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Daily June 8 through Sept.30, 2016
Exhibit is free with gate admission
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POLLINATOR & BUG THEMED CLASSES & PROGRAMS
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FREE! FOR ALL AGES


Live Insect Safari 
Saturdays and Wednesdays: June 15 - Sept 30

Drop-in anytime between Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Teaching Garden
Free with Arboretum admission 

Come on an insect safari with us to see what bugs are in the garden. Peer through a hand lens and watch insects laying eggs, chewing leaves, gathering pollen, slurping nectar, or hunting. Borrow a net and bug box for a close encounter with a live garden insect and see for yourself whether pollinators play favorites with flowers.

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  PlantMaker Studio: Milkweed for Monarchs
Saturdays and Sundays, August 6 - September 25

Drop-in anytime between Noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center
Free with Arboretum admission 

The Plant-Maker Studio offers "make a plant" experiences for all ages! What plants belong to the amazing milkweed family? Pay a visit to the garden to meet these monarch butterfly partners, which are so essential that in all the plant kingdom only milkweeds can provide food for monarch caterpillars! Create handmade paper sprinkled with milkweed seeds to plant in your own butterfly garden at home. Check our butterfly boxes to see whether any new butterflies have emerged. All supplies included.

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FOR KIDS

savage plants

 

One Hour Enrichment Experience: Savage Plants and Big Bugs Oh My! (ages 6-13)

Spend an action-packed hour at the Arboretum getting to know bugs...and the amazing plants that eat them! This larger than life field trip takes you to the hands-on microscopic workings of savage plants and big bugs! Find out how and why insectivorous plants (like the Venus Fly Trap!) attract, trap, and digest insects, then encounter an up close plant-vs-bug experience in the Learning Center greenhouse. Explore and understand the vital connections between insects and plants. TAKE HOME A BIG BUG-FRIENDLY (not insectivorous) PLANT! Be sure to leave time to visit the Arboretum and exhibits before or after your field trip time. Public picnic facilities at the Arboretum are free with gate admission and are available on a first come-first serve basis.
Adults should plan to attend with their child. 

FOR INDIVIDUALS
Select a date/time:
Available Fridays, June 24, July 1, 22 OR 29, August 12
Noon - 1 p.m. OR 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
$8 Child (gate admission applies to adults)
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FOR GROUPS
Bring a group of 12-50 kids and SAVE!
$5.50/child ($12 Arboretum gate fee applies to adult chaperone non-members)
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petals
Photo: Vienna Volante, APS
Petals and Pollen Day Camp (ages 5-7)
Tuesday - Thursday, July 26-28, 9 a.m.- noon. (980-07-26-16-02)
Beth Gelino and Jackie Williams, licensed elementary teachers and experienced Arboretum day camp instructors

Make new discoveries together while hunting for bugs, butterflies and bees in the Arboretum's gardens! Learn to think like a pollinator, looking at the shape and color of petals to decide if it is an "open-house" flower or a "by-invitation-only" flower. Investigate amazing items in the natural world using microscopes and plant special take-home gardens for nectar and pollen lovers. Each day will include a short circle time, snack, a planting project, themed activities, and time for nature-play. 
Limit 16, Learning Center

register 1 spot left!
Tuesday - Thursday, July 26-28, 9 a.m.- noon.
 (980-07-26-16-02)
$90 members/$99 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies 

 

pollinator
photo: Kingcraft/Shutterstock 

Arboretum Eco-Adventures Day Camp: Pollinator Super Power! (ages 7-12) (990-08-1-16)
Monday - Friday, August 1 - 5, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (999-08-1-16)
Malia Brandt, Day Camp Coordinator; experienced Arboretum and Montessori educator 
Special Guest: Pollinate Minnesota, providing professional, safe, experiential education with real honeybees

