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…


Insect Hotel Workshop

Sat 28 Mar 1:00 pm

Insect hotels provide homes to pollinators and pest controllers. They
are utilized by wild, solitary bees as nesting sites and are places where ladybugs may overwinter. Install an insect hotel near your vegetables to help them make fruit and protect them from pests. In addition, they make wonderful garden art. This workshop will explain the principles for making a hotel to attract mason bees and other helpful invertebrates. You will practice construction skills while building a small, portable hotel and gain the knowledge needed to build a larger, more permanent one at your desired site.

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Succulent Wreath Workshop

Thu 2 Apr 6:30 pm

With their diverse shapes and colors, succulents make beautiful, easy
to care for, living displays. Using succulent cuttings from plants grown at the Idaho Botanical Garden, make your own 6” diameter wreath and learn how to create future displays.

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Landscape for Life

Tue 7 Apr 6:30 pm

This course is well suited for the beginning gardener or for those new
to gardening in this region. Landscape For Life shows you sustainable methods for working with nature, your soil and the local climate, to create a garden that’s healthier for humans and the environment. The sessions cover soils, water and its application and harvesting, plant selection, gardening to attract wildlife, and landscape construction materials. Each week there will be homework that will result in your having a landscape plan for depicting your home structures, soil types, areas of sun & shade, water flow, wind flow, and current plantings. You will use this plan to help you make decisions on how you can change your landscape to make it more sustainable.

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Spring Bird Walk

Fri 10 Apr 7:30 am

Wear walking shoes and bring binoculars if possible. Each walk is limited to 20 people, pre-register to reserve a spot. Register for one or both walks. Second walk takes place on May 9 at 7:00 a.m.

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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Arranging Spring Flowers & Forced Branches

Sat 11 Apr 10:00 am

Learn techniques for forcing spring-blooming branches and using
branches and spring bulb flowers in floral design. Each participant
will create and take home their own unique flower arrangement
using techniques and ideas learned in this hands-on workshop. Class
limited to 8 students.

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Arranging Spring Flowers & Forced Branches

Sat 11 Apr 1:00 pm

Learn techniques for forcing spring-blooming branches and using
branches and spring bulb flowers in floral design. Each participant
will create and take home their own unique flower arrangement
using techniques and ideas learned in this hands-on workshop. Class
limited to 8 students.

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Essentials for Reblooming Your Orchids

Sat 18 Apr 1:00 pm

Been recently gifted with an orchid or considering buying one
for your home? Want to enjoy beautiful blossoms after the initial
ones have faded? Sharing her over 35 years of experience, Janet
Crist will introduce you to the rewarding pastime of growing these
extraordinary plants with an emphasis on how to encourage them
to bloom year after year. Class attendees will come away with an
understanding of orchids’ light, water, temperature, humidity, fertilizer and soil needs.

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Fairy Gardens Workshop 1 - Adult/Child Pair

Sat 25 Apr 10:00 am

Bring your own 12” diameter container, no more than six inches deep is best to cut down on soil weight. Make sure that it has drainage holes.

Create an imaginative, fairy-sized, outdoor container garden sure to
entice any pixies wandering though your neighborhood. Elizabeth will help you plant your container with fairy-scale plants and construct fairy furniture using willow twigs and hot glue.

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Fairy Gardens Workshop 2 - Adults Only

Sat 25 Apr 1:00 pm

Bring your own 12” diameter container, no more than six inches deep is best to cut down on soil weight. Make sure that it has drainage holes.

Create an imaginative, fairy-sized, outdoor container garden sure to
entice any pixies wandering though your neighborhood. Elizabeth will help you plant your container with fairy-scale plants and construct fairy furniture using willow twigs and hot glue.

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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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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 16 (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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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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