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 6 Aug 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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Backyard Composting

Wed 10 Aug 6:30 pm

Compost loosens clay soils, helps sandy soils retain water, promotes soil fertility and stimulates healthy root development in plants. Compost may be expensive to purchase. Fortunately, you can produce it at home with minimal effort; the rate at which it is produced depends upon the method you use. Join us for this comprehensive class on how to assist nature in making compost happen.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 13 Aug 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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Dehydrating Your Garden Produce

Wed 17 Aug 6:30 pm

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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Bug Day

Sat 20 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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Culinary Herbs

Wed 24 Aug 6:30 pm

Culinary herbs are easy to grow, provide health benefits, and make food taste terrific. Elizabeth will discuss how to grow annual and perennial herbs, how to preserve herbs for future use, and share a variety of ways to use them in cooking.

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Tai Chi in the Garden

Sat 3 Sep 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 10 Sep 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 17 Sep 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 24 Sep 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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