Most Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Postponed or Canceled through August 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!

Special Access: Tours & Experiences


Moth Night After Dark at the Arboretum

To accommodate safety considerations related to COVID-19, this program's date and format have been altered.

POSTPONED Saturday, July 25, 7-11 p.m.
NEW DATE! Saturday, August 8, 8:30-11 p.m.

In honor of National Moth Week, learn more about these interesting, gorgeous insects!

  • Watch an online "mothing" presentataion
  • Visit the Arboretum at night and follow a marked trail to visit various "mothing stations"

Limit 40
$20 member/$35 non-member, includes "special access" timed night Arboretum admission

View Program Details & Register


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.
Watch an interview with Dr. Meyer on Kare11 (1min 45sec)

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

$20 member/$35 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


Arboretum Education Office
Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
*We are temporarily working from home during Covid-19, we may return phone messages from a home phone 

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