Pollinator-Themed
Classes & Workshops

Get your garden and your lifestyle buzzing with pollinator-friendly practices and products!


Establishing and Maintaining Prairie Communities

150-02-01-20-01
Saturday, February 1, 2020
1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Beth Markhart, Prairie Restorations

Bring your laptop and learn how to bring an important native plant community onto your property, whether a small garden or large landscape. In this course, you will: 
  • Discover the benefits of prairie communities, from soil-building to attracting beneficial insects
  • Learn how to model native prairie plant communities on a scale that works for your property
  • Interact with other prairie gardeners through fun, interactive learning using internet real-time activities during class
  • Leave with a site-planning handout and list of resources, plus an understanding of how to establish your own prairie community in the spring.
Bring from home: an internet-accessible laptop (Sorry, no smart pads or phones)

Limit 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab


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$47 member/$62 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden

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Saturday, February 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon 150-02-15-20-02
Saturday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m. 150-03-14-20
Julie Boden, Gardener and Nature Enthusiast

Are you interested in attracting more birds and butterflies to your garden or patio? Come learn everything you need to know to invite a stunning variety of these winged visitors into your own backyard sanctuary!
  • Food, water and shelter
  • Which plants will best fit your location to provide food or shelter
  • Which species are attracted to different plants
  • Simple non-plant additions are helpful to meet the needs of birds and butterflies
Limit 50, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
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Saturday, February 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon
$25 member/$40 non-member
includes Arboretum admission 
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Saturday, March 14, 1-2:30 p.m.
$25 member/$40 non-member
includes Arboretum admission 

Arboretum & Audubon:
A Day of Birding Walks and Workshops

Sunday, May 17, 2019
5:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join birding enthusiasts and experts from around the region to celebrate spring migration! Amidst the setting of spring flowers, novice to advanced birders can interact with a host of experts about birding, habitat, quirky bird science, and even meet live raptors! Customize your perfect day filled with your choice of presentations, workshops, nature walks, and book signings.

Featuring noted Naturalists & Authors

$99 member/$119 non-member, includes customized choice of available sessions, morning coffee/snack, lunch, and Arboretum admission

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Special Access: Honey Bee Hive Inspection

Ages 6 to adult

Select a session:
  • Monday MORNING, May 25, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Monday AFTERNOON, May 25, 1-2:15 p.m.
  • Monday MORNING, June 29, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Monday AFTERNOON, June 29, 1-2:15 p.m.
  • Friday MORNING, July 31, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Friday AFTERNOON, July 31, 1-2:15 p.m.
  • Friday MORNING, August 28, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
  • Friday AFTERNOON, August 28, 1-2:15 p.m.
Ping Honzay, beekeeper, Arboretum Manager of the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

Get special access for 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.
Notes
  • Children between the ages of 6 - 16 must have an adult present at the Bee Center for the duration of the program (Adults accompanying children may watch the class from inside through the building viewing windows; in this case they do not need to register themselves. Anyone putting on a beekeeping suit to come outside by the hives must register individually).
  • Attendees must wear closed toe shoes.
  • This class is weather dependent: in the case of inclement weather, participants will be issued a refund.
Limit 10, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab and Page Apiary

register Monday MORNING, May 25, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
$15 member/$30 non-member,
includes beekeeping suit and gloves to borrow during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission
register Monday AFTERNOON, May 25, 1-2:15 p.m.
$15 member/$30 non-member,
 
includes beekeeping suit and gloves to borrow during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission
register Monday MORNING, June 29, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
$15 member/$30 non-member,
 
includes beekeeping suit and gloves to borrow during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission
register Monday AFTERNOON, June 29, 1-2:15 p.m.
$15 member/$30 non-member, 
includes beekeeping suit and gloves to borrow during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission
register Friday MORNING, July 31, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
$15 member/$30 non-member,
 
includes beekeeping suit and gloves to borrow during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission
register Friday AFTERNOON, July 31, 1-2:15 p.m.
$15 member/$30 non-member,
 
includes beekeeping suit and gloves to borrow during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission
register Friday MORNING, August 28, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
$15 member/$30 non-member,
 
includes beekeeping suit and gloves to borrow during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission
register Friday AFTERNOON, August 28, 1-2:15 p.m.
$15 member/$30 non-member, 
includes beekeeping suit and gloves to borrow during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission

 

Woody Plants for Pollinators
Janet Sinner Endowed Horticultural Lecture Series

Thursday, June 11
7-8:30 p.m.

Guy Sternberg, Author of "Native Trees for North American Landscapes," Director of Starhill Forest Arboretum and Illinois State Museum Adjunct Research Associate, Botany

When someone says, "pollinator garden" the image that most often comes to mind is of flowering annuals and perennials. However, trees and shrubs do play an essential and fascinating role in habitat and forage for pollinators. Join Guy to learn more about: 
  • The intricate biological connections between woody plants and pollinators (as well as other organisms)
  • The impact of planting native versus non-native woody plants on local pollinators and organisms
  • Which trees and shrubs would be the most useful additions to your garden for your pollinators
After the presentation, Guy will be available to sign his book, "Native Trees for North American Landscapes," in the Gift Shop.

Limit 300, Visitor Center
register $10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


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