Guided Nature Walks
Classes & Workshops

Walks with Matt

featuring
MATT SCHUTH

Having been associated with the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum since 1982 has given me the opportunity to work at a variety of tasks including managing the maple syrup production, working on wetland projects with graduate students, and helping to prepare and maintain research plots. I have set up bluebird trails, wood duck houses, and osprey nests, and recorded sightings of bird, mammal, and butterfly species for the Arboretum. I continue to write about the natural world for the Arboretum Magazine and do many nature walks and talks. photo: Susie E. Hopper

Author of 
Nature at Our Doorstep

Walks with Alan

featuring
ALAN BRANHAGEN

Alan Branhagen is Director of Operations at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and previously held the position of Director of Horticulture at Powell Gardens, Kansas City's botanical garden. He is the author of The Gardener's Butterfly Book and has written articles for publications including Fine Gardening, Missouri Gardener, Missouri Prairie Journal, Landscape Maintenance, and Restoration and Management Notes. Alan is a naturalist and plantsman specializing in botany, butterflies, and birds, utilizing his background in garden design and management. He is currently creating and restoring a three-acre prairie and woodland garden around his home.

Author of 
Native Plants of the Midwest: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best 500 Species for the Garden

The Gardener's Butterfly Book


 sights sounds songs
photo Todd Mulvihill/Arboretum Photographers Society


featuring
Matt Schuth

Walks With Matt: Sights, Sounds & Songs of the Prairie (960-08-19-17)
Saturday, August 19, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Matt Schuth, Naturalist and expert at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for more than 30 years
The Arboretum prairie will be in its glory at the end of summer, from tall grasses to flowering plants, along with the variety of winged friends who linger into late summer, like over 400 different species of bees, most of which do not sting! 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 "songs" of crickets, cicadas and katydids. 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 the Ordway Parking Lot (participants will follow Matt by car to special parking area)

 register

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist
IMPORTANT NOTE: These walks are often sold out. Advance registration is strongly encouraged, and is the only way to be guaranteed a spot.

$12 member/$24 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 


mushrooms


featuring
Matt Schuth

Walks With Matt: Mushrooms, Migrations & More! (960-09-09-17)
Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Matt Schuth, Naturalist and expert at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 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 the Ordway Parking Lot

register 

SOLD OUT. Add your name to the waitlist.
IMPORTANT NOTE: These walks are often sold out. Advance registration is strongly encouraged, and is the only way to be guaranteed a spot.

$12 member/$24 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 


 small trees
photo Clarice Barbato Dunn/Flickr


featuring
Alan Branhagen

Walks with Alan: Small Trees (200-09-24-17)
Sunday, September 24, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Alan Branhagen, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticultural author

Small trees are usually between 15 and 30 feet tall at maturity, and fit nicely into smaller spaces or grow well in the understory under larger trees. They are also critical to a well-designed home landscape. Meet Alan in the Carlson Dining Room for an informal introduction to the topic, and then walk through the gardens together as Alan introduces you to the Arboretum's featured small tree species and cultivars along the way. Alan's unique and engaging style will give you a new appreciation for trees, and inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits!
Limit 20, meet in the Carlson Dining Room

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

shade walk
photo Mark MacLennan/ Arboretum Photographers Society 


featuring
Alan Branhagen

Walks with Alan: Shade Trees (200-10-08-17)
Sunday, October 8, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Alan Branhagen, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticultural author

Shade trees are often 50 or more feet tall at maturity, and are great for shade (surprise!) on a hot summer day... but are also are deciduous which allows winter's sun to shine through. This makes them quite useful for lowering your home's heating and cooling costs. Meet Alan in the Carlson Dining Room for an informal introduction to the topic, and then walk through the gardens together as Alan introduces you to the species and cultivars along the way- hopefully in full blown autumn glory! Alan's unique and engaging style will give you a new appreciation for trees, and inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits.
Limit 20, meet in the Carlson Dining Room

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

fall


featuring
Matt Schuth

Walks with Matt: Fall Foliage (960-10-14-17)
Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. - noon

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.
Limit 25, Meet at the Ordway Parking Lot

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist
$14 member/$26 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission
 

 evergreen


featuring
Alan Branhagen

Walks with Alan: Evergreens (200-10-22-17)
Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Alan Branhagen, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Director of Operations and published horticultural author

Pop quiz: is an evergreen always a conifer? Learn this and more fascinating tree-trivia as you join learn about our northern evergreens. Meet Alan in the Carlson Dining Room as you start with an overview of the incredibly unique traits that allow evergreens to grow so successfully in our climate. Then the class heads outside for a leisurely walk while Alan discusses the landscape value of these trees, how they can reduce your winter heating bill and introduces you to the Arboretum's featured evergreen species and cultivars along the way. Alan's unique and engaging style will give you a new appreciation for trees, and inspiration for your landscape and future Arboretum visits.
Limit 20, meet in the Carlson Dining Room

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

winter


featuring
Matt Schuth

Walks with Matt: Ready for Winter? (960-11-04-17)
Saturday, November 4, 10 a.m. - noon

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 25, Meet in the Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

register $14 member/$26 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and a voucher for a beverage in the restaurant

ice
photo Don Olson/Arboretum Photographers Society 


featuring
Matt Schuth

Walks with Matt: The Arboretum on Ice (960-12-23-17)
Saturday, December 23, 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 25, Meet in the Snyder Building - Fireplace Room

register $14 member/$26 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and a voucher for a beverage in the restaurant
 

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Prefer not to walk?



Trumpet Creeper Tram Tours

55 minutes
Come on board the Arboretum Trumpet Creeper Tram for a narrated tour of the 1,215 acres of gardens and woodlands highlighting the many collections, display gardens and demonstration gardens. 
The tram accommodates 42 people with one wheelchair space.

Tram tours are offered the following days/times from May 3 through Oct. 15, 2017:

Daily times
  • 10:30 a.m. (except Mondays)
  • noon
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 3 p.m.
$5 per personchildren 2 and under free

Tickets are for sale at the Oswald Visitor Center Information Desk on a first- come, first-served basis.

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