COVID-19 Information & Updates regarding Arboretum Educational Programming

Information subject to change. Last updated 9/30/2020

Which Arboretum classes are postponed or canceled?

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 classes and modules will remain active and will proceed as scheduled.

Classes canceled or postponed
See details under each month, and under "what's not canceled"

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

Summer & Fall Cancellations
Drop-in Program Cancellations
  • PlantMaker Studio (postponed through end of December 2020)
  • Nature PlayTime for Wee Ones (scheduled to resume Spring 2021)
  • Garden Fun Stops (scheduled to resume Spring 2021)
In-person school programs are suspended through December 31, 2020, including
  • Field Trips
  • Plantmobile
  • Homeschool (suspended through January 31, 2021)
  • Self-Guided Tours

Check out our new Field Trip in-a-Box Classroom Activity sets!

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 active and listed on the website. Will it be canceled or postponed?

We are holding many classes outdoors in a safe format, and select classes indoors with safe spacing and distancing in place. Rest assured, if any class needs to be canceled or postponed, all registrants will be contacted and offered a full refund of their class fee. 


What is NOT canceled?

Any class that is listed on our website is open for registration!

We are also running (and will continue to run)

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

Classes listed on our website 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 and @Home programs

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.

NEW! Fall 2020: Check out our new Field Trip in-a-Box Classroom Activity sets! Sign up to receive Teachers & Schools Arboretum Emails to be notified of updates.

OPEN! 2021 In-Person programs are open for registration beginning January 2021. Browse and reserve at Field Trips or Plantmobile.


Kids Summer Day Camps & Summer Programs are canceled

The following programs are canceled through the end of the Summer season:

  • 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 & Honey Harvest Bee Center programs are cancelled for the remainder of 2020.

As guidelines change, new on-site programs may be announcedSubscribe to receive the latest 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 

Cancellations & Exchanges
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COVID-19 Class Updates

The best chance of being enrolled in a sold out class is to add your name to the waitlist. Click the orange "waitlist" button next to the class and complete the form. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional sessions may be added.

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