Pollinator-Themed
Classes & Workshops

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


 
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Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden

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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 64

$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Saturday, March 30, 2 pm - 4:30pm 
Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium
$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Saturday, April 20, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center
$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies




Special Access: Honey Bee Hive Adventure

Ages 6 to adult
SELECT A SESSION
  • Monday, May 27, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.(202-05-27-19)
  • Monday, June 3, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (202-06-03-19)
  • Monday, July 15, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (202-07-15-19)
  • Monday, July 15, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (202-07-15-19-01)
  • Monday, August 5, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (202-08-05-19)
Ping Honzay, beekeeper, Arboretum Manager of the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

Take an up close look at the inner workings of a honey bee hive by joining in on an inspection of one of the hives at the Arboretum's Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. You'll put on a beekeeping suit, join beekeeper Ping as she opens a hive, and even have a chance to hold a frame of live honey bees. Along the way you'll learn more about the life of a hive and how we work with these fascinating creatures. 
Notes
  • Children between the ages of 6 - 16 must have an adult present at the Bee Center for the duration of the program (Adults accompanying children may watch the class from inside through the building viewing windows; in this case they do not need to register themselves. Anyone putting on a beekeeping suit to come outside by the hives must register individually)
  • Attendees must wear closed toe shoes
  • This class is weather dependent: in the case of inclement weather, participants will be issued a refund.
Limit 10, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, McVay Learning Lab and Page Apiary 
This session is sold out.
Monday, May 27, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
 (202-05-27-19)
$15 member/$30 non-member, includes beekeeping suit and gloves to wear during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission

1 spot left in this session
Monday, June 3, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (202-06-03-19)

$15 member/$30 non-member, includes beekeeping suit and gloves to wear during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission

Monday, July 15, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (202-07-15-19)
$15 member/$30 non-member, includes beekeeping suit and gloves to wear during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission

Monday, July 15, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (202-07-15-19-01)
$15 member/$30 non-member, includes beekeeping suit and gloves to wear during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist or register for a different session
Monday, August 5, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (202-08-05-19)

$15 member/$30 non-member, includes beekeeping suit and gloves to wear during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission

Special Access: Honey Harvest Time

Ages 6 to adult

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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
 
 

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