Guidelines for a Pleasant Visit-Information Release-History

Most Special Events Included With Admission
$12.50 for Adults, $5 for Ages 5-12

July-August-September Hours Daily from 6:00 - 3:00 > no entry after 2:00
Summer hours continue daily through September 30.
The Arboretum is open 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with no entry after 2:00

Bird Walks & Workshops with Rick Wright August 6-8
6:30 a.m. ; other times Below
Specialized classes with and nature festival field trips with Rick Wright usually start at $30, so don't miss the chance to learn from this 'Ornithologist in Residence' Aug. 6-8 here at the Arboretum. The New Jersey author is donating his time to raise awareness of the Arboretum, and funds for the gardens. His early morning walks and specialized classes each day are included with $12.50 daily admission ($5 for ages 5-12); free to Arboretum annual members and Arizona State Parks pass-holders.
Rick Wright is well-known as a leader at Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and author of the American Birding Association's Field Guide to Birds of Arizona. He is the author of the American Birding Association’s field guides to birds of New Jersey, and of the Peterson Reference Guide to North American sparrows. Check out his website
Join the author for these:
Monday, Aug. 6 Bird Walk 6:30 to 8:30 am. “Join me for an early morning exploration of the birds of this desert oasis. We'll walk slowly on flat paths, pausing frequently to look at what we can expect to be a wide variety of breeders and migrants, from dazzling hummingbirds to rollicking woodpeckers and chats. We may also spend time just sitting at some of the park's water features -- letting the birds find us. Bring a notebook and pencil, a good hat and sunscreen, and plenty of water. After a break, join me in the Lecture room for "Figuring out the birds" – a presentation at 9:30 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 6 “Figuring Out the Birds” indoor workshop[ 9:30-11:00 am (no additional charge, included with $12.50 admission!). Join Rick Wright for a cool indoor look into the history of our favorite pastime. Where does all the knowledge in the bird books come from, and who first put it all together? And what can we learn ourselves by retracing the steps of our ornithological forebears? His informal workshop is included with $12.50 daily admission, and will teach you how to go beyond the field guides to get to know the people and the puzzles behind North American birding as we know it today.
Tuesday, Aug. 7: “Bird Sit” from 6:30 to 8:30 am. Don’t want to walk? Lets Sit and watch birds for two peaceful hours! We'll install ourselves at one of the park's irresistible water features, with convenient nearby parking – just a short walk, or wheelchair roll, away. We’ll wait for the birds to come to us, hoping for great views of Yellow and Lucy's Warblers, Anna's and perhaps Costa's Hummingbirds, Abert's Towhees, and Hooded Orioles; this time of year is always great for a surprise, too. Bring a notebook and pencil, a good hat and sunscreen, and plenty of water.
Tuesday, August 7: Sparrows?!? 9:30-11:00 am (no additional charge, included with $12.50 admission!)
The author of the Peterson Reference Guide to North American Sparrows, invites you for a cool indoor introduction to North America's most fascinating birds, the sparrows. Yes, the sparrows! They're not nearly as difficult and not nearly as dull as birderly tradition would have it. In addition to some identification secrets, we'll learn about the natural and human history of these birds. You'll never look at a sparrow the same way again.
Wednesday, August 8: Bird Walk 6:30 to 8:00 am. We'll walk slowly on flat paths, pausing frequently to look at what we can expect to be a wide variety of breeders and migrants, from dazzling hummingbirds to rollicking woodpeckers and chats. Bring a notebook and pencil, hat and sunscreen, and plenty of into

Learn Your Lizards - Guided Tours Saturday August 11, September 8
8:00 a.m.
Arizona lizards do comical pushups to display their blue bellies - attend a guided tour this summer to learn why these little reptiles have azure abs. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is an ideal place to observe native reptiles such as Tree, Side-blotched and Greater Earless Lizards while learning about their behavior and Sonoran Desert adaptations. Casa Grande outdoor educator Phil Rakoci is our special guest leader for Saturday walks August 11. The August outing is extra-special, because he's likely to be joined by Arizona Audubon wildlife biologists Steve Prager and Cathy Wise.
Guided lizard walks continue September 8 and September 29.
Read more about Lizard Walks

Carla Keaton ‘Paint & Wine’ Class Sundays August 12, Sepember 9
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
$35 members, $47.50 non-members - with credit card ready call 602 . 827. 3000
> please note our new phone
number above
Take home your own unique painting of a hummingbird after Carla Keaton’s two-hour class for novice artists July 15; or enroll in future $35 classes to paint our Drover’s Wool Shed on Aug. 12 or the Outback Bridge over Silver King Wash Sept. 9. “Paint-and-Wine classes are loads of fun,” says Carla, “and Arboretum participants will learn to paint very simplified scenes from the arboretum, taking home with them a piece of memorabilia of their experiences in the lovely gardens.” Enrollment of $35 for Arboretum members and Az State Parks pass-holders includes art supplies to use during the session, plus two hours of coaching and encouragement from Carla Keaton. Nonmembers $47.50, which includes daily admission required to enter the Arboretum. Have a credit card ready and call Arboretum staff during daytime business hours (6am-3pm)
602 . 827. 3000.
Connect with Carla on Facebook call her at 480. 228. 1500 or email

Tree Tour August 19
8:00 a.m. > note new Summer start time for this Sunday once-a-month guided walk
Silviculturally-speaking, and since an Arboretum is by definition a living collection of trees - what guided tour could be more fitting than our once-a-month Trees Of The Arboretum guided walk? We invite those who love all things sylvan and want to learn more about trees to be here for a relaxed, slow-paced afternoon tour featuring Arboretum staffer certified Arborist Jeff Payneor else Miguel Hernandez, a chance to learn about trees both native to the Sonoran Desert and exotic, with a skilled professional's tips on tree care and horticulture.

