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.
  • Youth Group Tours — These tours are designed to supplement school science curricula.  Custom tours are available too.  These tours run Mid-April through October.
  • EnGaGE in Engineering – EnGaGE is a summer science program for girls 12-14 years old to design, build, and maintain raised garden beds.
  • 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…


Pond Care Basics

Tue 19 Jun 6:30 pm

Pond Care Basics

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, June 19 • 6:30 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Bob McKay, IBG Certified Koi Keeper

COST: IBG Member: $15 • Non-Member: $20

LOCATION: Classroom

Having a pond for water plants and or fish for food has been a practice for a long time.  Keeping ornamental plants and fish in ponds solely for their beauty is a more recent thing.  Having a water feature that makes a pleasant sound and contains attractive plants and or fish can make a backyard an oasis for the mind and spirit.  We will cover pond design considerations, water quality, and plant and Nishikigoi (Koi) selections at an introductory level.

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Native Plants That Beat the Heat

Thu 28 Jun 6:30 pm

Native Plants That Beat the Heat

DATE/TIME: Thursday, June 28 • 6:30 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Anna Lindquist, IBG Garden Lead

COST: IBG Member: $15 • Non-Member: $20

LOCATION: Classroom

This class introduces you to plants suitable for Treasure Valley landscapes. Heat tolerant shrubs, perennial flowers, and grasses will be discussed. Come prepared to tour the Garden grounds, enjoy the evening outdoors, and learn about some of our favorite native plants.

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Garden Yoga and Meditation

Mon 16 Jul 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Garden Yoga and Meditation

 

DATES/TIME: Monday, July 16, 23, & 30 • 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

INSTRUCTORS: Marlene Gast and Carolyn Beaver, River Time Yoga

COST: IBG Member: $20 • Non-Member: $25

LOCATION: English Garden

The class is limited to 15 participants

Spend three days in the blissfully blooming English Garden, learn yoga poses to release the tension in your spine from tail to top. This opens you to your own inner bliss. A meditation period culminates in each class. These progressive classes provide instruction so you may continue these practices at home.

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Faux Trough Workshop

Mon 23 Jul 6:30 pm

Faux Trough Workshop – Sold Out

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, July 23 • 6:30 p.m. (Part I) & Monday, July 30 • 6:30 p.m. (Part II)

INSTRUCTOR: Ann Debolt,

COST: IBG Member: $25 • Non-Member: $30

LOCATION: Lower Greenhouse

This workshop is limited to 15 participants. Please bring gloves for painting and planting.

Alpine troughs are the perfect low-maintenance container garden. These designs look like small-scale landscapes because they can be filled with alpine plants, which are miniature versions of popular perennials, or with easy-care succulents, which are also drought-tolerant.

Ann will show you how to create your own faux stone trough using a styrofoam container. You will make your trough on the first night of class (drill holes, apply paint and texturing material), when we will also discuss the history of alpine trough gardening. On the second night, you will plant your trough with a nice variety of easy care plants.

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Dehydrating Your Garden Produce

Wed 25 Jul 6:30 pm

Dehydrating Your Garden Produce

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 25 • 6:30 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Dave Hopkins, U of I Advanced Master Food Safety Advisor

COST: IBG Member: $12 • Non-Member: $17

LOCATION: Classroom

Learn how to safely dehydrate food with Dave Hopkins, using research-based food preservation information. Dave will cover dehydration techniques, supplies needed, the importance of using a research-based recipe, and where to find the information. Dave will also give you tips on how to incorporate your dehydrated goods into your everyday recipes.

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Concrete Leaf Workshop

Mon 6 Aug - Mon 27 Aug 6:30 pm

Concrete Leaf Workshop

DATE/TIME: Monday, August 6 • 6 p.m. (Part I), Monday, August 13 • 6 p.m. (Part II)

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Dickey, IBG Education Director

COST: IBG Member: $20 • Non-Member: $25

LOCATION: Lower Greenhouse

This workshop is limited to 15 participants.

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 paint 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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Bug Day

Sat 18 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.

Co-Presented by: The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History

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Plants for Pollinators and Predators

Mon 27 Aug 6:30 pm

Plants for Pollinators and Predators

DATE/TIME: Monday, August 27 • 6:30 p.m. (Part I), Wednesday, August 29 • 6:30 p.m. (Part II)

INSTRUCTOR: Sierra Laverty, Assistant Horticulture Director

COST: IBG Member: $20 • Non-Member: $25

LOCATION: Classroom 

Pollinators and predators are a gardener’s best friend! Join IBG staff member and insect enthusiast Sierra Laverty for a class on creating backyard habitat for “natural enemies”, bees of all types, butterflies and more. The first class (8/27) will focus on aiding insect predators of garden pests. The second class (8/29) will cover pollinator gardening and plant selection.

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