For thousands of years, humans have studied trees to learn how they too can provide suitable housing for squirrels and grow lemons from their fingertips. Branch out with this Groupon.
$29 for a Family Membership ($60 Value)
A family membership grants two adults and any number of their children (18 and younger) a year of unlimited admission to the arboretum’s 392 acres of trails, gardens, and pristine Sonoran landscape. Members also receive four guest passes, invitations to members-only events, and discounted classes and lectures at the Smith Interpretive Center. The park welcomes leashed pets to explore the collection of arid plants alongside their owners.
Customers will receive all membership materials and guest passes through the mail.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Sprawling across 392 acres and home to thousands of unusual plant and animal species, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is far from a standard classroom. Here, people learn through exploration rather than through textbooks; they’re able to smell the plants they study and ask native squirrels for direct quotes about soil quality. Jaunts through the park cover a range of terrain. Butting up against the northern face of Picketpost Mountain, the park encompasses canyons, hills, and trails carefully landscaped to duplicate arid environments from around the globe. The cactus garden features plants both sinuous and spiny, creating a vast collection of shapes and textures nestled into the dusty red landscape. Queen Creek Canyon provides respite from the sun, its towering trees thriving in the cool shade. Visitors pick up tips on how to enhance their own yards in the demonstration garden of drought-tolerant plants, which are relatively easy to care for except for when they demand chocolate milk. Additional education can be found in classes and lectures held at the Smith Interpretive Center.