Arboretum Classes & Programs Cancelled through June 30

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

 


Special Access: Honey Bee Hive Inspection

Ages 6 to adult

Select a session:
  • 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 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 Tour Behind-the-Scenes: What's "Growing On" at the Farm?

Select a session
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, 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


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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Arboretum Education Office Hours
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          Sat - Sun, noon - 4 p.m.
Email Arboretum Education at
          arbedu@umn.edu
Call Arboretum Education at
          612-301-1210


Helpful Info

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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.

Waitlist
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.


YOUTH & FAMILIES

Summer 2020 Kids ProgramsUpdate

Drop-in Activities

ONLINE!PlantMaker Studio@Home
ONLINE!StoryTime@Home
Youth+Adult Programs

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

ADULTS
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
Pollinators
     Special Access Tours & Experiences
     Pollinators
Fine Art & Crafts Classes
ONLINE!Online & @Home Classes
     
Painting & Drawing

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

     Book Club & Literature
     Mindfulness
     Shinrin-yoku
Nature Appreciation
     Birds
     Trees
     Signature Guided Walks

Nature-Based Therapeutics


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