Examine the huge superpowers of earth's tiny pollinators, and explore their vital influences on biodiversity and the food web. In this amazing five-day adventure, campers will explore the Arboretum's brand new Pollinator Center, build a pollinator house to take home, wear a beekeeping suit, observe bee behavior, and learn about the variety of products that come from bees. Make seed bombs to help with the creation of pollinator pathways and honey balm to celebrate the health benefits of of honey! Learn about pollinator habitats, which local plants are best for pollinators, and how to make a difference for Minnesota pollinators. All Eco-Adventure camps divide into groups with age-specific activities that include experiments, scavenger hunts, art, games, cooking, building, planting, and time to get your hands in the dirt! 
Limit 18, Learning Center Picnic Shelter B

 

Register

$255 members/$280 non-members, includes Arboretum admission, snacks and any project supplies 

   

 
FOR ADULTS (& TEENS 16+)

Pollinators

Botanical Drawing Class: Pollinators in Colored Pencil (125-08-06-16)
Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nancy Gehrig, nationally recognized artist, illustrator and instructor whose work has been exhibited with the Royal Horticultural Society, the NY Botanical Garden and the ASBA/HSNY International Exhibit. 
Levels: All Levels
In honor of the important addition of the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center to the Arboretum, this colored pencil class will focus on the flora and insects that play a crucial role in the pollination process. Welcoming and approachable for all participants, Nancy has the ability to bring out the best from an artist at any level. Begin with a review of pencil types and how paper surfaces affects drawing, then study and observe live flowers and photographs to understand the intricacies of the plants and insects that are essential to our survival (you may bring your own photo to work from or use one provided by the instructor). The beauty of the flower and the detail of the pollinator will be the focus of your drawing as you use colored pencils and the layering technique to capture rich colors and textures. Hands-on instruction and individual attention are a signature element of this class: through continued guidance, Nancy will show you refined techniques like how to make your light tones soft and lush, how to achieve deep values, and how attention to texture and edges will make all the difference in your realistic drawing. To further your understanding of the nature of pollinators, you will also receive information, including diagrams, that will enhance your work as you better understand the process of collection of pollen and nectar. Be prepared to take your drawing skills to a new level in a supportive, friendly atmosphere!
Limit 15, Learning Center

Bring own supplies. See list below:
•Colored pencils, Pencil sharpener
•Colorless blender pencil (Prismacolor has a good one)
•Graphite pencils: one soft - B, 2B or 3B, one hard - 2H or 3H
•Magnifying lens, reading glasses or loupe to study the detail 
• Soft brush to dust away erasure debris
•White plastic eraser (I like Sanford non-abrasive vinyl for erasing drafting film)
•Paper: bring several sheets of paper you normally like to draw on
•Subjects: Bring your own favorite photos of pollinators on a flowers or use instructor provided ones
Instructor will provide: 
•Sample paper: Strathmore smooth finish and vellum finish, tracing paper
•Sample of masking film (we will use this like an eraser)
•Sandpaper to hone a pencil point

register
1 spot left
$99 member/ $115 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission

Bee Healthy

"Bee" Healthy...with Honey! (800-08-13-16)
Saturday, August 13, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kris James, chef, certified culinary herbalist, author, and co-owner of Unearthed Arts

We've been singing the praises of honey for over 4,000 years, but you might be surprised to learn how many health benefits you may receive from this kitchen staple today. This golden nectar may help calm an annoying cough and even help our skin become bright beautiful! Research suggests that raw honey's active phytonutrients - along with its antibacterial and antifungal properties - contribute to its many benefits. But don't forget that honey is also delicious! Join other fun food lovers in small groups create some wonderful honey-based recipes and spa products to take home! Make new recipes and new friends...take home knowledge and extras!Limit 20, Learning Center Harvest Kitchen
In-Class menu (subject to change)
Mushroom Cappuccino Bisque with Honey Crème
Honey Vinaigrette
Honey-Spirolina Youthful Glow Mask
...Plus additional recipes!

register $39 member/$49 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all ingredients 

Pollinator Summit: Planting Solutions
Thursday, August 18th, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Pollinators and other beneficial insects are in trouble, with multiple stressors such as habitat loss, fragmentation, pesticide use, and disease all contributing to alarming declines in their health and biodiversity. This has serious implications for the health of our landscapes, our food systems, and our communities. The 2016 Pollinator Summit will focus on plants and plant choices as an important solution to protecting pollinators on our urban landscapes, including current research and best practices that can be applied in your own work or community.
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 prairie

Walks With Matt: Sights, Sounds & Songs of the Prairie(960-08-20-16)
Saturday, August 20, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Matt Schuth has been a naturalist at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for more than 30 years. A very popular guide, he is an expert on birds and other local critters as well as a keen observer of the way organisms adapt to the ever-changing conditions of their environment.

