Add a "Uniquely Arboretum" Enrichment Experience

Each program is based on instructor availability, please request experiences minimum 1 month in advance of your arrival.

Tram Tour
Walking Tours
Experiences
Presentations

Tram Tour

TRUMPET CREEPER TRAM
Available April 28, 2018 through mid-October 2018

Duration: approx 55 minutes
Location: Visitor Center

Narrated tram tour highlighting the Arboretum's collections, display gardens and demonstration gardens 

Public Tram Tour
availability not guaranteed


Price
*  $5/person
, does NOT include Arboretum admission

* For an interim period of weeks, the Trumpet Creeper Tram will offer ride-only tours, without narration, due to mechanical problems.  Tram tickets will be discounted to $2.50 temporarily.  The Arboretum apologizes for the inconvenience. 

Max Tickets available
limit 42 people (1 wheelchair space)

Dates/Times
April 28 through mid-October, 2018
TUESDAY - SUNDAY

     10:30 a.m.
     noon
     1:30 p.m.
     3 p.m.

EVERY THIRD {free admission} MONDAY
     noon
     1:30 p.m.
     3 p.m.

NO ADVANCE
REGISTRATION

Purchase Same-Day tram tickets at the 
Visitor Center Information Desk 

Private Tram Tour 
exclusive entire tram reservation


Price Options
$750/entire tram, includes Arboretum admission
$250/entire tram, with paid room rental

Max Tickets available
limit 42 people (1 wheelchair space)

Dates/Times
April 28 through mid-October, 2018
TUESDAY - SUNDAY

     9:15 a.m.
     1:30 p.m.
     3 p.m.
     4:15 p.m.
OR
Custom date/time arranged per group, based on availability of guide(s)


or call 612-301-1210


Happy group of people on a small bus

PRIVATE NARRATED BUS TOUR

Available while Three Mile Drive is open
approximately mid-April through October 2018

Duration: approx 55 minutes
Location: Visitor Center

Are you coming with a small bus of guests and would like a narrated tour of Three Mile Drive? If your vehicle is 20' or less, our guide can hop on your vehicle and highlight the Arboretum's collections, display gardens and demonstration gardens. On-vehicle microphone preferred.

Price
$100/vehicle
, does NOT include admission to the Arboretum.


or call 612-301-1210


Walking Tours

WALKING TOUR - CLOSE-BY FORMAL GARDEN AREAS
Available May through mid-October 
Duration: approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour
Location: Visitor Center

Join an Arboretum Guide for an informative tour of seasonal highlights in the formal gardens.

Public Tour

Price
FREE, does NOT include Arboretum admission

Max people per Guide
About 30, first-come, first-served

Max Guides per time slot
1 guide, 30 people

Dates/Times
Thursday 10:30 a.m.
Saturdays 1 p.m.

NO ADVANCE REGISTRATION

Private Guided Tour

Price Options per Guide
$300, includes Arboretum admission for the group
$150, w/paid room rental

Max people per Guide
20 

Max Guides per time slot
3 guides, 60 people

Dates/Times
Custom date/time arranged per group, based on availability of guide(s)


or call 612-301-1210 tour-only visits
or call 612-301-7601 tour with room rental or group ticket admission


ART GALLERY/SCULPTURE/GARDEN DESIGN TOUR
Available Year-Round
Duration: approximately 45 minutes
Location: Visitor Center

Art curator-led walking tours offer interpretive perspectives on renowned artwork and sculpture at the Arboretum. Discover these works in the Reedy Gallery, Cafe Gallery and/or in the outdoor gardens adjacent to the Oswald Visitor Center and Snyder Building.

Arboretum Curator of Art

Price Options
$600, includes Arboretum admission for the group
$300, w/paid room rental or paid group admission

Max people per Curator
20 

Max Curators per time slot
1 Curator, may combine with Docent-led Tour

Dates/Times
Custom date/time arranged per group, based on availability of guide(s)

Arboretum Docent

Price Optioins per Docent
$300, includes Arboretum admission for the group
$150, w/paid room rental or paid group admission

Max people per Guide
20 

Max Guides per time slot
3 guides, 60 people 

Dates/Times
Custom date/time arranged per group, based on availability of guide(s)


or call 612-301-1210 tour-only visits
or call 612-301-7601 tour with room rental

TASHJIAN BEE & POLLINATOR DISCOVERY CENTER TOUR
Available Year-Round
Duration: approximately 45 minutes
Location: Bee Center
(group will need to arrange transportation to Bee Center as it is not walkable from main Visitor Center)

Explore interactive exhibits that offer insights into  honey bees, wild bees, Monarch butterflies and other pollinators, featuring the world-renowned bee research of University of Minnesota Scientist Marla Spivak, Ph.D. 

Self-Guided Drop-In Tour

Price
FREE, does NOT include Arboretum admission

Max people per Guide
About 30, first-come, first-served

Dates/Times
Monday through Friday,drop-in between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, drop-in between Noon - 4 p.m.

