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Photo: Jim Brandenburg


Program Donor
Arboretum Photographer's Society




A cash bar and selection of appetizers desserts will be available before the show and at intermission.

Product sales will be available in the Great Hall and Gift Shop at intermission and following the performance.

Signings and photo opportunities for Jim Brandenburg and Michael Monroe will be available following the performance.



Jim Brandenburg & Michael Monroe
Conservation Through the Lens 2016
An Inspirational Evening of Minnesota Photography and Music

2 performances!
Wednesday, October 12, 2016; 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 13, 2016; 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6pm; there will be an intermission
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - MacMillan Auditorium

Minnesota is home to myriad natural wonders, from wistful Prairies to the dramatic Northwoods. Spend an evening with two of Minnesota's premier artists as they blend their talents to educate and inspire about awareness and conservation of Minnesota's treasured natural resources. Watch, listen, and learn as the evening unfolds to combine world-renowned National Geographic photographer, Jim Brandenburg's images and the rich tones of Michael Monroe's vocals, guitar and flutes to create a poetic blend for eyes and ears.

Begin the evening with a solo set of Michael Monroe's popular songs dedicated to nature in Minnesota, and then allow yourself to be captivated as Jim Brandenburg takes the stage to show his breathtaking photographs and share personal stories, insights, and philosophies behind the powerful images. Monroe complements Brandenburg's presentation with improvised musical interpretation to create a synergistic, multi-sensory experience.

There's a lot of serendipitous things that happen with us...I'm very proud to be on stage with have to see it in person - Jim Brandenburg, about artist and friend Michael Monroe

Explore the power of an image to shape opinions, offer scientific insight, and inspire change towards conservation and a more sustainable planet. Find yourself moved by the music, enthralled by the stories behind some of the most famous nature photographs of all time, and mesmerized by the collaboration of two of our region's most inspired artists.

Limit 333 reserved seats in an intimate setting
MacMillan Auditorium, located in the Arboretum's Oswald Visitor Center

Wednesday, October 12 (205-10-12-16-01)
Reserved Seating 
 includes Arboretum admission
NOTE: Print and bring email confirmation which serves as entrance ticket

Thursday, October 13 (205-10-13-16)
Reserved Seating
includes Arboretum admission
NOTE: Print and bring email confirmation which serves as entrance ticket

Proceeds benefit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and a portion of the fee goes to Jim Brandenburg in support of the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation
The opportunity to purchase the Jim Brandenburg products on this page is exclusively reserved for registrants of the programs above
watch a video of Jim Brandenburg talking about his on-stage collaboration with Michael Monroe



Please print and bring your email confirmation. It will have your seat assignment listed on the email, and will serve as your entrance ticket.
                    ¤ Need a reminder email sent?
                             Email the education office at or call 612-301-1210.
                    ¤ Forget to bring your email?
                             No worries! There will be a registration table in the Great Hall of the Visitor Center. Simply check in there to receive a reminder of where your seats will be. You will need to know the last name of the person who ordered your tickets.
It is suggested to dress in layers, as temperatures in MacMillan auditorium can vary. There is a coat closet located just outside the auditorium for your convenience. The auditorium may likely feel cool when you arrive, and warm up significantly by intermission.

Have any Brandenburg or Monroe momentoes at home? Yes, you can bring them and have the signed by the artists! See "Merchandise" and "Photo Opportunities" sections below.


There will NOT be a dinner served at the Arboretum. The Arboretum Cafe will NOT be open past 4pm. If you would like to have dinner as part of your evening, we recommend many of the delicious local restaurants or cafes in the Southwest suburbs.


There WILL be cash bars available before the performance and at intermission. You will be able to purchase a la carte drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), light appetizers and desserts.


There WILL be a selection of Jim Brandenburg merchandise available at the Arboretum Gift & Garden Store! Browse official Jim Brandenburg:
Greeting cards ($3-$20)
Print posters (most under $20)
2017 calendars (under $20)
and more!
Purchasing opportunities will be before the performance, during intermission, and following the performance.

Purchase of Michael Monroe music will be available directly from Michael's merchandise table in the Great Hall.
Purchasing opportunities will be before the performance, during intermission, and following the performance.


Yes, Jim Brandenburg will happily take a photo with you and sign his products. He will sign any of your purchases made at the Arboretum Gift & Garden store, a Brandenburg print you may already own, or even one of his books or National Geographic issues from home!
There will be a photo opportunity/signing line following the performance.

Yes, Michael Monroe will happily take a photo with you and sign his products.
There will be a photo opportunity/signing line at intermission and following the performance.


