For the Birds
Classes & Workshops

From bird-watching walks to bird-themed arts and crafts, let your inspiration take flight at the Arboretum.



photo: Jill Leenay

Walks With Matt: Introduction to the New Lake Tamarack Property

960-05-11-19
Saturday, May 11
9 a.m. - 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! Together you will caravan from the Arboretum over to the recently opened Lake Tamarack. Matt will introduce you to the woodland, waterfront, and meadow areas as you are immersed in late spring wildflowers and migrating birds! You may discover bluebells, Minnesota dwarf trout lily, and mayapple; the early time frame provides the best chance to catch the sights and sounds of yellow rumped warblers, kinglets, thrushes, waterfowl, and a variety of sparrows, and to learn about their nesting and mating habits. 
NOTES
  • Please note that 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!
  • 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 Ordway Picnic Shelter

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$14 member/$29 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission

Arboretum & Audubon:
A Day of Birding Walks and Workshops

Saturday, May 18, 2019
7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Join birding enthusiasts and experts from around the region to celebrate spring migration! Amidst the setting of spring flowers, novice to advanced birders can interact with a host of experts about birding, habitat, quirky bird science, and even meet live raptors! Customize your perfect day filled with your choice of presentations, workshops, nature walks, and book signings.

Featuring noted Naturalists and Authors

Special presentation
by John Rowden from the National Audubon Society

$99 member/$119 non-member, includes customized choice of available sessions, morning coffee/snack, lunch, and Arboretum admission

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Walks With Matt: Bobolinks, Bluebirds & Meadowlarks

960-06-08-19
Saturday, June 8
8 a.m. - 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. This walk will explore a unique area, located on the Western edge of the Arboretum property. In addition to seeking bobolinks and meadowlarks, participants will learn details about the Arboretum's bluebird program and perhaps even get up close and personal with baby bluebirds. 
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 Ordway Picnic Shelter

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$14 member/$29 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission


photo: Sue Isaacson

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access

Select a session
750-06-01-19-02
Saturday, June 1
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

OR
750-07-20-19
Saturday, July 20
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
OR
750-10-05-19
Saturday, October 5
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: All levels 
Owls, vultures, and eagles, oh my! Experience a unique opportunity to photograph mighty raptors in a controlled, safe and natural setting at the Arboretum. The University of Minnesota Raptor Center will bring an assortment of live birds for your photographing pleasure, and will teach about each one. Popular photography instructor and professional artist, Carlyn Iverson, will provide techniques to help you capture stunning images of these magnificent creatures. You will learn how to control your camera for wow-worthy images from distances of 5-20 feet (in class) as well as longer distances in the field. This special shoot is for all levels - the instructor will work personally with each participant. This class is designed for adult learners and we suggest a minimum age of 16. There will be a break for lunch, so please bring your own food and drink or plan to purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe. A portion of the course fee benefits the Raptor Center. 
Required Equipment 
  • Any digital camera
Suggested Equipment
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • 90mm or higher focal length lens
  • Tripod/monopod (optional)
  • Sturdy shoes for walking and shooting over uneven ground 
Limit 20
750-06-01-19-02
Saturday, June 1
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
register

750-07-20-19
Saturday, July 20
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
register
750-10-05-19
Saturday, October 5
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
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photo: Todd Mulvihill/APS

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

960-07-27-19
Saturday, July 27
8 a.m. - 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! Walk, explore the Prairie, and learn from Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit through his show-and-tell style... this walk will set out to examine the unique butterflies and blooms of this ecosystem. This walk will be also "a-buzz" with insights into the prairie that once covered our region. 
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 Ordway Picnic Shelter

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: Wood Ducks and Wrens of Spring Peeper Meadow

960-08-17-19
Saturday, August 17
9 a.m. - 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 a summer wetland meadow! Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit will allow you to see the natural world in new light. Through his show-and-tell style, you will look and listen for the various birds that make a home in Spring Peeper Meadow, such as goldfinches, bluebirds, and swallows. Learn about the history of the restoration of this unique site, and why wetland meadows are so important to our region. Delight in the rich diversity found in this precious pocket of the Arboretum! 
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 Ordway Picnic Shelter

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$14 member/$29 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission
 


photo: Johanna DeBuhr

 

Walks With Matt: Mushrooms, Migrations & More!

960-09-07-19
Saturday, September 7
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. Participate in a hunt for the wide and amazing assortment of mushrooms and fungi in the Arboretum's Bog area and the Green Heron Trail, and learn from Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit through his show-and-tell style. But don't keep your eyes on the ground too long, as birds also begin their migration at this time, including ducks, sparrows and shorebirds. Whether you find abundance or scarcity, you will gain an appreciation for the fragile life cycle of these important organisms and learn how to respect and preserve their environments. 
NOTES
  • 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. 
  • SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$14 member/$29 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission
 
 
 

 

 

 


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