Butterfly walk Aug. 25 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Ron Rutowski, an Arizona State University research professor, is hosting a butterfly walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior. He is adept at finding Aristolochia watsonii (Dutchman’s Pipe) and the striking Pipevine Swallowtails that associate with it, according to a release. People on the walk will learn the […]

Fine art ‘paint and wine’ classes at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior offers a chance to experiment with art noon-2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9, with an engaging teacher who is known to share a glass of wine with her students to help inspire creativity. Carla Keaton, owner of the Keaton Fine Art gallery, launched a new series of […]

Photos tell story of William Boyce Thompson and his arboretum

Phoenix historian and author Sylvia Lee will present a slideshow 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, of vintage photos to familiarize visitors to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park with its landmarks and man for whom it is named. Ms. Lee, who guides monthly walking tours narrating nuggets of arboretum history and putting her anecdotes in […]

Guests to see birds of the summer at arboretum

A guided bird walk conducted by a representative of the Arizona Game and Fish Department will take place 6:30-8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 37615 E. Arboretum Way, Superior. Chrissy Kondrat-Smith guides the search for violet-green swallow, blue-gray gnatcatcher, yellow warbler and other colorful species on the bird walk […]

Arboretum sets dates for painting classes

Sessions of Carla Keaton’s Paint and Wine Class are scheduled this month and next at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, 37615 E. Arboretum Way, Superior. The classes are noon-2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9. The class for novice artists Aug. 12 will focus on painting the Drover’s Wool Shed. On Sept. 9, artists will […]

Author, bird expert leads visitors on walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Rick Wright, a New Jersey author and authority on birds, will spend three days next month at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park in Superior as an “ornithologist in residence.” Mr. Wright is known as a leader at Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and author of the American Birding Association’s “Field Guide to Birds of Arizona.” He […]

Gold Canyon resident guides upcoming arboretum bird walk

Author and avian expert guide Homer Hansen recently proved the adage that good things come in threes. He led his guided bird walk followers to see a family of three blue grosbeaks near the picnic area at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, three separate and distinct zone-tailed hawks and three of the four Cooper’s hawk siblings still at […]

Dragonfly aerobatics entertain, inform at arboretum

A morning walk Sunday, July 22, will provide visitors to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum with a glimpse into aerobatics and life cycles of dragonflies. Guided by Maricopa Audubon program director Laurie Nessel, the walk is included with $12.50 daily admission ($5 for ages 5-12 and free to BTA annual members and Arizona State Parks passholders). […]

Boyce Thompson Arboretum to host all-female Learn Your Lizards walk

The Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior is hosting an all-female Learn Your Lizards guided walk with Arizona State professor Heather Bateman and Audrey Owens of the Arizona Game and Fish Department leading the way. This event begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 8 and will last for two hours. The cost is that of daily […]

Spiders, scorpions at arboretum’s June 30 family night

Parents can bring their kids for a special after-hours family evening June 30 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum to learn fact from fiction about scorpions and spiders. The special “creepy crawlies” evening is open to all, not just BTA annual members. Non-member signup is $20 for adults and $10 for ages 5-12. Arboretum annual members and […]