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Garden & Conservatory Walks                          back to top

Join us for informative, casual, and fun outdoor gardens and conservatory walks. Walks occur snow, rain or shine; cancellations only in the event of dangerous lightning or snow storm. Dress appropriately for the weather. All walks begin in the Visitor Center Lobby. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

Youth Participants Accepted  Indicates an adult program that accepts youth participants.

Spring in the Wildflower Garden Walk

Spring in the Wildflower Garden WalkOlbrich's Wildflower Garden puts on a spectacular spring show every year! We will look for bloodroot, trilliums, Virginia bluebells, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and other early bloomers, and might spot a lady's slipper. Plants and ideas to extend the season of interest for your woodland garden throughout the entire year will be discussed.

Instructor: Erin Presley, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 15

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 30-10

Unusual SuspectsThe Unusual Suspects

Although bees are the most widely known pollinators, there are plenty of other helpful critters. We will discuss a few of our favorites, and dive into some you would never guess were helpful pollinators. After learning about some of these unusual suspects, we will take a short walk through the gardens to see some of their favorite plants.
Instructor: Samantha Malone, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Thursday, June 20, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 13

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 11-05


Pollinator Plants Walk

Class Cancelled

Pollinators need healthy habitats to thrive, including a diversity of flowering plants and nesting or egg-laying sites. Learn about some of the plants you could grow to help support local pollinators.
Instructor: Phillip Stutz, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Friday, June 21, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 14

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-01


Bumble Bee Identification

Can you spot the rare and endangered Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee? Learn key characteristics to help determine what species of bumble bees are visiting your flowers. We will then venture into the outdoor gardens and discover exactly who is buzzing around.
Instructor: Jeremy Hemberger, Gratton Lab UW-Madison Entomology

Sunday, June 23, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 14

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 11-06


Garden Alternatives to Lawns Walk

Garden Alternatives to LawnsSee how Olbrich has replaced lawns and traditional perennial beds with sustainable, beautiful grass and sedge meadows - alone or planted with flowering herbaceous perennials and bulbs. Learn how you can include low-maintenance gravel gardens in your landscape as well.
Instructor: Jeff Epping, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 3

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-02


Summer Flowers with Flavor Tasting & Walk  Youth Participants Accepted

Enjoy the wonderful world of edible flowers one petal at a time. During this exclusive walk in the outdoor gardens, learn about summer-blooming edible flowers and get recipes to try at home. Come prepared to try a few samples!

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 16 & up
Instructor: Katey Pratt, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, July 16, 9-10:30 a.m.

Registration Deadline: July 9

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 31-03


Fantastic Ferns Walk

Appreciate the variety of ferns hardy in our area while learning about the biology and culture of this ancient plant lineage, and how to use and care for them in your garden. We will cover some common fern allies and discuss the wider range of plants in this fantastic family.
Instructor: Dan Schuknecht, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, July 17, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 10

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-04


Garden Stroll with Dr. DeathA Garden Stroll with Dr. Death  Youth Participants Accepted

Take a leisurely stroll through the outdoor gardens with "Dr. Death" in search of elusive plant diseases. Get tips on how to identify common plant diseases of woody and herbaceous ornamental plants, along with information about managing these diseases.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 16 & up

Instructor: Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison

Wednesday, July 24, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 17

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-05


Time for TeaTime for Tea Tasting & Walk  Youth Participants Accepted

Sample a variety of herbal beverages fresh from Olbrich's Herb Garden! Consider old favorites like mint and lemon balm in a new way, and explore new possibilities with chia seeds and floral simple syrups. Learn how easy and fun it is to incorporate infusible plants into your garden!

