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.

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…


Découpage Flower Pot Adult/Child Workshop

Sat 22 Jul 10:00 am

Have flowers year-round whether or not any plants are growing in your decorated pot!

Adult/child pairs work together to adorn a terra cotta container with dried flowers to attractively display any plant they may choose to grow. Invite a young one to create a keepsake that will last for years. Plant it at home, or display this art piece as is.

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Hypertufa Trough Workshop

Mon 31 Jul 6:00 pm

Hypertufa troughs make wonderful planters for shallow-rooted  outdoor plants such as alpines, thymes and succulents. Rebecca will show you how to create your own trough using a cement, perlite and peat moss mixture. You’ll make your trough on the first day and finish it on the second, planting it with a variety of shallow-rooted plants.

Part II is on Friday, August 7 at 6 p.m.

* August 7 please bring: hammer, metal file, and wire brush if you have them.

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Meriwether Cider Tour

Wed 9 Aug 6:30 pm

Go on a tour led by the head cider maker of the production facility, followed by a cider tasting in the taproom with a guided sensory analysis of chief labor components. At the end you will receive a Meriwether pint glass to take home.

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Yoga Workshop: Walk This Way

Wed 9 Aug 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In this 3-hour Svaroopa® yoga workshop, you will practice poses for core opening and standing in your bones. Then standing tall and free from tension in legs, knees and back, you will practice walking, out in the Garden. With this yoga experience, you will feel what it’s like to walk with an open heart into the world.

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Bug Day

Sat 19 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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