Explore the wonders of nature at the Gardens during our Family Fun Days, Summer Camps and other programs.



Youth Horticulture Club

The Youth Horticulture Club is a service-learning opportunity for high school students seeking graduation credit or apprenticeship and mentoring experiences. Joining our Youth Horticulture Club allows students to learn about biology related careers, to engage in horticulture activities and to learn indigenous methods of farming and agriculture. The club is responsible for cultivating a native crops garden, organizing educational meetings with community horticulture experts and engaging in multi-generational dialogue about gardening techniques and careers.  Students democratically govern themselves through a teen governance board. We will work with each student to meet his or her individual needs and school requirements.

Please contact Sandra Casad at education2@tucsonbotanical.org or call 520-326-9686 *31 to learn more and to apply to participate.

Art, Nature, & Movement at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Monday, November 11, 9 am—12 pm

Free with admission

Rhythm is a fundamental force of life. It is found everywhere: in the repeating patterns and fractals of nature, in the bold colors of art and, of course, in music and movement. Come explore the rhythms around us with the Tucson Botanical Gardens! Be inspired by our artists and then try your hand at creating Haida art animals, play in a drum circle, and explore the sounds of natural objects. This special event is designed for families of all ages, but all guests are welcome at our rhythm-themed activity tables.

Lindo Maravilhoso!

Monday, January 20, 9 am—12 pm

“Lindo maravilhoso” is a Brazilian saying that literally translates to “Beautiful, marvelous!” From the weather to the scenery, Brazilian culture centers on the beautiful. Guests will explore canopy ecosystems in the Brazilian rainforest and around the world and learn about our South American butterflies. They will celebrate the beautiful throughout the gardens through dance, art and science tables designed to explore Brazilian culture in our gorgeous natural setting.

This family-friendly event is FREE with regular admission to the Gardens.


Friday, February 21, 9am-12pm

We will celebrate carnival, family style, on this activity day. Paying homage to the festive colors and opulence of the Rio Carnival, we will be throwing quite the party at the gardens. Complete with masks, costumes, samba, and a parade, our festivities will promote cultural understanding of the Rio de Janiero tradition. Our festival will be a moveable feast, with families experiencing aspects of the carnival season at each activity table.

This family-friendly event is FREE with regular admission to the Gardens.

Children’s Field Journal

Pick-up a map of the Gardens made just for kids and families during your next visit.  The map highlights some of our favorite areas for children and includes prompts to encourage more careful observation in each garden.  Bring a pencil/pen to fill in and personalize your map.