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.
  • Nature 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.

Help grow the Garden’s Education Programs by making a donation. Your support will help cover the cost of supplies, lesson planning, and Garden Teachers.

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Upcoming Education Programs…


Introduction to Meditation

Thu 8 Jun 1:30 pm

Meditation makes you feel better, in a multitude of ways. Whether you are looking to lower your blood pressure or turn down the volume in your mind, meditation helps. Learn an easy and effective meditation tool and establish an ongoing practice. The crazy world around you won’t change, but you will!

Bring a journal and pen.

Three part class. Part II on 6/15 at 1:30 p.m. and Part III on 6/22 at 1:30 p.m.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 10 Jun 9:30 am

No registration needed. Stop at the admission booth each  Saturday to pay admission or check in. Wear comfortable clothing for the outdoors.

Become centered within the invigorating morning sounds and scents of the Idaho Botanical Garden. Tai Chi, an internal art incorporating meditation, has been described as magical and as poetry in motion. This popular class is suitable for beginners.

Saturdays: June 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22; August 5, 12; September 2, 9

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A Passion for Penstemons

Tue 13 Jun 6:30 pm

Do the many types of Penstemons enamor, yet puzzle you? Have you always wanted to learn more about growing these beautiful plants? If so, come join us for an evening of Penstemon exploration. We currently have at least 25 species or cultivars growing in the Garden. We’ll spend a little time indoors to be introduced to this group of plants before going outside to see them in spectacular bloom

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Home Composting 101

Wed 14 Jun 6:30 pm

Welcome to the world of worms, fungi, and microbacteria! This class will introduce the science of decomposition and practical, easy management for healthy garden compost. Sierra will teach you how to create a hot three-bin system, manage a cold and slow compost pile, how to use a compost tumbler, and many other methods! Find the method that is right for you in this introductory class.

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Plantoids Robotics Workshop

Sat 17 Jun 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Usually we don’t consider plants as intelligent organisms. Plants can move and act in strange ways if only we know what to look for. They do often exhibit interesting clues as to what might be going on in their “minds”. That’s where Plantoids come in. Robotic sensors and technology extend the intelligence of a plant and allow it to become something like a cyborg, able to move around and explore, hunt for food, and even ask for a drink of water! The Plantoid Robotics Workshop will show you how to build your first robot and how to start your first terrarium. You will combine them into a one-of-a-kind hybrid of science and technology that can literally grow and learn with you every day. People ages 12 and older will build and code their own roving, robotic terrarium. Children ages 8- 11 may participate if assisted by an adult.

Two Parts. Part II is on 6/24 at 9 a.m.

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Concrete Leaf Workshop

Mon 19 Jun 6:00 pm

Create a garden ornament using concrete and a large leaf. Cover your leaf with wet mortar mix and return to the Garden a week later 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.

Two Parts. Part II is on 6/26 at 6 p.m.

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Introduction to Small Landscapes

Wed 12 Jul 6:30 pm

This two-part, four-hour class will provide an introduction to the “artful hobby” of creating small landscapes, or Bonsai by many other names. Wednesday will focus on the art form and history, suitable plant material, soils, hydration, everyday and special tools, pots, wiring, and pruning. Saturday will be an adventure in pruning your own juniper, a great plant for starting out. A list of what to bring that day will be provided during Part I.

Two Parts. Part II is on 7/15 at 10 a.m.

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Yoga in the Garden: Standing Poses

Wed 12 Jul 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

In four 90-minute Svaroopa® yoga classes, learn yoga’s foundational standing poses. You will also learn poses for core opening. With this combination, you experience your own bliss within and find a new definition of strength and stamina. And you discover how to take it into your life and into the world.

Four Parts. 7/19, 7/26 and 8/2

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Découpage Flower Pot Adult/Child Workshop

Sat 22 Jul 10:00 am

Have flowers year-round whether or not any plants are growing in your decorated pot!

Adult/child pairs work together to adorn a terra cotta container with dried flowers to attractively display any plant they may choose to grow. Invite a young one to create a keepsake that will last for years. Plant it at home, or display this art piece as is.

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Hypertufa Trough Workshop

Mon 31 Jul 6:00 pm

Hypertufa troughs make wonderful planters for shallow-rooted  outdoor plants such as alpines, thymes and succulents. Rebecca will show you how to create your own trough using a cement, perlite and peat moss mixture. You’ll make your trough on the first day and finish it on the second, planting it with a variety of shallow-rooted plants.

Part II is on Friday, August 7 at 6 p.m.

* August 7 please bring: hammer, metal file, and wire brush if you have them.

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Yoga Workshop: Walk This Way

Wed 9 Aug 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In this 3-hour Svaroopa® yoga workshop, you will practice poses for core opening and standing in your bones. Then standing tall and free from tension in legs, knees and back, you will practice walking, out in the Garden. With this yoga experience, you will feel what it’s like to walk with an open heart into the world.

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Meriwether Cider Tour

Wed 9 Aug 6:30 pm

Go on a tour led by the head cider maker of the production facility, followed by a cider tasting in the taproom with a guided sensory analysis of chief labor components. At the end you will receive a Meriwether pint glass to take home.

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Bug Day

Sat 19 Aug 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn about the exciting world of bugs in an adventurous environment! Earn a “Certificate in Bugology,” purchase edible insects, play bug bingo, participate in Insect Olympics, catch live bugs, and meet the experts. Bug Day is an entomological extravaganza, fun for the entire family.

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