Pollinator-Themed
Classes & Workshops

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





Special Access: Honey Bee Hive Adventure

Ages 6 to adult
SELECT A SESSION
  • 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, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (202-08-05-19-01)
  • 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. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
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

This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
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

This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
Monday, August 5, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(202-08-05-19-01)
$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

This session is sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
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

Go private! This experience is also availabe for private group bookings of 5 - 10 people. Learn more

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

 

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


Classes Catalog

View online

Request a catalog in the mail

Email Subscriptions

  • Subscribe here to opt-in to your choice of Arboretum Education email alerts. You'll only receive emails on the topics you select, so you can keep your inbox interesting and relevant to you! (Every email contains easy instructions for opting out at any time.)


Questions?

Arboretum Education Office Hours
          Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
          Sat - Sun, noon - 4 p.m.
Email Arboretum Education at
          arbedu@umn.edu
Call Arboretum Education at
          612-301-1210


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


Waitlist

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

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
FEATURED Trending Horticulture Day 2019
      
Gardening - General
       Edible Gardening
       Landscape & Design
     
Floral & Botanical Crafts
      Special Access Experiences
Pollinators
       Pollinators - Misc
       Special Access Experiences
Fine Art & Crafts Classes

       
Painting & Drawing

       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
Books

       Book Club
Nature Appreciation
       Birds
       Trees
       Signature Guided Walks
       Shinrin-yoku
Nature-Based Therapeutics
       
Shinrin-yoku


Bios
       Instructors
       Arboretum Staff
       Education Department Statistics


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.