Free to everyone with the price of admission...

Tours

May  – October Wednesdays – Sundays @ 11 AM

Free with price of admission.

Join us for a tour of the grounds and gardens. Learn a bit about the native plants of the Colorado Plateau as well as the domestic plantings in some of our gardens, and get a taste of local history.  Walks last about an hour. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen, and bring a water bottle! If you have friends or family members with limited mobility a golf cart tour can be arranged.  Please call ahead and give us a heads up! 

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Walk our Gardens and Trails

Any time while we are open.

Free with price of admission.

Walk the trails and gardens of the Arb on your own. There are two loop trails that go into the woods and include educational signage along the way. The outerloop takes you to a picturesque bench on the edge of the meadow with a breath-stopping peak-side view. If you are more in the mood to relax in place, find a nice nook and sit down with your book or some writing inspired by nature. Your leashed pup is always welcome to explore with you. Feel free to bring a picnic, a sketch pad, a camera or a head for dreaming under the big sky amongst the shady pines!

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Botanical Blacksmiths

Anytime we are open, May 8 – September 17

Free with price of admission.

Enjoy garden art from Arizona’s Blacksmiths! Every summer a group of blacksmiths from all over the state collaborate to bring iron art to the gardens. These eclectic offerings beautify the grounds all summer long, and are available for purchase with 30% of the profit going to support The Arb! Come on May 8th to experience the opening of this outdoor art exhibit and meet our artist blacksmiths smithing in the gardens!

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Wild Weekends @ The Arb

Second Saturdays, May – October @ 1 PM

Free with price of admission.

Are you a true life-long learner with an itch to know more about The Colorado Plateau? Join us for Wild Weekends this season! Each month will feature a different expert ready to bring you face to face with interesting animals and plants from our particularly gorgeous corner of the world! In May come out and talk birds with local author and birder, Margaret Dyekman! In July hear all about Native fish from local ichthiologist, Emily Omana. Other experts coming soon!

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Raptors @ The Arb

Last Saturday of each month, May – October @ 12:15 PM and 2:15 PM

Free with price of admission.

Get up close and personal with the raptors from the International Raptor and Falconry Center, a nonprofit right here in Flagstaff. Meet up at The Ramada by Willow Pond to learn more about these personable feathery fellows. No dogs at this event please.

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Guided Activities, Gardening Classes, and Yoga...

Private Group Tours

By appointment only for an additional fee of $35.

Your tour will bring you up close and personal with native and domestic plants, bring the history of The Arb and our local area alive, and inform participants about our most recent conservation and research efforts. Private tours can be arranged in advance for an additional fee of $35 per group of up to 15 people, or your group can join a regularly scheduled tour along with other guests.

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Guided Bird Walks

Saturdays May 7 & 21, June 4 & 18, July 9 & 23 @ 7:30  – 9 AM

Member: $5 | Non- Member:  $15.00 including admission for the day

Join Dr. Celia Holm, local birder and member of The Arb’s Board of Directors, on a morning walk through The Arb and meet the birds who call your forest home. Over 130 different bird species have been seen here! Please bring water, a camera, and comfortable walking shoes! 

Walks are limited to 12 participants  – reservations are required

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First Friday Wildflower Walks

First Fridays: June 3, July 1,  August 5, September 2 @ 9:30 AM

Member: $5 | Non- Member:  $15.00 including admission to The Arb for the day

Join our knowledgeable Arboretum research and conservation staff on a morning walk through the gardens as you are introduced to many colorful varieties of wildflowers. Please bring water, a camera, comfortable walking shoes and a mask! 

Walks are limited to 15 participants – reservations are required 

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Sustainable Gardening Classes

Select Saturdays @ 1 PM: May – October

Member: $30 | Non- Member:  $35 including admission to The Arb for the day

Join our executive director, Nate O’Meara, for deep dig into sustainable gardening practices covering 8 unique subjects all season long! Register for just one class, or come to all 8!

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Sustainable Gardening Class #1: Fruit Trees for the Home Orchard

May 7 @ 1 PM

Member: $30 | Non- Member:  $35 including admission to The Arb for the day

Have you imagined picking fresh fruit from trees growing in your own backyard?

Need to know how to start?

Join Nate O’Meara, the Arboretum’s Executive Director as he gets you started with planning a home orchard. This class will cover fruit tree varieties for Flagstaff, site selection, proper planting, pruning, irrigation and fruit protection.

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Sustainable Gardening Class #2: Heirloom Vegetables

May 21 @ 1 PM

Member: $30 | Non- Member:  $35 including admission to The Arb for the day

Did you know that Queen Anne’s pocket melons were carried by Victorian women in their pockets as perfume?

Did you know that some varieties of corn are planted twelve inches deep and live without irrigation?

This spring bring these and other exciting stories to your garden by planting heirloom vegetables – unique crops that have been passed down over generations.

Join Nate O’Meara, the Arboretum’s Executive Director, as he discusses the origins of heirloom vegetables, the challenges they face today, and how home gardeners in Flagstaff can help save this living legacy.

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Sustainable Gardening Class #3: Growing Herbs

June 4 @ 1 PM

Member: $30 | Non- Member:  $35 including admission to The Arb for the day

Do you dream of growing fresh herbs for use in your kitchen?

