Online & At-Home Classes


Enjoy a variety of Arboretum-inspired classes, webinars, workshops, and kids activities from the comfort of your home computer or local nature area!


August
FOR KIDS
PlantMaker Studio @Home, girl in nature holding tablet, photo YuliyaEvstratenko/Shutterstock

PlantMaker Studio @Home

FREE ONLINE! Recordings are online, watch as your schedule allows!

Welcome to the PlantMaker Studio...online! Join us to make a plant and nature exploration tool kit with projects that you can do where you live with materials you already have on hand.

PlantMaker ONLINE


August
FOR ADULTS
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Minnesota Plants: A Webinar Series

Live every Thursday, May 14 - September 10, 7-8 p.m. CST
Register & Join at this link: https://z.umn.edu/MNPlantWebinarSeriesJOIN

Calling all gardeners, landscapers, and nature enthusiasts- this FREE weekly webinar series is for you! Join local horticultural experts for a closer look at the plants that grow in Minnesota. You'll get to explore collections, backyards and gardens from your armchair as you learn more about trees, perennials, edible plants, houseplants and more! Each expert will have a unique perspective to share, from ecological to commercial. You'll gain a greater appreciation of the green that makes Minnesota so beautiful, and get tips and tricks for your own garden.

Prairie Plants for Minnesota
POSTPONED, NEW DATE TBD Thursday, August 6, 7-8 p.m. CDT
Alan Branhagen, Director of Operations, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Bur Oak
Thursday, August 13, 7-8 p.m. CDT

Erin Buchholz, Integrated Pest Management Specialist, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Plants for Specific Landscape Uses: Selecting and planting spring blooming bulbs
Thursday, August 20, 7-8 p.m. CDT

Julie Weisenhorn, UMN Extension Educator, Horticulture

Deer Resistant Plants for Minnesota Landscapes
Thursday, August 27, 7-8 p.m. CST

Jim Calkins, Research Information Director, Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association

Webinar Details, Descriptions & Schedule

man holding smartphone to take a photo, photo by Eric Mueller

Live Webinar: Creative Smartphone Photography - Composition

Saturday, August 15, 9 a.m. - noon Central Time
Eric Mueller, artist, photographer, and teacher with over 40,000 followers on Instagram instagram.com/ericmueller/

Level
Beginner, no previous photography experience required!

Wish you could take better photos with your smartphone? Are you confused about composition? In this beginner-level live webinar, you'll learn how to make better photos with your phone that are effective, meaningful, and beautiful. After this class your friends will be clicking "like" on all your photos! You will learn:
  • Eric's mobile photography philosophy
  • The 10 rules of composition 
  • Deciding what to shoot, and how to shoot it
  • The importance of a main subject
  • Smartphone settings for the best photos
  • Techniques and tips for making better photographs
There will be plenty of time for Q&A with the instructor and the host following the presentation.

Required Equipment
Android or iPhone smartphone required
Zoom
Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You must install Zoom on your computer to experience this webinar. Click here for a tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting and much more.
How it works
Register 1 person with 1 email at a time (you will be asked which email you want the invitation link sent to at checkout). If you would like to register multiple people, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link 2 days prior to the start date.
Webinar Questions?
Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Limit 25, Webinar on Zoom Platform

$30 member/$35 non-member

September
FOR ADULTS
computer in relaxing home garden setting, photo Yulia Grigoryeva/shutterstock

Minnesota Plants: A Webinar Series

Live every Thursday, May 14 - September 10, 7-8 p.m. CST
Register & Join at this link: https://z.umn.edu/MNPlantWebinarSeriesJOIN

Calling all gardeners, landscapers, and nature enthusiasts- this FREE weekly webinar series is for you! Join local horticultural experts for a closer look at the plants that grow in Minnesota. You'll get to explore collections, backyards and gardens from your armchair as you learn more about trees, perennials, edible plants, houseplants and more! Each expert will have a unique perspective to share, from ecological to commercial. You'll gain a greater appreciation of the green that makes Minnesota so beautiful, and get tips and tricks for your own garden.

