Workshops

The Arboretum offers workshops all year round covering a wide variety of topics from birds to mushrooms to gardening to art. Virtual programs are offered live on Zoom, and recordings are made available for registrants to access for a limited time. Details on registration policies can be found on our Registration Information page.
View a complete list of The Arboretum's programs on our Workshop Descriptions page.

We are excited to be offering some of our programs in-person, once again. Please note that COVID procedures as applicable at the time of the workshop will be followed. The university's guidelines can be found at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/covid19/

Masks (medical grade or higher) are required to be worn at all programs while inside and outside of our buildings until July 1, 2022.

Upcoming & Current Workshops




Animal Rehabilitation Day 1 - What to do when you find a baby rabbit.

baby rabbit

Monday, July 4, 2022
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Pauline Kosmal

Been outside and encountered a baby wild animal? Don’t know what to do or if it needs help?? Join us over the lunch hour for a session on how to handle finding a baby wild rabbit. Learn how to detect if they need your help. We will go through their natural history, what a healthy versus unhealthy baby looks like (how to check), and case studies! No prior wildlife knowledge required. 

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session.

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Animal Rehabilitation Day 2 - What to do when you find a baby raccoon or skunk.

baby raccoon

Wednesday, July 6, 2022
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Pauline Kosmal

Join us over the lunch hour for the second session in this wildlife education series! How to handle finding a baby skunk or raccoon. Learn how to detect if they need your help, and the proper precautions to take when handling these rabies vector species. We will go through their natural history, what a healthy versus unhealthy baby looks like, some common illnesses, and how you can help! No prior wildlife knowledge required. 

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session.

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Animal Rehabilitation Day 3 - What to do when you find a duckling or gosling (baby waterfowl).

duckling

Monday, July 11, 2022
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Pauline Kosmal

Join us over the lunch hour for the third session in this wildlife education series! How to handle finding a baby duck or goose. Learn how to detect if they need your help, and the proper precautions to take for preventing the spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). We will go through their natural history, what a healthy versus unhealthy baby looks like, some common signs of illnesses, and how you can help! No prior wildlife knowledge required. 

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session.

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Animal Rehabilitation Day 4 - What to do when you find a baby songbird.

baby songbirds

Wednesday, July 13, 2022
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Pauline Kosmal

Join us over the lunch hour for the fourth session in this wildlife education series! How to handle finding a baby songbird. Learn how to detect if they need your help (is it just a fledgling learning to fly or is it a hatchling or nestling in need?) We will go through their natural history, what a healthy versus unhealthy baby looks like, and how you can help! No prior wildlife knowledge required. 

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session.

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Animal Rehabilitation Day 5 - What to do when you find a baby opossum.

baby oppossum

Monday, July 18, 2022
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Pauline Kosmal

Join us over the lunch hour for the fifth session in this wildlife education series! How to handle finding a baby opossum. Learn how to detect if they need your help (unlike other species, the babies stay with their mum for a while!) We will go through their natural history, what a healthy versus unhealthy baby looks like, and how you can help! No prior wildlife knowledge required. 

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session.

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Animal Rehabilitation Day 6 - What to do when you find a baby squirrel or chipmunk.

baby Chipmunk

Wednesday, July 20, 2022
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Pauline Kosmal

Join us over the lunch hour for the sixth and final session in this wildlife education series! How to handle finding a baby squirrel or chipmunk. Learn how to detect if they need your help. We will go through their natural history (did you know chipmunks don’t nest in trees??), what a healthy versus unhealthy baby looks like, how to tell the difference between baby squirrels and chipmunks, and how you can help! No prior wildlife knowledge required. 

Fee: $10 (plus HST) per person, per session.

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Virtual Tree Identification

hand holding Maple leaf

Thursday, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2022
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Shelley Hunt

* The virtual session is included in the in-person session, so if you are registering for the in-person session you should not register for the virtual session. 

Do you love trees but can’t tell an Ash from a Walnut, a Birch from a Beech, or a Spruce from a Fir? Are you looking to connect more with the natural world around you? Join Shelley Hunt, U of Guelph course instructor and former Arboretum Director, for a virtual, interactive tree identification workshop. There will also be an optional in-person session available. Over the course of 4 Zoom sessions, with hands-on challenges to complete in between, you will learn the basics of tree ID, with a focus on native Ontario species (and their look-alike non-native counterparts). You will learn about the important features to look for (e.g. leaf shape and arrangement, bark characteristics, fruits and cones), as well as the details that help us to distinguish between species in the same group (e.g. Ashes, Pines, Maples). You will practice your skills on trees that you can find in your local area, and get feedback on your ‘homework’. The fourth session will include a virtual tour of trees in The Arboretum's collections. Sessions will run from noon-1:00 PM (one hour of instruction, and up to 30 minutes of optional questions/discussion) on Thursdays from July 7th through to July 28th.

