Guided Nature Walks
Classes & Workshops

Walks at the Arboretum. Get to know the diverse ecosystems and living collections at the Arboretum! Whether on a nature walk with Naturalist Matt Schuth, or on a collections jaunt with Arboretum staff and horticulture author Alan Branhagen, you will gain new insight into our plants and their importance for the environment, research and homeowners.


Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum 

Various Dates

Tom Bezek, trained Nature Therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy

Enjoy the tranquility and well-being of Shinrin-Yoku, a Japanese mindfulness practice that invites nature to be your healer. Through guided awareness exercises, you will awaken all your senses and calm your mind. Shinrin-Yoku (or 'Forest Bathing') fosters a deep connection with nature that will nourish you -- mind, body and spirit. 
Limit 12 people, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

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Evening Walks with Alan: Pine Collection

(960-07-12-18)
Thursday, July 12
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

Have you ever wandered through pines after a hot summer's day? The evening breeze carries the distinctive scent of the resin, and rustles through the needles... what better time to explore our nationally renowned pine collection! Alan will start by distinguishing pines from other conifers and evergreens, and why the distinction matters. As you meander through the trees, you will learn more about the geographic origins of the species, and how the Arboretum amassed such a spectacular collection. Alan's unique and engaging style will give you a new appreciation for trees, and inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits. NOTE: As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session. Park and meet at the Chinese Garden Parking Lot (specific directions will be emailed before the class).
Limit 20, Meet at Hsiao Chinese Garden

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$10 member/$25 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission 
register

 

Walks With Matt: Sights, Sounds & Songs of the Prairie

(960-07-28-18)
Saturday, July 28
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

The Arboretum prairie will be in its glory at the height of summer, from tall grasses to flowering plants, along with the variety of winged friends- birds and insects! Walk, explore the Prairie, and learn from Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit through his show-and-tell style... this walk will set out to examine the unique butterflies and blooms of this ecosystem. This walk will be also "a-buzz" with insights into the prairie that once covered our region. NOTE: As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session. SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$14 member/$29 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission 
register

 

Walks With Matt: Wood Ducks and Wrens of Spring Peeper Meadow

(960-08-18-18)
Saturday, August 18
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

Immerse yourself in the lush growth and wildlife of a summer wetland meadow! Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit will allow you to see the natural world in new light. Through his show-and-tell style, you will look and listen for the various birds that make a home in Spring Peeper Meadow, such as goldfinches, bluebirds, and swallows. Learn about the history of the restoration of this unique site, and why wetland meadows are so important to our region. Delight in the rich diversity found in this precious pocket of the Arboretum! NOTE: As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session. SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.

NOTE: This class will take place during the Arboretum Art Crawl. Allow extra time to enter the Arboretum as traffic may be slow to pass the Gatehouse area. Be sure to shop the unique vendor booths after class!

Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$14 member/$29 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission 
register

 

Walks With Matt: Mushrooms, Migrations & More!

(960-09-08-18)
Saturday, September 8
10:00 a.m. - noon

Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

The advent and duration of the mushroom season are the result of a seemingly mysterious combination of components. Participate in a hunt for the wide and amazing assortment of mushrooms and fungi in the Arboretum's Bog area and the Green Heron Trail, and learn from Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit through his show-and-tell style. But don't keep your eyes on the ground too long, as birds also begin their migration at this time, including ducks, sparrows and shorebirds. Whether you find abundance or scarcity, you will gain an appreciation for the fragile life cycle of these important organisms and learn how to respect and preserve their environments. NOTE: As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable! What may begin as a mushroom hunt may turn into warbler watching...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session. SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
Limit 25, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$14 member/$29 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission 
register

 

Evening Walks with Alan: Oak and Nut Tree Collection

(960-09-13-18)
Thursday, September 13
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
UPDATED TIME! 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