Late Season Perennials
Thursday, September 3, 7-8 p.m. CDT

Mike Heger, Lecturer and Author of "Perennials A to Z", Retired Owner Ambergate Gardens

Praire Dropseed, A Critical Native Grass
Thursday, September 10, 7-8 p.m. CDT

Mary Meyer, Extension Horticulturist and Professor

Webinar Details, Descriptions & Schedule

 

Online Module: Soils, Fertilizers and Compost

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 14, 2020
Laura Vogel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Adult Education Manager

Soil is an incredibly important part of gardening, providing our plants an anchor, water, and nutrients. Because soil type and quality varies based on our location, topography, and many other variables, knowing how to make the most of your soil will help you to succeed as a gardener! Learn content online at your own pace starting in September, with the ability to ask your instructors questions along the way. Learning objectives include:

  • The basics of how soil is formed and what this means for Minnesota soils
  • Soil composition, texture, structure, soil organic matter and relate these properties to soil quality
  • Define pH and its significance to plants and soil health
  • Essential nutrients required by plants for growth and the significance of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium
  • Fertilizer options available to gardeners and best management practices for application
  • How to get a soil test and interpret soil test results
  • Benefits of using compost and the basic requirements for creating compost
How it Works
  • Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline, Monday, September 14
  • Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information
  • Course includes access to printable handouts to use for notes or to follow along
  • As available, live Q&A sessions with the teaching assistant (Laura) and an expert will be included
  • Online course materials will be available for six months after the course begins
OPTIONAL: Introductory Online Session for Registered Participants
Monday, September 14, 9 a.m.
There will be an optional introductory meet-and-greet with your teaching assistant and fellow students! We will go over how to log in, share our burning questions we're hoping to learn from the course, and talk about live learning opportunities along the way. The meeting is optional and will be pre-recorded for those who cannot attend the live session. Please check your email: a link to this optional online meeting was sent in your class registration confirmation. Please contact us at ArbEdu@umn.edu or 612-301-1210 if you need us to re-send you the link.
Limit 40, Online
COUPON
Register for 2 or more Online Modules and save $8 off each module! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Modules must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
register $41 member/$56 non-member

 

Online Module: Introduction to Botany and Horticulture

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 14, 2020
Laura Vogel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Adult Education Manager

Whether you love houseplants, growing vegetables in your community garden, or maintaining a beautiful flower garden, understanding the basics of plants can help you succeed! Developed through the University of Minnesota Extension, this online class will teach you about the science of plants (botany) and gardening (horticulture). Learn content at your own pace starting in September, with the ability to ask your instructors questions along the way. Learning objectives include:

  • How a plant grows, including photosynthesis, transpiration, energy storage, and respiration
  • Identify and label the parts of a plant
  • Plant life cycles, including seed germination, plant development, and reproduction
  • Plant classifications according to botanical characteristics, life cycle, use and growth characteristics
How it Works
  • Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline, Monday, September 14
  • Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information
  • Course includes access to printable handouts to use for notes or to follow along
  • As available, live Q&A sessions with the teaching assistant (Laura) and an expert will be included
  • Online course materials will be available for six months after the course begins
OPTIONAL: Introductory Online Session for Registered Participants
Monday, September 14, noon
There will be an optional introductory meet-and-greet with your teaching assistant and fellow students! We will go over how to log in, share our burning questions we're hoping to learn from the course, and talk about live learning opportunities along the way. The meeting is optional and will be pre-recorded for those who cannot attend the live session. Please check your email: a link to this optional online meeting was sent in your class registration confirmation. Please contact us at ArbEdu@umn.edu or 612-301-1210 if you need us to re-send you the link.
Limit 40, Online
COUPON
Register for 2 or more Online Modules and save $8 off each module! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Modules must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

register $41 member/$56 non-member

 

Online Module: Growing Fruit in Minnesota

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 14, 2020
Laura Vogel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Adult Education Manager

Growing your own fruit is a rewarding hobby, whether for fresh eating, canning, or sharing. Developed through the University of Minnesota Extension, this online class will teach you how to plan, plant, and manage fruit trees, bushes and vines for success throughout the growing season. Learn content at your own pace starting in September, with the ability to ask your instructors questions along the way. Learning objectives include:

