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.

Photography
Classes & Workshops

Immerse yourself in 1,300 acres of rich subject matter, dramatic color, open spaces and abundant wildlife to capture stunning nature photographs. With the Arboretum as your inspiration and your laboratory, you will learn tips and techniques from renowned photographers. Your close-to-home photographic excursion awaits.


 

 Lecture: Photographing Night Skies

750-03-21-20
Saturday, March 21, 2020
1 p.m.-5 p.m.

This class has been canceled. Registered participants are being contacted. We apologize for any inconvenience.

$64 member/$89 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Digital Photography for Beginners: 5-Session Series

Sundays, March 29, April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17
1 p.m. -5 p.m.

This series is canceled. $545 member/$620non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Special Access Photography: Light Painting at the Arboretum During Twilight

Saturday, April 11
6-10 p.m.

This class has been canceled. Registered participants are being contacted. We apologize for any inconvenience.


$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Supermoon Rising Over Red Barn in Minnesota from Dr. Mike Shaw on Vimeo.

Time-Lapse Video Photography Workshop

Saturday, April 11, 2020  NEW DATE!
Saturday, January 18, 2020 
Saturday, January 25, 2020
1 p.m.-5 p.m.

This class has been canceled. Registered participants are being contacted. We apologize for any inconvenience.


$64 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum Admission 

Creative iPhone Photography: Composition

Select a session:
Saturday, April 25
9 a.m.-noon
OR
Saturday, August 15
9 a.m.-noon

Eric Mueller, artist, photographer, and teacher with over 40,000 followers on Instagram

Level: Beginner (must know your iPhone)

Make amazing photos with nothing more than your iPhone! In this class we'll take a deep dive into composition, learning why it's the most important part of mobile photography. In addition to classroom learning, we'll spend time shooting together on the Arboretum grounds where you will deepen your understanding of how composition works. No previous photography experience is necessary, but you'll need an iPhone for shooting, editing, and sharing. You will learn:
  • The mobile photography philosophy
  • What to shoot and how to shoot it
  • The importance of composition in mobile photography
  • The 10 rules of composition
  • How to incorporate composition into your photography practice
  • Class will conclude with time outside to practice your newly learned skills
Required Equipment
  • iPhone Models: iPhone SE or later
Optional Post Process Editing Add-On
1-3 p.m., same day

Explore photo editing, and how it can transform a good photo into a great one. We'll discuss why and how you should edit your photos and take a deep dive into apps (please download before class) Snapseed (free); TouchRetouch ($1.99); and VSCO (free, with in-app purchases).
  • Adjust brightness, contrast, and saturation
  • Effectively crop images
  • Correct architectural perspective
  • Selectively adjust parts of an image
  • Remove unwanted objects
  • Color grading to affect mood
  • Export photos and more!
  • Note that lunch is not included; bring your lunch from home or purchase in the Arboretum Cafe during the break between the main session and this add-on.
Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.-noon
$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
$109 member with Optional Add-On/$129 non-member with Optional Add-on, includes Arboretum admission

Saturday, August 15, 9 a.m.-noon
$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
$109 member with Optional Add-On/$129 non-member with Optional Add-on, includes Arboretum admission

Special Access Photography: Landscape Arboretum Nightscapes

Saturday, May 2
6-11 p.m.

Dr. Mike Shaw, acclaimed Astrophotographer, Author of "The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography" and "Creative Nightscapes"

Level: Intermediate

Master the popular new field of nightscape photography! Learn how to capture images combining the starry night sky and beautiful foregrounds in this popular workshop with night photography expert, Dr. Mike Shaw. You will have "Special Access" to the Arboretum past public hours, and will be the only people on the grounds!
  • Begin with an indoor session on setting up your gear and planning your night's activities
  • Head outdoors to explore the delicate pinks, blues, magentas and purples of twilight
  • Photograph night sky vistas juxtaposed with the stunning scenery of the Arboretum
Required Equipment
  • Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability and owner's manual
  • Charged batteries; an extra battery or two are useful
  • Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 50 mm will have the most use
  • Sturdy tripod
  • A headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight with a red cellophane covering is also important to protect your night vision
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release is useful but not necessary
  • Bring from Home: Proper clothing and footwear are recommended
RAIN PLAN: Class will be held rain or {star} shine. In case of cloudy/rainy conditions, the instructor will engage the class in hands-on activities to develop photographic skills and knowledge of astronomy/field planning/photography, so that you will be prepared to leverage your knowledge and skills when a clear night opportunity arises!

