Pollinator-Themed
Classes & Workshops

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


 

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

$45 member/$60 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
Class canceled.



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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


Why Did My Bees Die?

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, March 9
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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

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