  • Climate, management needs, and pest control
  • The importance of proper site selection, including hardiness zones, micro-climates, and soil needs
  • How to choose and recommend successful varieties and cultivars
  • Basic care including establishment, maintenance, pruning, and winter protection
  • Proper harvesting time and techniques
  • Post-harvest management of fruit
How it Works
  • Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline, Monday, September 14
  • Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information
  • Course includes access to printable handouts to use for notes or to follow along
  • As available, live Q&A sessions with the teaching assistant (Laura) and an expert will be included
  • Online course materials will be available for six months after the course begins
OPTIONAL: Introductory Online Session for Registered Participants
Monday, September 14, 5 p.m.
There will be an optional introductory meet-and-greet with your teaching assistant and fellow students! We will go over how to log in, share our burning questions we're hoping to learn from the course, and talk about live learning opportunities along the way. The meeting is optional and will be pre-recorded for those who cannot attend the live session. Please check your email: a link to this optional online meeting was sent in your class registration confirmation. Please contact us at ArbEdu@umn.edu or 612-301-1210 if you need us to re-send you the link.
Limit 40, Online
COUPON
Register for 2 or more Online Modules and save $8 off each module! Use coupon code 8OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Modules must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

register $41 member/$56 non-member

 

2021 Extension ProHort Core Course

Registration Deadline: December 1, 2020


Online Class At-Your-Own-Pace starting January 2021

For participant health and safety, this class series will be moving to all-online, with weekly zoom Q&As with University experts and your class colleagues. Registered participants will be notified of any changes as soon as we have final information.

ProHort is for industry professionals, homeowners, educators and anyone looking for comprehensive horticulture foundation education from University of Minnesota Extension. The ProHort Core Course includes the same online and in-person classes offered for the Master Gardener Volunteer Core Course. Receive the same instruction without the obligation of volunteering or continuing education! This course consists of 14 modules:

  • Botany & Horticulture
  • Soils, Composting & Fertilizers
  • Herbaceous Plants
  • Woody Plants
  • Lawn Care
  • Weed Management
  • Growing Vegetables
  • Growing Fruit
  • Indoor Plants
  • IPM Plant Pathology
  • Plant Diagnostics
  • Entomology
  • Living with Wildlife

How it works - online
Registered participants will be automatically enrolled in the online course. You will receive course login information and details by email on January 4, 2020. and The online course consists of 14 modules, with a knowledge quiz at the end of each module. The online course is self-paced, and you will have access to all the online information, modules, and quizzes starting January 4, 2020. You will have until December 2021 to work through any or all of the material. A reference manual will be sent to you prior to the course start date, approximately mid-December. Course includes access to printable handouts to use for notes or to follow along


Time Commitment
Expect an average of 40 - 60 hours to complete all the course material and quizzes.

Certificates of Completion
Earn a Certificate of Completion by passing each of the 14 online knowledge quizzes that are available after each module.

Cancellation policy
$50 refund for cancellations on or before December 15, 2020. No refunds after December 20. Course registration is transferable through December 31, 2020.
Registration Deadline: December 1, 2020

Limit 50

register
$550 member/$590 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

 


Questions?
Arboretum Education Office
Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
arbedu@umn.edu
612-301-1210*
*We are temporarily working from home during Covid-19, we may return phone messages from a home phone 

Cancellations & Exchanges
Cancellation policy
COVID-19 Class Updates

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 next to the class and complete the form. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional sessions may be added.

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Youth & Families

Summer 2020 Kids Programs Update

Youth
Summer Activity Kits To-Go
Kids Night Out

Youth+Adult Together
PeaPods for Preschoolers
Family Programs
Homeschool Days
Scouts

Drop-in
ONLINE! PlantMaker Studio@Home
ONLINE! StoryTime@Home

Adults

Online Learning
ONLINE! Online/@Home Programs, Webinars

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Pollinators

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Open Art Studio
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Photography
Photography
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Healthy Living
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Mindfulness
Shinrin-yoku

Nature Appreciation
Moth Night After Dark
Birds
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Nature-Based Therapeutics
About Nature-Based Therapeutics
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