Your registration DOES include admission to the Arboretum, so you are welcome to arrive any time to enjoy the Arboretum and amenities! When you arrive, simply tell the gatehouse staff that you are here for the Brandenburg - Monroe program, and they will waive you through at no charge.
It is recommended to arrive at the Arboretum no later than 6:15 p.m. to allow ample time for parking, to check in and find your seats.
This timeline may help guide you in what to expect:

5:15 p.m. - Registration desk open in the Great Hall (located in the Oswald Visitor Center)
5:30 p.m. - Cash bars selling beverages and appetizers opens. (Yes, you may bring your drinks and appetizers into the auditorium during the performance)
6:00 p.m. - Auditorium doors open. You may begin to locate your reserved seats.
6:30 p.m. - Evening program begins. First half of program will have a stronger emphasis on Michael Monroe and his inspiring music.
7:30 p.m.(approx) to 8 p.m.(approx) - Intermission
8 p.m. - Second half of program, featuring Jim Brandenburg sharing stories and wisdom.
9 p.m.(approx) - program ends
9 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Signing lines and photo opportunities with the artists, merchandise sales, etc.


The performances at the Arboretum will be a fluid, semi-improvisational collaboration between two renowned artists. Please allow for some flexibility with the flow and timing listed above in regards to intermission, featured time for each artist and ending time.
Watch Jim Brandenburg describe his collaboration with Michael Monroe (2 min 16 sec)


If you know of someone who is interested in purchasing seats for one of these performances, please suggest that they purchase soon! Tickets are selling fast and are limited. Both performances are expected to sell out in advance.
HINT: Wednesday still has better seat availability compared to Thursday.




Program Donor
Arboretum Photographer's Society

"In the Field" Photography Workshop (205-10-14-16)
with Jim Brandenburg 

Friday, October 14, 2016; 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - Grounds and Tram

Join a small group of photographers for an exclusive, once-in-a lifetime experience as you hop aboard the Arboretum's open-air tram for a mobile three-hour workshop experience with acclaimed National Geographic photographer, Jim Brandenburg. Intended for intermediate to advanced photographers who have a high level of familiarity with their digital cameras, this experience will not focus on technical lessons. Instead, workshop time will be spent in the field with Brandenburg, shooting together and hearing his personal stories and philosophies about being inspired, selecting the perfect shot, and the power of capturing an image that conveys meaning. The Arboretum's fall colors will be the intended subject, however, students and instructor allow for flexibility to change location and subject according to the day's weather and shooting conditions. A maximum of 22 students would be allowed to allow for a personable, small-scale experience that allows each student to have one-on-one time with Jim Brandenburg. There will be time after the workshop for signings or photo opportunities with Jim.
This workshop will run rain or shine. Come prepared and dressed for the weather. Limit 22 participants.

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Photographers should come prepared with any and all equipment they would like to use.

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist.
$399 member/$499 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Proceeds benefit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and a portion of the fee goes to Jim Brandenburg in support of the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation

View all Arboretum Photography Classes

To Register

ONLINE: click on the "Register" button listed with the program.
PHONE: call 612-301-1210 

Call 612-301-1210
or email:

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



Minnesota is home to one of the most prolific wildlife photographers in the world. An internationally acclaimed nature photographer and established environmentalist, this quiet and contemplative photographer began his creative journey as a newspaper photojournalist before he became a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine in 1978. 

Over the course of his long career, Brandenburg has received a multitude of prestigious national and international honors for his work. The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) twice named him Magazine Photographer of the Year for his National Geographic magazine work. He was named Kodak Wildlife Photographer of the Year by BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Natural History Museum-London, and was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA). Brandenburg was a Hasselblad Master in 2002, a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens in 2001, and Canon Explorer of Light 2005-08. Read more



 Michael's unique creation of Minnesota Northwoods-inspired music leaves his audiences mesmerized as he blends his rich vocals, guitar, bamboo and glass flutes, combining musical styles of acoustic folk and jazzy reggae. Michael's original music and compelling energy bring a powerful style that is as much fun as it is and technology working together powered by creativity... and he recycles ("loops") his music LIVE on stage.

His instrumental music is seen across the nation on PBS and Canada in the award winning documentary, "Chased By The Light", about Jim Brandenburg. Read (and hear!) more



Both artists live on the North Shore of Minnesota and have a love of Minnesota as well as the awe-inspiring beauty of the nature found in the state. With similar interests and passion for wildlife and nature, these two artists are good friends who work together to create a collaborative presentation that combines Brandenburg's visuals and stories together with Monroe's inspiring acoustics.