Most Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Canceled through July 31

Please check the COVID-19 Arb Classes Updates Webpage for the latest updates.

Programs that remain on this page are still open for registration!

Classes & Workshops

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


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


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: Honey Harvest Experience

Ages 6 to adult
Friday, October 16
Select a 30-minute session
10:30-11 a.m.
11:15-11:45 a.m.
12:30-1 p.m.
1:15-1:45 p.m.
2-2:30 p.m.

Get special access to the Honey House to view the honey extraction process in action! You'll join Ping as she processes the honey harvest from the Arboretum's Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center hives:
  • Watch how the wax is "uncapped" from frames of honeycomb
  • Put in a few spins on the Arboretum's pedal-powered stationary bike honey extractor, a one-of-a-kind design from local Minneapolis business The Beez Kneez
  • Sample fresh honey from the hives!
Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House

10:30-11 a.m.
$4 member/$6 non-member
, includes honey tasting. Does not include Arboretum admission

11:15-11:45 a.m.
$4 member/$6 non-membe
r, includes honey tasting. Does not include Arboretum admission

12:30-1 p.m.
$4 member/$6 non-member
, includes honey tasting. Does not include Arboretum admission

1:15-1:45 p.m.
$4 member/$6 non-member
, includes honey tasting. Does not include Arboretum admission

2-2:30 p.m.
$4 member/$6 non-member
, includes honey tasting. Does not include Arboretum admission


Gifts from the Hive: Beeswax Luminary & Candle

Select a session
Friday, November 13, 10:30 a.m -noon
Friday, November 13, 1:30-3 p.m.

Ping Honzay, beekeeper, Arboretum Manager of the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

Are you in need of some natural inspiration for holiday gift giving? Look no further! Create your own beeswax luminary and matching tealight candle - a unique gift or centerpiece for holiday gatherings. Ping will guide you each step along the way, so just come prepared to have fun!
  • Learn fascinating information about honey bees and beeswax
  • Step-by-step, create your own luminary and tealight candle (to illuminate your luminary from within)
  • Include embedded natural materials like pressed leaves and flower petals to enhance your final product
You'll leave with instructions and a list of suggested resources if you want to make more at home!

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$23 member/$38 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

MORNING SESSION-10:30 a.m -noon
$23 member/$38 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


AFTERNOON SESSION-1:30 p.m -3 p.m.
$23 member/$38 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

Email Subscriptions

Subscribe here to join Arboretum mailing lists that interest you, and be among the first to know about what's happening at the Arb!


Arboretum Education Office Hours
          Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
          Sat - Sun, noon - 4 p.m.
Email Arboretum Education at

Call Arboretum Education at

Helpful Info

Cancellations & Exchanges
Cancellation policy
COVID-19 Class Cancellations & Updates

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.

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.


Summer 2020 Kids ProgramsUpdate

Drop-in Activities

ONLINE!PlantMaker Studio@Home
Youth+Adult Programs

     PeaPods for Preschoolers
     Family Programs
     Homeschool Days
Youth Programs
     Summer Activity Kits To-Go
     Kids Night Out

Special Access Experiences
     Special Access Tours & Experiences
     Special Access Photography
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
ONLINE!Online & @Home Classes
Gardening - General
      Edible Gardening
      Landscape & Design
     Special Access Experiences
     Special Access Tours & Experiences
Fine Art & Crafts Classes
Painting & Drawing

     Jewelry & Wearable Art
     Fiber Arts
     Mixed Media
     Stone Balancing & Sculpture
     Open Art Studio
     Book Club & Literature
Photography Classes
     Special Access Photography
Food & Wine Classes
     Dine with a Chef
     Cooking Classes
     Edible Gardening
Healthy Living

     Book Club & Literature
Nature Appreciation
     Signature Guided Walks

Nature-Based Therapeutics

     Arboretum Staff
     Education Department Statistics

Share your feedback

Your opinions are important! 
The Arboretum strives to create classes that are relevant, useful and provide value. Use this form to share anonymous feedback about educational programming with the Arboretum Education Team.