Spend a few hours with a leading Arboretum expert to learn more about the Arboretum’s flora and fauna and how they have evolved and specialized to survive the long, cold winter. Enroll in one or more of these “classes on the move” to gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the science and beauty of Nature in the midst of seasonal changes. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars.

Matt Schuth has been a naturalist at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for more than 30 years. A very popular guide, he is an expert on birds and other local critters as well as a keen observer of the way organisms adapt to the ever-changing conditions of their environment.
Each walk has a limit of 40 participants, $12 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 on icePhoto credit: Mark MacLennan


Walks with Matt: The Arboretum on Ice (960-12-19-15)
Saturday, December 19, 10 a.m. - noon

By now, winter is in full sway and with a little luck, the Arboretum has become a winter wonderland. Matt will begin with a show-and-tell about some of the Arboretum's fauna and flora. Then he will lead you outdoors to track animals and identify trees and plants in their winter form. You'll learn more about their history and mystery, then return to the Visitor Center for a warming cup of hot chocolate. Many have made this winter walk with Matt one of their holiday and year-end traditions. Limit 40, Meet in the Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

register $12 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and a voucher for a beverage in the restaurant 

 Summer Dance

Hike the Sculpture Garden in Winter (125-01-03-16)
Sunday, January 3, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Wendy DePaolis, Curator, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
This event will bring together individuals to experience the beauty and wonder of the arboretum sculptures in winter. Let Wendy help you discover the drama mother nature adds to the artworks during this season. Hike in sturdy boots or come in snowshoes for this guided walk. Participants will change how they view the intersection of art and nature seeing both in a whole new way.
Participants should be able to walk or snowshoe comfortably in a hilly environment.
Please allow forty-five minutes to arrive and walk on your own from the Visitor Center to the Harrison Sculpture Garden where the tour will begin promptly at 10am. Dress warm with sturdy boots or snowshoes. Pre-registration required, no walk-ins.
Limit 20, Harrison Sculpture Garden

register   $5 member/$12 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

See more information on other Guided Public Arboretum tours.


To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. You can also view the Spring/Summer 2015 Learn Catalog to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.


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Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.