Many Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Postponed or Canceled

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

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

Signature Guided Nature Walks
Classes & Workshops

Get to know the diverse ecosystems and living collections at the Arboretum! Whether on a nature walk with Naturalist Matt Schuth, or on a collections jaunt with Arboretum staff and horticulture author Alan Branhagen, you will gain new insight into our plants and their importance for the environment, research and homeowners.


 

Live Webinar: “Virtual Walks” with Alan - Smoky Gold in the Bog

Thursday, November 5
3-4 p.m.

Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and Author of "Native Plants of the Midwest"

Aldo Leopold called the late fall color of the Tamarack trees "smoky gold" so come see our remnant tamarack trees in a walk through and around our native bog. Moving online this season for your safety, join Alan from the comfort of your home computer or device! Alan will share beautiful images along with his unique wit and wisdom, allowing participants to interact and ask questions online in real time: 

  • See the brilliant red fruits of winterberry holly and native highbush cranberry 
  • Discover a unique suite of other native bog plants that shine in late autumn 
  • Be amazed by the diversity of cultivars, colors, textures and shapes in these collections 
  • Gain inspiration and information for your landscape and future Arboretum visits

Zoom: Participation in this live online interactive class requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You may watch and participate through any smart device, such as a smart phone, pad or laptop. To get the best experience, we recommend you install Zoom on the device you plan to use.

How to register: Registration is per household using the same computer. Register using the email address you want to use for communications about this class. If you would like to register multiple different households on different computers, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join in their initial purchase confirmation by email. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link approximately 2 days prior to the start date.

Questions? Send class-related questions to the Arboretum virtual host, Laura Vogel, lbvogel@umn.edu

Limit 50, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

register $14 member/$29 non-member, price is per household using the same computer

 

Walks with Matt: Ready for Winter?

Saturday, November 7
10 a.m.-noon
Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

Matt will uncover the mystery and beauty of the ways that plants, animals, and insects at the Arboretum adjust and prepare for the oncoming cold. On this walk:
  • Learn more about Matt's recently collected treasures and their stories
  • Explore the science behind this seasonal change
  • Understand the impact of this change on the local environment
  • Return to the Visitor Center for a warming cup of hot chocolate

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
NOTES As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session.

COVID-19 Guidelines During Your Program

  • We encourage you to take your temperature, and stay home if you have a fever of 100.4 or higher, shortness of breath, or persistent coughing. You will receive a full refund.
  • You must wear a mask at all times on the walk.
  • Please maintain a distance of six feet from others, except those you are with, such as family members.
  • If you do not observe these guidelines, staff may ask you to leave.
  • Bring your own water and snack; no food or drinking fountains will be available. 
Limit 10, Meet at Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
waitlist Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$14 member/$29 non-member
,
 includes Arboretum admission

 

Walks with Matt: The Arboretum on Ice

Saturday, December 19
10 a.m.-noon

Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

By now, winter is in full sway and with a little luck, the Arboretum has become a winter wonderland. On this walk:

  • Matt will begin with a show-and-tell about some of the Arboretum's fauna and flora
  • Track animals and identify trees and plants in their winter form
  • Learn more about their history and mystery of the plants and animals you see
  • Return to the Visitor Center for a warming cup of hot chocolate
  • Many have made this winter walk with Matt one of their holiday and year-end traditions.

NOTES As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session.
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.

COVID-19 Guidelines During Your Program

  • We encourage you to take your temperature, and stay home if you have a fever of 100.4 or higher, shortness of breath, or persistent coughing. You will receive a full refund.
  • You must wear a mask at all times on the walk.
  • Please maintain a distance of six feet from others, except those you are with, such as family members.
  • If you do not observe these guidelines, staff may ask you to leave.
  • Bring your own water and snack; no food or drinking fountains will be available. 
Limit 10, Meet at Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
waitlist Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$14 member/$29 non-member
,
 includes Arboretum admission

Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum 
Various Dates

Age 16 and older
Enjoy the tranquility and well-being of Shinrin-Yoku, a Japanese mindfulness practice that invites nature to be your healer. Through guided awareness exercises, you will awaken all your senses and calm your mind. Shinrin-Yoku (or 'Forest Bathing') fosters a deep connection with nature that will nourish you -- mind, body and spirit. 
Limit 12 people per session

view date/time options & register



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Questions?
Arboretum Education Office
Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
arbedu@umn.edu
612-301-1210*
*We are temporarily working from home during Covid-19, we may return phone messages from a home phone 

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