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classes and botany tours. Most weekend events are included with daily admission of $9 for adults and $4.50 for ages 5-12. Annual memberships allow a couple or family to visit year-round; these start at $45 for a couple or $60 for a family. Learn more with a visit to or connect with staff, volunteer tour guides and thousands of fans at September Events: September 1 Dragonfl y Walk With Pierre

Deviche at 8:30 a.m. (repeats October 6 guided by Roger Racut). ASU Professor Pierre Deviche guides a dragonfl y walk in search of Flame Skimmers and Blue Dashers at Ayer Lake and at water features around the gardens. September 3 Prickly

Pear Cactus Fruit Class “Season Finale” at 10:30 a.m. Author Jean Groen teaches participants to harvest these juicy, seasonal fruits of the Sonoran Desert. Ripe cactus

fruits peak

along the Mogollon Rim and mountain ranges include the San Franciscos, Catalinas and Pinals. See more of her work at http://www. Cost is $39. Call 520-689-2723 September 22 The Arboretum Rocks, geology walking tour at 8:30 a.m. Ever held a rock in w h e r e

your hand and wondered

did this come from? How old is it? How did these beautiful form?

mountains Enthusiastic

local geologists Kristen Gholson and Scott McFadden share

that’s the

answers on a once- a-month Geology Tour

likely to red as

rubies and garnets are at their

each August.

Learn how to pick, de-spine and prepare the forbidding fruits with opportunities for sampling after class. September 9 Gourd Art Class 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m, enrollment

is $39. Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 to enroll and pre-pay. Sign up soon if this class sounds like fun; these classes often fi ll quickly and have a waiting list. These popular four-hour workshops are a chance to burn, paint, etch and emboss decorative gourds with coaching from Mesa artists Gerald and Vicki Johnson. September 8 and 9 Learn Your Lizards Guided Walks with Phil

Rakoci (Saturday at 8:30) and Abi King (Sunday at 8:30). Casa Grande reptile enthusiast Wild Man Phil invites kids and adults who enjoy Arizona’s most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles to Learn Your Lizards on a guided walking tour. Sunday’s guide is Arizona Game & Fish Department Reptile Researcher Abi King, a great role model for girls who love nature. September 15 CAzBA Annual Butterfl y Count from 8:30 a.m.-

4:00 p.m. Dave Powell invites all to join this annual census of all the “fl owers on the wing” that can be counted today at Boyce Thompson Arboretum on the

sixth annual Central

Arizona Butterfl y Association tally. Counting starts at 8:30 a.m. sharp; plan to arrive a little early. The count circle has a 15-mile diameter. During this one-day census participants will seek butterfl ies at Oak Flat and many other spots within that circle. Read more at September

the Bible Walk at 8:30 a.m. Mesa

resident scholar Dave trails Bible Oberpriller

leads a relaxing and slow- paced Saturday walk down smooth, fl at and wheelchair- accessible

to see

pomegranates, fi gs, pines, palms and other plants referenced in scripture. September

16 Tree

Tour at 8:30 a.m. So just what

is an Arboretum?

Tom McDonald (owner of Smiling Dog Landscapes in Gold Canyon) leads this relaxed and leisurely guided tour

through the forested areas of the Arboretum to see

collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more. September 16 Pomegranate Class at 10:30 a.m. (repeats September

29). The most popular variety of pomegranates are named Wonderful and with good reason. These hardy fruits are loaded with anti- oxidants, delicious and they grow well in Arizona. Apache Junction author Jean Groen and pomegranate grower Robert Lewis explain how to harvest and juice these healthy fruits in our informal one-hour class. Don’t miss Robert’s mesquite fl our waffl es with pomegranate syrup after the class! September 16 Camera Class ‘Fall Foliage Photography’ with

Colleen Miniuk-Sperry at 1:00 p.m. Get a head-start on the fall foliage season by learning proven techniques for lighting and composition to anticipate the ideal time of day for a location, and lenses, settings and camera adjustments to make the red maples and golden aspens glow. Chandler author Colleen Miniuk-Sperry (Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildfl owers, A Guide to When, Where, and How) follows the foliage each autumn and knows the best places

15 Plants of and

turn participants into rockhounds! Arboretum geology walks begin with a quick 20-30 minute slideshow pre s en t a ti on ill u s t r a t i n g ge olo g i c concepts, as well as a brief overview of local geology. Af t e rwa r ds par ticipant s

take a slow-paced hike up the High Trail to check out outcrops, talk as a group about the geology and get your

hands dirty. All ages and backgrounds are welcome. Kristen predicts all who join this walk will “have a gneiss time.” September 22 Butterfl y Walk with Adriane Grimaldi at 8:30 a.m.

Colorful butterfl ies such as Pipevine Swallowtail, Cloudless Sulphur, American Snout, and Empress Leilia can be seen and photographed around the Arboretum gardens. Learn to ID them and ways to attract them to your garden September 22 and again October 27 with Adriane Grimaldi. After the walk, ask gift shop Certifi ed Nurseryman Chris Evans for advice about larval host plants you can bring home to attract more butterfl ies to your own backyard. September 23 Edible and Medicinal Desert Plants Guided Walk

With Jean Groen at 8:30 a.m. Prickly pear cactus fruits yield more than simply a colorful margarita ingredient. On this Sunday morning walk you’ll learn a few culinary uses for these abundant desert plants from Apache Junction author Jean Groen. September 22 Bye-Bye Buzzards from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

ASU Professor, world-traveler, author and raconteur Dave Pearson is the special guest for an early morning spent observing and learning about the Arboretum’s migratory fl ock of

turkey vultures before

the big, black birds depart for the season. Morning events include vulture viewing from 7:00-8:30 a.m., then Dr. Pearson and others guide a bird walk at 8:30 a.m. in search of other colorful birds around the gardens. Don’t miss the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s popular ‘living exhibit’ of a real,

live Turkey Vulture and variety of other birds, reptiles and small mammals brought here by volunteers who offer their time as wildlife rehabbers. September

30 Paul Landau

Macro Photography from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. The human eye can only look so close. Scottsdale photographer Paul Landau has

learned to capture microscopic scenes with his camera, revealing compound eyes, antennae and patterns almost invisible to the human eye. Sunday, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. he’ll share techniques during an afternoon spent in search of tiny creatures and plants at Boyce Thompson Arboretum and photographing them along with 10

participants. Cost is $39. Call 520-689-2723. October 6 Guided Bird Walk with Cindy Marple at 8:30 a.m. Walks

continue October 14 with Kathe Anderson, October 20 with Richard Ditch, October 28 with Joanne Barr and Marceline VandeWater. October 6 History Walk With Sylvia Lee at 10:00 a.m. You may

have walked the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park main trail a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain. Can you imagine cavalry soldiers operating a heliograph in the late 1800s? Learn a few new facts about the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his namesake Arboretum on a walking tour guided by Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee. Walks typically last about 90 minutes. October 7 Plants of the Bible Walk with Leda Fide at 1:30 p.m.

AZ State Parks Volunteer Leda Fide leads the recurring Plants of the Bible walk at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, sharing history, scripture and botanical lessons on a slow-paced and relaxing two- hour stroll through Arboretum gardens. 


Butterfly walk photo Queen on Hand by Marianne Skov Jensen.

Hooded oriole by Sun Lakes resident John DeGrafft.

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