Upcoming Arboretum Classes & Programs Cancelled Until Further Notice

Effective March 13, 6 p.m., until further notice, all Arboretum grounds, buildings, and on-site programs and events are cancelled. Online learning modules will proceed as scheduled.

Registered class participants
All registered participants for on-site educational programs are being contacted by email (the contact information associated with the order), and offered the following options for their fee:

  • Receive a credit of your registration fee towards future Arboretum Classes. Credit must be spent by June 30, 2020 and applied to any Class or Educational Program through March 1, 2021. Your credit may only be applied to a class of equal or greater value. Customer is responsible for any additional charges exceeding the value of the credit.
  • Donate your registration fee to the Arboretum. Thank you for considering this option, we rely on donations to fund our gardens and educational programs.
  • Refund your registration fee.

Questions?
Contact us by email at ArbEdu@umn.edu or phone at 612-301-1210 and leave a message. We will reply as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Changes to your registrations cannot be done online.

Updates & Information: Arboretum Educational Programming
Please check the COVID-19 Arb Classes Updates Webpage for the latest updates on classes cancellations and communications.

Thank you
Thank you for your support and patience. We encourage everyone to stay healthy, get outside into nature, and to visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum once we reopen.

Home, Health & Beauty
Classes & Workshops

Explore fun and fascinating ways nature can enhance our home, health, and well-being*


 

Mindfulness in Nature Walk

Saturday, May 16
9-11 a.m.

Anna Peterson, PhD, Ecologist and Mindfulness Practitioner

Ages 16 and older
Spending intentional t
ime in nature has been shown to decrease stress, increase creativity, and improve overall health and wellbeing! Join Anna to learn how to combine nature observation with mindfulness (being fully present and aware of our minds, bodies, and surroundings) to get the most out of your time outside. On this walk:
  • Gain a greater appreciation for our local flora and fauna as Anna points out spring activity along the way
  • Discover how you can observe spring wildflowers, birds, and other aspects of nature in new ways
  • Learn simple mindfulness techniques for quieting the mind and practice them along the way
  • Cultivate a sense of awareness that can be applied to daily life
Bring from home (suggested)
Binoculars, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and clothing for the possibility of walking and standing still comfortably in whatever weather we are presented with.
Note
This Walk may be paired with the Mindfulness in Nature Journaling Workshop on May 24; the content will be similar but each program provides different ways to experience and practice mindfulness.

Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Great Hall


Register

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



Mindfulness in Nature: Journaling Workshop

Sunday, May 24
9 a.m.-noon

Anna Peterson, PhD, Ecologist and Mindfulness Practitioner

Ages 16 and older

Do you feel the need for more peace and wellbeing in your life? Spending intentional time in nature has been shown to decrease stress, increase creativity, and improve overall health and wellbeing! Dig deeper into mindfulness (being fully present and aware of our minds, bodies and surroundings) through nature journaling with Anna:
  • Start in the classroom as you learn more about what mindfulness is and its benefits when used in everyday life
  • Learn simple mindfulness techniques for quieting the mind
  • Discover how journaling about and in nature can be used as a mindfulness technique
  • Go out on a leisurely walk through nearby areas of the Arboretum as Anna shares how you can observe spring wildflowers, birds, and other aspects of nature in new ways
  • Practice journaling in nature using your newly learned mindfulness techniques
  • Leave feeling more at peace, and excited to implement your newly found knowledge!

Bring from home (suggested)
Small journal, binoculars (optional), practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and clothing for the possibility of walking and standing still comfortably in whatever weather we are presented with.
Note
This Workshop may be paired with the Mindfulness in Nature Walk on May 16; the content will be similar but each program provides different ways to experience and practice mindfulness.

Limit 20, Azalea Classroom

Register

$29 member/$45 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum 
Various Dates

Age 16 and older
Enjoy the tranquility and well-being of Shinrin-Yoku, a Japanese mindfulness practice that invites nature to be your healer. Through guided awareness exercises, you will awaken all your senses and calm your mind. Shinrin-Yoku (or 'Forest Bathing') fosters a deep connection with nature that will nourish you -- mind, body and spirit. 
Limit 12 people per session

view date/time options & register


 


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


Helpful Info

Cancellations & Exchanges
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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.


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