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   Prickly Pear Season - Classes here Saturday-Sunday August 29-30

Both mornings on the weekend of August 29-30 we repeat our popular class teaching how to pick, process and prepare prickly pear cactus fruit; Saturday only, there's also an 8:30 lecture with colorful slides explaining the history of prickly pears - from the New World to the Old World.read more about weekend nature walks and special events including our Dragonfly Walk Tuesday September 1 with Kathy Biggs. Prickly Pear cactus fruit are ripe in August, popular summertime classes teaching How To Juice Prickly Pears August 29-30 begin at 9:30am and are included with $10 daily admission - or free to our annual members. No pre-registration is required, just be in the visitor center breezeway and ready at 9:30am start time either day of next weekend. BTA opens daily at 6:00 am in August and September - arrive early and walk the main trail
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August-September Summer hours are daily from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, with final admission taken at 2:00pm so our last visitors admitted each day still have one full hour to enjoy the trails and gardens. Yes - dogs are welcome, provided they are leashed and well-behaved; and accompanied by courteous owners, too. Daily $10 admission includes weekend nature walks; verify start times and guided tour and class details on our EVENTS page and connect with more than 5,000 fans, volunteer and staff on Facebook
We are hiring - The Arboretum just announced that a Groundskeeper position is open until filled. Visit our JOBS page for details and links - applications are handled online. Summer is a great season to buy annual membership -- these start at $50 and allow two people a full year's access to the Arboretum; membership is the best way you can help support BTA
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Plan breakfast or lunch in our nearby town of Superior, local restaurants are just five-minutes drive east of BTA and several offer discounts to Arboretum visitors and annual members.
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Bring your own lunch - visitors are welcome to use the tables and grilles shaded by trees in our picnic area. Please be aware of seasonal fire restrictions; call our staff at 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours to verify whether charcoal is allowed in our picnic area charcoal grilles.
Do you need Maps and Directions? Arizona State Parks has an excellent map/direction page. The Arboretum is an Arizona State Park located at Highway 60 milepost #223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior, 55 miles due east of Phoenix. The drive takes about two hours from Tucson via highway 79 North through Florence to highway 60 -- then turn right and continue east another twelve miles. Trails are Wheelchair Accessible There is no restaurant at the Arboretum but sandwiches, drinks and snacks are available in our gift shop. Picnic tables and charcoal grills are available for visitors to use; propane and charcoal are allowed, wood fires are not.
Read about the Arboretum's 75-year heritage, our history page describes how the Arboretum has grown to include two miles of trails and into a placefor children to learn and for all ages to appreciate the beauty and importance of desert ecosystems.Explore the gardens on a virtual tour!

Arboretum Photo Contest Winners
Kudos to KT Wowryk for winning the top prize in our Spring photo contest; and congratulations to other winners: Sue Cullumber, Eddie Simmons, David Oberpriller, Jim Griffith, Roger Degler, David Shields, Ardys Lurtsema, Warren Tamsen, Jabon Eagar, Jerry Jones -- and our own BTA staffer Tammy Knight.