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 exact dates TBD April  through October

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

Max Tickets available

limit 42 people (1 wheelchair space)

Dates/Times
Late April through mid-October, 2019
TUESDAY - SUNDAY

     10:30 a.m.
     noon
     1:30 p.m.
     3 p.m.
3RD MONDAYS (Free admission)
     noon
     1:30 p.m.
     3 p.m.

NO ADVANCE
REGISTRATION

Same-day tickets available for purchase at the Visitor Center Information Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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
Late April through mid-October, 2019
TUESDAY - SUNDAY

     9:15 a.m.
     1:30 p.m.
     3 p.m.
     4:15 p.m.

Custom date/time arranged per group, based on availability of guide(s). Please click on green GROUP REQUEST button below to arrange tour.


or call 612-301-1210

please request experiences minimum 1 month in advance of your arrival


Happy group of people on a small bus

PRIVATE NARRATED BUS TOUR

Available while Three Mile Drive is open
approximately mid-April through October 2019

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

please request experiences minimum 1 month in advance of your arrival


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 612-301-7597 tour with room rental or group ticket admission

please request experiences minimum 1 month in advance of your arrival


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 612-301-7597 tour with room rental

please request experiences minimum 1 month in advance of your arrival


Experiences

PLANT-MAKER STUDIO
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

please request experiences minimum 1 month in advance of your arrival


SPECIAL ACCESS: OPEN THE HIVE
Available May - August, weekdays from 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Duration: approx 1 hour 
Location: Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center - Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Take an up close look at the inner workings of a honey bee hive by joining in on an inspection of one of the hives at the Arboretum's Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. You'll put on a beekeeping suit, join beekeeper Ping as she opens a hive, and even have a chance to hold a frame of live honey bees. Along the way you'll learn more about the life of a hive and how we work with these fascinating creatures. 

Price
$30 per person, includes Arboretum admission

Minimum people per 1-Hour Time Slot
5 ($150)

Max people per 1-Hour Time Slot
10 ($300)

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

Special Notes

  1. This experience is for ages 6 to adult. Children between the ages of 6 - 16 must have an adult present at the Bee Center for the duration of the program (Adults accompanying children may watch from inside through the building viewing windows; in this case they do not need to register themselves. Anyone putting on a beekeeping suit to come outside by the hives must register individually)
  2. Attendees must wear closed toe shoes
  3. This class is weather dependent: in the case of inclement weather, participants will be issued a refund.


or call 612-301-1210

please request experiences minimum 1 month in advance of your arrival


  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 of seasonal plants. Learn tips for growing, care, and maintenance of your take-home plants. A great Arboretum souvenir!

Price
$20 per person, minimum 10 people
*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

please request experiences minimum 1 month in advance of your arrival


kokedama arrangements, photo GergelyHideg_Flickr
GergelyHideg_Flickr

MAKE-AND-TAKE: KOKEDAMA*
Available Year-Round

Duration: approx 30 min 
Location: Any Arboretum meeting room

Kokedama is a Japanese variant of bonsai, in which live moss is used as a container for a decorative houseplant. Choose from an assortment of small plants and follow along step-by-step to create your own kokedama (approx 4") to take home! Includes a care sheet.

Price
$20 per person, minimum 8 people
*paid room rental (or travel fee) to your business required

Max people per Session
12 ($240)

Max people per Time Slot
12 ($240)

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

please request experiences minimum 1 month in advance of your arrival


  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

please request experiences minimum 1 month in advance of your arrival


Presentations

 

TASHJIAN BEE & POLLINATOR DISCOVERY CENTER PRESENTATION
Available Year-Round
Duration: Approx 30-45 minutes 
(flexible depending on group's needs)
Location: Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Center 
(Group will need to arrange transportation to Bee Center as it is not walkable from main Visitor Center)

Learn more about Minnesota pollinators, and about a year in the life of one of the honey bee hives outside the Center's viewing windows. Explore interactive exhibits that offer insights into  honey bees, wild bees, monarch butterflies and other pollinators, featuring the world-renowned research of University of Minnesota scientists. 

Self-Guided Drop-In Tour

Price
FREE, does NOT include Arboretum admission

Max people per Guide
n/a

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 Presentation

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

Max people per Presentation
72

Max Presentations per time slot
1

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


or call 612-301-1210 presentation-only visits
or call 612-301-7597 presentation with room rental

please request experiences minimum 1 month in advance of your arrival

"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

please request experiences minimum 1 month in advance of your arrival


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

please request experiences minimum 1 month in advance of your arrival



 

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