For the Birds
Classes & Workshops

From bird-watching walks to bird-themed arts and crafts, let your inspiration take flight at the Arboretum.

Winter Bird Photography

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Saturday, February 1, 9 a.m.-noon (750-02-01-20)
Saturday, February 1, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (750-02-01-20-01)

Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Intermediate: familiarity with the settings and functions of your camera, and an understanding of exposure and light

Create amazing photos of birds this winter! With the techniques presented in this class, you will be able to photograph birds on snow-covered branches, on the feeder, and in flight. You will learn:

  • Basic techniques for photographing birds in winter
  • Equipment needs for photographing birds
  • Insights into winter bird behavior
  • How to capture birds in flight
  • How to build a backyard bird photography studio
Class will also spend time outside at the Arboretum's feeders to practice these techniques. The instructor will be available to answer questions and offer tips during your practice time.

  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Your longest lens (ideally 300mm or longer)
  • Clothing appropriate for the winter weather
  • Monopods or Tripods (optional)
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

Saturday, February 1, 9 a.m.-noon
$99 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission
Saturday, February 1, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
$99 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden

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Saturday, February 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon 150-02-15-20-02
Saturday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m. 150-03-14-20
Julie Boden, Gardener and Nature Enthusiast

Are you interested in attracting more birds and butterflies to your garden or patio? Come learn everything you need to know to invite a stunning variety of these winged visitors into your own backyard sanctuary!
  • Food, water and shelter
  • Which plants will best fit your location to provide food or shelter
  • Which species are attracted to different plants
  • Simple non-plant additions are helpful to meet the needs of birds and butterflies
Limit 50, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
Saturday, February 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon
$25 member/$40 non-member
includes Arboretum admission 
register Saturday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m.
$25 member/$40 non-member
includes Arboretum admission 

Arboretum & Audubon:
A Day of Birding Walks and Workshops

Sunday, May 17, 2019
5:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join birding enthusiasts and experts from around the region to celebrate spring migration! Amidst the setting of spring flowers, novice to advanced birders can interact with a host of experts about birding, habitat, quirky bird science, and even meet live raptors! Customize your perfect day filled with your choice of presentations, workshops, nature walks, and book signings.

Featuring noted Naturalists & Authors

$99 member/$119 non-member, includes customized choice of available sessions, morning coffee/snack, lunch, and Arboretum admission

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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.

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