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.
  • 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…


Cultivating Love

Thu 31 May 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The event team at the Garden is excited to add this special event to our list of activities this year! In celebration of LOVE and the English Garden’s 20th anniversary, we are hosting Cultivating Love, an opportunity for couples to share with us their love story.

We will be recognizing former couples who have already found their happy ever after here at the Garden. There will be a chance to win a fantastic second honeymoon package as we are eager to honor the dedication and love of one of these couples.

We will also be inviting prospective couples from around the Valley to share their love story with us! These guests will be a given a chance to secure a fantastic dream wedding package. Included in that prize will be a variety of goods and services from the best event professionals in Boise! We have partnered with amazing vendors that will showcase their natural talents and highlight our stunning garden space. Stay tuned for more information as we help to Cultivate Love here at the Garden.
2018 Partners:

Rhodes Entertainment, Mist and Pine Photography, Sprout Designs, Coiled Wines, Wild Plum Events, Idaho Tents and Events, The Inn at 500, Boise Weekly, Thistle and Pine Creative, Flour Child Bakery, and Wildflower Florals and Events

ENTER by May 25th by Clicking on the link below.
Cultivating Love Entry

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EnGaGE Camp

Mon 4 Jun - Thu 9 Aug 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Engaging Girls in Garden Engineering

EnGaGE is a summer science program for girls 12-14 years old to design, build, and maintain raised garden beds. This is a multi-week commitment. Garden bed construction will take place during the first two weeks of camp, in June. Campers will return every other week to maintain their garden beds and to participate in a variety of STEM activities. Guest speakers from environmental and horticultural professions in the community will be included throughout the program.

June – August 2018

Girls age 12-14

Camp Cost $150

Camp Details:

  • Design and Build a raised garden bed
  • Grow your own food
  • Dig into soil science and irrigation design
  • Use power tools
  • Create your own garden art
  • Build plant robots
  • Learn about pollinators and beekeeping
  • Meet local women professionals in botany, horticulture, and business

Camp Schedule is as follows:

June 4-8, 9 a.m. – noon

June 11-15, 9 a.m. – noon

July 10 & 12, 9 a.m. – noon

July 24 & 26, 9 a.m. – noon

August 7 & 9, 9 a.m. – noon


Registration

Camp is limited to 15 girls. Payment is refundable up to two weeks prior to the first day of camp class, minus a $10 processing fee.

Members must sign in or register to receive the member rate. The discount will show up at checkout. Call the Garden at 343-8649 if you have trouble purchasing.

If not a current member, receive member rates by joining or renewing your membership. Click on the Membership here.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 9 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 9, 16, 23, 30;

July 7, 14, 21, 28;

August 4, 11;

September 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

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Techniques for Collecting Insects

Tue 12 Jun 6:30 pm

Techniques for Collecting Insects

 

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, June 12 • 6:30 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Paul Castrovillo, ISDA Entomologist

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

LOCATION: Classroom

 

Have you ever considered making an insect collection or just getting out into the field to find insects to learn what they are doing? Paul has been hunting, collecting and studying insects for over 50 years. During that time he learned many of the traditional methods, experimented with some and came up with some tweaks and shortcuts to make them work even better. This class will cover 1) how and where to find insects, 2) how to collect them, 3) how to process them for building (and properly maintaining) a scientifically valuable collection and 4) how to identify specimens.

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Adult/Child Cement Stepping Stone Workshop

Sat 16 Jun 10:00 am

Adult/Child Cement Stepping Stone Workshop

DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 16 • 10:00 a.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Elizabeth Dickey, IBG Education Director

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

LOCATION: Picnic Tables by Maintenance Building

Dress in clothing suitable for working with cement. Class is limited to 10 adult/child pairs.

Adult/child pairs work together to create two stepping stones decorated with a choice of materials – leaf prints, tiles, or glass pebbles. Pick up your finished product the following weekend.

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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

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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