NO ADVANCE REGISTRATION

Private Guided Tour

Price Options per Guide
$300, includes Arboretum admission for the group
$150, w/paid room rental or paid group admission 

Max people per Guide
20 

Max Guides per time slot
3 guides, 60 people

Dates/Times
Custom date/time arranged per group, based on availability of guide(s)


or call 612-301-1210 tour-only visits
or call 612-301-7601 tour with room rental


Experiences

PLANT-MAKER STUDIO
GREAT FOR BIRTHDAYS!
Available Year-Round

Duration: 1-2 hours to explore assorted stations
Location: Learning Center

Make-a-Plant themed experiences engage visitors of all ages in art, science and craft activities with free take-home mini-projects. Enjoy access to the "Please Touch" tropical greenhouse!

Public Plant-Maker Studio

Price
FREE, does NOT include Arboretum admission

Max people per Time Slot
About 30, first-come, first-served

Dates/Times
Saturday, drop in between noon - 4 p.m.
Sunday, drop in between noon - 4 p.m.

NO ADVANCE REGISTRATION

Private Plant-Maker Studio

Price
$400 per session, includes Arboretum admission

Max people per Session
30

Dates/Times
Saturday, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.


or call 612-301-1210


PAPER, ART & PLANTS: ONE HOUR OF ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN
May - September 2018

Duration: 1 hour
Location: Sensory Garden

Plants bring us the raw materials and a garden of inspiration for creating art as we make paper from plants and discover how to fold paper into garden-themed origami! Learn to make beautiful artistic paper from scratch by adding your own custom mix of colorful petals. Then fold your own origami creations together with fun instructors who provide guidance, origami paper, and easy-to-follow directions. After your experience, extend your visit by exploring "Origami in the Garden," the Arboretum's larger-than-life summer exhibit installation.

Price per Guide
$250 per session, does NOT include Arboretum admission

Max people per Guide
About 30

Max people per Time Slot
2 guides, 60 people ($500)

Dates/Times
Custom date/time arranged per group, based on availability of guide(s)


or call 612-301-1210


  MAKE-AND-TAKE: SEASONAL PLANTING BUFFET*
Available Year-Round

Duration: approx 45 min 
Location: Any Arboretum meeting room

Let an experienced Arboretum staff member guide you in a plant-your-own experience featuring a buffet seasonal plants. Learn tips for growing, care, and maintenance of your take-home plants. A great Arboretum souvenir!

Price
$200 per every 10 students, *paid room rental (or travel fee) to your business required

Max people per Buffet
30 ($600)

Max people per Time Slot
2 buffets, 60 people ($1,200)

Dates/Times
Custom date/time arranged per group, based on availability of guide(s)


This experience may also be given at your place of business for a nominal travel fee


or call 612-301-1210


  AMAZING RACE/TEAM BUILDING
Available April - October (seasonal weather permitting)

Estimated Duration: 2 hours
Location: Arboretum Grounds 

The Amazing Arboretum Race will begin with a clue for your first destination--once you find the bin inside you will find an activity the team needs to complete before getting their clue to the next location. There are 10 locations to complete before you are finished. The first team back with all activities completed wins bragging rights and 1 VIP Arboretum Ticket per team member.

Price Options per Race
$300, includes Arboretum admission for your group
$200, w/paid room rental or paid group admission

Max people per Race
About 100

Max people per Time Slot
1 race, 100 people

Dates/Times
Custom date/time arranged per group, based on availability of guide(s)


or call 612-301-7597 race-only experience
or call 612-301-7601 race with room rental or group ticket admission


Presentations

 

"INSIGHTS INTO THE ARBORETUM" PRESENTATION*
Available Year-Round

Duration: Approx 45 minutes
Location: Any Arboretum meeting room or your place of business.

Learn more about the fascinating research and history of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum from an experienced Staff member. 

Price per Presentation
$300 per session, *paid room rental (or travel fee) to your business required

Max people per Presentation
About 300

Dates/Times
Custom date/time arranged per group, based on availability of guide(s)


This experience may also be given at your place of business for a nominal travel fee


or call 612-301-1210


 

ARBORETUM APPLE PRESENTATION*
Available Year-Round

Duration: Approx 30-45 minutes (flexible depending on group's needs)
Location: Any Arboretum meeting room or your place of business.

Learn about the extensive apple breeding research at the University of Minnesota, and follow an apple's unique journey from test plant to named variety. With exclusive apple researcher David Bedford, who was opart of the team that created the Honeycrisp.

Choose a Presentation
"Apple Breeding" or "Apple Naming"
Apple researcher David Bedford

Price
$600, *paid room rental (or travel fee) to your business required

Max people per Presentation
300

Dates/Times
Custom date/time arranged per group, based on availability of guide(s)

"Apple Naming" with 
Arboretum Education Staff

Price
$300, *paid room rental (or travel fee) to your business required

Max people per Presentation
300

Dates/Times
Custom date/time arranged per group, based on availability of guide(s)


This experience may also be given at your place of business for a nominal travel fee

or call 612-301-1210


 

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