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.

Upcoming & Current Workshops

 


Virtual Shrub Identification

American Witch-hazel

Mondays, June 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Shelley Hunt

Ontario has dozens of native shrub species, from dogwoods to viburnums, blackberries to spicebush, and everything in between. Where to start in learning to identify them? In this workshop, spread over 4 zoom sessions, we will cover basic shrub morphology and learn the key ID features of a wide variety of these diverse woody plants. The 4th session will include a virtual tour of shrubs in the Arboretum's collections.

Fee: $50 (plus HST) per person.

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Virtual Tree Identification

hand holding Maple leaf

Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2024
12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM

Format: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Shelley Hunt

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. 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. 

Please Note: This course is only on-line. A separate in-person course is also available on July 5th.
We also send recordings out after each session, so if you miss a session you can watch the recording. The recordings are avaialble for one month after the end of the workshop.

Fee: $50 (plus HST) per person.

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Tree Identification

oak leaves

Friday, July 5, 2024 
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Format: In-Person
Instructor: Shelley Hunt

This full-day program helps participants refine their skills to identify trees in Ontario. The focus of the workshop is on learning the important identification characteristics of difficult tree groups such as the cherry, oak and walnut families as well as the easier groups such as ash and maple. The afternoon is spent outside identifying trees in the forest as well as young cultivated trees with their Eurasian counterparts in the World of Trees collection. Participants are encouraged to bring their field guides and binoculars. Each registrant that attends the workshop will receive a copy of our Tree Leaves Biodiversity Sheet.

Fee: $94.00 (plus HST) per person if you register by the early bird deadline of June 27. If you register after June 27 the fee is $104 (plus HST).

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Dragonflies and Damselflies

face of dragonfly

Wednesday, July 10, 2024
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Format: In-Person
Instructor: Chris Earley

Ontario is home to over 150 species of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies), many of which are common in the Guelph area. Most species can be identified with a field guide and pair of binoculars. Participants learn about these beautiful creatures, their fascinating lives, and see why they are an important part of our local ecosystems. This workshop includes an outdoor component of catching and identifying the dragonflies of The Arboretum.  Each registrant that attends the workshop will receive a copy of our Dragonfly Booklet.

*Maximum 18 adults.

Fee: $97 (plus HST) per person if you register by the early bird deadline of July 2, 2024. After July 2 the fee is $107 plus HST.

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Ontario Insects

Weevil

Monday, July 22, 2024
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Format: In-Person
Instructor: Andalyne Tofflemire

This workshop introduces participants to all the major groups of insects in Ontario with a focus on how to recognize major groups or families, with special reference to the common species one is likely to encounter in both the backyard and in the field. This is a great introductory course for educators, field researchers, and those who wish to simply become familiar with the mini-wildlife of Ontario. Registrants in attendance will receive one of our insect biodiversity sheets. Note that the majority of this workshop will be spent out of doors regardless of weather, so dress appropriately!

*Maximum 18 adults.

Fee: $94 (plus HST) per person if you register by the early bird deadline of July 14, 2024. After July 14 the fee is $104 plus HST.

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Identification and Biology of Butterflies

moth photo

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Format: In-Person
Instructor: Andalyne Tofflemire

This workshop has been designed to educate participants about butterflies and how to identify them in the wild. Topics covered include, butterfly natural history, capture techniques, field identification, tagging, migration, and creating and maintaining butterfly habitat. The workshop concludes outside catching and identifying the butterflies of The Arboretum. Regsitrants in attendance will receive a copy of our Butterfly biodiversity sheet.

*Maximum 18 adults.

Fee: $94 (plus HST) per person if you register by the early bird deadline of July 15, 2024. After July 15 the fee is $104 plus HST.

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Hunters, Fishers and Trappers: The Amazing Life of Spiders

photo of spider

Friday, September 6, 2024
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Format: In-Person
Instructors: John Reaume, Dan Schneider and Chris Earley

In this day-long workshop, participants learn about the fascinating life stories and identification tips about our most important invertebrate predators, the spider. Participants will venture outside for part of the day learning how to find and identify some of our amazing local arachno-fauna, discover first-hand why most insects are arachnophobic, and how we can (and should) help our local spider population. Registrants in attendance will receive a copy of our Spider Booklet.
*Maximum 18 adults.

Fee: $100 (plus HST) per person if you register by the early bird deadline of August 29, 2024. After August 29 the fee is $110 plus HST. Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.

REGISTRATION COMING SOON.

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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:  Arboretum Interpretive Interns

This program is offered to specifc groups. If you would like more information please contact us.
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. Please note that at this time this program is being offered to special group instead of as a public program. If you are part of a group that is interersted please contact us for further information.