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$135 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 

Photographing People in Nature

Saturday, May 2
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner

Summer offers so many opportunities to spend time with friends and family in the great outdoors, and we often want to capture these moments. But taking photos of people in nature can be a challenge: from harsh shadows and distracting elements to blown out backgrounds and dappled light, taking a great image can be difficult! Join Don and fellow photography enthusiasts to learn how to overcome these challenges.
Learn in the Classroom
  • Working with natural light and exposure techniques
  • Tips for choosing the right background
  • Arranging people in the shot
  • Differences in posing men and women
Group Practice in the Field
  • Experiment with what you've learned in small groups
  • Small class size ensures plenty of one-on-one time with Don
  • Gain confidence and new skills
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera and owner's manual
  • at least one lens in the 24mm-70mm range
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Creative iPhone Photography: Light

Select a session
Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m.-noon
Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
OR
Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m.-noon
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

Eric Mueller, artist, photographer, and teacher with over 40,000 followers on Instagram

Level: Beginner (must know your iPhone)

Make amazing photos with nothing more than your iPhone! In this class we'll take a deep dive into light, learning about its qualities, and how you can modify light to make better photos. In addition to the classroom, we'll also spend some time shooting together, to deepen our understanding of how light works. No previous photography experience is necessary, but you'll need an iPhone for shooting, editing, and sharing.
  • Learn how to see light
  • Qualities of light
  • Direction of light
  • Controlling light
  • The importance of shadows
Class will conclude with group time on the Arboretum grounds to practice your newly learned skills
Required Equipment
iPhone Models: iPhone SE or later

Optional Post Process Editing Add-On
1-3 p.m., same day

Explore photo editing, and how it can transform a good photo into a great one. We'll discuss why and how you should edit your photos and take a deep dive into apps (please download before class) Snapseed (free); TouchRetouch ($1.99); and VSCO (free, with in-app purchases).
  • Adjust brightness, contrast, and saturation
  • Effectively crop images
  • Correct architectural perspective
  • Selectively adjust parts of an image
  • Remove unwanted objects
  • Color grading to affect mood
  • Export photos and more!
  • Note that lunch is not included; bring your lunch from home or purchase in the Arboretum Cafe during the break between the main session and this add-on.
Limit 15, Location varies based on date

Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m.-noon
Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
$109 member with Optional Add-On/$129 non-member with Optional Add-on, includes Arboretum admission


Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m.-noon
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
$109 member with Optional Add-On/$129 non-member with Optional Add-on,
 includes Arboretum admission



Passion & Vision: Evening with Star Tribune Photojournalist Brian Peterson

Wednesday May 13, 2020
Choose an option:
Presentation 5-6 p.m.
Presentation + Photo Walk 5-8 p.m.


Brian Peterson, photojournalist and veteran Star Tribune photographer

Spend the evening with this acclaimed photographer to learn how to focus your passion and sharpen your photographic vision. Subjects that you are passionate about are essential to taking your photography to the next level of personal expression. The tools of photographic language to express that vision are the keys to photographic success.

Choose an option:
Presentation (5-6 p.m.)
Enjoy a stunning visual presentation of Brian's work and be inspired by how his personal vision has developed over the years, from working as a newspaper photojournalist to focusing on his true passion: nature and environmental photography. As part of this journey, you will learn

  • How to do visual research and plan a shoot
  • How to improve your awareness and capture the feeling of a place
  • How to use the equipment, the right tools and photographic language to translate your vision
Presentation+ Photo walk (Presentation 5-6 p.m. + Walk 6-8 p.m.)
Add a unique opportunity to walk with Brian to explore and photograph the hidden treasures and unique features of the Arboretum.
  • Casual Q&A with Brian as you walk
  • Brian will help you interpret your vision with your camera
Preferred Equipment for Walk
Interchangeable Lens DSLR or Mirrorless camera, but will accommodate all cameras, including phones.

