Special Access: Tours & Experiences

 


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

Special Access: Minnesota Native Orchids

Saturday, June 6
9-11 a.m.

David Remucal, curator of endangered plants at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The lady's slipper is not Minnesota's only orchid- far from it! Our 48 orchid species can be found in forest, wetland and prairies, and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and flower colors. In this program: 
  • Learn about ongoing conservation efforts- especially the 10 species listed as endangered
  • Hear fascinating facts about orchids' complex biology
  • Head out to the gardens for "special access" knowledge of the best locations for orchids at the Arboretum
  • You'll likely see some of the Arb's showy and yellow lady's slippers in bloom!
  • Get a first-hand view of some of the new beds and orchids introduced to the Arboretum grounds.


Limit 20, Snyder Building - Classroom I

register $20 member/$35 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


Special Access Tour Behind-the-Scenes: What's "Growing On" at the Farm?

Select a session
Wednesday, June 24, 10-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, July 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 19, 10-11:30 a.m.

Tim Wilson, Arboretum Staff, Farm at the Arb Education Manager

The Farm at the Arb is in its first full growing season, and so much is already happening!
  • Learn more about the specially-selected edible crops that are growing
  • Discover what the Arboretum does with all this food when it is harvested
  • Tour the market garden and other areas of the Farm with Tim as he points out special highlights
  • Get an overview of the Arboretum's brand new Sustainable Horticulture Certificate, which offers hands-on training in market gardening
You'll leave with a greater understanding of what the Farm at the Arb is all about and excitement to come back and see how things are growing!
Note: While each session will give a different glimpse of the crops at various stages, much of the information on this tour will be the same for each session. We recommend selecting only 1 session to attend.

Limit 25, Red Barn at the Farm at the Arb

register Wednesday, June 24, 10-11:30 a.m.
$10 member/$25 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission
register Wednesday, July 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
$10 member/$25 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission
register Wednesday, August 19, 10-11:30 a.m.
$10 member/$25 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission


Special Access Tour Behind-the-Scenes: Rare Plant Conservation at the Arb

Saturday, June 27
9-11 a.m.

David Remucal, curator of endangered plants at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Learn more about how a botanic garden can work to save rare plants during this tour of the current research! The Arboretum is a proud partner with the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC), an organization founded in 1984 that seeks to prevent the extinction of US native plants. As a partner in the CPC, the Arboretum is responsible for leading conservation efforts for nine species, which include 
  • Orchids such as Platanthera praeclara, the western prairie fringed orchid
  • Dwarf trout lily endemic to Minnesota (Erythronium propullans)
  • Fassett's locoweed endemic to Wisconsin (Oxytropis campestris var. chartacea)
In addition to an outline of the current research projects, you will receive special access to areas that are normally off-limits for public viewing: 
  • Tour the research greenhouse
  • View the research plots
  • Visit the research hoop houses
Limit 20, Horticulture Research Center

register
$20 member/$35 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and guided special access to research areas

Moth Night at the Arboretum

Saturday, July 25
7-11 p.m.

Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and Author of "Native Plants of the Midwest"
Bill Johnson, Charter Member of the North American Nature Photographers' Association


In honor of National Moth Week, come to the Arboretum to learn more about these interesting, gorgeous insects!
Classroom instruction includes:

  • Watch a stunning photographic presentation about moths in Minnesota
  • Learn the basics of "mothing," from setting up light stations to the basics of ID

After sunset, head outside with a flashlight along a marked trail:

  • Visit light stations and talk to moth experts as they point out moths
  • Use ID books (provided to borrow during the event) along the trail

Bring from Home (Suggested)

  • Headlamp or flashlight if you plan to walk our moth trail
  • Insect repellent (don't worry, it doesn't deter moths)
  • Be aware that lighter clothing may attract moths to you. Dress appropriately based on your preferences.

Limit 50, Snyder Building- Snyder Auditorium

register
$20 member/$35 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Walk with Mary: Ornamental Grasses

Monday, September 14
10 a.m.-noon

Mary Meyer, University of MN Professor and Extension Horticulturist

Ornamental grasses provide year-round beauty, are low maintenance and provide fabulous habitat! This session begins with a classroom overview, then we will caravan together to tour the grass collection at its peak! 
  • View the 200+ species in the Arboretum's collection- one of the largest in the country!
  • Get an overview of the seasonal peaks of beauty for various cultivars
  • Understand the importance of habitat and forage that grasses provide for local birds and insects
  • Learn how to select varieties or cultivars for your home landscape

Dr. Meyer's book, Ornamental Grasses for Cold Climates, is available in the Arboretum Gift Store.
NOTE:  Be sure to come dressed for the weather and ready to spend time outdoors!


Limit 25, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register
$20 member/$35 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
 

 


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