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 12 & up

Instructor: Erin Presley, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Thursday, August 1, 9-10:30 a.m.  Class Full

Registration Deadline: July 25

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 31-06

Thursday, August 1, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 25

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 31-07


Creating Tropical Effects Walk

Explore the Thai Garden and learn how you can create a tropical feel in your garden with cold-hardy plants. We will discuss plant selections, care and maintenance, and specialized techniques that will make your garden appear to be from the other side of the world.
Instructor: Dan Schuknecht, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, August 13, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 6

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-08


Blooms & Bouquets WalkBlooms & Bouquets Walk

Stroll through the outdoor gardens while learning some basic tips on using flowers from your garden to make your own bouquets. Along the way, we will collect flowers to use in designing your own small bouquet to take home.
Instructor: Samantha Malone, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Thursday, August 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 8

Cost: $20/$16 member | Course Number: 31-09


Edibels in Every GardenEdibles in Every Garden Walk  Youth Participants Accepted

Explore the Herb Garden where we are experimenting with small fruit, vegetable, and herb varieties suited to containers as well as trialing new "superfood" plants. Discover how edibles are incorporated into other containers and in-ground plantings, and hear about cultural and design considerations that contribute to bountiful, beautiful, edible gardens.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 12 & up

Instructor: Erin Presley, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, August 20, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 13

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-10

Thursday, August 22, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 15

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-12


Summer ContainerSummer Container Walk

Discover the endless possibilities of designing containers to enhance your landscape. Learn the basics of planning, planting, and pruning to keep them thriving throughout the season. Designing sun and shade containers, hanging baskets, succulent combinations, and incorporating herbs, tropical plants, and more will be shared.
Instructor: Samara Eisner, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, August 21, 6-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 14

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-11


Beneficial Garden InsectsBeneficial Garden Insects

Get ready to be "bugged out!" Learn about many of the beneficial insects and spiders we have or may want in our gardens. Then we will take a walk through the outdoor gardens to see if we can spot any of our creepy-crawly friends.
Instructor: Samantha Malone, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, August 27, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 20

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 11-08


13 Sedges

Sedges are increasingly popular garden plants. These adaptable and versatile grass-like plants offer design options for any garden. Learn about thirteen top-performing sedges, and then take a walk in the outdoor gardens to see the cutting-edge sedges.
Instructor: Phillip Stutz, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, September 3, 5:30-7 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 27

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 11-09


Putting Your Garden to Bed Walk

By following a few simple tips for fall "bedtime" in the garden, you can enjoy a more beautiful winter and a relaxing, rewarding spring. We will address many common questions related to fall gardening and include technique demonstrations, tips, and tools to help you tackle - and enjoy - putting your garden to bed.
Instructor: Erin Presley & Samara Eisner, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, September 25, 5:30-7 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 18

Cost: $20/$16 member | Course Number: 31-15


Fall Garden Highlights & Lights Walk

Fall Garden HighlightsStroll through the gardens as the sun sets to view the magic of fall colors and landscape lighting. Learn about trees, shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses that provide beauty in fall and winter. After dark, revisit many of the plants to see how the lighting makes them come to life and learn some basic landscape lighting techniques.
Instructor: Jeff Epping, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Monday, October 7, 6-7:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 30

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-17


Wellness at the Gardens                                    back to top

Whether you are trying new ways to enjoy physical activity, restore balance to your life, improve stress management or eat healthier, Olbrich Botanical Gardens can support you on your journey to better health. Round out your wellness practices with our diverse adult classes led by experts in their fields. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

Youth Participants Accepted  Indicates an adult program that accepts youth participants.

Tai ChiTai Chi Meditation

6-Week Classes

"Move like a great river; sit like a mountain" - instructs the centuries-old description of the physical and meditative practice of Tai Chi. This class offers standing, moving, and seated practices rooted within the Chinese tradition of Tai Chi Ch'uan and the beauty of Olbrich's gardens for the enrichment and wellness of body, mind, and spirit. Register for one or more 6-week classes as a series.
Instructor: Jody Curley, MA, Certified Instructor

Mondays, June 3 - July 8, 6-7 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 27

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 21-01

Mondays, July 22 - August 26, 6-7 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 15

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 21-09

Mondays, September 9 - October 14, 6-7 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 3

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 21-16

Mondays, October 21 - November 25, 6-7 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 14

