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Classes / Nature & Ecology

Mistletoes and other Parasitic Plants

December 12, 2023 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Zoom Online class participants will receive a Zoom link for the live class two hours before the class begins.

$30 Non-Member / $24 Member

This time of year, we hear a lot about mistletoe, at parties, in carols, on cards, and other avenues.  In this class, we explore the reality of these fascinating plants.  There are many misconceptions about mistletoe which we will debunk.  For example, are they truly parasites?  They are not the only parasitic plants out there.  We will also survey some of these other plants that should not be thought of as freeloaders but of marvels of evolution.

Jeff Babson


Jeff Babson

Jeff Babson is an all-around naturalist, with particular interest in birds, butterflies, moths, beetles and dragonflies.

Owner of Sky Island Tours, an environmental education and eco-tour company, Jeff has led birding tours for the Tucson Botanical Gardens, Pima County Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and several birding festivals in southern Arizona (Wings over Willcox, Southwest Wings, Tucson Birding and Nature Festival). He lives in Vail with his wife and two children.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

No refund will be issued less than 15 days prior to any Community Class. A $10 cancellation fee will be applied to all refunds. No refunds will be issued for special events. We reserve the right to cancel Community Classes due to insufficient registration, garden closure, or inclement weather, in which case, participants will receive a full refund. People with disabilities should make requests for accommodation as early as possible to allow time to make appropriate arrangements.