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.


 

Walks with Alan: Plants of Winter Interest

960-12-05-19
Thursday, December 5, 2019
2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

As much as we love our gardens in the summer, there is an undeniably long winter season in which we still wish to enjoy them. On this walk:
  • See firsthand what plants and cultivars really stand out in the winter
  • Discover the Arboretum's best cold-weather beauties, from woody and herbaceous to flowering and fruiting
  • Collect inspiration, plant lists, and a renewed motivation to enjoy your winter garden
Limit 25, Oswald Visitor Center - Carlson Dining Room
register
$14 member/$29 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Walks with Matt: The Arboretum on Ice

960-12-21-19
Saturday, December 21, 2019
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:
  • 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 the 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.

Limit 25, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
register

$14 member/$29 non-member
includes Arboretum admission


Walks With Matt: Early Spring Wildflowers & Bird Migration

Saturday, April 25
9-11 a.m.

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

Discover the awakening natural world around you through Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit. This walk will be a celebration of the wildflowers that have awakened from winter's slumber, such as hepatica, bloodroot, Dutchman's breeches and trillium. Catch sight of the first wave of migrating birds!
  • Search for phoebes, fox sparrows, killdeer and ducks
  • Learn which birds are just passing through versus coming to stay for the summer
  • Enjoy the emerging changes in nature as you join nature lovers on this first walk of the season!
NOTE
As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable! What may begin as a mushroom hunt may turn into warbler watching...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.
BRING FROM HOME (SUGGESTED)
Binoculars, magnifying glass, water bottle, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.

Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

register
$14 member/$29 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Walks With Matt: New Lake Tamarack Property

Saturday, May 9
9-11 a.m.

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

Meet the newest part of the Arboretum, the Lake Tamarack Property, as you are immersed in late spring wildflowers and migrating birds!
  • Caravan together from the Arboretum over to Lake Tamarack
  • Explore the woodland, waterfront, and meadow areas
  • Discover wildflowers such as bluebells, Minnesota dwarf trout lily, and mayapple
  • Search for sights and sounds of yellow rumped warblers, kinglets, thrushes, waterfowl, and a variety of sparrows, and learn about their nesting and mating habits.
NOTE
As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable! What may begin as a mushroom hunt may turn into warbler watching...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.
BRING FROM HOME (SUGGESTED)
Binoculars, magnifying glass, water bottle, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
PLANT SALE!
This walk takes place on the same day as the popular annual Arboretum Plant Sale! Allow extra time to get through the Arboretum gatehouse, as there will likely be a line to enter the Arboretum. Take advantage of the great plant sale finds after the walk!
TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
Park and meet first at the designated meeting location listed below. Then choose to ride the Arboretum bus together OR drive yourself to the final walk destination.

Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

register
$14 member/$29 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Walks With Matt: Bird Watching & Listening

Saturday, May 23
8-10 a.m.

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

Calling all bird watching enthusiasts! This is an exclusive opportunity to focus on the technique of bird watching with an expert. Let the Arboretum become your concert hall as you walk woodland trails and enjoy the symphony of nature.
  • Early morning increases chances of sightings by sight and "by ear"
  • Learn tips, tricks and anecdotes to increase your success and enjoyment of bird watching
  • Look and listen for the distinctive sounds of catbirds, warblers, indigo buntings and blue-gray gnatcatchers
NOTE
As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable! What may begin as a mushroom hunt may turn into warbler watching...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.
BRING FROM HOME (SUGGESTED)
Binoculars, magnifying glass, water bottle, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.

Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter
register
$14 member/$29 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Walks With Matt: Bobolinks, Bluebirds & Meadowlarks

Saturday, June 13
8-10 a.m.

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

Explore the open fields of early summer! Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit will help you to see the natural world in a new light as you examine flowers and grasses of the open fields and woodland edges of the Arboretum.
  • Explore a unique area on the Western edge of the Arboretum
  • Learn about the Arboretum's bluebird program
  • You might even get up close and personal with baby bluebirds!
NOTE
As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable! What may begin as a mushroom hunt may turn into warbler watching...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.
BRING FROM HOME (SUGGESTED)
Binoculars, magnifying glass, water bottle, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
Meet first at the designated meeting location listed below. Then choose to ride the Arboretum bus together OR drive yourself to the final walk destination.

Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

register
$14 member/$29 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Walks With Matt: Sights, Sounds & Songs of the Prairie

Saturday, July 25
8-10 a.m.

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

The Arboretum prairie will be in its glory at the height of summer, from tall grasses to flowering plants, along with the variety of winged friends- birds and insects!
  • Examine the unique butterflies and blooms of this ecosystem
  • Gain insights into the prairie that once covered our region
NOTE
As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable! What may begin as a mushroom hunt may turn into warbler watching...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.
BRING FROM HOME (SUGGESTED)
Binoculars, magnifying glass, water bottle, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
Meet first at the designated meeting location listed below. Then choose to ride the Arboretum bus together OR drive yourself to the final walk destination.

Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

register
$14 member/$29 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Walks With Matt: Wood Ducks & Wrens of Spring Peeper Meadow

Saturday, August 15
9-11 a.m.

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

Immerse yourself in the lush growth and wildlife of "Spring Peeper," the Arboretum's summer wetland meadow! Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit will allow you to see the natural world in new light and delight in the rich diversity found in this precious pocket of the Arboretum!
  • Look and listen for birds such as goldfinches, bluebirds, and swallows
  • Learn about the restoration of this unique site
  • Understand why wetland meadows are so important to our region
NOTE
As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable! What may begin as a mushroom hunt may turn into warbler watching...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.
BRING FROM HOME (SUGGESTED)
Binoculars, magnifying glass, water bottle, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
Meet first at the designated meeting location listed below. Then choose to ride the Arboretum bus together OR drive yourself to the final walk destination.

Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

register
$14 member/$29 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Walks With Matt: Mushrooms, Migrations & More

Monday, August 31
10 a.m.-noon

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

The advent and duration of the mushroom season are the result of a seemingly mysterious combination of components. Whether you find abundance or scarcity on this Walk, you will gain an appreciation for the fragile life cycle of these important organisms and learn how to respect and preserve their environments
  • Explore the Arboretum's Bog area and the Green Heron Trail
  • Participate in a hunt for the wide and amazing assortment of mushrooms and fungi
  • Search for birds who begin their migration at this time, including ducks, sparrows and shorebirds
NOTE
As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable! What may begin as a mushroom hunt may turn into warbler watching...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.
BRING FROM HOME (SUGGESTED)
Binoculars, magnifying glass, water bottle, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.

Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

register
$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

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