For the Birds
Classes & Workshops


Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden (150-02-03-18)
Saturday, February 3, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Julie Boden, Gardener and Nature Enthusiast

Are you interested in attracting more birds and butterflies to your garden or patio? Just like people, birds and butterflies require food, water and shelter and they prefer that it be close to where they live. Join other wildlife enthusiasts as Julie shares everything you need to know to invite a stunning variety of these winged visitors into your own backyard sanctuary. You will learn what plants will best fit your location and what species they might attract for food or shelter. You will also learn what simple non-plant additions are needed to cover all the needs of these species. 
Limit 50, Snyder Auditorium

register $30 member/$42 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

  Make a Grapevine Wreath Bird Bath (150-04-21-18)
Saturday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. - noon
Reba Berge, Owner: A Precious Petals Florist, floral designer, graduate of North Dakota State University

Hanging grapevine bird baths are attractive and practical! This eco-friendly project is a great way to create bird baths for birds to drink from and to take a dip in. All birds will appreciate this additional water source and you will be happy with its natural look and feel in your garden all season long. You can hang it from a tree or shepherd hook in any outdoor space. Materials provided will be grapevine, a hanger, permanent saucer, artificial berries, seeded eucalyptus, other permanent botanicals, and an "S" hook to hang the bird bath.
Limit 30, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

register

$75 member/$90 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


 

Walks With Matt: Early Spring Wildflowers & Bird Migration (960-04-28-18)
Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

Discover the awakening natural world around you through Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit. This walk will be a celebration of the wildflowers that have awakened from winter's slumber, such as hepatica, bloodroot, Dutchman's breeches and trillium. Catch sight of the first wave of migrating birds- phoebes, fox sparrows, killdeer and ducks. Learn which birds are just passing through and those who are coming to stay for the summer. Enjoy the emerging changes in nature as you join nature lovers on this first walk of the season! NOTE: As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session. SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

register $14 member/$29 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 

Arboretum Watercolor Break-Out Session: Red-winged Blackbird (125-05-02-18)
Wednesday, May 2, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: No experience necessary
Create a unique and beautiful painting that literally "breaks out" of canvas boundaries! Red-winged blackbirds are one of the most widespread birds in Minnesota, even though they winter in the southern U.S. The first hint of spring brings mature males north, and their distinctive song and the bright red shoulder patches make them easily recognizable in marshes and along reedy lake edges. Spend the day painting the bird itself as well as the cattail environment in a creative composition. On a break or after class head into the Arboretum to find one of these beauties in its natural habitat! Just bring yourself; all supplies included to make a watercolor piece ready to hang at home!
Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

COUPON 
Register for 2 or more Watercolor Break-Out classes and receive $8 off each class! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. 
Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
register $69 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies and take-home watercolor brush 

Origami Earrings (125-05-03-18)
Thursday, May 3, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sarah Bober, ReFind Design, specializing in eco-friendly jewelry; Level One Certified Art Clay Instructor

No experience necessary
To usher in the spectacular summer exhibition "Origami in the Garden," join us for a fun, educational evening that will allow you show off your new-found (or long held) origami skills. You will learn the folding techniques as you work on pieces from origami and chiyogami paper. To finish the project, seal the earrings with a durable coating and attach the jewelry wires. Wear these beautiful one-of-a-kind earrings or give as gifts (Mother's Day is right around the corner). Just bring yourself; all materials are included to make and bring home a unique pair of origami earrings. 
Limit 30, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab 

register $29 member/$59 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 

Birding Photography (750-05-05-18)
Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work at www.impressionsofnature.net

Level: Intermediate (prerequisite Basic Digital Photography for the Outdoor and Nature Photographer or experience with manual settings of a DSLR camera)

Take your birding to the next level... whether you're a new or seasoned birder, you will want to join John Pennoyer for this new class on photographing spring migrating birds, waterfowl, raptors, and game birds. Learn how to set-up backyard bird feeders, bird blinds, and your camera for the fast action photography necessary for capturing birds in flight! Half of the class will work from the bird blind while the other half will scout the grounds. Afterward the two groups will switch. Enjoy the discovery of spring birds and skillfully photograph them at the Arboretum and at home after class! 
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: A DSLR or mirrorless camera, tripod, and 300+mm lens will be necessary for this class. 
Limit 10, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

register  $160 member/$175 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access 
Select a session: 
Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-05-19-18)
Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-07-14-18)
Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-09-29-18)


Level: All levels 
Owls, vultures, and eagles, oh my! Experience a unique opportunity to photograph mighty raptors in a controlled, safe and natural setting at the Arboretum. The University of Minnesota Raptor Center will bring an assortment of live birds for your photographing pleasure, and will teach about each one. Popular photography instructor and professional artist,You will learn how to control your camera for wow-worthy images from distances of 5-20 feet (in class) as well as longer distances in the field. This special shoot is for all levels - the instructor will work personally with each participant. This class is designed for adult learners and we suggest a minimum age of 16. There will be a break for lunch, so please bring your own food and drink or plan to purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe. A portion of the course fee benefits the Raptor Center. 
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Any digital camera 
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: DSLR or mirrorless camera, 90mm or higher focal length lens, tripod/monopod (optional), sturdy shoes for walking and shooting over uneven ground 
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

Registration for these sessions coming soon! 
To be the FIRST TO KNOW when registration is open and available, email Jill at leen0014@umn.edu with the subject "Raptor Alert"
register Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
$119 member/$139 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission 
register Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
register Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 

Walks With Matt: Late Spring Wildflowers, Warblers & Waterfowl (960-05-12-18)
Saturday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