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 21-31


Mindful Flow YogaMindful Flow Yoga

6-Week Classes

A slow, mindful practice that emphasizes aligning breath and movement, slowing down and paying attention, and relaxing into your own body. All abilities are welcome as we enjoy the beauty of Olbrich's outdoor gardens and the benefits of yoga. Register for one or more 6-week classes as a series.
Instructor: Surya Asija, 200 RYT, Certified Instructor

Wednesdays, June 5-July 17 (no class July 3), 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 29

Cost: $72 per person | Course Number: 21-02

Wednesdays, July 24-August 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 17

Cost: $72 per person | Course Number: 21-10


Sacred Smoke for Cleansing, Healing, and Ritual  Youth Participants Accepted

Sacred SmokeThe burning of plants has been used throughout time by human cultures all over the world. Learn about uses of plant smoke in Celtic, Nordic, and American traditions. Grow or forage some of these plants yourself this season.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 16 & up

Instructor: Jean Schneider, Nativa Medica

Monday, June 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 3

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 11-02

Tuesday, September 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 3

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 11-10


Introduction to Plant Spirit Medicine  Youth Participants Accepted

Plant SpiritWorking with the spirit of a plant in both growing and healing is not a new concept. Our ancestors knew plants were wise and listened to them. In an introduction to this practice, learn how to quiet the mind and open your other senses to what the plant spirit has to show you.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 16 & up

Instructor: Jean Schneider, Nativa Medica

Thursday, June 13, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 6

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 11-03

Tuesday, September 17, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 10

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 11-13


Kitchen HerbalismKitchen Herbalism  Youth Participants Accepted

With just a few common kitchen herbs, you are already stocked with a multitude of natural medicinal health benefits! Learn about the medicinal properties of plants and solutions in your kitchen. We will make fire cider, an infused vinegar, that you will take home. All supplies provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 16 & up

Instructor: Shannon Renne, Herban Artisans

Wednesday, September 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: September 4

Cost: $31/$25 member | Course Number: 21-18

Herbs for Winter HealthHerbs for Winter Health: Elderberry Syrup and More

Learn about herbs used to promote winter health as well as address common ailments. Then make your own simple elderberry oxymel syrup, herbal lozenges, and infusions to take home. Recipes and all supplies provided.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

Tuesday, October 8, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: October 1

Cost: $44/$35 member | Course Number: 21-27

Mushrooms in the Kitchen and Apothecary

Mushrooms in the KitchenLearn about the healing value of mushrooms as well as how to prepare them for optimal nourishment and healing. Samples will be provided and you will leave with a mushroom tonic that we make in class. Recipes and all supplies provided.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

Tuesday, October 22, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: October 15

Cost: $44/$35 member | Course Number: 21-32

Herbs for StressHerbs for Stress  Youth Participants Accepted

Stress can have a profound impact on our bodies and everyday lives. Explore teas, tinctures, and aromatherapy to combat the effects of stress and support ourselves in our stress-filled society. You will formulate your own aromatherapy blend to take home. All supplies provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 16 & up

Instructor: Shannon Renne, Herban Artisans

Sunday, November 17, 1-3 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 8

Cost: $31/$25 member | Course Number: 21-38

Gladdening Herbs for Winter Blues  Youth Participants Accepted

Gladenning Herbs for Winter BluesLearn about the "gladdening herb" and other safe, effective herbal remedies for the winter blues. A holistic view of winter depression will be presented, along with seven surprising ways scientists have discovered to naturally raise serotonin levels. Herbal preparations will be available for you to taste, smell, and enjoy.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 15 & up

Instructor: Kathleen Wildwood, Wildwood Institute

Wednesday, December 4, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 27

Cost: $20/$16 member | Course Number: 11-34

Adult Classes & Workshops                                back to top

Engage your senses, discover hidden talents, learn a new technique, and explore a more personal relationship with plants and nature. From gardening practices to using nature as inspiration for the arts and do-it-yourself projects, Olbrich Botanical Gardens offers a broad range of classes and programs for adults. Led by experts in their fields, our programs provide something for every interest and skill level. Visit Olbrich Botanical Gardens to explore the wonder of plants, gardening, and the natural world. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

Youth Participants Accepted  Indicates an adult program that accepts youth participants.

