For the Birds
Classes & Workshops
From bird-watching walks to bird-themed arts and crafts, let your inspiration take flight at the Arboretum.
Walks With Matt: Wood Ducks and Wrens of Spring Peeper Meadow
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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
$14 member/$29 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Photo: Sue Isaacson
Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access
Saturday, September 29 (750-09-29-18)
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
Indigo Bunting, credit John Pennoyer
It's For the Birds: Inviting Migratory Birds into our Landscapes
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-member, includes Arboretum admission
Pastel: Owl (2-session class)
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
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