Join Nate O’Meara, the Arboretum’s Executive Director, as he gets you started with growing herbs in the home garden. This class will cover annual and perennial varieties for Flagstaff, site selection, seasonal care and propagation.

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Sustainable Gardening Class #4: Gardening for Pollinators and Other Wildlife - Special Pollinator Fest Edition

June 12 @ 1 PM

Free with Admission to Pollinator Fest

Imagine turning your backyard into a wildlife sanctuary!

Join Nate O’Meara, the Arboretum’s Executive Director, as he shows you how to create and care for a habitat garden that provides food, water, cover, and homes for local wildlife.

During the class, we will discuss how gardening for wildlife can attract pollinators, enhance soil fertility, decrease pests, undermine browsing, decrease water use, and lighten your labor.

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Sustainable Gardening Class #5: Growing Corn, Beans, Squash and other Warm Weather Crops

July 2 @ 1 PM

Member: $30 | Non- Member:  $35 including admission to The Arb for the day

Celebrate summer and the start of the monsoon season by joining Nate O’Meara, the Arboretum’s Executive Director, as he shares tips and tricks for growing warm season vegetables.

This informative class will help you increase your success this season by covering the differences between warm and cool season crops, planting tips, irrigation, fruit production, and frost protection.

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Sustainable Gardening Class #6: Composting 101

August 6 @ 1 PM

Member: $30 | Non- Member:  $35 including admission to The Arb for the day

Are you looking to turn your kitchen scraps or yard trimmings into compost this fall?

Then join Nate O’Meara, the Arboretum’s Executive Director, as he covers the basics of composting including which materials can go into a compost pile and which ones to avoid, creating and caring for a compost pile, and using your finished compost in the garden.

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Sustainable Gardening Class #7: Tips and Tricks for Fall

September 3 @ 1 PM

Member: $30 | Non- Member:  $35 including admission to The Arb for the day

Even though the heat and rapid growth of summer are on the wane, there is still a lot to enjoy in the fall garden.

Join Nate O’Meara, the Arboretum’s Executive Director, as he shares tips and tricks for finishing up the growing season and preparing your garden for winter. During the class we will cover pruning, planting, feeding, watering, and more!

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Sustainable Gardening Class #8: Saving Homegrown Vegetable Seeds

October 1 @ 1 PM

Member: $30 | Non- Member:  $35 including admission to The Arb for the day

Before the advent of seed companies and on-line catalogs, gardeners had to know how to save their own seeds for planting each season.

Join Nate O’Meara, the Arboretum’s Executive Director, as he gets you started in the art of collecting and storing your own homegrown vegetable seeds.

This class will cover plant reproduction, seed harvesting techniques, and proper storage for optimal germination.

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Yoga With a View

Saturdays: May 7  – September 24 @ 9 AM

Member: $15 | Non-member:  $20 including admission to The Arb for the day

Yoga instructor, Cristina Bowen, has been teaching yoga since 2004. She began her practice in Colorado, and did her formal training in Phoenix before moving to Japan where she continued her teaching and deepening her practice. She has trained all over Asia; from Bali to Bhutan and has experienced Yoga on many levels. Her most recent move brought her back to our mountains. Yoga accompanies her everywhere she goes and she loves sharing it with others. Come experience Yoga at The Arb!

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Art Classes...

Watercolor Classes

Painting the Morning Series:

Saturdays-May 14, July 9, & September 10 @ 9 AM – 12 PM

Sunset Painting Series:

Wednesday Evenings –  June 22, August 17 @ 6 – 8:30 PM, October 5 @ 5 – 7:30 PM

Member: $35 | Non-Member: $40

Turn those beautiful vacation photos into a stunning watercolor painting with instructor Debbie Mechigian. You will learn wet on wet, wet on dry washing and glazing techniques to produce a painting. Please bring a photo, pencil, ruler, watercolor paints and 140lb. stretched  watercolor paper or paper block. Supply kits will be available for $30.00 but require 3 weeks notice. 

Class is limited to 10 participants & takes place outside – reservation required

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Silk Painting Class

Sunday September 18 @ 1 – 3:30

Member: $50 | Non-Member: $55

Learn how to paint on silk using a resist technique and acrylic paint with Instructor Debbie Mechigian. You will leave with a pice of art that can be hung alone, quilted, or incorproated into another fabric project. Bring a photo or design idea. Your creation will be 8”x11”. All supplies are included.

Class is limited to 10 participants & takes place outside – reservation required 

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Creative Spirits @ The Arb

Fourth Fridays: June 24, July 22,  August 26,  @ 6 PM

Member: $45 | Non- Member:  $50 

Bring along some friends and maybe your favorite pint, or a nice white, or red wine that mnakes you feel painterly! Enjoy a fun night of painting, chatting, snacking, and relaxing. You will be guided by a Creative Spirits artist, and your canvas, brushes, and paints, and snacks will be provided. Put your own unique spin on a crowd pleasing design while you enjoy the rustic charm of the Arboretum patio at sunset!

Classes are limited to 20 participants – reservations are required 

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