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editorial@robson.com — June 2012 Photography class and nature walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum


The dragonfly walk. We all own cameras, and most of us


would like to be better photographers. Boyce Thompson Arboretum (less than an hour’s drive from Sun Lakes) offers a basic camera class June 9 taught by Gilbert artist Michael Madsen; two hours spent in the classroom where beginners will learn all the basic camera functions, settings and techniques, followed by two hours shooting around the gardens after a


lunch break. “You’ll switch your camera to manual charge, and explore the


mode, take


creative side of photography,” said Madsen. “I demonstrate how to adjust your camera settings and explain the photographic effects that occur based on these settings. Then we’ll head outdoors


to apply techniques students have learned, to experiment with camera


Michael Madsen teaches a basic camera class.


settings together, and offer as much one- on-one instruction as you need.” Read the complete list of Arboretum


photo workshops at ag.arizona.edu/bta; enrollment


for Madsen’s is $39 ($30 if


you’re among BTA annual members). Enroll with a credit card and phone call to 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours from 6:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. What else does the Arboretum offer


during summer months? Plenty! Weekend nature walks for birders, butterfl y fans and even lizard lovers! The summertime opening hour of 6:00 a.m. allows visitors to explore the trails and gardens during the coolest hours of the day. Leashed and well-behaved dogs are welcome too, provided they’re accompanied by owners who pick-up after their canine compadres. Guided walking tours are included with daily admission of $9 for adults, $4.50 for ages 5-12, and there’s no pre-registration required. Just be in the visitor center breezeway at start time. Annual memberships are the best


way to learn about the Sonoran Desert that surrounds us while helping support BTA. Memberships start at


$45 and


include a year’s admission plus a pair of one-time use guest passes to bring friends or family (family memberships are $60). Explore the gardens online at ag.arizona.edu/bta, or connect with nearly 3,000 fans of BTA at


facebook.


com/boycethompsonarboretum. Events: June 2 Dragonfl y Walk at 8:30 a.m. See


and photograph colorful winged predators on a walk guided by AZ State Parks volunteer Roger Racut, ASU Professor Pierre Deviche and other special guests. Bring your camera; guides often safely net colorful


‘Odonates’ so visitors can take


close-up photos of their intricate patterns. June 3 Gourd Art Workshop from


9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Learn to burn, paint, etch and emboss decorative gourds with coaching from Mesa artists Gerald and Vicki Johnson. The fee of $30 includes a gourd and full morning of coaching and artistic inspiration. $39. June 9 Learn-Your-Lizards walk at 8:00


a.m. guided by reptile enthusiast ‘Wild Man Phil’ Rakoci. Use color, habits and habitat to I.D. Arizona’s most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles on a two-hour walk along the main trail. This is BTA’s most popular tour for kids; bring yours or invite your grandkids, nieces or nephews for an outing! June 10 guided bird walk at 6:30 a.m.


with Kathe Anderson. Look for colorful species


such as Yellow Warbler, Blue


Grosbeak, Black-headed Grosbeak, Green Heron and Orange-crowned Warbler. June 16 Plants of the Bible Walk at


8:00 a.m. Mesa resident Dave Oberpriller leads a relaxing, slow-paced walk down smooth, fl at and wheelchair-accessible trails that pass pomegranates, fi gs, pines, palms and other plants referenced in scripture. June 17 Tree Tour at 8:30 a.m. Certifi ed


Arborist and BTA staff member Jeff Payne answers your silvicultural queries on a walk beneath shady oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more. June 23 Geology Walk at 8:00 a.m.


See rocks and volcanic formations along the main trail on a guided tour that


compresses almost two billion


years of geologic history into just over one educational hour; learn about Pinal schist, the volcanic origins of Picket Post


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