Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
Fall Hours in Effect
Park is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. Daily admission is $10 for adults and $4.50 for ages 5–12.
December 7: Bird Walk with Richard Ditch
8:30 am. Learn to identify resident birds and look for exotic seasonal migrants on a two-hour walk starting from the Visitor Center and included with $10 daily admission. Read Arboretum bird checklist reports http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/events/birdwalks
December 7: Painting-With-Light Nighttime Photo Shoot
6 pm. $40. Call 520-689-2723 to prepay and enroll. A candy-colored rainbow of hues will light the Drover's Shed, the old Dodge Power Wagon and Arboretum gardens -- familiar plants and scenery rendered in a totally different light by custom-made, high-power LED light boxes strategically placed and artfully arranged by Phoenix luminary John Aho. Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 (please make sure to spell out your email and give your current cell# or home phone to our clerks when you sign up so we can provide specific meeting/parking instructions just ahead of Saturday's shoot). See more of John's surreal nighttime scenes at http://www.flickr.com/photos/planetwrite/sets/72157626828655137
Preview on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z18QvvwPAPg
December 8: Advanced Gourd Art: ‘Thunder Gourds or, alternately, Pine Needle Coiling’
10 am. $50. Have a credit card ready and call 520.689.2723 to enroll. The second of two gourd art classes this weekend, Saturday’s class was ‘gourd art basics,’ while today’s will focus on the specialized technique of pine needle coiling to emboss and decorate the rim of your gourd. Enrollment for Saturday beginners is $30 for BTA annual members and $40 for non-members, and that includes a gourd and full morning of coaching and artistic inspiration. Tools, paints and paintbrushes are provided during the workshop as well; Sunday enrollment is $10 more - reflecting specialized materials and instruction. http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/gourdclass
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A variety of plants from the world's deserts await you at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is the place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Featured are plants from the world's deserts, towering trees, captivating cacti, sheer mountain cliffs, a streamside forest, panoramic vistas, many natural habitats with varied wildlife, a desert lake, a hidden canyon, specialty gardens and more.
The Arboretum was founded in the 1920s by mining magnate Col. William Boyce Thompson. In 1917 Col. Thompson served as co-leader of a Red Cross mercy mission to Russia, where he came to understand the importance of plants as the ultimate source of a large portion of mankind's food, clothing, and shelter. It was then, that he determined to use his great wealth to improve the use of plant resources. The Arboretum is one of his legacies.
Encompassing 323 acres, the Arboretum is Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. It was the first purely botanical institution in the inter-mountain states. The Arizona State Parks Board entered into agreement with the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Board and the University of Arizona in 1976 to cooperatively manage the Arboretum.
The University of Arizona also maintains a website for this park, with additional park information and photos. Learn more.
December 7: Gourd Art For Beginners
10 am. $40. Call 520.689.2723 to enroll. BTA hosts another back-to-back weekend of informal, fun gourd classes: four-hour workshops are your chance to burn, paint, etch and emboss decorative gourds with coaching from Mesa artists Gerald and Vicki Johnson. Saturday is spend on gourd art basics; Dec. 8 is a follow-up class dedicated to the specialized technique of pine needle coiling to emboss and decorate the rim of your gourd. Saturday beginners’ enrollment is $40, which includes a gourd and full morning of coaching and artistic inspiration. Tools, paints and paintbrushes are provided during the workshop as well; Sunday enrollment is $10 more - reflecting specialized materials and instruction. http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/gourdclass
December 7: Attracting Hummingbirds to your Garden Workshop
11 am. Superstition Master Gardener volunteers offer the last of their 2013 monthly workshops with ‘Attracting Hummingbirds to your Garden’ Dec. 7. Included with daily admission, no pre-registration needed. Check our ‘events’ page for 2014 workshops. http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/events.html
December 21: Frankincense and Myrrh -- Plants of the Bible Land Guided Walking tour
1:30 pm. Expect to see at least two of the three ‘gifts of the Magi’ as a holiday season treat on this popular guided walking tour. The Sinai Desert lies roughly at the same latitude as our own Sonoran Desert, many plants common in the Middle East thrive at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park. Join an Arboretum volunteer on a guided tour to learn about palms, pomegranates, figs, olives, and other plants of the Bible Land. Conducted at a leisurely pace, tours last about 90 minutes and proceed 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. http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/events.html
December 22: Trees-of-the-Arboretum Walking Tour
1:30 pm. Certified Arborist Jeff Payne answers the question “just what is an Arboretum” and leads a once-a-month relaxed and leisurely walking tour through the Arboretum’s forested areas to see BTA’s collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more. http://cals.arizona.edu/bta/events.html
January 1, 2014: First Day Hikes Include A Bird Walk, General Tour
8:30 am. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is just one of dozens of Arizona State Parks which participate in the national First Day Hikes program; make your own New Year’s Resolution to buy a yearly State Parks Pass and hike each of these Arizona treasures! Arboretum volunteers will offer a guided bird walk at 8:30am, and general tour of the Main Trail. Revisit this page in December to read an update of all participating State Parks and First Day Hikes.
- Alamo Lake
- Buckskin Mountain
- Cattail Cove
- Lake Havasu
- River Island
- Yuma Quartermaster Depot
- Yuma Territorial Prison
- Dead Horse Ranch
- Fort Verde
- Red Rock
- Riordan Mansion
- Slide Rock
- Verde River Greenway
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum
- Fool Hollow Lake
- Lost Dutchman
- Lyman Lake
- Tonto Natural Bridge