Pollinator-Themed
Classes & Workshops

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


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. 

(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

butterfly, credit John Pennoyer
photo: John Pennoyer

Pollinator Photography: Butterflies, Bees and More!

(750-09-08-18)
Saturday, September 8
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work at www.impressionsofnature.net 

Level: Beginner to Intermediate (prerequisite: Basic Digital Photography for the Outdoor and Nature Photographer, Up Close and Personal: Summer Macro Photography or experience with manual operation of a digital SLR) 
Catch the buzz...on camera! Join other photographers to learn techniques for capturing stunning images of beneficial insects -without frightening them away! Focus, composition, shutter speed, lens selection, steady camera holding, and how to capture insects perched or in flight. One hour of classroom instruction will be followed by 2 hours in the field to practice your skills on the Arboretum grounds, which will be a-buzz with dynamic and inspiring subject matter. Insects are often found close to the ground, so you'll want to dress comfortably to allow for squatting, kneeling, or even laying on the ground. 
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR or mirrorless camera and owner's manual, a 200mm or longer telephoto lens. 
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Macro lens in the 100mm-400mm range, wide-angle lens in 24mm to 50mm range 
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place 

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$109 member/$129 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


 

2018 Pollinator Summit
Planting Solutions

Friday, October 12, 2018 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Chaska, MN

Pollinators and other beneficial insects are in trouble, with multiple stressors such as habitat loss, fragmentation, pesticide use, and disease all contributing to alarming declines in their health and biodiversity. This has serious implications for the health of our landscapes, our food systems, and our communities. There is hope though: through research, innovative land management, and forward thinking policies, we can plant solutions for pollinators in our region. This summit will bring together the newest research and best management practices to inform and inspire your work for pollinators.

By 2018, there are countless pollinator gardens, habitats, conserved lands, and buffers established in our region. It's been enough time to consider some longer term impacts, unexpected outcomes, and obstacles. Learn how established pollinator habitat sites are doing, from roadways to agricultural lands, and what research is telling us about them.

$70 Arboretum Members & Conference Affiliates
$80 General Registration 
Fee includes Arboretum admission, lunch and coffee break

Pollinator Summit 2018 Web Page


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 



Beth Markhart 

Establishing and Maintaining Prairie Communities

150-02-02-19
Saturday, February 2, 2019
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Beth Markhart, Prairie Restorations

Learn how to bring an important native plant community onto your property, whether a small garden or large landscape. In this course, you will learn how to model native prairie plant communities with benefits such as soil-building and carbon storage, attracting beneficial insects including native pollinators, and enhancing human health and well-being. You will interact with other prairie gardeners through fun, interactive learning using internet real-time activities during class. You will leave with a site-planning handout and list of resources, plus an understanding of how to establish your own prairie community in the spring.
Bring from home:an internet-accessible laptop
Limit 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$47 member/$62 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


 
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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

 
 

Classes Catalog

view Adult Classes Catalog Fall/Winter 2018
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Email your request to leen0014@umn.edu with the subject "Mail Adult Catalog"


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          Pollinator Summit 2018
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