Spend a few hours with a leading Arboretum expert to learn more about the Arboretum's flora and fauna and how they have evolved and specialized to survive the long, cold winter. Enroll in one or more of these "classes on the move" to gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the science and beauty of Nature in the midst of seasonal changes. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars.
Walk, explore the Prairie, and learn from Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit through his show-and-tell style...this walk will set out to examine the unique "songs" of crickets, cicadas and katydids. The Arboretum prairie will be in its glory at the end of summer, from tall grasses to flowering plants, along with the variety of winged friends who linger into late summer, like over 400 different species of bees, most of which do not sting! This walk will be also "a-buzz" with insights into the prairie that once covered our region. 
NOTE: As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable! What may begin as a mushroom hunt may turn into warbler watching...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for unpredictable weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session.
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
Limit 30, Ordway Parking Lot

register IMPORTANT NOTE: Advance registration is required. To ensure the highest quality experience for each participant, we are no longer accepting day-of walk-in registrations for Walks with Matt.
$12 member/$24 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission
 

bee lawns
Credit: LuckyImages/Shutterstock
 

Bee Lawns: How to Have an Insect Haven in your Lawn (150-08-20-16)
Saturday, August 27, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Mary Meyer, University of Minnesota Professor, Extension Horticulturist, former Interim Director of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and past President of the American Society of Horticultural Science

In honor of the new Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Center, join Professor Mary Meyer in an interactive discussion and "how to get started" tutorial for Minnesotans who would like to make their yard a more welcoming place for beneficial pollinators...and humans, too! Class will feature 1 hour of informational lecture including topics such as biodiversity, location, grass selection, flowering plants that provide pollen, herbicide and pesticide use, mowing and maintenance practices, and how to make your lawn more resistant to disease, insect or drought damage. Then class will move out to view the Arboretum's Bee Lawn with commentary, insights and insider stories from Dr. Meyer, who was instrumental in its creation. You'll leave inspired and ready to take actionable steps towards a lawn that the pollinators will love and the neighbors will envy.
Limit 40, Visitor Center

register $29 member/$41 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

 
 butterflies
Photo credit: John Pennoyer

BONUS! 

A representative plans to be at this class to lend an assortment of Tamron lenses for class participants to borrow, free of charge, during class.

Photographing Butterflies and Bees 
Thursday, August 25, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Visitor Center) (750-08-25-16)
OR
Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Learning Center) (750-08-27-16)

John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work atwww.impressionsofnature.net


LEVEL: Experienced Beginner to Intermediate
Catch the buzz...on camera! Join other photographers to learn the techniques for getting stunning shots of beneficial insects, without frightening them away. Skills taught in class will include focus, composition, shutter speed, lens selection, steady hand-holding, and how to capture insects while perched as well as in flight. One hour of classroom instruction will be followed by 2 hours of in-the-field time to practice your skills on the Arboretum grounds, which will be a-buzz with dynamic and inspiring subject matter. Participants will appreciate their increased confidence in finding and photographing the beauty of nature's busy little helpers. Note that insects are often found close to the ground, so you'll want to dress comfortably for the outdoor portion of class, to allow for squatting, kneeling, or even laying on the ground. 
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR camera and owner's manual, telephoto lens in the 200mm-400mm range
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Macro lens in the 100mm-400mm range, wide angle lens in 24mm to 50mm range
Limit 12

register Thursday, August 25, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Visitor Center) (750-08-25-16)
$109 member/$129 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 