Pictures From Our Past - Slideshow & History Talk Sunday September 2
10:00 a.m.
Phoenix historian and author Sylvia Lee guides monthly walking tours narrating nuggets of Arboretum history - and putting her anecdotes in perspective next to 1920s structures, and the very first trees planted here. Sylvia host another slideshow of vintage photos projected enlarged on a big screen - a chance to get better acquainted with Col. William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum. This was also arranged for history fans who are physically unable to walk the 1.5 mile main trail. During an hour in our air-conditioned Lecture Room, Sylvia will show images of vintage historic structures and arboretum gardens while sharing her behind-the-scenes knowledge from spending the past decade researching the history of Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
READ MORE about arboretum history

Beginners Photography Workshop and Outdoor Shoot
September 16, at 9:00 a.m. -- also Sunday October 14 and November 18
Read more and RSVP by Email
or phone 480.319.2229
There's no separate fee to attend - these informal sessions are included with $12.50 daily admission; free to Arboretum annual members and Arizona State Parks pass-holders.
Valley photographers MiMi, Mark and Bob volunteer a day here at the Arboretum each month -- sharing their camera skills and coaching beginners.Read more in MiMi's E-news email to participants
The goal is to share a few basic camera lessons while photographing the gardens. These photo walks include time for participants to learn basic camera functions ranging from aperture and exposure to white balance. In addition, participants will be able to ask their specific questions answered in a supportive small groups, each with a friendly camera coach whose goal is to "put the fun in camera functions, and eliminate aspects of photography that can be intimidating to beginners."

Bye - Bye Buzzards Sunday September 23 - Sunday
7:00-8:30 Vulture Viewing with ASU Professor Dave Pearson
8:30-10:00 Guided Bird Walk with Dr. Pearson and Friends

September brings the Autumnal Equinox, observed by cultures from the ancient Greeks to Aboriginal Australians - at the Arboretum one sure sign of Fall is the annual departure of our seasonal resident flock of Turkey Vultures. Saturday September 23 we open at our usual 6:00 a.m., then at 7:00 a.m., join ASU Professor Dave Pearson near the Desert Legume Garden while he hosts an hour observing the big, black birds.
Events are included with adult admission of $12.50; free to BTA annual members and AZ state parks pass-holders. Arrive early for the 7am special Vulture Viewing Saturday to observe our famous flock of Turkey Vultures perched on the cliffs before they depart to spend their day soaring the skies; world-traveled ASU Professor
ASU Professor Dave Pearson will be the guest 'Vulture-ologist' stationed near the Desert Legume Garden from about 7:00 am until 8:30 "talking about TUVUs", sharing a few jokes about the big black birds, answering questions and sharing his appreciation for the soaring scavengers until the vultures take to the skies -- typically by 8:30am. Dr. Pearson and other guides will lead a bird walk through the gardens at 8:30 in search of other birds, mammals and crittersd

Acrylic Painting For Beginners and Intermediates
> call 602. 618. 3055 to RSVP and pre-register with Chuck

Ever wanted to try your hand with a brush and canvas -- or you just need to fine tune your skills? Enroll in a Fall or Winter acrylic painting class that accomplished local artist Chuck Davison will coach here. They're affordably priced at $35 for BTA members, and if need more encouragement to signup, here's what one happy painter said:
"We enjoyed Chuck's class and loved that it was held at our very favorite place: the Arboretum! Chuck is friendly and made the class fun. Because he allowed us the freedom to express our individual tastes through our paintings, we feel we brought home a unique piece of art...even though we all painted the same lizards. Friends and family are able to easily pick out who painted which lizard with the comment that they can tell because each lizard matches the personality of the artist."
Read more, and see a few of Chuck Davison's own paintings

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED Sunset Live Music: ‘Handpan’ Percussion
If you love the sound of steel drums or marimba – just wait ‘til you hear the peaceful sound of ‘handpan’ drums on a date to be announced when East Valley recording artist Saggio shares his singular music here, just before sunset. Saggio loves to create music outdoors, surrounded by nature and beauty – and wanted to celebrate the season with Arboretum members and visitors. “I prefer to play informally, unplugged and improvising – to just be a part of the organic unfolding of the plant life as visitors make their way around, enjoying the gardens. I believe I have a beautiful unique sound to share, and I want to complement the natural beauty of the arboretum, not upstage it.”
Saggio’s new CD ‘Tree of Life’ will be available for purchase, too. Read more about Saggio and his dedication to the healing power of percussion and music at