Ariel Dressler

Ariel Dressler

Program Manager, Family Programs

As family programs coordinator, Ariel creates activities to help people of all ages learn about plants during their visit to the Arboretum. She joined the Arboretum Education Department in 2007 and holds a degree in Outdoor Education and Interpretation from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

Before moving to Minnesota, Ariel worked as a gardener at the United States Botanic Garden, and spent her weekends exploring the public gardens and parks in the Eastern US.

Zan Tomko

Zan TomkoZan lives in a world of Art and Horticulture. She has a K-12 Art Education degree, a Masters in Fine Arts Photography and taught computer graphic design at high school and community college. For the past three years, Zan has worked at the Arboretum and help develop and present "Let's Talk Plants" program and participate in the Arboretum Plant-mobile program.

She received the Master Gardeners' designation from University of Illinois and Purdue and is currently a student in greenhouse production at Hennepin Tech in Brooklyn Park, MN.

Her hobbies are birding and geology. You can contact her @ Zantomko.com


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          Sat - Sun, noon - 4 p.m.
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          arbedu@umn.edu
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Program Quick Links

FREE & LOW COST
          PlantMaker Studio
          NaturePlay for Wee Ones
          
Garden Fun Stops
          
1-Hour Tram Tour
          Guided Walking Tours 
          
StoryTime
          Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

YOUTH & FAMILIES
Youth+Adult Together Programs
       Ages 3-5 with adult
       Ages 5-12 with adult

Summer Youth Programs
       Ages 6-12 Groups/Summer Field Trips
       Ages 5-13 Weekly Children's Garden
       Ages 5-7 Day Camps
       Ages 7-11 Day Camps
       Ages 11-14 Day Camps
       Special Access Experiences

ADULTS
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
      Gardening - General
       Edible Gardening
       Landscape & Design
     
Floral & Botanical Crafts
      Special Access Experiences
Pollinators
       Pollinators - Misc
       Special Access Experiences
Fine Art & Crafts Classes

       
Painting & Drawing
       Botanical Art
       Mixed Media
       Floral & Botanical Crafts
       Jewelry & Wearable Art
       Fiber Arts
       Stone Balancing & Sculpture
       Willow Furniture
       Open Art Studio
Photography Classes
       Photography
       Special Access Experiences
Food & Wine Classes
       Dine with a Chef
       Saturday Cooking in the Kitchen
       Wine
Home, Health & Beauty

       Home, Health & Beauty

       Book Club
       Willow Furniture
Nature Appreciation
FEATURED Arboretum & Audobon: Birding Day
       Birds
       Trees
       Signature Guided Walks
       Shinrin-yoku
Nature-Based Therapeutics
       
Shinrin-yoku


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