Signature Guided Nature Walks
Classes & Workshops

Get to know the diverse ecosystems and living collections at the Arboretum! Whether on a nature walk with Naturalist Matt Schuth, or on a collections jaunt with Arboretum staff and horticulture author Alan Branhagen, you will gain new insight into our plants and their importance for the environment, research and homeowners.


Walks with Alan: Plants of Winter Interest

Thursday, December 5, 2019
2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

As much as we love our gardens in the summer, there is an undeniably long winter season in which we still wish to enjoy them. On this walk:
  • See firsthand what plants and cultivars really stand out in the winter
  • Discover the Arboretum's best cold-weather beauties, from woody and herbaceous to flowering and fruiting
  • Collect inspiration, plant lists, and a renewed motivation to enjoy your winter garden
Limit 25, Oswald Visitor Center - Carlson Dining Room
$14 member/$29 non-member
includes Arboretum admission


Walks with Matt: The Arboretum on Ice

Saturday, December 21, 2019
10 a.m.-noon

Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

By now, winter is in full sway and with a little luck, the Arboretum has become a winter wonderland. On this walk:
  • Begin with a show-and-tell about some of the Arboretum's fauna and flora
  • Track animals and identify trees and plants in their winter form
  • Learn more about the history and mystery of the plants and animals you see
  • 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!
NOTES As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the 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 25, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

Sold out. Click on waitlist to add your name. We will contact you if a spot opens!
$14 member/$29 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum 
Various Dates

Age 16 and older
Enjoy the tranquility and well-being of Shinrin-Yoku, a Japanese mindfulness practice that invites nature to be your healer. Through guided awareness exercises, you will awaken all your senses and calm your mind. Shinrin-Yoku (or 'Forest Bathing') fosters a deep connection with nature that will nourish you -- mind, body and spirit. 
Limit 12 people per session

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