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.
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Upcoming Education Programs…


Glorious Containers Workshop

Tue 10 May 6:30 pm

No matter where you live, flowering pots beautify your abode. Learn from Michele how to make an eye-popping arrangement and keep it vigorous all season.  Bring your favorite 12”-18” container and we’ll provide the soil, fertilizer and flowers for you to create your own beautiful living arrangement for a sunny location.  You will go home with information for creating a container planting perfect for the shade. Choose to attend either Tuesday or Thursday.

Bring garden gloves, a trowel and a 12”-18” container.

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Glorious Containers Workshop

Thu 12 May 6:30 pm

No matter where you live, flowering pots beautify your abode. Learn from Michele how to make an eye-popping arrangement and keep it vigorous all season.  Bring your favorite 12”-18” container and we’ll provide the soil, fertilizer and flowers for you to create your own beautiful living arrangement for a sunny location.  You will go home with information for creating a container planting perfect for the shade. Choose to attend either Tuesday or Thursday.

Bring garden gloves, a trowel and a 12”-18” container.

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Chip Carved Gourd Birdhouse Workshop

Sat 14 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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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 14 May 9:30 am

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.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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Carnivorous Plant Bog Garden Workshop

Wed 18 May 6:30 pm

What could be more fascinating than your very own mini-bog garden inhabited by carnivorous plants?  Attend this workshop to create a garden inhabited by a Venus Fly-trap, Pitcher Plant and Sundew.  Learn how to care for these bug eaters to keep them growing.  At home, these plants will need a sunny spot outdoors and distilled water.

Workshop provides plants and all materials needed to create a small bog garden.

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Fairy Gardens Adult Only Workshop

Sat 21 May 1:00 pm

Would you like to create a Fairy Garden but have no child to build it with you?  Come to this class! Elizabeth will help you plant a container with fairy-scale plants and construct fairy furniture to set the scene. Set it outside to attract magical creatures or add your own favorite fairy statuettes.

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

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Concrete Leaf Workshop

Sat 21 May 10:00 am

Create a garden ornament using concrete and a large leaf. Cover your leaf with wet cement on Monday and return to the Garden on Saturday 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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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 21 May 9:30 am

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.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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Fairy Gardens Adult/Child Workshop

Sat 21 May 10:00 am

Adult/child pairs will work together to create a single fairy-sized outdoor container garden sure to entice any pixies wandering through your neighborhood. Elizabeth will help you plant a container with fairy-scale plants and construct fairy furniture to set the scene. Set it outside to attract magical creatures or add your own favorite fairy statuettes.

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

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 28 May 9:30 am

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.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 4 Jun 9:30 am

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.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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Nature Detectives

Wed 8 Jun - Fri 24 Jun 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Each June, children are taught about biology through games, walks and crafts. Three different biology subjects are offered and groups may register for one, two or all three topics.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 11 Jun 9:30 am

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.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 18 Jun 9:30 am

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.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 25 Jun 9:30 am

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.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 2 Jul 9:30 am

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.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 9 Jul 9:30 am

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.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 16 Jul 9:30 am

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.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 23 Jul 9:30 am

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.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 30 Jul 9:30 am

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.  Other dates may have no class due to an Outlaw Field concert.  Check Garden web site, or call periodically to check.

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