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.



Upcoming Education Programs…

Winter Photography

Tue 24 Jan 6:30 pm

Join professional photographer Will Jones for instruction on how to take your best winter photographs. The first day will cover Camera Basics & Principles of Exposure. During the week take a few photos to share with the class. On the second day, Composition and Lighting Subjects will be discussed and the submitted photographs critiqued.

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Essential Oils

Wed 25 Jan 6:30 pm

Essential Oils aren’t just for noses anymore! Join us for an informational workshop about essential oils. We will discuss what essential oils are and how they work with our bodies and support our health. Learn some of the seemingly endless ways essential oils can be used in our daily lives, from making your own household cleaners to supporting the immune system. Take home 3 products that we will make: an Immune blend, a Joyful blend, and a Sleep blend.

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Backyard Birding

Wed 1 Feb 6:30 pm

Julie will share her expertise with us this evening. Participants will learn about this area’s common backyard birds and how to attract area them to your yard. She’ll bring and discuss a variety of feeder types and seed.

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Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Tue 7 Feb 6:30 pm

Class is full – waiting list started. Please contact us at 343-8649 to be added to the list.

The class introduces you to the history of Balsamic Vinegars and Extra Virgin Oils, how they are made, and the many health benefits of both. Following the discussion, taste a variety of olive oils and balsamic vinegars, and learn how to pair them with foods. Go home with recipes and ideas on how to make use of olive oil and balsamic vinegar every day.

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Basketmaking Basics: Pine Needle Coil

Sat 11 Feb 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Class is full – waiting list started. Please contact us at 343-8649 to be added to the list.

Join instructor Anita Drake to learn the history of pine needle coil basketry and receive an introduction to the materials used. Spend most of the class time crafting pine needle coils. The class will conclude with a walkabout in the Garden to see where the materials originated.

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Rethinking Idaho Landscapes

Sat 18 Feb 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Idaho Botanical Garden and the University of Idaho continue this popular and important community forum. Speakers provide attendees with examples, tools and information useful for gardening in Idaho.

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Basics of Tea

Wed 22 Feb 6:30 pm

Black, Green, Oolong, Yellow, White and Pu ‘er teas all come from the same plant: Camellia sinensis. How can so many different products come from the same source? Like any agricultural product, teas reflect their origins. The elevation, soil, rainfall, climate and seasonal variations shape the basic flavor of the tea, as does the way the leaves are processed after the harvest. Other key elements are how long the tea is oxidized, what type of heat is used to dry the leaves, and how they are manipulated during the time from harvest to packaging. All of these factors cause natural chemical reactions that give each tea its own unique color and flavor profile. Come to this class to learn how teas are produced and taste how the different processes influence the taste.

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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.

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