Limit 100, MacMillan Auditorium B/D Presentation Only
Limit 12, MacMillan Auditorium B/D Presentation + Photo Walk


PRESENTATION ONLY
$15 member/$30 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


PRESENTATION + PHOTO WALK
$70 member/$85 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 

Special Access 3-Day Weekend: Spring into Photography Workshop

Friday, May 15, 6:30-11 p.m. AND
Saturday, May 16, 5:30 a.m.-11 p.m. AND
Sunday, May 17, 5:30 a.m.-noon

Dr. Mike Shaw, acclaimed Astrophotographer, Author of "The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography" and "Creative Nightscapes"
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography


Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Get the full weekend photo workshop experience (over 28 hours of photography!) at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum! Join veteran photography instructors & workshop leaders Don Tredinnick and Dr. Mike Shaw for this first-of-its kind, special-access weekend workshop. Learn the techniques professionals use to make the most beautiful day and night photographs of the Arboretum! Each participant will receive classroom instruction in professional landscape photography and astrophotography techniques, photo editing, focus stacking, light painting, and location planning in addition to exclusive after-hours access to the Arboretum grounds. Small class size and two instructors ensure ample one-to-one photography coaching in the field.
Friday 6:30-11 p.m.
  • Sunset & Night Sky photography instruction Bee Center Classroom
  • Sunset, Stars & Night Sky Location TBD
Saturday 5:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Meals included: Light Healthy Breakfast & Coffee, Evening Box Dinner
Lunch will be on your own, so plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe, or BYO lunch
Sunrise Red Barn Overlook (Hedge Parking Lot)
  • Dynamic Landscape Crabapples
  • Macro and Focus Stacking Tulips & Daffodils
  • Raw processing & editing Part 1 Bee Center Classroom
  • Photo Reviews Bee Center Classroom
  • Sunset/Blue Hour Sculpture Garden
  • Astrophotography instruction Bee Center Classroom
  • Sunset & Blue Hour Sculpture Garden
  • Light Painting Sculpture Garden
  • Night Sky Location TBD
Sunday 5:30 a.m.-noon
Meals included: Light Healthy Breakfast & Coffee
  • Sunrise session Location TBD
  • Raw processing & editing Part 2 Bee Center Classroom
  • Location Planning Smartphone Apps Bee Center Classroom
  • Review of your images from the weekend, Q&A
Required Equipment
  • Camera: DSLR or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens and owner's manual
  • Lenses: prime or zoom wide angle, telephoto, and macro
  • Filters: Polarizer, Neutral Density, and Graduated Neutral Density
  • Sturdy tripod is essential
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • Headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight to protect your night vision
  • Spare batteries
  • Battery charger
  • Extra memory card
  • Laptop for editing photos
  • Laptop power supply
  • Card reader (optional)
  • Proper clothing for the weather
  • Good footwear
  • Water bottle
  • Kneeling pad for close to the ground macro photography (optional)

Rain Plan
Class will be held rain or shine. In case of rainy conditions, the instructors will engage you with hands-on activities to develop photographic skills and knowledge, so that you will be prepared when opportunity arises.

Accommodations
Need a place to stay? Receive a discounted rate at the Holiday Inn Express, located about 1 mile from the Arboretum! Reference this information to reserve (rooms are held under a different event name, but you may use this info/rate to book)

Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$640 member/$690 non-member, includes Arboretum admission each day and all listed meals

 

Through the Lens: Beautiful Spring Flowers

Saturday, May 23
9 a.m.-noon

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

Level: Beginner

May brings warm temperatures, greening grass, and a flood of spring flowers! Come to the Arboretum and hone your flower photography skills on late spring beauties such as alliums, bleeding heart, lilies, irises, and more!
Learn in the Classroom
  • The five types of flower photography
  • Tips and tricks for handling the challenges of capturing a great floral image
  • Managing depth of field
  • Composition tips
  • Basic and advanced equipment to consider
  • Image stacking.
Group Practice in the Field
  • Stroll the Arboretum's gorgeous gardens, capturing exquisite images along the way
  • Experiment with what you've learned in small groups
  • Small class size ensures plenty of one-on-one time with Don
  • Gain confidence and new skills
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera and Owner's manual
  • Tripod
  • Macro lens or extension tubes
  • Telephoto lens (focal length greater than 120mm)
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
$83 member/$103 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access

Select a session
Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
OR
Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
OR
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, May 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Special Access: Full Moon Photography at the Arboretum

Thursday, June 4
6-10 p.m.

