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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix AZ

At night, the Desert Botanical Garden changes. Saguaros bloom with delicate white flowers while animals search for food, safe from the heat. Visitors will get a chance to see these changes during the garden's summer Flashlight Tours. They educate the guests with 10 discovery stations and by allowing guests to wander the park, flashlights in hand.

At the stations, the guides will teach visitors not with a set lesson plan, but with conversations, following the guest's interests and answering their questions. This follows the event's casual design. Visitor's can wander the park as they please, visiting a station multiple times or not at all. The stations devoted to animals are noteworthy because of the live examples guides will work with.

The animals on display include desert tortoises, scorpions and geckos as well as a king snake hatched on park grounds about three years ago. Most of the animals are native to the Sonoran Desert, and it's common for visitors to encounter wild examples while strolling the grounds.

Visitors should bring a water bottle, proper clothing, close-toe shoes and their own flashlight. The Garden can provide some flashlights, but not enough for everyone.

7-9 p.m. Saturdays during May and September. Thursdays and Saturdays June through August. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix.  $15 for adults, $13.50 for seniors (60+), $7.50 for students (13-18 and college with ID), $5 for kids (3-12), kids 2 and younger and members are free.

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