Nature & Animal Appreciation
Classes & Programs
|Guided Nature Walks
Walk, explore, and learn from Matt's or Alan's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit: Enjoy an educational show-and-tell walk-and-talk with an expert at the Arboretum!
Through guided awareness exercises, Shinrin-yoku (translation: 'Forest Bathing') fosters a deep connection with nature that will nourish you -- mind, body and spirit.
These make-your-own-products classes will help you to explore fun and fascinating ways nature can enhance and soothe our well-being.
photo John Pennoyer
(for all ages)
Meet and interact with the friendly Arboretum team to deepen your experience! Learn more about our connections with the living world and each other. We look forward to meeting you!
Nature Based Therapeutics are professionally facilitated interactions with plants, animals and natural landscapes to bring about measurable outcomes in human health and well-being. It is nature's way of healing all people in physical, social, emotional and cognitive ways.
For the Birds
Classes, walks, and programs specifically for bird-lovers!
Arboretum Education Office Hours
Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat - Sun, noon - 4 p.m.
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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.
Prior to registering, please review the cancellation policy
The best chance of being enrolled in a sold out class is to add your name to the waitlist. Click the green "waitlist" button and complete the steps, or call 612-301-1210. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional class sessions may be added.
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Program Quick Links
FREE & LOW COST
NaturePlay for Wee Ones begins June 2018
Garden Fun Stops begins June 2018
1-Hour Tram begins April 28, 2018
Guided Walking Tours begins May 3, 2018
Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk
YOUTH & FAMILIES
Ages 0-5 with adult
Ages 3-5 with adult
Ages 7-12 with adult
Summer Youth Programs
Ages 5-13 Weekly Children's Garden
Ages 5-7 Day Camps
Ages 7-11 Day Camps
Ages 7-11 Day Camps *Fridays*
Ages 5-10 Groups/Summer Field Trips
Ages 12-15 Counselor-In-Training
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
Gardening - General
Edible Garden Year
Landscaping & Design
Fungi & Mushrooms
Master Gardener Regional Conference
Fine Art & Crafts Classes
Sculpting & Sculpture
Jewelry & Wearable Art
Open Art Studio
Food & Wine Classes
Dine with a Chef
Saturday Cooking in the Kitchen
Health & Home
Natural Soap & Beauty
Animal-Assisted Interventions Trainings
Education Staff Bios
Click here to see brief profiles of Arboretum Education staff members.