Dr. Mike Shaw, acclaimed Astrophotographer, Author of "The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography" and "Creative Nightscapes"

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Come howl at the full moon! Join us for this special access workshop to learn Mike's secrets for photographing a full moon rising over the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's summer scenery. In this workshop you will:
  • Locate the best times and places to capture that big moon shot
  • Learn the camera settings to get the right night sky exposures
  • Identify the proper lenses for successful moon compositions
  • Discover techniques to ensure detailed, sharp moon pictures
  • Enjoy one to one instruction during field practice
Required Equipment
  • Moderate to long focal length lenses will be most useful for moonscapes (100 - 500+ mm)
  • Telephoto lenses for moon close-ups (200 mm and up)
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • Headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight is important to protect your night vision
  • Operating manual for your camera
  • Spare batteries
NOTES You may be doing some walking along 3-Mile Drive.
WEATHER PLAN Class will be held in any safe weather conditions, rain or shine. In case of inclement conditions, the instructor will engage the class in hands-on activities to develop photography skills and knowledge on astronomy/field planning/photography, so that you will be prepared to leverage your knowledge and skills when a clear night opportunity arises.

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Taking Dynamic Landscape Photos

Saturday, June 6
12:30-4:30 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner

John Muir once said, "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." Whether traveling to our National Parks, local, state or county parks, or visiting any of America's wide-open spaces, we try to capture these amazing views only to be disappointed that the resulting photo doesn't reveal the scene as we remember it.
During the classroom session, Don will discuss:
  • the importance of light to landscape photography
  • guidelines for composition
  • creating a sense of depth
  • focusing techniques including hyperfocal distance
  • creative effects showing scale
After the classroom session, we head outside together to practice capturing landscape shots around the Arboretum. With a small class size there will be plenty of one on one time with Don to ensure you gain confidence and new skills!
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera and owner's manual
  • at least one lens in the 24mm-70mm range
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Supermoon Rising Over Red Barn in Minnesota from Dr. Mike Shaw on Vimeo.

Time-Lapse Video Photography Workshop

Saturday, July 11
1-6 p.m.

Dr. Mike Shaw, acclaimed Astrophotographer, Author of "The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography" and "Creative Nightscapes"

Level: Intermediate

This fun workshop will have you making time-lapse videos before you know it!
  • Practice together in class with natural subjects such as ice melting or clouds moving across the sky.
  • Learn how our vision system interprets time-lapses 
  • Equipment needed and how to set it up for time-lapse videos 
  • Ways of animating the images into finished time-lapse video clips 
  • Practice making your first time-lapse video right in class! 
Note: we'll cover techniques for creating long-term time-lapse videos of seeds germinating, plants growing, flowers blooming, etc, to try at home
Required Equipment
  • Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability
  • Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 100 mm 
  • A sturdy tripod is essential 
  • A programmable intervalometer for your camera model (strongly recommended). 
  • Alternatively, bring a cable or wireless remote shutter release 
  • Operating manuals for camera, intervalometer 
  • Spare batteries
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
EARLY BIRD COUPON
$50 off
Register for this class by April 14 and receive $50 off this class!
Redeem
Use online coupon code 50OFF at checkout
Or call 612-301-1210 and mention the coupon by phone
Coupon expires
Tuesday, April 14
Rules
Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
$135 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Nature Photography 101

Saturday, July 18
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner

Do you enjoy spending time hiking, camping, biking or just being in nature? Nature photography is a great way to increase your enjoyment of the great outdoors if you know how to get started! Join Don as he shares his experiences as a professional nature photographer and what equipment you need to get started. Don will discuss:
  • Different types of nature photography: wildlife, landscape and botanical
  • Planning and preparation
  • Nature photography ethics
After the classroom session, the group will venture outside together as Don demonstrates techniques and you test your newly learned skills. With a small class size there will be plenty of one on one time with Don. Whether you are looking to capture photos to share on social media, hang on your walls, or share with friends, you'll leave class with the confidence and knowledge to explore nature photography further.
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera and owner's manual
  • one lens in the 24mm-70mm range
  • one telephoto zoom lens that extends to at least 200mm
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

New Depth of Field: Focus Stack for Nature Photos

Saturday, August 8
1-6 p.m.

