Adults should plan to attend with their child. Non-participating siblings may attend at no charge if they are not a distraction to the group. Siblings who participate (planting projects, snack, etc) should also be registered at the regular fee.
  PeaPods for Preschoolers Earth Day Celebration! (975-04-21-17)
Friday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
*SPECIAL NOTE! This program happens on FRIDAY, the day before Earth Day!

Explore the wonder and beauty of Planet Earth through at-your-own-pace hands-on activities designed for children ages 3-5 child together with an adult! A special Earth Day theme will feature nature-based activities including: take-home planting projects, art, sensory and science discovery zones, action and music, story time, Green Play Yard adventures, greenhouse exploration and snack. Come play and learn about the earth! Limit 65 children + adults, Learning Center  

FREE REGISTRATION COUPON for first-time PeaPods participants!

First-time PeaPods for Preschoolers participants may come try this introductory session for free! (Note that the coupon is for free program registration and does not include Arboretum admission for non-member adults.)

Use Coupon code CELEBRATE at online checkout or call 612-301-1210 to receive FREE registration! Valid for first-time PeaPods for Preschoolers participants only; not valid for returning PeaPods customers. Not valid with other offers, no cash value. Pre-registration is required; not redeemable for day-of/drop-in attendance.
register  PeaPods for Preschoolers Earth Day Single Session
$12 member/$15 non-member,
 includes registration for child and one adult, snacks, project, planting supplies. (Note that Arboretum admission is NOT included for non-member adults)
Earth Day

Earth Day with the Minnesota Bee Atlas
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. - noon
Minnesota Bee Atlas staff

Honey bees and bumble bees are easily recognized and play an important role in pollination, but they are a small fraction of the almost 20,000 bee species in the world. Minnesota is home to hundreds of bee species, but the last comprehensive inventory was made almost a century ago. Join the Minnesota Bee Atlas project and help to create a comprehensive, brand new state-wide inventory of the native bees found in Minnesota! You and other environmental enthusiasts will learn from the project staff, starting with an overview of native bees and pollination. They will discuss the exciting work already done with the Minnesota Bee Atlas, and then train you in several ways you can participate in the project as a citizen science volunteer. You will receive hands-on instruction, practice in the field, and a comprehensive handout.This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day all season long!


This program is free, but pre-registration required.

Limit 70, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center 

Arbor DayArbor Day 2017 (observed on Friday, April 28):

Scavenger Hunt in the Arboretum's Tree Collections

Pick up an Arbor Day Scavenger Hunt map at the Membership desk in the Great Hall of the Oswald Visitor Center, then find 20 varieties of marked trees on the Arboretum grounds to fill in your finds.

Arbor Day Guided Tour

A docent-led guided tour will take place from 11 a.m.-noon. Meet in the Great Hall of the Oswald Visitor Center. Free with gate admission.