The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
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Photograph of Red-Tailed Hawk taken at Nichols Arboretum by Andreas Kanon
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adult education

Expand your knowledge of the natural world, explore a new topic, or learn a new skill by attending one of the many programs we offer year-round. The roster includes lectures series, exhibits, workshops, field classes, and more, most free and offered by our partner groups. No registration required unless noted in description.

We also offer nature-based youth programs and programs for scouts or groups of children.


 4/15/2017 - The Blue Orchid
 4/17/2017 - Native American Medical Ethnobotany North of the Rio Grande
 4/18/2017 - Climate Change & Its Effect on Health
 4/19/2017 - 21st Century Science with 19th Century Specimens: Next Generation Ornithology at the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
 4/26/2017 - Bonsai Group Planting
 4/27/2017 - Hinoki Cypress Workshop


 5/9/2017 - Early Season Bee Management
 5/11/2017 - Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging
 5/15/2017 - Catching Your Breath
 5/16/2017 - Alternative Futures in the Michigan Food System
 5/17/2017 - From Magnificent to Montezuma: Birding Southeast Arizona
 5/20/2017 - Fatal Flaws in Orchids
 5/24/2017 - The Transcendent Gardens of Japan


 6/11/2017 - Hosta Stock Exchange
 6/13/2017 - Mini-Nucs: How to Make and Use Them
 6/20/2017 - Michigan Prairies: Concept and Application
 6/21/2017 - Creatures of the Night
 6/28/2017 - Tropical Bonsai with Jerry Meislik
 6/29/2017 - Natal Ficus Workshop



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