Pollinator-Themed
Classes & Workshops

Get your garden and your lifestyle buzzing with pollinator-friendly practices and products!


Saturday in the Kitchen: Beeswax Beauty

(801-07-21-18)
Saturday, July 21
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Kris James, Certified Culinary Herbalist, Chef/Culinary Educator

Beeswax has long been used in beauty products and is a natural, toxin-free way to add protective, emolliating, and softening elements to skincare. Come with your friends to try a variety of beeswax-based beauty treatments, and create your own spa products in a fun, relaxed kitchen setting! You won't have to book an appointment at a spa to enjoy luxurious products such as Sweet Orange and Honey Body Wash, Anti-Wrinkle Green Tea Eye Cream and Happy Heel Lemon Foot Salve. You will leave feeling refreshed, carrying samples to share at home as well as a comprehensive handout with recipes!
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 
register


FREE CLASS! 

Planting for Pollinators

Master Gardener, University of Minnesota Extension

Extend your visit at the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center with a FREE class! Are you interested in creating healthy pollinator habitats in your community, yard, or on your patio? Join other environmental enthusiasts as you dive into the science of pollination with U of M Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, and discover what types of flowers, plants, and habitat bring pollinators to the garden. You will learn how to identify the pollinators you will see in the neighborhood, and develop an understanding of the threat they face in our communities. At the end of the presentation, you'll leave feeling empowered and inspired to create pollinator-friendly habitats in your community! 
Free; registration required. 

This session is full. Register for a different session, below
(150-06-23-18)
Saturday, June 23
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Limit 25, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House
Free, does not include Arboretum admission
register
(150-06-23-18-01)
Saturday, June 23
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Limit 25, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House
Free, does not include Arboretum admission
register
(150-07-28-18)
Saturday, July 28
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Limit 70, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
Free, does not include Arboretum admission
register
(150-07-28-18-01)
Saturday, July 28
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Limit 70, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
Free, does not include Arboretum admission
register
(150-08-25-18)
Saturday, August 25
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Limit 25, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House
Free, does not include Arboretum admission
register
(150-08-25-18-01)
Saturday, August 25
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Limit 25, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - Honey House
Free, does not include Arboretum admission
register
(150-09-22-18)
Saturday, September 22
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Limit 70, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
Free, does not include Arboretum admission
register
(150-09-22-18-01)
Saturday, September 22
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Limit 70, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
Free, does not include 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


Why Did My Bees Die?

Select a Session:

200-10-13-18
Saturday, October 13
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

OR

200-03-09-19-01
Saturday, March 9
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Jessica Helgen, University of Minnesota Bee Squad

Losing a honey bee colony is never easy! If you've had this unfortunate experience, join other beekeepers to learn what to do from the University of Minnesota Bee Squad. Identifying when and why your bees died can help you improve your honey bee management skills in the future. Jessica will share how to identify possible reasons for your colony's death based on the clues the bees leave behind. You will also learn about what to do with leftover honey and beekeeping equipment after colony loss. You won't want to miss this chance to troubleshoot and have a healthy hive next time around!

Limit 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

Saturday, October 13
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

$35 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register
Saturday, March 9
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

$35 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register


 

Gifts from the Hive: Winter Skincare Products

202-11-15-18
Thursday, November 15
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Ping Honzay, Arboretum Education Staff

Are you in need of some natural inspiration for holiday gift giving? Look no further! Join Ping and other crafting enthusiasts to create a trio of hive-based skincare products. Ping is a beekeeper and manages the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center; she'll start off the class with some background on honey bees and their products. Then you will roll up your sleeves and begin creating:
  • beeswax lip balm, 
  • salve and 
  • unique bar lotion in creative shapes

Ping will guide you each step along the way, and you'll be able to customize your creations with natural scents and tints. You'll leave with three finished small gifts to give (or keep!), plus recipes and a list of resources if you want to make more at home!

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more Gifts from the Hive classes
Register for (2) or more Gifts from the Hive classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

Gifts from the Hive: Beeswax Candles

202-11-29-18
Thursday, November 29
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.


Ping Honzay, Arboretum Education Staff


Are you in need of some natural inspiration for holiday gift giving? Look no further! Join Ping and other crafting enthusiasts to create a trio of beeswax candles. Ping is a beekeeper and manages the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center; she'll start off the class with some background on honey bees and beeswax. Then you will roll up your sleeves and begin creating:
  • molded beeswax candles, 
  • dipped beeswax candles, and 
  • beeswax luminaries.

Ping will guide you each step along the way, and you'll be able to include natural scents and embedded natural materials. You'll leave with three finished small gifts to give (or keep!), plus recipes and a list of suggested resources if you want to make more at home!

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more Gifts from the Hive classes
Register for (2) or more Gifts from the Hive classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register 


 

Gifts from the Hive: Unique Beeswax Crafts

202-12-06-18
Thursday, December 6
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Ping Honzay, Arboretum Education Staff

Are you in need of some natural inspiration for some hard-to-please gift recipients? Look no further! Join Ping and other crafting enthusiasts to create a trio of unique, hive-based crafts. Ping is a beekeeper and manages the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center; she'll start off the class with some background on honey bees and their products. Then you will roll up your sleeves and begin creating:
  • pinecone beeswax firestarters for camping enthusiasts, 
  • reusable beeswax food wrap for the eco-friendly, and 
  • beeswax molding clay for the young and creative.

Ping will guide you each step along the way. You'll leave with three finished small gifts to give (or keep!), plus recipes and a list of resources if you want to make more at home!

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

COUPON
$15 Off 2 or more Gifts from the Hive classes
Register for (2) or more Gifts from the Hive classes and receive $15 off your total order! Use coupon code DISCOUNT15 at checkout or call 612-301-1210.Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register



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Secrets of the Hive: How Bees Live, Dance & Communicate Together

200-01-12-19
Saturday, January 12
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Jessica Helgen, University of Minnesota Bee Squad

It's freezing outside, but those bees are still alive and well! Join Jessica from the University of Minnesota Bee Squad for an exclusive opportunity to take a virtual tour inside the hive, from winter through the rest of the year. You'll learn how honey bees communicate through pheromones, dance, sounds, and body language to transmit information within the hive. You'll also learn how watching the movements of worker bees and paying attention to other clues like hive scents can make you a better, more effective beekeeper. This class is designed for beekeepers, but bee enthusiasts without hives are also welcome!

Limit 30, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - MacVay Learning Lab

$35 member/$50 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register 


 
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Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in your Yard & Garden

150-03-09-19
Saturday, March 9
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Julie Boden, Gardener and Nature Enthusiast

Are you interested in attracting more birds and butterflies to your garden or patio? Just like people, birds and butterflies require food, water and shelter and they prefer that it be close to where they live. Join other wildlife enthusiasts as Julie shares everything you need to know to invite a stunning variety of these winged visitors into your own backyard sanctuary. You will learn what plants will best fit your location and what species they might attract for food or shelter. You will also learn what simple non-plant additions are needed to cover all the needs of these species.
Limit 50Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium

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

 
 

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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
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          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
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          Painting
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          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
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          Willow Furniture
Nature Appreciation
          Birds
          Trees

          Naturalist-Guided Walks
          1-Hour Tram Tour
          Shinrin-yoku
Nature-Based Therapeutics
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Shinrin-yoku


 

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