Immerse yourself in the second wave of spring wildflowers and bird migration! Walk, explore, and learn from Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit through his show-and-tell style. You may discover bluebells, Minnesota dwarf trout lily, and mayapple; the early time frame provides the best chance to catch the sights and sounds of yellow rumped warblers, kinglets, thrushes, waterfowl, and a variety of sparrows, and to learn about their nesting and mating habits. Please note that this walk takes place on the same day as the popular annual Arboretum Plant Sale! Allow extra time get through the Arboretum gatehouse, as there will likely be a line to enter the Arboretum. Take advantage of the great plant sale finds after the walk! NOTE: As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session. SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

register $14 member/$29 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 

Walks With Matt: Bird Watching & Listening! (960-05-26-18)
Saturday, May 26, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

Calling all bird watching enthusiasts! This is an exclusive opportunity to focus on the technique of bird watching with an expert. The early start increases the chances of sightings, both by sight and "by ear." Learn how to increase your success and enjoyment of future bird watching through Matt's tips, tricks and anecdotes. You and fellow birdwatchers will look and listen for the distinctive sounds of catbirds, warblers, indigo buntings and blue-gray gnatcatchers, to name a few. Let the Arboretum become your concert hall as you walk woodland trails and enjoy the symphony of nature. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars! NOTE: As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable! While this program focuses on the technique of birdwatching, we cannot be certain of any sightings--that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session. SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
Limit 25, Ordway Picnic Shelter

register  $14 member/$29 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 

Walks With Matt: Bobolinks, Bluebirds & Meadowlarks (960-06-09-18)
Saturday, June 9, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

Explore the open fields of early summer! Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit will help you to see the natural world in a new light as you examine flowers and grasses of the open fields and woodland edges of the Arboretum. This walk will explore a unique area, located on the Western edge of the Arboretum property. In addition to seeking bobolinks and meadowlarks, participants will learn details about the Arboretum's bluebird program and perhaps even get up close and personal with baby bluebirds. NOTE: As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session. SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

register  $14 member/$29 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 



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Raptors and Ravens Day Camp (ages 7-11)
Monday - Thursday, July 9 - 12, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
(990-07-09-18-02)
Special Guest: Live birds from University of Minnesota Raptor Center

The Arboretum and The University of Minnesota Raptor Center are partnering again to present another unique camp experience! The sky's the limit when campers discover and investigate the amazing lives of the varied winged creatures soaring overhead, nesting in trees, and searching for worms in the dirt. Learn how birds fly, what they eat, how feathers work, and why there are so many different types of bills and feet. Get an exhilarating, up-close and personal look at a different live raptor each day! Learn about backyard birding by making bird feeders to take home and discovering who comes to dinner! Bring a friend and gain a deeper understanding of the world of birds through nature hikes, games, crafts, and other raptor-riffic activities.
Limit 16, Learning Center Picnic Shelters

register Raptors and Ravens Day Camp (ages 7-11)
Monday - Thursday, July 9 - 12, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
$120 members/$138 non-members,
 includes Arboretum admission, snacks and project supplies


 

Walks With Matt: Sights, Sounds & Songs of the Prairie (960-07-28-18)
Saturday, July 28, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

The Arboretum prairie will be in its glory at the height of summer, from tall grasses to flowering plants, along with the variety of winged friends- birds and insects! Walk, explore the Prairie, and learn from Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit through his show-and-tell style... this walk will set out to examine the unique butterflies and blooms of this ecosystem. This walk will be also "a-buzz" with insights into the prairie that once covered our region. NOTE: As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session. SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

register  $14 member/$29 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

Bim Bent Willow Furniture
Bim Willow, Bent Willow Artisan and Author
Saturday, August 11, 2018


Level: All levels, especially beginners!
Bim Willow is coming back to the Arboretum in a tricked-out bus full of willow and you will not want to miss it! Bent willow furniture was an early American craft that is making a strong comeback. Bim is an experienced artist in this medium, and will walk you step-by-step through the willow project of your choice, resulting in a beautiful bent willow piece within a matter of a few hours--really! You will never feel more proud of the furniture building skills you didn't know you had. Prices listed are per project, and include a box lunch or dinner. 

HOW IT WORKS
Images of each project are available on the website. Projects are grouped by similar construction techniques; you will be working simultaneously alongside other participants regardless of which project you choose. Bim and his assistants will rotate through all participants to provide one-on-one attention as you complete each step. The amount of time to complete a project varies based on the student; the times listed are an estimate.

ALL WILLOW SUPPLIES INCLUDED!
Required Equipment
Bring a hammer, pruning shears, and a vehicle large enough to carry your finished project home (rental vehicles available by the hour at Home Depot & Menards). 
Suggested Equipment
Loppers, wire cutters, and any snacks/drinks (drinking fountain available on-site)

Registration Deadline
All registrations must be received no later than Friday, August 3 at 3pm in order for Bim to harvest the required willow materials for your project.

  

birdhouse bench"Birdhouse" Bench (200-08-11-18-03)
YES! A Birdhouse is at the top of the bench!
Saturday, August 11, 9 a.m. - noon

Limit 10, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 48" x 40" x 14"

register

$160 member/$180 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all materials to build a 4' long, two-seat willow garden bench


view more willow furniture projects on August 11 at Willow Furniture

  Walks With Matt: Wood Ducks and Wrens of Spring Peeper Meadow (960-08-18-18)
Saturday, August 18, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

Immerse yourself in the lush growth and wildlife of a summer wetland meadow! Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit will allow you to see the natural world in new light. Through his show-and-tell style, you will look and listen for the various birds that make a home in Spring Peeper Meadow, such as goldfinches, bluebirds, and swallows. Learn about the history of the restoration of this unique site, and why wetland meadows are so important to our region. Delight in the rich diversity found in this precious pocket of the Arboretum! NOTE: As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session. SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

register  $14 member/$29 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
 
 

 

 

 


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