GUIDED WALKS, NATURE AND ANIMAL APPRECIATION


FEATURED 
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:

Mondays
noon
1:30
3 p.m.
Tuesdays - Sundays
10:30 a.m.
noon
1:30
3 p.m.

$5 per person, children 2 and under free
Tickets are for sale at the Oswald Visitor Center Information Desk on a first- come, first-served basis.

 

 early spring

Walks With Matt: Early Spring Wildflowers & Bird Migration (960-04-29-17)
Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. - noon
Matt Schuth, Naturalist and expert at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for more than 30 years
Discover the awakening natural world around you through Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit. This walk will be a celebration of the wildflowers that have awakened from winter's slumber, such as hepatica, bloodroot, Dutchman's breeches and trillium. Enjoy the emerging changes in nature as you join nature lovers on this first walk of the season. Catch sight of the migrating birds of springtime and learn which birds are just passing through and those who are coming to stay for the summer.
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 30, meet at the Ordway Parking Lot

register  IMPORTANT NOTE: These walks are often sold out. Advance registration is strongly encouraged, and is the only way to be guaranteed a spot.  
Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist or register for a different walk, below
$12 member/$24 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

 late spring

Walks with Matt: Late Spring Wildflowers, Warblers and Waterfowl (960-05-13-17)
Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Matt Schuth, Naturalist and expert at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for more than 30 years
Immerse yourself in the second wave of spring wildflowers! Walk, explore, and learn from Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit through his show-and-tell style. You may discover marsh marigold, jack-in-the-pulpit, and mayapple; the early time frame provides the best chance to catch the sights and sounds of early warblers, thrushes, kinglets, phoebes, waterfowl, and a variety of sparrow, and to learn about their nesting and mating habits.
Please note that this walk takes place on the same day as the popular annual Arboretum Plant Sale! Allow extra time get through the Arboretum gatehouse, as there will likely be a line to enter the Arboretum. Take advantage of the great plant sale finds after the walk!

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 30, meet at the Ordway Parking Lot

register  IMPORTANT NOTE: These walks are often sold out. Advance registration is strongly encouraged, and is the only way to be guaranteed a spot.
Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist
$12 member/$24 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission 

 bird watching

Walks With Matt: Bird Watching & Listening! (960-05-27-17)
Saturday, May 27, 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Matt Schuth, Naturalist and expert at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for more than 30 years
Calling all bird watching enthusiasts! This is an exclusive opportunity to focus on the technique of bird watching with an expert. The early start increases the chances of sightings, both by sight and "by ear." Learn how to increase your success and enjoyment of future bird watching through Matt's tips, tricks and anecdotes. You and fellow birdwatchers will look and listen for the distinctive sounds of catbirds, warblers, indigo buntings and blue-gray gnatcatchers, to name a few. Let the Arboretum become your concert hall as you walk woodland trails and enjoy the symphony of nature. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars!
NOTE: As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable! While this program focuses on the technique of birdwatching, we cannot be certain of any sightings--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 30, meet at the Ordway Parking Lot

register  IMPORTANT NOTE: These walks are often sold out. Advance registration is strongly encouraged, and is the only way to be guaranteed a spot.
Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist
$12 member/$24 non-member
,
 includes Arboretum admission 

 bobolink

Walks with Matt: Bobolinks, Bluebirds & Meadowlarks (960-06-10-17)
Saturday, June 10, 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Matt Schuth, Naturalist and expert at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for more than 30 years
Explore the open field of early summer! Matt's wealth of wisdom, trivia, and wit will help you to see the natural world in a new light as you examine flowers and grasses of the open fields and woodland edges of the Arboretum. This walk will explore a unique area, located on the Western edge of the Arboretum property. In addition to seeking bobolinks and meadowlarks, participants will learn details about the Arboretum's bluebird program and perhaps even get up close and personal with baby bluebirds.
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 30, meet at the Ordway Parking Lot (participants will follow Matt by car to special parking area)

register 

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 


 
photo: Mark MacLennan

Orchids of the Arboretum (200-06-10-17)
Saturday, June 10, 9:30 a.m. - noon
David Remucal, Curator of Endangered Plants at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Orchids, like our state flower the Pink Lady Slipper, are so much more than meets the eye. Join other nature lovers for an exclusive morning with David Remucal, the Arboretum's Curator of Endangered Plants, as he shares his insights on this fascinating genus. You will begin in the classroom with an overview of orchid biology--what makes an orchid an orchid? David will then delve into his statewide effort to gather and preserve the seeds of all 48 of our state's native orchid species, many of which are rare or endangered. You will finish the morning with an orchid walk, as David points out these beautiful plants along the way. No guarantee on what is blooming--you will gain a greater appreciation for the difficulty David faces in finding these plants without their flowers!
Limit 30, Snyder Building

register $30 member/$42 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 wood duck

Walks With Matt: Wood Ducks and Wrens of Spring Peeper Meadow (960-07-29-17)
Saturday, July 29, 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Matt Schuth, Naturalist and expert at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 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 Eastern kingbirds, wood ducks, marsh wrens and more. Learn about the history of the restoration of this unique site. Discover why wetland meadows are so important to our region and 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.
Limit 30, meet at the Ordway Parking Lot (participants will follow Matt by car to special parking area)

register 

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 


 sights sounds songs

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 30, meet at the Ordway Parking Lot (participants will follow Matt by car to special parking area)

 register

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

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 30, meet at the Ordway Parking Lot

register 

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 


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or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

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

 

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