Located in Superior, Ariz. along Highway 60, the 300-acre Boyce Thompson Arboretum has numerous gardens, a 1.5-mile trail, bird walks, exhibitions, photography classes and a host of other artistic and educational programs.
And beginning today through the end of August, the arboretum is offering free admission to college and university students, in-state or non-resident. All you need is a valid identification card from your college or university.
The August calendar boasts a range of programs. Many are free, and some are offered for a fee. Among the month's events are:
- Aug. 4: A dragonfly walk guided by photographer Pete Moulton; a lecture and slideshow about monarch butterflies
- Aug. 5: A gourd art class with Mesa artists Gerald and Vicki Johnson
- Aug. 12: "Plants of the Bible" includes a trail walk and will be led by Mesa resident and Bible scholar Dave Oberpriller, who will discuss pomegranates, figs, pines, palms and other plants
- Aug. 17: Reiki master Kathleen O'Dwyer will lead an Earth journal writing workshop
- Aug. 18: A prickly pear cactus fruit class during which Apache Junction author Jean Groen will teach how to harvest the fruit
- Aug. 25: A butterfly walk with ASU Professor Ron Rutowski
The arboretum is an affiliate of UA's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and is home to about 3,200 different desert plants, more than 230 birds and more than 70 terrestrial species.
Photo credit: Dennis Green, Photo courtesy of Boyce Thompson Arboretum