Signature Guided Nature Walks
Classes & Workshops

Walks at the Arboretum. 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: A Blaze of Autumn

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Thursday, October 11
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

Pop quiz: why do some trees and shrubs turn brilliant colors in the fall? Learn this and more as you appreciate the gorgeous warm hues of our "Big Woods" Maple Collection and Bailey Shrub Walk. You'll be amazed by the diversity of cultivars, colors, textures and shapes in these collections. Alan's unique and engaging style will give you a new appreciation for trees and shrubs, as well as inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits! Park and meet in the Wildlife Parking Lot.
Limit 25, Wildlife Garden Parking Lot

$10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 

Walks With Matt: Fall Foliage

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Saturday, October 13
10 a.m. - noon

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

An October morning is one of the most perfect times to walk the woods at the Arboretum, especially with Arboretum Naturalist Matt Schuth. 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. SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
Limit 25, Ordway Picnic Shelter

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$14 member/$29 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


 

Walks with Alan: Exploring Late Fall Color

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Thursday, November 1
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

As winter begins to set in and the color fades from other deciduous trees such as the maple, there's still color to be found at the Arboretum! Join Alan to explore late fall color in our elm, willow, larch and winterberry collections. From the bright yellow needles of the larch to the red berries of the winterberry, you'll enjoy a glimpse of color before the snow sets in, and perhaps be inspired to plant your own come spring. Alan's unique and engaging style will give you a new appreciation for trees, and inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits! Park and meet in the Dahlia Parking Lot, directions will be sent closer to the class date.
Limit 25, Dahlia Parking Lot

$10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 

Walks with Matt: Ready for Winter?

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Saturday, November 10
10 a.m. - noon

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

Matt will 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 25, MEETING LOCATION CHANGE Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

$14 member/$29 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 


 

Walks with Alan: Winter Beauty in the Spruce and Birch Collections

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Thursday, November 29
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

Spruce and birch are some of the most commonly planted trees (and shrubs, depending on species!) in Minnesota, but there are so many cultivars and species to choose from! Alan will introduce you to some of his favorites that are particularly striking in the winter landscape. You'll leave with a new appreciation for trees, and inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits. 
Limit 25, park at the Small Trees "stone wall" lot or Prairie Garden lots; walk participants will receive special instructions via email

$10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 




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Walks with Matt: The Arboretum on Ice

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Saturday, December 22
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. 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 25, Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

$14 member/$29 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


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