Give the gift of an Arboretum Experience! 
Research indicates that experiences make us happier than things do.
Join the experience-giving trend this holiday season...your thoughtfulness will not only benefit the recipient, but will benefit the Arboretum, too!

STEP 1   Select the Experience

Browse available classes and educational experiences 
or browse via the column on the right side of this page

STEP 2   Register & Pay for the Experience

Place your order by registering the recipient(s):
ONLINE use the green register buttons next to the class
BY PHONE call the Arboretum Education office at 612-301-1210


  • Default for orders is to be in the purchaser's name. Select the correct intended recipient in your shopping cart using the drop-down box of names in your profile or click "Add New Participant" to create a participant that is not yet on file.
  • If possible, make sure that there is a valid email listed for the intended participant. Class participants will receive helpful tips and directions by email before their experience.
  • When your order is complete, remember to take note of your order number! You'll need that for the Certificate of Registration (see step 3, below)
  • Arboretum members may select the discounted member rate when gifting registrations...yes, even to non-members! Score!

sample gift certificate for Education Experience

STEP 3   Gift Certificate - Proof of Purchase

Complete this form to request a certificate commemorating your gift! 

Certificates can be

  • Picked up at the Arboretum
  • Mailed to you or the recipient
  • Emailed for print-at-home
view a sample gift certificate


What are the best classes to give as gifts?
Wow, with so many choices, it can be challenging to choose! 
Browse this list for personality types and matching experience gift ideas.

Can I give a dollar amount and let the participant choose which class they'd prefer?

The best choice for this scenario is an Arboretum Gift card! Arboretum Gift Cards can be used at the gift store, restaurant, towards admission, membership, children's and adult classes. Plus, they never expire and can be used all year-long!

Arboretum Gift Cards may be purchased online in your choice of denominations: $10, $25, $50, $100, $150. 

Gift cards cannot be redeemed online at this time. To redeem a gift card for a class, contact the Arboretum Education Office at 612-301-1210.

If you prefer a different amount and/or wish to have the gift card sent somewhere other than your address, please contact Gift Store directly at 612-301-7619. 

I'd like to gift an Arboretum Summer Day Camp Experience to a child, but I see your camps are not listed yet.

The best choice for this scenario is an Arboretum Gift card! See above answer for more details.

What is the latest date I can purchase a gift registration and still receive a gift certificate in the mail?

Each certificte is custom made to your specifications. Please allow 2-3 business days for the certificate to be created and 5-7 days for the US mail. The latest recommended date for mailing a certificate is Thursday, December 13. If you are concerned about the timing or would like the certificate sooner, we recommend selecting the "print-at-home" option in the form!

Can the recipients exchange this experience for something else?

If the exchange is requested a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the class date, the value of any registration may be exchanged for a different available class or educational experience. A $5 processing fee will apply. Requests within 2 weeks of the class date may not be honored. 
Exchanges must be requested via phone 612-301-1210 or email

Can I receive a refund?

Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.
Refunds must be requested via phone 612-301-1210 or email

What other ways can I give and support the Arboretum?

Consider these great options!
The Gift of Membership
Arboretum Gift Card (see details above)
Donate to the Arboretum
Give a memorial or a Tribute
Order a Gift Brick ($150 - $400)

Classes Catalog

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Email Subscriptions

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Arboretum Education Office Hours
          Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
          Sat - Sun, noon - 4 p.m.
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Member Perk!

Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.

Cancellation Policy

Prior to registering, please review the cancellation policy


The best chance of being enrolled in a sold out class is to add your name to the waitlist. Click the orange "waitlist" button and complete the steps, or call 612-301-1210. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional class sessions may be added.

Program Quick Links

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Garden Fun Stops
1-Hour Tram Tour
          Guided Walking Tours 
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Youth+Adult Together Programs
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Summer Youth Programs
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Share your feedback

Your opinions are important! 
The Arboretum strives to create classes that are relevant, useful and provide value. Use this form to share anonymous feedback about educational programming with the Arboretum Education Team.