Fee: $50 (plus HST) per person.

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Tree Identification (in-person and virtual)

oak leaves

Thursday, August 4, 2022, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
and includes virtual sessions on Thursday, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2022, 12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Shelley Hunt

* The virtual session is included in the in-person session, so if you are registering for the in-person session you should not register for the virtual session. You will automatically receive the link for the virtual sessions with your registration and the link to the recordings after each session. 

Join Shelley Hunt for an in-person session on The Arboretum grounds to explore Tree Identification in-person. This workshop includes the virtual sessions listed and described above on Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2022 as well as the in-person session on August 4.

Fee: $115.00  (plus HST) per person if you register by the early bird deadline of July 27. If you register after July 27 the fee is $125 (plus HST).

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In-Person Plein Air Painting

Canice Leyland plein air painting

Sunday, October 2, 2022 (rain date: Sunday, October 16), 2 - 5 PM
Format:
IN-PERSON
Instructor: Candice Leyland

 

Spend the Afternoon Plein Air Painting with Watercolour Artist Candice Leyland. Candice will show you her approach to painting landscapes outdoors and inspire you to create your own unique paintings of the Arboretum grounds. Students will have plenty of opportunity to receive feedback on their work and a Group Critique at the end of class will give students an opportunity to share their work and learn from each other as well. What a great way to spend a Sunday Afternoon!

This class is great for all levels, but some knowledge of watercolour is needed. No specific watercolour technique will be taught, but more so broader approaches to painting landscapes. Registrants must be age 14+.

Supplies:
Your favourite Watercolour Supplies - Brushes, Paints, Palette, Rags, Watercolour Paper, Water container.

Pencil, Sharpener and Eraser

Sun Protection/Hydration/BugProtection

A way to carry your equipment (Bag or Back Pack)

Don’t forget to bring water to paint with! A Large water bottle or jug with lid is perfect *You don’t need to have special portable or hand held supplies for painting, but try and think about how you will set up outside and manage your supplies. We will talk about set up ideas, but keep in mind you will need to be able to hold your palette while painting, or have a small foldable table, chair or tray to set things on. A lot of portable easels have space for these built in.

Optional: Foldable Camping Chair or picnic blanket to sit on during demo

Portable Easel *Be sure to have a method to attach the paper to the easel (tape or clips) and have either a solid board or be using a watercolour block or pad. *If you don’t have an easel, a picnic blanket, chair or board will be fine. Any way you will be comfortable to paint for an extended period of time will work. There won’t be tables and chairs available.

Fee: $60 (plus HST) per person if you register before the early bird deadline of September 24, 2022. After that date the fee is $70 (plus HST) per person.

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Virtual Paint Fall Leaves in Watercolour

watercolour painting Fall leaves

Monday, October 17, 2022, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Candice Leyland

This class covers basic watercolour techniques such as colour mixing, glazing and the wet in wet technique. We will learn how to mix a variety of fall colours and paint beautiful fall leaves. Perfect for absolute beginners.

A supply list is provided in your confirmation. Please ensure you have the supplies on hand for the workshop.

Supplies:
Watercolours - Any will work,a variety of colours - artist grade is best

Watercolour Paper (140lb Coldpress)

Palette with a mixing area for paint

Watercolour Brushes - Round, 2,4 and an 8

Water Cup

Paper Towels

Masking Tape Board to Tape Paper Down

Waterproof Pen (optional)

A Hairdryer (optional, but helps with drying times)

Fee: $25 (plus HST) per person.

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Ask the Arb

decorative collage for colour photos of a bird, a butterfly on a flower, plants in a nursery and a flowering tree.

Date: TBA 11AM - 12 NOON
Format:
Online
Instructors: Arboretum Staff

Bring your garden, nature, and wildlife related questions to our free one-hour live session on Zoom. Our horticultural and naturalist staff will be on-line to answer your questions.

FREE!

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Nature Throughout the Seasons for International Students and New Canadians Series

aerial of Arboretum

Facilitated quarterly (12 noon - 1:00 PM)
Format:
Online via Zoom
Instructors: Kitty and Jenny Lin, Arboretum Interpretive Interns
Fee: FREE!
This online series is catered to University of Guelph international students and other community members new to Canada. New to the area? Come with us to explore The Arboretum and learn about what you can find in nature throughout the winter, spring, summer, and fall!
Visit the Nature Throughout the Seasons for International Students and New Canadians Series program page to learn more and register for upcoming dates.