Pollinator-Themed
Classes & Workshops

Get your garden and your lifestyle buzzing with pollinator-friendly practices and products!


Special Access: Honey Harvest Time

Ages 6 to adult

SELECT A SESSION
Monday, September 16
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. (202-09-16-19-01)
  • 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (202-09-16-19-02)
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m. (202-09-16-19-03)
  • 1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. (202-09-16-19-04)
  • 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (202-09-16-19-05)
Friday, October 18
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. (202-10-18-19-01)
  • 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (202-10-18-19-02)
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m. (202-10-18-19-03)
  • 1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. (202-10-18-19-04)
  • 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (202-10-18-19-05)

Ping Honzay, beekeeper, Arboretum Manager of the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

Get a look at how honey is extracted by joining Ping as she processes the honey harvest from the Arboretum's Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center hives. She'll show you how the wax is "uncapped" from frames of honeycomb, and you'll have a chance to put in a few spins on the Arboretum's pedal-powered stationary bike honey extractor, a one-of-a-kind design from local Minneapolis business The Beez Kneez. End your visit on a sweet note by sampling honey from the hives!

Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, Honey House

Monday,  September 16

10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. (202-09-16-19-01)

$4 member/$6 non-member
, includes honey tasting. Does not include Arboretum admission

Monday,  September 16

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (202-09-16-19-02)

$4 member/$6 non-member
, includes honey tasting. Does not include Arboretum admission

Monday,  September 16

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. (202-09-16-19-03)

$4 member/$6 non-member
, includes honey tasting. Does not include Arboretum admission

Monday,  September 16

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. (202-09-16-19-04)

$4 member/$6 non-member
, includes honey tasting. Does not include Arboretum admission

Monday,  September 16

2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (202-09-16-19-05)

$4 member/$6 non-member
, includes honey tasting. Does not include Arboretum admission

Friday, October 18

10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. (202-10-18-19-01)

$4 member/$6 non-member
, includes honey tasting. Does not include Arboretum admission

Friday, October 18

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (202-10-18-19-02)

$4 member/$6 non-member
, includes honey tasting. Does not include Arboretum admission

Friday, October 18

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. (202-10-18-19-03)

$4 member/$6 non-member
, includes honey tasting. Does not include Arboretum admission

Friday, October 18

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. (202-10-18-19-04)

$4 member/$6 non-member
, includes honey tasting. Does not include Arboretum admission

Friday, October 18

2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (202-10-18-19-05)

$4 member/$6 non-member
, includes honey tasting. Does not include Arboretum admission

Pollinator Photography: Butterflies, Bees & More!

750-09-07-19
Saturday, September 7
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Level: Beginner to Intermediate 
Catch the buzz...on camera! Join other photographers to learn techniques for capturing stunning images of beneficial insects -without frightening them away! Learn tips and techniques for
  • Focus
  • Composition
  • shutter speed
  • lens selection
  • steady camera holding
  • how to capture insects perched or in flight. 
Classroom instruction will be followed by time in the field to practice your skills on the Arboretum grounds, which will be a-buzz with dynamic and inspiring subject matter. Insects are often found close to the ground, so you'll want to dress comfortably to allow for squatting, kneeling, or even laying on the ground. 
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Owner's manual
  • 200mm or longer telephoto lens
Suggested Equipment
  • Macro lens in the 100mm-400mm range
  • Wide-angle lens in 24mm to 50mm range 
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
register
$109 member/$129 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Gifts from the Hive: Beeswax Candle & Luminary

Select a session
Friday, November 8, 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (202-11-08-19)
Friday, November 8, 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (202-11-08-19-01)

Ping Honzay, Arboretum Education Staff

Are you in need of some natural inspiration for holiday gift giving? Look no further! Join Ping, beekeeper and manager of the Arboretum's Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center, to create a beeswax luminary and matching tealight candle - a unique gift or centerpiece for holiday gatherings. Ping will guide you each step along the way, so just come prepared to have fun!
  • Receive fascinating information about honey bees and beeswax
  • Step-by-step, create your own luminary and tealight candle (to illuminate your luminary from within)
  • Include embedded natural materials like pressed leaves and flower petals to enhance your final product

You'll leave with instructions and a list of suggested resources if you want to make more at home!

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$23 member/$38 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

register

Friday, November 8, 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (202-11-08-19)
$23 member/$38 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

register

Friday, November 8, 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (202-11-08-19-01)
$23 member/$38 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Establishing and Maintaining Prairie Communities

150-02-01-20-01
Saturday, February 1, 2020
1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Beth Markhart, Prairie Restorations

Bring your laptop and learn how to bring an important native plant community onto your property, whether a small garden or large landscape. In this course, you will: 
  • Discover the benefits of prairie communities, from soil-building to attracting beneficial insects
  • Learn how to model native prairie plant communities on a scale that works for your property
  • Interact with other prairie gardeners through fun, interactive learning using internet real-time activities during class
  • Leave with a site-planning handout and list of resources, plus an understanding of how to establish your own prairie community in the spring.
Bring from home: an internet-accessible laptop (Sorry, no smart pads or phones)

Limit 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register

$47 member/$62 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden

Select a session
Saturday, February 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon 150-02-15-20-02
Saturday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m. 150-03-14-20
Julie Boden, Gardener and Nature Enthusiast

Are you interested in attracting more birds and butterflies to your garden or patio? Come learn everything you need to know to invite a stunning variety of these winged visitors into your own backyard sanctuary!
  • Food, water and shelter
  • Which plants will best fit your location to provide food or shelter
  • Which species are attracted to different plants
  • Simple non-plant additions are helpful to meet the needs of birds and butterflies
Limit 50, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register

Saturday, February 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon
$25 member/$40 non-member
includes Arboretum admission 
register

Saturday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m.
$25 member/$40 non-member
includes Arboretum admission 


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