Education

The Idaho Botanical Garden is a living museum dedicated to furthering science education within the scenic setting of its outdoor classroom and into the community. Enrich your life with a variety of continuing education classes year-round for adults and unique educational opportunities for children including field trip tours, botany camp, and pre-school programs.

  • Garden on the Road— When the plants are dormant in January & February, the Garden goes on the road to visit area daycare centers and pre-schools.
  • Nature Detectives— In June, pre-schools and daycare centers bring children to the Garden for hour-long science programs.
  • Youth Group Tours — These tours are designed to supplement school science curricula.  Custom tours are available too.  These tours run Mid-April through October.
  • Saturday Camp — Children aged 5-9 years meet for three hour-long, lively science lessons once a month May through September.
  • Botany Camp — Children ages 4-9 are invited to participate in the games, crafts and nature walks of this morning science program offered in July and August.
  • Adult Education — Over 40 classes for adults are held annually, on a wide variety of topics including plant care, yoga, composting, low water-use gardening, carnivorous plants and creating cement leaves.

 

Upcoming Education Programs…


Creative Cooking Saturday Camp

Sat 30 Aug 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Children ages 5-9 learn about nature and the biological world around them in this morning summer program!

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Check Out The Perennials

Sat 6 Sep 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This class introduces you to perennials that grow well in the Treasure Valley. Jeanene will share her favorite ten plants for sun and shade and share tips for growing them.  Come to this class to have fun and ask questions.

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Firewise for Horse Properties.

Mon 8 Sep 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Wildfire can quickly become a real threat to rural landowners. When horses or livestock are involved, action needs to be taken quickly to reduce the chance of animals being lost and property being damaged. This presentation will help you identify wildfire risks around your horse property and provide you with the appropriate actions to minimize that risk as well as ways to expedite an evacuation should the danger of wildfire arise. Class will include a tour of the Firewise Garden and discussion of appropriate plant uses.

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Mindfulness Practice

Mon 8 Sep 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Mindfulness is focusing completely on the present moment with fresh awareness.  Rooted in Buddhism, research has shown that it increases our perception of beauty and emotional regulation and decreases stress, anxiety, depression, and pain.  Let the beauty of the garden be your gateway to learning this valuable skill, and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.  Bring a chair or blanket, we will be sitting and walking. Class is limited to 15 participants.

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Concrete Leaf Workshop

Mon 15 Sep 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Create a garden ornament using concrete and a large leaf. Cover your leaf with wet cement and the next week return to the Garden to finish your unique garden treasure. All materials will be provided to make your own concrete leaf to use as a small birdbath or garden decoration.

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Firewise Landscape: Concepts & Techniques

Wed 17 Sep 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn ways to create a defensible space which reduces the risk of wildfire damage to your home. Brett will discuss the principles of flammable materials reduction, water conservation techniques and creating landscape zones. Participants will see plants to avoid as well as those that are more fire resistant. Many of these plants are also appropriate for low water use gardens. The class will tour the Firewise demonstration garden planted and maintained through a cooperative effort by the Bureau of Land Management, College of Western Idaho Horticulture Program and Idaho Firewise.

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Concrete Leaf Workshop

Mon 22 Sep 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Create a garden ornament using concrete and a large leaf. Cover your leaf with wet cement and the next week return to the Garden to finish your unique garden treasure. All materials will be provided to make your own concrete leaf to use as a small birdbath or garden decoration.

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Annual and Perennial Seed Saving

Tue 23 Sep 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This workshop will cover a variety of topics for collecting non-vegetable seeds, from how to determine what a seed is, to how to properly collect, dry, store, and label your seed for future use. Class will meet inside before heading out into the garden to examine a variety of fruits and seeds and demonstrate collecting techniques.

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Fabulous Fall Saturday Camp

Sat 27 Sep 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Children ages 5-9 learn about nature and the biological world around them in this morning summer program!

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Mindfulness Practice

Mon 29 Sep 6:30 pm

Mindfulness is focusing completely on the present moment with fresh awareness.  Rooted in Buddhism, research has shown that it increases our perception of beauty and emotional regulation and decreases stress, anxiety, depression, and pain.  Let the beauty of the garden be your gateway to learning this valuable skill, and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.  Bring a chair or blanket, we will be sitting and walking. Class is limited to 15 participants.

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Saving Vegetable Seeds

Wed 1 Oct 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join local farmer and Snake River Seed Cooperative Seed Freak, Casey O’Leary, for a down n dirty basic class in how to save good, pure seeds from your home garden. Seed saving is one of the most important activities we as gardeners can engage in as it helps preserve genetic diversity, saves a savvy gardener quite a bit of money, and creates a supply of seeds adapted for your unique garden environment!

 

In this class, we’ll cover:

*How to plan your garden for seed saving

*The difference between heirloom, hybrid, GMO, and open-pollinated seeds

*How to isolate varieties from each other to avoid cross-pollination

*How to know when your seed is mature

*How to process and store your seeds

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Four Season Beauty

Thu 9 Oct 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A garden can be interesting throughout the year by selecting the appropriate plants and placing them strategically in the landscape. Terry will walk you through the basic design process and share her knowledge of four season plants. Stagger interest with emerging foliage, blooms, and evergreens; beauty in the garden is January through December. Handouts will be provided. Make your reservation quickly; Terry’s last class filled to capacity.

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Mindfulness Practice

Sat 11 Oct 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Mindfulness is focusing completely on the present moment with fresh awareness.  Rooted in Buddhism, research has shown that it increases our perception of beauty and emotional regulation and decreases stress, anxiety, depression, and pain.  Let the beauty of the garden be your gateway to learning this valuable skill, and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.  Bring a chair or blanket, we will be sitting and walking. Class is limited to 15 participants.

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Fall Bird Walk

Sat 1 Nov 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Fall is a good time to look for birds without leaves blocking your view.  Join Leanne for a stroll through the Idaho Botanical Garden searching for resident and wintering birds. Some of the birds to look for include Sharp-shinned Hawk, California Quail, Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Cedar Waxwing.

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Mindfulness Practice

Sat 8 Nov 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Mindfulness is focusing completely on the present moment with fresh awareness.  Rooted in Buddhism, research has shown that it increases our perception of beauty and emotional regulation and decreases stress, anxiety, depression, and pain.  Let the beauty of the garden be your gateway to learning this valuable skill, and leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.  Bring a chair or blanket, we will be sitting and walking. Class is limited to 15 participants.

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Evergreen Wreath Workshop

Sat 15 Nov 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Andrea will help you create your own holiday wreath using a variety of evergreens. Embellish your creation with ribbon and ornaments. You’ll learn how to keep it looking fresh through the whole holiday season. Class size is limited to 15 participants

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