Guided Walks & Nature Appreciation
Classes & Programs

Get to know the diverse ecosystems, creatures and living collections at the Arboretum! Whether on a nature walk with Naturalist Matt Schuth or horticulture author Alan Branhagen, or taking a class to learn more about nature, you will gain new insight into our plants and their importance for the environment, research and homeowners.

bright red cardinal in winter, photo Don Olson, APS

Winter Bird Photography (Online)

Thursday, February 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Central Time
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Create amazing photos of birds this winter! With the techniques presented in this webinar, you will be able to photograph birds on snow-covered branches, at the feeder, and in flight.
$25 member/$30 non-member

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Photography Classes


The Photographer's Garden: Planting for Pollinator Photography (Online)

Thursday, May 5, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Level: Beginner In this workshop, Frank will share which native plants are the best to plant for pollinators and other insects, how to grow them, and how to design around a photographer's needs. $32 member/$37 non-member

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Photography classes


Honeybee hive inspection, photo Laura Cogswell

Special Access: Honey Bee Hive Inspection

Select a session
Monday, May 30, Thursday, June 9, Tuesday, July 5, Friday, July 15, or Tuesday, August 30
Select a time
10:30-11:45 a.m. or 1-2:15 p.m.

Ages 6 to adult Get special access for an up-close look at the inner workings of a honey bee hive by joining in on an inspection of one of the hives at the Arboretum's Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. You'll put on a beekeeping suit, join beekeeper Ping as she opens a hive, and even have a chance to hold a frame of live honey bees. Along the way you'll learn more about the life of a hive and how we work with these fascinating creatures.

$22 member/$37 non-member

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Pollinator Classes


Photography Walks with Eric: The Arboretum at Golden Hour

Thursday, June 9, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Level: Beginner This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to spend an evening walking through the grounds of the Arboretum, together, discovering photo opportunities along the way. Eric will show you what he looks for to make a great photo with a focus on the two most important aspects of photography: composition and light. This is a really fun way to spend an evening with a friend as we walk, talk, and shoot the beautiful Arboretum landscape into the golden hour. $54 member/$69 non-member.

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Photography classes


Photography Walks with Eric: The Arboretum at Golden Hour

Saturday, September 17, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Level: Beginner This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to spend an evening walking through the grounds of the Arboretum, together, discovering photo opportunities along the way. Eric will show you what he looks for to make a great photo with a focus on the two most important aspects of photography: composition and light. This is a really fun way to spend an evening with a friend as we walk, talk, and shoot the beautiful Arboretum landscape into the golden hour. $54 member/$69 non-member.

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Photography classes


Shinrin-yoku, Forest Bathing, photo by Michael Borg
photo: Michael Borg

Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum

Tom Bezek, Trained Nature Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy

Ages 16 and older
Enjoy the tranquility and well-being of Shinrin-yoku (translation: 'Forest Bathing'), a Japanese mindfulness practice that invites nature to be your healer:

  • Learn through guided awareness exercises
  • Discover how the process can awaken your senses and calm your mind
  • Leave feeling refreshed and encouraged to try shinrin yoku again!
  • Select "Full Moon' sessions allow you to enjoy the cool beauty of a moonlit evening in the  Arboretum while practicing Shinrin-yoku. "Full Moon" sessions take place after most of the public has left the Arboretum grounds, when you are likely to find more solitude.

Please watch this 2-minute video prior to registering in order to gain a better understanding of what to expect from a session of shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum.


HELPFUL TIPS

  • Sessions of Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum will not necessarily take place in a forest--this meditative practice can take place anywhere in nature.
  • Arboretum location will be chosen at instructor's discretion The Arboretum is a public place; solitude from other visitors is not expected nor guaranteed.
  • Shinrin-yoku walks celebrate all aspects of nature and will run rain or shine unless the conditions are deemed too dangerous by the Arboretum.
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Be prepared for possible sun burn, insect bites, or allergy conditions. Where appropriate please bring necessary repellents, protection, and medications.
  • Learn how you can try Shinrin yoku on your own if you are practicing social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE
Shinrin-yoku does not serve as a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Sessions of Shinrin-yoku at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum do not engage in the practice of medicine, nor enter into a health-care practitioner/patient relationship. Please discuss your personal health with a qualified health practitioner.

There are no available sessions of Shinrin yoku at this time. Please check back!


 

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Professionally facilitated interactions with plants, animals and natural landscapes to bring about measurable outcomes in human health and well-being. It is nature's way of healing all people in physical, social, emotional and cognitive ways.
  
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photos
Healthy Living: Camille White/Shutterstock
Trees; Brett Jordan/Flikr
Birds: John Pennoyer

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