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.

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.
Each walk has a limit of 40 participants, $12 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Photo Credit: Jason Costanza (Flikr)

Walks with Matt: Maybe Mushrooms and Always More! (960-09-12-15)
Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. - Noon
Matt Schuth, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum naturalist and birding expert

The advent and duration of the mushroom season are slightly variable, the result of an apparently mysterious combination of factors. Learn about what conditions are needed for mushrooms to arise as if simply by forest magic, and how to help protect their sensitive environments. Join the search for the wide and amazing assortment of mushrooms and other fungi at the Arboretum - along with insects, birds and other animals, flowers and other phenomena of the summer that is still in full sway. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars! Limit 40, Meet in the Visitor Center

register $12 member/$24 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 fall foliagePhoto credit: Dianne Jandt


Walks with Matt: Fall Foliage (960-10-03-15)
Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m. - noon

An October morning is one of the most perfect times to walk the woods at the Arboretum, especially with Matt. As you stroll together, he will explain the science behind the changing colors of foliage in autumn. It's still mushroom season, so you will also search for and learn about these somewhat mysterious, if not mythical, organisms. On this early fall date, you will undoubtedly also see flowers still in bloom and insects, birds and animals on the move - all of which will quickly help you appreciate why the Arboretum is such an amazing place, and such an important community resource. Limit 40, Meet at the Ordway Parking Lot

register $12 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 winterPhoto credit: Dianne Jandt


Walks with Matt: Ready for Winter? (960-11-07-15)
Saturday, November 7, 10 a.m. - noon

Matt will help you uncover the mystery and beauty of the ways that plants, animals, and insects at the Arboretum adjust and prepare for the oncoming cold. Matt always has recently collected treasures to show, with stories to tell, and he'll explain the science behind the selected stops on this walk to greet winter. After the walk, continue the conversation with a warming beverage in the restaurant. Limit 40, Meet in the Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

register $12 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and a voucher for a beverage in the restaurant

 on icePhoto credit: Mark MacLennan


Walks with Matt: The Arboretum on Ice (960-12-19-15)
Saturday, December 19, 10 a.m. - noon

By now, winter is in full sway and with a little luck, the Arboretum has become a winter wonderland. Matt will begin with a show-and-tell about some of the Arboretum's fauna and flora. Then he will lead you outdoors to track animals and identify trees and plants in their winter form. You'll learn more about their history and mystery, then return to the Visitor Center for a warming cup of hot chocolate. Many have made this winter walk with Matt one of their holiday and year-end traditions. Limit 40, Meet in the Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

register $12 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and a voucher for a beverage in the restaurant 

See more information on other Guided Public Arboretum tours.


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 Learn Catalog to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.


Call 612-301-1210
or email:

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