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.

 

 

Upcoming Education Programs…


Landscaping for Wildlife

Wed 28 Sep 6:00 pm

While many of us have never thought of our gardens as “miniwildlife
preserves”, this may be an increasingly important role for us
humans. And it is easy, fun, and educational. Please join us as we
explore some simple techniques for increasing the biodiversity of your own backyard. We will see many examples “at work” as we tour the Garden. Please wear walking shoes and dress for the weather.

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Meriwether Cider Tour

Wed 5 Oct 7:00 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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Paper Making Workshop

Sat 8 Oct 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The class will focus on the making of paper from different plants. All plants have cellulose, even invasive weeds and so all plants have the potential for becoming paper. Tom will furnish all the supplies and fibers for the class. The class will consist of an orientation of the different artistic items that can be made with paper, the different tools for making paper, and handouts about paper and paper making with different fibers and inclusions. Since paper making is a wet process it is important to wear clothing that can get wet. The workshop will be limited to 12 participants.

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Buried Treasure

Wed 12 Oct 6:30 pm

Learn how to plant a creative treasure trove that will turn your garden into a spectacular burst of color next spring. Rod will discuss the characteristics of different types of bulbs, corms and tubers. Then he’ll show you techniques for fall planting including design strategies and companion plants to complement your bulb garden.

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Fall Tips for a Healthy & Successful Spring Garden

Tue 18 Oct 6:30 pm

This comprehensive class will cover all the fall basics to encourage a
glorious garden next spring-including how to evaluate your landscape for future improvement, what to prune in the fall, soil amendment and mulching, tool maintenance and much, much more.

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Evergreen Wreath Workshop

Sat 12 Nov 9:00 am

Rebecca will help you create your own holiday wreath using a variety of evergreens. Embellish your creation with ribbon and ornaments. You’ll learn how to keep it looking fresh through the whole holiday season. Class size is limited to 15 participants

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Growing Fruit in the Treasure Valley

Mon 21 Nov 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join fruit tree expert Dr. Essie Fallahi to enjoy a class that addresses
general grape and fruit tree (including peach, plum and apple)
selection and production. Emphasis will be on factors to consider for
boosting fruit production. Following a lecture, the group will travel to the orchard to learn proper pruning techniques.

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