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.
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Upcoming Education Programs…


Wildflower Walk

Thu 7 May 6:30 pm

Come join a celebration of our foothills wildflowers. Botanists will lead participants on a 1.5-2 hour leisurely walk on trails behind the Old Penitentiary. Native and not-so-native species will be identified and discussed during the session. Bring water, a jacket, and good walking shoes, but please, no dogs. Attend one or both walks. There is no charge, but please register so that an adequate number of guides may be arranged.

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Idaho Gives Day

Thu 7 May 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Idaho Gives Day is on Thursday, May 7, 2015. We ask you to please participate in this special day of online philanthropy across Idaho by stopping by to enjoy the Garden and donate to IBG programs. You can grab some lunch or dinner inside the Garden gate, take a stroll to see what’s blooming and learn more about what your donations support.

Help us spread the word about this special day of giving and make an online contribution to the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Idaho Give page on May 7, 2015.

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Spring Bird Walk

Sat 9 May 7:00 am

Wear walking shoes and bring binoculars if possible. Each walk is limited to 20 people, pre-register to reserve a spot.

Join Leanne for a stroll through the Idaho Botanical Garden searching for birds visiting or living in the area. Some of the birds to look for include American Kestrel, Great Horned Owl, California Quail, Northern Flicker, Black-billed Magpie, House Wren, and a variety of returning migratory species.

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Wildflower Walk

Thu 14 May 6:30 pm

Come join a celebration of our foothills wildflowers. Botanists will lead participants on a 1.5-2 hour leisurely walk on trails behind the Old Penitentiary. Native and not-so-native species will be identified and discussed during the session. Bring water, a jacket, and good walking shoes, but please, no dogs. Attend one or both walks. There is no charge, but please register so that an adequate number of guides may be arranged.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 16 May 9:30 am

Saturdays starting May 9 (no class 8/22). No registration needed. Stop at the admission booth each Saturday. Wear comfortable clothing for the outdoors.

Become centered within the invigorating morning sounds and scents of the Idaho Botanical Garden. Tai Chi, a meditative practice incorporating slow movement, has been described as magical and as poetry in motion. This popular class is suitable for beginners. The series will be held through September.

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Chip Carved Gourd Birdhouse Workshop

Sat 23 May 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

In this fun class, students will create a unique, one of a kind home for our fine feathered friends. With the help of a compass and a U-shaped palm gouge, students will learn how to make a series of cuts to form a unique S-shaped pattern around the entry hole of a birdhouse. Dyes and a sealer will then be applied which will enhance the carving and bring the new gourd birdhouse to life. The birdhouse can be hung in the garden for hours of enjoyment by student and tenant alike.

Class is limited to 12 people aged 16 years or older. Feel free to bring snacks

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Air Force Band Community Concert

Fri 3 Jul 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Idaho Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the Air Force Band Community Concert on July 3, 2015.
The 562 AF Band, named “Band of the West Coast”, will be bringing an ensemble of approximately 50 members. The concert includes small ensembles of Jazz, Dixie Land, and Latin, as well as a full concert performance with Boise Community Band members. The entire ensemble for the day will be nearing 100 players.

This remarkable performance is a magnificent tribute to our veterans and an awe-inspiring reminder to the community what Fourth of July weekend is truly about. We are offering this performance completely free to the public – no admission fees will be charged.

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Bug Day

Sat 22 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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