Most Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Canceled through July 31

Please check the COVID-19 Arb Classes Updates Webpage for the latest updates.

Programs that remain on this page are still open for registration!

For the Birds
Classes & Workshops

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


 

Walks With Matt: Wood Ducks & Wrens of Spring Peeper Meadow

Saturday, August 15
9-11 a.m.

Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

Immerse yourself in the lush growth and wildlife of "Spring Peeper," the Arboretum's summer wetland meadow! Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit will allow you to see the natural world in new light and delight in the rich diversity found in this precious pocket of the Arboretum!
  • Look and listen for birds such as goldfinches, bluebirds, and swallows
  • Learn about the restoration of this unique site
  • Understand why wetland meadows are so important to our region
NOTE
As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable! What may begin as a mushroom hunt may turn into warbler watching...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session.
BRING FROM HOME (SUGGESTED)
Binoculars, magnifying glass, water bottle, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
Meet first at the designated meeting location listed below. Then choose to ride the Arboretum bus together OR drive yourself to the final walk destination.

Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

register
$14 member/$29 non-member,includes Arboretum admission

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Walks With Matt: Mushrooms, Migrations & More

Monday, August 31
10 a.m.-noon

Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

The advent and duration of the mushroom season are the result of a seemingly mysterious combination of components. Whether you find abundance or scarcity on this Walk, you will gain an appreciation for the fragile life cycle of these important organisms and learn how to respect and preserve their environments
  • Explore the Arboretum's Bog area and the Green Heron Trail
  • Participate in a hunt for the wide and amazing assortment of mushrooms and fungi
  • Search for birds who begin their migration at this time, including ducks, sparrows and shorebirds
NOTE
As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable! What may begin as a mushroom hunt may turn into warbler watching...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session.
BRING FROM HOME (SUGGESTED)
Binoculars, magnifying glass, water bottle, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.

Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

register
$14 member/$29 non-member,includes Arboretum admission

 

Birding Walk with Gregg: Fall Migration

Saturday, September 19
8-10 a.m.

Gregg Severson, Bird Guide and Owner of Birding with Gregg. Gregg birds by bogs, on bikes, around the cities and further afield... and this year at the Arboretum!

Discover more about autumn migrating species and their behaviors as you look and listen for songbirds and waterfowl.

  • Hear stories about Gregg's birding experiences in Minnesota and elsewhere
  • Learn tips and tricks to improve your birding experience

BRING FROM HOME (SUGGESTED)
Binoculars and good shoes for walking and standing, and dress for the weather

Limit 12, Meet at Snyder Building - Snyder Lobby

register $19 member/$35 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access

Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, Professional photographer, Conservationist working in science education for the public, underwritten by the World Wildlife Fund

Level: All levels 

Owls, vultures, and eagles, oh my! Experience a unique opportunity to photograph mighty raptors in a controlled, safe and natural setting at the Arboretum. Each session features different birds and seasonal Arboretum scenery--take one session or choose several!
In the classroom
  • Learn photography techniques to help you capture stunning images
  • Understand how to control your camera for wow-worthy images from distances of 5-20 feet (in class) as well as longer distances in the field
In the Field
  • U of MN Raptor Center will bring an assortment of 3-5 live raptors
  • Practice your skills as Raptor Center staff shares fascinating traits about each bird
  • Receive one-on-one instruction from Carlyn as she moves through the group
This class is designed for adult learners and we suggest a minimum age of 16. 
A portion of the course fee benefits the Raptor Center. 
Required Equipment 
  • Any digital camera
  • Sturdy shoes for walking and shooting over uneven ground
  • (optional) DSLR or mirrorless camera 90mm or higher focal length lens
  • (optional) Tripod/monopod
There will be a break for lunch: bring your own lunch or plan to purchase at the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place 

Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 
See more information on other Guided Public Arboretum tours.

 


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Questions?

Arboretum Education Office Hours
          Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
          Sat - Sun, noon - 4 p.m.
Email Arboretum Education at
          arbedu@umn.edu
Call Arboretum Education at
          612-301-1210


Helpful Info

Cancellations & Exchanges
Cancellation policy
COVID-19 Class Cancellations & Updates

Member Perk!
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.

Waitlist
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.


YOUTH & FAMILIES

Summer 2020 Kids ProgramsUpdate

Drop-in Activities

ONLINE!PlantMaker Studio@Home
ONLINE!StoryTime@Home
Youth+Adult Programs

     PeaPods for Preschoolers
     Family Programs
     Homeschool Days
     Scouts
Youth Programs
     Summer Activity Kits To-Go
     Kids Night Out

ADULTS
Special Access Experiences
     Special Access Tours & Experiences
     Special Access Photography
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
ONLINE!Online & @Home Classes
       
Gardening - General
      Edible Gardening
      Landscape & Design
     Special Access Experiences
Pollinators
     Special Access Tours & Experiences
     Pollinators
Fine Art & Crafts Classes
     
Painting & Drawing

     Jewelry & Wearable Art
     Fiber Arts
     Mixed Media
     Stone Balancing & Sculpture
     Open Art Studio
     Furniture
     Book Club & Literature
Photography Classes
     Photography
     Special Access Photography
Food & Wine Classes
     Dine with a Chef
     Cooking Classes
     Edible Gardening
Healthy Living

     Book Club & Literature
     Mindfulness
     Shinrin-yoku
Nature Appreciation
     Birds
     Signature Guided Walks

Nature-Based Therapeutics


Bios
     Instructors
     Arboretum Staff
     Education Department Statistics


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