Tucson, AZ – Education is an integral part of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, for adults and children. With a wide range of gardens and gardening-related offerings, there is something for everyone, whether a newcomer to the desert or a native Tucsonan – have a peek at all we have happening this December!
Thursdays, Dec. 5, 19, 26 and Jan. 2nd
Start your day off on the right foot with weekly sessions of invigorating and centering yoga practice overlooking our beautiful garden setting. Led by Laura Greenlaw, a certified yoga instructor with nine years of teaching experience, each one-hour class will include centering hatha yoga poses taught using good alignment and breath work. Students will learn to create both flexibility and strength in their bodies. No previous experience necessary. After class, take time to wander the Gardens (class price includes admission on each class day). $40, $30 members
Thursday, Dec. 5
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Join us as we explore the delights of these exotic butterflies. Check out the flamboyantly green, yellow, and black Priamus birdwing males and their dull, but only in comparison to the male, yellow, black and white female companions. Delight in the flagrantly artistic-looking lacewings which truly deserve their name. See the Blue Mountain Swallowtails, whose vibrant blue makes the Blue Morphos look almost drab. These, plus many more, are the butterflies we receive from the region of Indo-Australasia, which encompasses India south of the Himalayas, the western coast of the countries to the east of the Indian Ocean, Australia, and some of the adjacent islands influenced by the Indian Ocean. $12, $7 members
POETRY IN THE GARDENS
Saturdays, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 14
At its core, poetry asks of us, “Who am I and how do I see myself in the larger context of the world?” In the second season of this monthly series, docents from Tucson Botanical Gardens and the University of Arizona Poetry Center invite you to explore connections between art, nature and humanity through informal poetry discussions. In October, explore “found poetry” amid the whimsy of found objects in the Barrio Garden. In November, celebrate the bounty of the season with food poetry in the Kitchen Courtyard Garden. And in December, fly away to other worlds with sci-fi poetry and a visit to the Gardens’ new exhibit Alien Invasion of the Plant Kind.
Docents leading the discussion will provide participants with a packet of poems. No prior knowledge of poetry is needed, but a pen and notebook are recommended.
Free with Gardens admission
Tuesday, Dec. 17
Butterfly Curator, Elizabeth Willott, had the opportunity to visit suppliers in Costa Rica during the summer of 2013. This talk covers what she learned about the butterfly farms that supply us with such beautiful butterflies and the impact of the farming on conservation and reforestation efforts in Costa Rica. You’ll learn about the farm operations, see some of the scenery, and see the steps from Costa Rica to our exhibit.
$12, $7 members
ARIZONA’S DUCKS AND GEESE
Thursday, Dec. 12
Most people don’t think about ducks when they think about desert birds. But did you know that southern Arizona is the winter home for thousands of ducks? This class will discuss the classification and identification of the ducks and geese that can be found in winter in the Tucson area. Ducks include some of our most interesting and colorful birds. So join Jeff Babson of Sky Island Tours for a look at another type of ‘snowbird.’ $17, $12 members
To register click on the class title, or by phone with a credit card or for more information, call (520)326-9686, Ext. 18. For Youth Education class information, dial Ext. 18. All classes require pre-registration unless otherwise noted. Payment must be received in advance in order to reserve a place in a class, workshop, or field trip. No refunds can be guaranteed if cancellation is made within seven days of the class. Special cancellation fees may apply to trips.
Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter by contacting 520-326-9686 ext. 18. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.
Garden hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Open seven days a week, year round, except July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and New Year’s Day.
Oct. to Apr. $13 Adults | $12 Student/Senior/Military | $7.50 Children 4-12
May to Sept. $8 Adults | $7 Student/Senior/Military | $4 Children 4-12Email this page to a friend