Summer Hours are in Effect:
The park is open daily from 6 am to 3 pm, with the day's final admission at 2 pm, one hour before closing time so the last-admitted guests of the day have a full hour to explore the gardens and trails.
September 1 - Dragonfly Field Guide Author
8:30am. For the past decade ‘Common Dragonflies of the Southwest’ has been the go-to field guide to Arizona Odonata. An excellent, convenient and pocket-size full-color guide, the durable little books became increasingly rare when authors Kathy and Dave Biggs moved to publishing e-Guides. Good news for dragonfly fans: their books are back in stock at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park (including just-released ‘Dragonflies of the Greater Southwest - Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah’) even better, they'll visit BTA for a rare meet-the-authors book signing and guided dragonfly walk Tuesday morning, Sept. 1. Bring your dog-eared field edition to be personalized and autographed that morning – or pick up a pristine new copy; the pocket guide runs about $12, while the expanded new book is $24. Attending the 9am guided tour with these odonate experts is free when you show your AZ State Parks annual pass - or included with $10 daily admission for all other visitors. Be in the visitor center breezeway lobby from 8:30-9:00 a.m. for the book signing and informal ‘meet the authors” half-hour; the Tuesday special dragonfly walk begins at 9:00am. What’s possible this time of year? An August report last year included Red-tailed Pennant, Western Pondhawk, Neon Skimmer; Flame Skimmer, Straw-colored Sylph, Roseate Skimmer, Blue Dasher, Spot-winged Gliders, Mexican Amberwings, Black Saddlebag, Giant Darners – and about a dozen other species. See photos and read more about odonates of the Grand Canyon State at this excellent website http://azdragonfly.net
September 5 - Guided Dragonfly Walk with Roger Racut
8:30am. Dragonfly enthusiast, photographer and AZ State Parks Volunteer Roger Racut guides this once-a-month odonate excursion, an interpretive walking tour to Ayer Lake and garden water features -- a chance to learn about these beautiful, fascinating insects. Check out colorful photos and read more about Flame Skimmers, Blue Dashers and Mexican Amberwings at this excellent website: http://azdragonfly.net. Bring your camera because Roger safely nets a few dragonflies for visitors to view and photograph close-up, before releasing the insects unharmed. Confirm nature walk times and read more info http://cals.arizona.edu/bta
September 12 - Saturday 'Lizard Walk' guided by "Wild Man Phil" Rakoci & Author Larry Jones
8am. This entertaining guided walk isn't just for for kids -- its 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 8:00am start time. Arrive early and explore - BTA opens at 6:00am during September (next month daily hours revert to the 8am-5pm fall-winter schedule). Today's walk features two enthralling guides: Casa Grande outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci. http://wildmanphil.com/. See photos and connect with Wild Man Phil on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wildman-Phil/282933625679] plus a special guest: Tucson author Larry Jones. Confirm event times and read more info http://cals.arizona.edu/bta
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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.
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