Arboretum Classes & Programs Cancelled through June 30

Please check the COVID-19 Arb Classes Updates Webpage for the latest updates.

Programs that remain on this page are still open for registration!

All About Trees
Classes & Workshops

If you're not already in love with the awe, majesty, and mystery of trees, you will be after one of these unique experiences focusing on trees of Minnesota and at the Arboretum.

Tree classes and workshops are inspired by
Season of Trees: Returning to Our Roots
Presented by

Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum 

Select a session
Saturday Morning, July 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday Afternoon, July 18, 5:30-8 p.m.
Saturday Morning, August 1, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sunday Full Moon, August 2, 7-9:30 p.m.
Saturday Morning, September 5, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday Afternoon, September 19, 3-5:30 p.m.
Saturday Morning, October 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sunday Afternoon, October 18, 3-5:30 p.m.

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

view more info & register

Apple Breeding in Minnesota
Janet Sinner Endowed Horticultural Lecture Series

Thursday, October 22
6:30-8 p.m.

David Bedford, Senior Research Fellow, University of Minnesota Apple Breeding Program; part of the team that created the Honeycrisp apple

Apples are in the Arboretum's roots... literally! Join David Bedford, one of the creators of the Honeycrisp, to learn more about this delicious fruit and its past, present and future in Minnesota... including: 
  • A quick history of apple evolution and domestication
  • How and why the apple breeding program began over a century ago
  • The current apple breeding process and how new varieties are developed
  • Some exciting new up and coming research

Based on seasonal availability, apples from the Apple House may be available for sale.

Limit 300, Visitor Center

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


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Helpful Info

Cancellations & Exchanges
Cancellation policy
COVID-19 Class Cancellations & Updates

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.

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 form, 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.


Summer 2020 Kids ProgramsUpdate

Drop-in Activities

ONLINE!PlantMaker Studio@Home
Youth+Adult Programs

     PeaPods for Preschoolers
     Family Programs
     Homeschool Days
Youth Programs
     Summer Activity Kits To-Go
     Kids Night Out

Special Access Experiences
     Special Access Tours & Experiences
     Special Access Photography
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
ONLINE!Online & @Home Classes
Gardening - General
      Edible Gardening
      Landscape & Design
     Special Access Experiences
     Special Access Tours & Experiences
Fine Art & Crafts Classes
Painting & Drawing

     Jewelry & Wearable Art
     Fiber Arts
     Mixed Media
     Stone Balancing & Sculpture
     Open Art Studio
     Book Club & Literature
Photography Classes
     Special Access Photography
Food & Wine Classes
     Dine with a Chef
     Cooking Classes
     Edible Gardening
Healthy Living

     Book Club & Literature
Nature Appreciation
     Signature Guided Walks

Nature-Based Therapeutics

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