Dr. Mike Shaw, acclaimed Astrophotographer, Author of "The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography" and "Creative Nightscapes"

Level: Intermediate

Break the barriers of your camera in this indoor class!
  • Learn how focus-stacking will allow you to create images with focused objects from the very front of your camera all the way to infinity
  • Understand the goals and principles of focus stacking
  • Learn & practice the techniques needed to get the images you need for focus stacking
  • Combine two or more of your images in Photoshop CC to create your "impossible" image
Required Equipment
  • Laptop with Photoshop CC installed and the ability to load your camera images for editing
  • Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability
  • Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 35 mm will have the most use
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release is strongly recommended
  • Operating manual for your camera
  • Spare batteries
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
EARLY BIRD COUPON
$50 off
Register for this class by April 14 and receive $50 off this class!
Redeem
Use online coupon code 50OFF at checkout
Or call 612-301-1210 and mention the coupon by phone
Coupon expires
Tuesday, April 14
Rules
Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
$135 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission   

Farm Field Photography at Harvest Time

Sunday, August 16
2-5 p.m
.
Katie Knapp, Agricultural Photographer

Level: All levels

Interested in Field-to-Fork? Then how about Field-to-Photo! Learn from a professional agricultural photographer at our farm fields at the Arboretum's new Red Barn Farm:
  • Learn the best ways to capture harvest time
  • Farm photography etiquette
  • Lighting considerations
  • Understanding exposure triangle
  • Camera settings
  • Composition
  • Storytelling and subjectivity through the lens
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Prime or Zoom lens
  • Tripod
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$83 member/$103 non-member, includes Arboretum admission  

 

Pollinator Photography: Butterflies, Bees and More!

Saturday, September 12
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Catch the buzz...on camera! Join other photographers to learn techniques for capturing stunning images of beneficial insects, without frightening them away! You will learn:
  • focus techniques
  • composition
  • shutter speed
  • lens selection
  • techniques for holding your camera steady
  • capturing insects perched or in flight
Classroom instruction will be followed by time to practice your skills on the Arboretum grounds, a-buzz with dynamic and inspiring subject matter.
Note: Insects are often found close to the ground, so you'll want to dress comfortably to allow for squatting, kneeling, or even laying on the ground.
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera and owner's manual
  • a 200mm or longer telephoto lens
  • (optional) Macro lens in the 90mm-105mm range
  • (optional) wide-angle lens in 24mm to 50mm range
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
 $109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 

Special Access: Shooting the Light- Dusk to Dawn Photography

Friday, September 18, 5-8 p.m. AND
Saturday, September 19, 6-8 a.m.

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

Level: Intermediate (those who are comfortable with the operation of their DSLR or mirrorless camera) Morning and evening are the best time and the Arboretum is the best place to start "seeing the light!"

Friday
  • Classroom learning will focus on the importance of light to your photography
  • Field learning will be spent capturing images on Arboretum grounds amidst the breathtaking light of sunset.
Saturday
  • Receive exclusive, pre-dawn access to the Arboretum...you will be the only people on the grounds to photograph the Arboretum at sunrise!
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera and owner's manual
  • wide angle prime or zoom
  • Tripod
  • small flashlight
  • (optional) various other lenses
Limit 12,  Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
$135 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 


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     Special Access Tours & Experiences
     Special Access Photography
Pollinators
Fine Art & Crafts Classes
     
Painting & Drawing

     Mixed Media
     Jewelry & Wearable Art
     Fiber Arts
     Stone Balancing & Sculpture
     Open Art Studio
     Willow Furniture
Photography Classes
     Photography
     Special Access Photography
Food & Wine Classes
     Dine with a Chef
     Cooking Classes
     Wine
     Edible Gardening
Home, Health & Beauty

     Book Club & Literature
     Healthy Living
     Mindfulness
     Shinrin-yoku
Nature Appreciation
FEATUREDArboretum & Audubon: Bird Day
     Birds
     Trees
     Signature Guided Walks
     Shinrin-yoku
Nature-Based Therapeutics
     
Mindfulness
     Shinrin-yoku


Bios
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     Arboretum Staff
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