All classes require preregistration 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. Register online by following the registration link associated with each class. To register by phone with a credit card or for more information, call 520-326-9686, Ext. 18. Classes are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.
Sat., Jan 4 to Mon., Jan.6
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day
Unleash your creativity and awareness with travel journaling while hiking, meandering or just hanging out. Using a very small format (4”x6”) learn to create watercolor sketches within 25 minutes anywhere from ship cruises to standing in line. The results are delightful. All supplies fit in a pocket, purse or fanny pack and are very inexpensive. No previous experience is needed. Advanced artists will gain a new, quick, expressive field technique with little equipment, and virtually no clean-up. Critiques are very frequent and there is much one –on-one support. Learn enough to play for a lifetime! A supply list will be provided. Three sessions: $260/$240 members
YOGA IN THE GARDENS
Thur., Jan. 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th
8 to 9 a.m.
Start your new year 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
EXOTIC BEAUTIES: BUTTERFLIES OF AFRICA
Wed., Jan 8
3:30 to 5 p.m.
The African butterflies we receive include several species of charaxes with their strong bodies and often strong patterns-i.e., the flame-bordered charaxes has a flame-colored border. The patterns on the swallowtails are also amazing. We’ll explore what causes the patterns as well as other characteristics of these butterflies. $12, $7 members
INTRODUCTION TO BIRDING
Thur., Jan. 9, 2014
6 to 8 p.m.
Birding is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the country. Tens of millions of people consider themselves birders and the number is growing every year. Join Jeff Babson of Sky Island Tours for this friendly introduction to the world of birding, as we discuss binoculars, field guides, birding hotspots, simple techniques to improve your skills, bird sounds, and much more. Sign up for the Sweetwater Wetlands field trip on Jan. 10 and put your new skills into action! $17, $12 members
BIRDING AT SWEETWATER WETLANDS
Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
8 to 10 a.m.
Sweetwater Wetlands is one of the finest urban birding spots in the country, home to thousands of wintering ducks and shorebirds, as well, as raptors, songbirds, and much more. Join Jeff Babson of Sky Island Tours as we explore the ponds and basins of a gem of a birding spot. This class is the field portion of the Introduction to Birding class, but is open to all. Birders will meet at Sweetwater Wetlands and should dress for the weather, bring water and bring binoculars if you have them. $20, $15 members
THE WEIRD WORLD OF CARNIVOROUS PLANTS
Fri., Jan. 17
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Step right up folks, and dare to learn the ways of plants that bite back! Over 600 kinds of plants can catch and digest prey and some live right here in Arizona. Join Michael Chamberland, the Gardens Director of Horticulture, for an overview of the world of carnivorous plants. Michael has been growing carnivores for 20 years and has visited many of them in their boggy lairs. We’ll look at how they can snatch flies from the air and consider why they need to feed. Michael will also give you tips on how to keep them happy and satisfied in cultivation. $14, $10 members
Tue., Jan. 21
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Join Elizabeth Willott, Curator of Butterfly Magic, for this basic introduction to butterflies. She’ll show some great shots of butterflies from the Gardens and Butterfly Magic, introduce you to butterfly biology and explore the inner workings of our tropical butterfly exhibit. Includes an after-hours visit in the Cox Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion. $12, $7 members
SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Sat., Jan. 25
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Learn how to map the natural story of the place where you live. With guidance from Dan Dorsey of the non-profit Sonoran Permaculture Guild, you will create an exciting long-term plan for your sustainable home and landscape – one that takes care of the people and the environment at the same time. We’ll show you how to put together all the sustainable living strategies you may have heard about – rainwater harvesting, gardening, low-water native plants, greywater recycling, and more – into a holistic and sustainable design that will save you money on utility bills and create beautiful natural habitat. We will also practice the skills and strategies needed for effective design, such as mapping the natural and human-made forces that affect a site and using simple elevation-finding tools. Bring a sketch of the site or yard you want to design. $75, $65 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