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…


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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Staying in Bloom

Tue 7 Jun 6:30 pm

In spring our flower gardens burst with blooms. How do we keep them looking beautiful throughout the summer and into the fall? Bonnie will share her secrets of successive blooming and show the specific deadheading and shearing techniques for different annuals and perennials. You’ll be blossoming with knowledge by the time you leave this class!

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Growing Great Horse Pastures & Controlling Weeds

Wed 8 Jun 6:30 pm

Start the grazing season out right to find out how you can make your pastures more productive and control weeds with a least toxic approach. Join Alayne to learn the basics of how grasses grow and how to become a “grass farmer” by using
a variety of techniques including small farm equipment, rotational grazing, spreading compost, sacrifice areas, small grazing areas, least-toxic weed control, and effective irrigation.

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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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Fairy Garden Adult/Child Workshop

Sat 18 Jun 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.

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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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Bees and Blooms

Sat 25 Jun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Explore the world of bees and their relationship with flowers. Start the day at the College of Idaho learning about the different kinds of bees found in Idaho, their ecological roles, and how to recognize the different groups. At 11:30 take a break for lunch and then meet at the Idaho Botanical Garden to tour the grounds to focus on the floral features of bee-friendly plants, watch bee behaviors, and try your hand at identification. Time will also be spent discussing gardening practices that will allow bees to flourish.

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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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Lavender Wands Workshop

Tue 5 Jul 6:30 pm

You will create a lavender sachet with colorful ribbons. These sachets encase the flower heads in stems that are folded over the blossoms and woven with ribbon. Squeezing the blossoms emits a wonderful fragrance for many months. Class is limited to 12 people.

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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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Arranging Summer Flowers

Tue 12 Jul 6:30 pm

Learn techniques for cutting and conditioning summer flowers and placing them in floral designs. Each participant will create and take home their own unique flower arrangement using techniques and ideas learned in this hand-on workshop.

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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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Grilling Summer Vegetables

Tue 26 Jul 6:30 pm

Come to the garden and get inspired with the chefs of Sur La Table! We will be firing up the grill and showing you how to utilize your fresh home grown veggies in new and unique ways. With an emphasis on dishes that will be sure to impress at your next barbeque, we will be using some of the great produce grown right here at the Idaho Botanical Garden.

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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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Yoga in the Garden

Mon 1 Aug 10:15 am

Please wear loose-fitting clothing that allows comfortable movement. Dress in layers that can be removed as you become warmer. Yoga mats are not used for this class. Instead bring two light-weight blankets or beach towels.
This Svaroopa® yoga class is appropriate for beginners as well as longtime yogis. The poses and breath work are immediately accessible and effective, promoting renewal and wellbeing while dissolving pain in the back, shoulders, and neck. This yoga focuses on Core Opening, which lifts pressure off your joints, internal organs and glands, so everything functions better as you become stronger and more flexible at the same time. Banish fatigue, enjoy more energy and discover a resiliency that supports you when facing life’s challenges. While you become progressively calmer, peaceful and happy, you know it is coming from a deep inner knowing. Svaroopa is a Sanskrit word that means you know yourself at the deepest level of your being. You can trust yourself as you move into life in a whole new way.

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Gardening for Pollinators

Tue 2 Aug 6:30 pm

Ann and Elizabeth will share tips on how to attract bees, butterflies, hoverflies, and hummingbirds to your garden. Take a walk with them to view their favorite pollinator friendly plants and watch the pollinators in action.

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