Most Arboretum Adult Classes & Programs Postponed or Canceled through August 31

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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.


Moth Night After Dark at the Arboretum

DATE/FORMAT CHANGE!
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

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Walks With Matt: Mushrooms, Migrations & More

Saturday, September 12
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

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Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m.-noon
$14 member/$29 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

 

A Tasty Love Story: Plant Sex and Our Food at the Farm

Saturday, September 5
5-7 p.m
Instructor: Reba Luiken, Arboretum Staff

(Ages 21+)

As you bite into a Honeycrisp apple, you might wonder "Where do apples come from?" Just like babies, apples come from sex-wierd and wacky plant sex. Join us for a tour of the new Farm at the Arb where you'll:
  • Learn about birds, bees, and other ways plants make babies
  • Explore the sexy history of new varieties of apples, wheat and more
  • Taste the fruit of these sexual efforts in the form of food and alcohol
Wear comfortable footwear for a 1/2 mile stroll and dress for the weather. Tastings are small light nibbles, not a full portion or meal.

Limit 20, Farm at the Arb - Summer Kitchen

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$25 member/$40 non-member,includes Arboretum admission and tastings

 

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)
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

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

 

Birding Walk with Gregg: Fall Migration

Saturday, September 19
8-10 a.m.

Gregg Severson, Bird Guide and Owner of Birding with Gregg. Gregg birds by bogs, on bikes, around the cities and further afield... and this year at the Arboretum!

Discover more about autumn migrating species and their behaviors as you look and listen for songbirds and waterfowl.

  • Hear stories about Gregg's birding experiences in Minnesota and elsewhere
  • Learn tips and tricks to improve your birding experience

BRING FROM HOME (SUGGESTED)
Binoculars and good shoes for walking and standing, and dress for the weather

Limit 12, Meet at Snyder Building - Snyder Lobby

register $19 member/$35 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Walks With Matt: Fall Foliage

Saturday, October 3
10 a.m.-noon

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

An October morning is one of the most perfect times to walk the woods at the Arboretum, especially with Arboretum Naturalist Matt Schuth. As you stroll together, you will:

  • Learn about the changing colors of foliage in autumn
  • Search for mushrooms and learn more about their growth and biology
  • See late autumn flowers still in bloom
  • Discover insects, birds and animals on the move
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
NOTE: 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.

Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

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

Woman practicing mindfulness in nature

Mindfulness in Nature Walk

Thursday, October 8
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Anna Peterson, PhD, Ecologist and Mindfulness Practitioner

Ages 16 and older 

Spending intentional time in nature has been shown to decrease stress, increase creativity, and improve overall health and wellbeing! Join Anna to learn how to combine nature observation with mindfulness (being fully present and aware of our minds, bodies, and surroundings) to get the most out of your time outside. On this walk:
  • Gain a greater appreciation for our local flora and fauna as Anna points out spring activity along the way
  • Discover how you can observe spring wildflowers, birds, and other aspects of nature in new ways
  • Learn simple mindfulness techniques for quieting the mind and practice them along the way
  • Cultivate a sense of awareness that can be applied to daily life
Bring from home (suggested)
Binoculars, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and clothing for the possibility of walking and standing still comfortably in whatever weather we are presented with.
Note
This Walk may be paired with the Mindfulness in Nature Journaling Workshop on October 17; the content will be similar but each program provides different ways to experience and practice mindfulness.

Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Great Hall


$19 member/$35 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Walks with Alan: Fall in the Big Woods

Thursday, October 15
3-4:30 p.m.

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

Sugar Maples shine as the fall color of the big wood creates a canopy of color. In this walk:

  • Walk through the Dayton Wildflower Garden and into the surrounding native woodland
  • Experience the trees, shrubs and unique flora of the rich woodlands of the Arboretum in their height of fall color
  • Be amazed by the diversity of colors, textures and shapes in these collections
  • Gain inspiration and information for your landscape and future Arboretum visits
Park and meet at the Sensory Garden Parking Lot (specific directions will be emailed before the class).
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.

Limit 25, Meet at Sensory Garden Parking Lot

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

 

Walks with Alan: Smoky Gold in the Bog

Thursday, November 5
3-4:30 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. In this walk:

  • 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
Park and meet at the Snyder Lobby (specific directions will be emailed before the class).
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.

Limit 25, Meet at Snyder Building - Snyder Lobby

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

 

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.

Limit 25, Meet at Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

register $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.

Limit 25, Meet at Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

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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