Sold out. Register for the Thursday session, above.
Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Learning Center) (750-08-27-16)
$109 member/$129 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Graphite

Photo credit: Carlyn Iverson

Graphite: Drawing the Honeybee (125-09-24-16)
Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist. Lifelong Arboretum devotee.
Level: All levels

Discover how to use graphite to draw realistic renditions of the honeybee by translating what is seen in three dimensions onto paper. Design and composition principles will be covered, including line, color, texture and values. Become familiar with a variety of graphite forms, from soft putty-like material to hard pencil. Carlyn provides personal attention and step-by-step demonstrations to teach you tricks of the trade as you build layers for the darkest darks and correct handling for the lightest lights. As you work through the morning, learning and using techniques such as blending, shading and introducing light sources, you will bring your pollinator to life. At the completion of each of this supportive, enjoyable session, leave with a a beautiful work of art as well as a greater understanding of the artistic process and uses of graphite. Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center Classroom
See Supply list

$74 member (no lunch)/ $87 non-member (no lunch) for each class, includes Arboretum admission
OPTIONAL: The Bee and Pollination Center does not have food or beverages on-site. During the lunch break, bring your own picnic, dine in the Arboretum Cafe, or skip the trek to the Visitor Center and pre-order a boxed lunch. $12 pre-ordered boxed lunch includes sandwich (turkey or vegetable), chips, whole fruit, salad and cookie.
$86 member with lunch / $99 non-member with lunch

register $74 member (no lunch)/ $87 non-member (no lunch) for each class, includes Arboretum admission
OPTIONAL: The Bee and Pollination Center does not have food or beverages on-site. During the lunch break, bring your own picnic, dine in the Arboretum Cafe, or skip the trek to the Visitor Center and pre-order a boxed lunch. $12 pre-ordered boxed lunch includes sandwich (turkey or vegetable), chips, whole fruit, salad and cookie.
$86 member with lunch / $99 non-member with lunch 
bundle
Bundle and Save!
 Bundle both Drawing the Honeybee Classes (Graphite in the morning and Colored Pencil in the afternoon) for$126 member/$146 non-member

Colored Pencil

Photo credit: Carlyn Iverson

Colored Pencil: Drawing the Honeybee (125-09-24-16-02)

Saturday, September 24, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications, National Geographic Scientific Illustrator and NOAA artist. Lifelong Arboretum devotee.
Level: All levels

Discover the amazing possibilities of colored pencils to draw realistic renditions of the honeybee by translating what is seen in three dimensions onto paper.  Design and composition principles will be covered, including line, color, texture and values. This session allows the student an opportunity to try this versatile artistic medium which allows for great diversity.  Carlyn provides personal attention and step-by-step demonstrations to teach you tricks of the trade as you discover how bright highlights and deep shadows are achieved to mix colors and render details in a whole new way. Gain a new appreciation for the vivid colors of pollinators as your work captures the bright beauty of nature. At the completion of each of this supportive, enjoyable session, leave with a a beautiful work of art as well as a greater understanding of the artistic process and uses of colored pencils. Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center Classroom
See Supply list

register $74 member (no lunch) / $87 non-member (no lunch) for each class, includes Arboretum admission
OPTIONAL: The Bee and Pollination Center does not have food or beverages on-site. During the lunch break, bring your own picnic, dine in the Arboretum Cafe, or skip the trek to the Visitor Center and pre-order a boxed lunch. $12 pre-ordered boxed lunch includes sandwich (turkey or vegetable), chips, whole fruit, salad and cookie.
$86 member with lunch / $99 non-member with lunch 
 Bundle
Bundle and Save!
 Bundle both Drawing the Honeybee Classes (Graphite in the morning and Colored Pencil in the afternoon) for$126 member/$146 non-member

The Arboretum thanks these sponsors for their generous support of the Big Bugs summer exhibit:

Park Dental

C.H. Robinson

Wagners

Plunketts

 

To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. You can also view the Spring/Summer 2015 Classes Catalog  to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.