The days are growing shorter, the nights are cooling- we've reached the end of the summer. For us, that means bringing the houseplants back inside, winterizing the garden... for oaks and other nut trees, it means dropping thousands of seeds to grow next spring! Join Alan and other nature enthusiasts as he shares more about the distinctive botany behind these trees- what evolutionary tactic lies behind such large seeds? Enjoy an evening walk through a lesser known collection, soak in the beautiful architecture of the oaks and nut trees, and learn more about the best species and cultivars to grow yourself. Alan's unique and engaging style will give you a new appreciation for trees, and inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits. NOTE: As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable...that is the joy and spontaneity of nature, and of these explorations. Be prepared for the weather and a possible change of subject matter based on what Mother Nature has in store for participants during this session. Park and meet in the Old Azalea Parking Lot (specific directions will be emailed before the class).
Limit 20, Meet at Old Azalea Parking Lot

$10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register 

 

Walks with Alan: A Blaze of Autumn

960-10-11-18
Thursday, October 11
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

Pop quiz: why do some trees and shrubs turn brilliant colors in the fall? Learn this and more as you appreciate the gorgeous warm hues of our "Big Woods" Maple Collection and Bailey Shrub Walk. You'll be amazed by the diversity of cultivars, colors, textures and shapes in these collections. Alan's unique and engaging style will give you a new appreciation for trees and shrubs, as well as inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits! Park and meet in the Wildlife Parking Lot.
Limit 25, Wildlife Garden Parking Lot

$10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 

Walks With Matt: Fall Foliage

960-10-13-18
Saturday, October 13
10 a.m. - noon

Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

An October morning is one of the most perfect times to walk the woods at the Arboretum, especially with Arboretum Naturalist Matt Schuth. As you stroll together, he will explain the science behind the changing colors of foliage in autumn. It's still mushroom season, so you will also search for and learn about these somewhat mysterious, if not mythical, organisms. On this early fall date, you will undoubtedly also see flowers still in bloom and insects, birds and animals on the move - all of which will quickly help you appreciate why the Arboretum is such an amazing place, and such an important community resource. SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: binoculars, magnifying glass, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and dress for the weather.
Limit 25, Ordway Picnic Shelter

$14 member/$29 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


 

Walks with Alan: Exploring Late Fall Color

960-11-01-18
Thursday, November 1
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

As winter begins to set in and the color fades from other deciduous trees such as the maple, there's still color to be found at the Arboretum! Join Alan to explore late fall color in our elm, willow, larch and winterberry collections. From the bright yellow needles of the larch to the red berries of the winterberry, you'll enjoy a glimpse of color before the snow sets in, and perhaps be inspired to plant your own come spring. Alan's unique and engaging style will give you a new appreciation for trees, and inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits! Park and meet in the Dahlia Parking Lot, directions will be sent closer to the class date.
Limit 25, Dahlia Parking Lot

$10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 

Walks with Matt: Ready for Winter?

960-11-10-18
Saturday, November 10
10 a.m. - noon

Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

Matt will uncover the mystery and beauty of the ways that plants, animals, and insects at the Arboretum adjust and prepare for the oncoming cold. Matt always has recently collected treasures to show, with stories to tell, and he'll explain the science behind the selected stops on this walk to greet winter. After the walk, continue the conversation with a warming beverage in the restaurant.
Limit 30, Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

$16 member/$31 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
 


 

Walks with Alan: Winter Beauty in the Spruce and Birch Collections

960-11-29-18
Thursday, November 29
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Alan Branhagen, Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticulture author

Spruce and birch are some of the most commonly planted trees (and shrubs, depending on species!) in Minnesota, but there are so many cultivars and species to choose from! Alan will introduce you to some of his favorites that are particularly striking in the winter landscape. You'll leave with a new appreciation for trees, and inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits. 
Limit 25, park at the Small Trees "stone wall" lot or Prairie Garden lots; walk participants will receive special instructions via email

$10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 




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Walks with Matt: The Arboretum on Ice

960-12-22-18
Saturday, December 22
10 a.m. - noon

Matt Schuth, Naturalist, Author, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum expert for more than 30 years

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 30, Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

$16 member/$31 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies


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