Lizards Guided Walks 2016
May-through-September guided tours
Reptile activity decreases with cool Fall and Winter temperatures - revisit this page next Spring to see dates for our once-a-month. See photos and read more This entertaining guided tour around the main trail isn't just for kids -- our unique Lizard Walks are popular with all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. There's no additional fee, and no pre-registration necessary, just be in our Visitor Center breezeway at start time. Arrive early and explore - BTA opens at 6:00am during September. Guides include Casa Grande outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci, Abi King from the AZ Game & Fish Department, and also Arizona Audubon's Steven Prager.
See photos and connect with Wild Man Phil on Facebook.

Dragonfly Walks 2016
Spring-Summer Saturdays at 8:30 AM
Dragonfly enthusiast and photographer Roger Racut guides our once-a-month odonate excursion -- an interpreted walking tour to Ayer Lake and garden water features -- a chance to learn about these beautiful, fascinating insect predators. Check out colorful photos and read more about Flame Skimmers, Blue Dashers and Mexican Amberwings at this excellent website launched by ASU Professor Pierre Deviche, another of our summertime dragonfly walk guides: http://azdragonfly.netBring your camera because Pierre safely nets a few dragonflies for visitors to view and photograph close-up, before releasing the insects unharmed

Spider Talk -- and Web Walk -- Saturday with Terry Stone
Saturday, May 30th, 10 a.m. in the Smith Building Lecture Room
Are you (or someone you know) just a wee-bit squeamish when it comes to the subject of spiders? If a spider is on your ceiling, do you contemplate burning down the house to get rid of it? Now is a good time to allay those fears and learn a few fascinating things about our eight-legged friends. Spider enthusiast and BTA writer/photographer T. Stone offers you a chance to familiarize yourself with the common local spiders and will help dispel any qualms you may have of them. Did you know that brown recluses don't exist in Arizona, but other, less venomous, members of the same spider family do? Did you know that black widows are exceedingly shy of humans? Did you know that we have such fascinating arachnids as spitting spiders and "wind scorpions." T. Stone will present a slide show, live specimens, and then walk you around a portion of the BTA to look at various webs and arachnids. No more need for that rolled up newspaper! Get rid of your arachnophobia with a little practical instruction and a few laughs in this informal talk. Free with general admission or membership. Kids are welcome to attend with their grown-ups, but this is not a talk designed for young children.

Camera Basics: Moving To Manual With Michael Madsen & Patty Van Herpen
DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED call 520-689-2723 to be on our mailing list f
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

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 [] 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

Members-Only Evening Access - Scorpion Walk And Astronomy DATE TBA
Hot SUMMER daytime temperatures drop at sunset; evening hours from 6:00-8:00 p.m. can be a sublime time to enjoy a picnic and walk around our gardens -- which is why we reserve special access on Summer nights for Arboretum annual members! June 13 brings our next evening of special after-hours-access; bring your own picnic for dinner in the shady picnic area from 6:30-7:30pm, followed by nighttime activities including a scorpion walk and astronomy. Bring your BTA membership card, and join us for an evening of special access including:
* gate reopens at 6:30 pm - bring-your-own dinner for an evening in our picnic area
* Scorpion Lecture 7:30-8:30 p.m.
* UV "Scorp Walk" 8:30-9:30
* Astronomy in the upper parking lot 9:30-10:00 p.m.