COVID-19 Information & Updates regarding Arboretum Educational Programming

Information subject to change. Last updated 8/7/2020

Which Arboretum classes are postponed or canceled?

We are canceling scheduled on-site Education classes as follows:

  • Adult
    Most (but not all) programs canceled through August 31 (see "What is NOT Canceled" below), some classes canceled in September and October
  • Kids Day Camps, Children's Garden, Family Programs, Summer PeaPods, Open the Hive Experience
    Canceled through August 31

  • Kids Groups (Summer Field Trips, Self-Guided Tours)
    Canceled through August 31

  • School (Field Trips, Plantmobile) and Homeschool
    Canceled through the end of the 2019-2020 school year

  • CIT (counselor-in-training)
    Suspended for Summer 2020

View a complete list of cancellations below.  Registrants of these classes are being contacted by email and offered their choice of a class credit, donation, or refund. Online modules will remain active and will proceed as scheduled.


March Class Cancellations
April Class Cancellations
May Class Cancellations
June Class Cancellations
July Class Cancellations
August Class Cancellations
September Class Cancellations
October Class Cancellations

Master Gardener Q&A Desk (postponed through end of August 2020) 

June, July & August Kids & Family Programs 

Canceled programs include

  • Day Camps
  • Children's Garden
  • PeaPods - Summer
  • Family Programs
  • Summer Field Trips for Groups
  • Self-Guided Tours
  • Open the Hive Experience
  • PlantMaker Studio (postponed through end of Sept 2020)
  • Nature PlayTime for Wee Ones (scheduled to resume Spring 2021)
  • Garden Fun Stops (scheduled to resume Spring 2021)

When will I get my refund/credit for my class?

ADULT PROGRAMS: We need to hear from you to issue you a credit, refund, or donation! If your class is fully canceled, you will receive an email notification from our registration office. You can reply to that email, or proactively contact us at the information listed below. Our team is staying safe and working remotely from their homes*.
*If you receive a phone call from us, it may be from a personal number as we work remotely from our homes.

KIDS PROGRAMS: Registration fees for canceled programs (Day Camps, Children's Garden and Summer PeaPods, Family Programs, Self-Guided Tours, Summer Field Trips) have been automatically refunded to your account. 

Consider donating your refund: Arboretum summer programs allow us to share the joy of nature with children of all backgrounds year-round. If you are in a position to consider donating back a portion of your refund to support the ongoing work of youth education in light of our current financial difficulty, you can donate here. (Note that your registration fee is being automatically refunded, so donations will be a new transaction). Thank you for your consideration, we are so grateful for your support.


Can I cancel my own registration online?

Our registration system does not have the ability to process cancellations online. Please contact us (see contact info below) and we will process your cancellation for you.


My Adult Education class is scheduled to happen September 1 or later. Will it be canceled or postponed?

We are hopeful that safe conditions will exist to hold classes again soon, some August classes have not been canceled (see "What is NOT canceled" below); we are exploring safe ways to hold these programs. If a future class in September or beyond needs to be canceled or postponed, all registrants will be contacted and offered a choice of a full refund, credit or donation of their class fee. 


What is NOT canceled?

Most Adult Classes after September 1 are currently still open for registration!

We are running (and will continue to run)

I am interested in a future class. Can I register for that?

Classes after September 1 are currently still open for registration! You may register for any available class that is listed! However, in this evolving climate, we cannot guarantee all classes will run. Rest assured that if we need to cancel a future class, all registered participants will be contacted and offered a credit, refund, or donation option.


Will there be other online Arboretum Learning?

Yes! Please explore these options. Even more online learning coming soon!
Online Gardening Modules
Online and @Home programs

Free Minnesota Plants Weekly Webinar Series
Free PlantMaker Studio @Home
Select Photography Classes and Nature Appreciation Walks

I want to talk with staff in Arb Education

Due to University of Minnesota safety protocols in line with the MDH recommendations, our on-site Arboretum Education office is currently closed. Our team is working remote and will do the best we can to serve you! Visitors or Members with Education questions can reach us:

Email (strongly preferred)
Phone 612-301-1210*
*You can also call our currently unstaffed office at and leave a message. Our team is checking messages and will return calls from our personal phones as soon we are able.


What about School Field Trips and Plantmobile?

2019-2020: We are canceling all School Programs through the end of this school year. Emails and notifications have been sent out to all schools and teachers with registered programs from now through the end of the year with cancellation details.

All Summer Field Trips are cancelled through summer 2020.

2020-2021 We are currently planning for a full on-site season as well as planning for possible alternate formats. Our standard School Programs are open for registration, but are subject to change based on the latest COVID guidance and school safety protocols. Registered teachers will be contacted if there are any changes to their scheduled program(s). Sign up to receive Teachers & Schools Arboretum Emails to be notified of updates.


Kids Summer Day Camps & Summer Programs are canceled

The following programs are canceled in June, July & August:

  • Day Camps
  • Children's Garden
  • PeaPods - Summer
  • Family Programs
  • Summer Field Trips
  • Self-Guided Tours
  • NaturePlay for Wee Ones (scheduled to resume Spring 2021)
  • PlantMaker Studio (potponed through end of September 2020)
  • Garden Fun Stops (scheduled to resume Spring 2021)

Open the Hive programs are cancelled for the remainder of 2020.

As guidelines change, new on-site Kids programs may be announcedSubscribe to Kids & Family emails to receive the latest Kids Program news, announcements and updates!


Arboretum Education Office
Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
*We are temporarily working from home during Covid-19, we may return phone messages from a home phone 

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