For the Birds
Classes & Workshops

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



Photo: Sue Isaacson 

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access 

Select a session: 


(750-07-14-18)
Saturday, July 14
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

(750-09-29-18)
Saturday, September 29
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific 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,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

2 spots left
Saturday, July 14
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member
includes Arboretum admission
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
register
Saturday, September 29
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
register


Todd Mulvihill/APS 

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

(960-07-28-18)
Saturday, July 28
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 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. 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. 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
register

Bim

Bent Willow Furniture

Saturday, August 11, 2018
Bim Willow, Bent Willow Artisan and Author

Level:
 All levels, especially beginners!
Bim Willow is coming back to the Arboretum in a tricked-out bus full of willow and you will not want to miss it! Bent willow furniture was an early American craft that is making a strong comeback. Bim is an experienced artist in this medium, and will walk you step-by-step through the willow project of your choice, resulting in a beautiful bent willow piece within a matter of a few hours--really! You will never feel more proud of the furniture building skills you didn't know you had. Prices listed are per project, and include a box lunch or dinner. 

HOW IT WORKS
Images of each project are available on the website. Projects are grouped by similar construction techniques; you will be working simultaneously alongside other participants regardless of which project you choose. Bim and his assistants will rotate through all participants to provide one-on-one attention as you complete each step. The amount of time to complete a project varies based on the student; the times listed are an estimate.

ALL WILLOW SUPPLIES INCLUDED!
Required Equipment
Bring a hammer, pruning shears, and a vehicle large enough to carry your finished project home (rental vehicles available by the hour at Home Depot & Menards). 
Suggested Equipment
Loppers, wire cutters, and any snacks/drinks (drinking fountain available on-site)

Registration Deadline
All registrations must be received no later than Friday, August 3 at 3pm in order for Bim to harvest the required willow materials for your project.

  

birdhouse bench"Birdhouse" Bench

YES! A Birdhouse is at the top of the bench!

(200-08-11-18-03)
Saturday, August 11
9 a.m. - noon

Limit 10, Bee Center

Approx Dimensions: 48" x 40" x 14"

$160 member/$180 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, box lunch and all materials to build a 4' long, two-seat willow garden bench
register

view more willow furniture projects on August 11 at Willow Furniture

 

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

(960-08-18-18)
Saturday, August 18
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 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! 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. 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 
register


Indigo Bunting, credit John Pennoyer 

It's For the Birds: Inviting Migratory Birds into our Landscapes

150-10-11-18-01
Janet Sinner Endowed Horticultural Speaker Series
Thursday, October 11, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Doug Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home," national speaker and researcher

Birding is a popular Minnesota pastime, and we see many migrating species in the fall. Unfortunately, a number of these species are in steep decline, in part because our gardens and managed landscapes occupy more space than natural areas and we have not designed them with birds in mind. Join us to learn more about this challenge, and how we can take action in our own backyard, from renowned author, speaker and researcher Doug Tallamy. Shift your perspective from ornamental to ecological landscape design as Tallamy discusses what birds need from the land for food, shelter and breeding. Landscaping in this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can no longer ignore.You will leave inspired and motivated to make real change in your landscape- because, after all, it's for the birds!
Limit 200, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium

$10 member/$25 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission



Ann Solyst

Pastel: Owl (2-session class)

125-02-16-19-01
2 Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
February 16, 2019
February 23, 2019

Ann Solyst, Award winning painter and illustrator

Level: no experience required
This two week class will be a hoot! Owls are intriguing birds that easily capture the attention and curiosity of birders. Many different species are found here at the Arboretum. Explore the versatility of chalk pastels (a portable, dynamic medium with a painterly quality akin to oil painting) while learning how to draw an owl of your choice. Whether you are familiar with chalk pastel or you have never picked up a pastel in your life, this class will provide you with helpful techniques to explore this medium. After a demonstration and experimentation with pastel techniques, set to work creating a refined drawing that balances line, color, and composition. Receive individualized attention with Ann to draw at your own pace - with time to practice in-between classes on learned techniques. You will leave with a finished piece, and supplies to continue working with pastels. Supplies include eight pastel colors, professional paper, sketchbook, pencils, blending stump and kneading eraser.

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 
register

 
 
 

 

 

 


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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.


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Program Quick Links

FREE & LOW COST
          PlantMaker Studio
          NaturePlay for Wee Ones
         
Garden Fun Stops
         
1-Hour Tram Tour
          Guided Walking Tours

         
StoryTime
          Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

YOUTH & FAMILIES
Youth+Adult Together Programs
          Ages 0-5 with adult
          Ages 3-5 with adult
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Summer Youth Programs
          Ages 5-13 Weekly Children's Garden
          Ages 5-7 Day Camps
          Ages 7-11 Day Camps
          Ages 5-10 Groups/Summer Field Trips

ADULTS
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
          Gardening - General
          Landscaping & Design
         
Pruning Essentials
          Science of Plant Propagation
          Pollinator-Theme
          Edible Gardening
          Fungi & Mushrooms
          Herbs
         
Trees
          Botanical/Floral Design
          Master Gardener Regional Conference
Pollinators
          Pollinator-Theme
          Beekeeping
Fine Art & Crafts Classes
          Drawing
          Painting
          Sculpting & Sculpture
          Crafts
          Jewelry & Wearable Art
          Mixed Media
          Fiber Arts
          Botanical/Floral Design
         
Willow Furniture
          Gifts from the Garden - Holiday
          Open Art Studio
Photography Classes
          Photography
Food & Wine Classes
          Dine with a Chef
          Saturday Cooking in the Kitchen
          Wine
          Herbs
Health & Home

          Home & Beauty
          Healthy Living
          Herbs
          
Shinrin-yoku
          Book Club
          Botanical/Floral Design
          Willow Furniture
Nature Appreciation
          Birds
          Trees

          Naturalist-Guided Walks
          1-Hour Tram Tour
          Shinrin-yoku
Nature-Based Therapeutics
          Animal-Assisted Interventions Trainings
          
Shinrin-yoku


 

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