Ornamental Container Gardens Workshop

Ornamental Container Gardens WorkshopLoved by small and large space gardeners alike, containers are a fabulous way to dress up your patio, deck, or balcony. In this presentation and workshop, you will learn how to plant containers with overflowing beauty and go home with one finished 16" ornamental container. Upon registration, please indicate whether you prefer sun or shade plants. All supplies provided.

Instructors: Jeff Epping and Samara Eisner, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Thursday, May 23, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 16

Cost: $92/$74 member | Course Number: 20-27

 

Make Your Own Bonsai WorkshopMake your Own Bonsai Workshop

Class Full - Call to be added to wait list

This hands-on workshop is for beginners interested in bonsai, the centuries-old Asiatic art of dwarfing trees and shrubs grown in pots or small spaces. Learn the basics of bonsai care and culture and techniques for designing and maintaining these sculptured treasures. Using a Juniper, you will design your own bonsai to take home. Juniper, soil, and wire provided. Bring a small bonsai-style pot (6") or take your living sculpture home in a plastic pot.

Instructor: Dan Schuknecht, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Thursday, May 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 23

Cost: $68/$54 member | Course Number: 20-28

 

Sensational Seasonals: From A to Zinnia

Sensational SeasonalsLooking for fresh ideas for your seasonal plant displays? Learn about unique plants to use in your beds and containers as well as tips for displaying them to their full potential. A variety of spring, summer, fall, and winter plant displays will be highlighted.

Instructors: Michael Jesiolowski, Missouri Botanical Gardens

Saturday, June 1, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 24

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-01

 

Do-It-Yourself Solar Electric

Learn practical background information about solar panels, solar electricity, and various photovoltaic systems. See examples of solar electric systems and installations to consider as you plan your solar project to meet your site's needs. You will receive a do-it-yourself manual that can be used with any solar set up and many additional resources.
Instructor: Jon Passi, Alternate Energy Educator

Sunday, June 9, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Class Cancelled

Registration Deadline: May 31

Cost: $81/$65 member | Course Number: 21-03

Sunday, September 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 20

Cost: $81/$65 member | Course Number: 21-24


Sacred Smoke for Cleansing, Healing, and Ritual  Youth Participants Accepted

The burning of plants has been used throughout time by human cultures all over the world. Learn about uses of plant smoke in Celtic, Nordic, and American traditions. Grow or forage some of these plants yourself this season.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 16 & up

Instructor: Jean Schneider, Nativa Medica

Monday, June 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 3

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 11-02

Tuesday, September 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 3

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 11-10


Introduction to Plant Spirit Medicine  Youth Participants Accepted

Plant SpiritWorking with the spirit of a plant in both growing and healing is not a new concept. Our ancestors knew plants were wise and listened to them. In an introduction to this practice, learn how to quiet the mind and open your other senses to what the plant spirit has to show you.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 16 & up

Instructor: Jean Schneider, Nativa Medica

Thursday, June 13, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 6

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 11-03

Tuesday, September 17, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 10

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 11-13


From Garden to Vase with Native Flowers  Youth Participants Accepted

Class Cancelled

Learn how native flora supports birds and butterflies in the garden and provides beautiful, fragrant flowers for the vase. Some of the best native plants to include in your landscape for cut flowers and foliage, as well as their benefits for wildlife, will be discussed. We will then enjoy a brief stroll in the outdoor gardens to see native flora.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 11 & up

Instructors: Mariette Nowak, Author

Sunday, June 30, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 21

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-07

 

Origami CranesOrigami Cranes Workshop  Youth Participants Accepted

Fold origami cranes into a beautiful bouquet that you can display at home or give as a gift! Learn about the importance of cranes to Japanese culture from International Crane Foundation experts, and be inspired to write your own nature-related haikus. All supplies provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 12 & up

Instructors: Lizzie Condon, International Crane Foundation

Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 3

Cost: $25/$20 member | Course Number: 21-06

 

Chinese Brush Painting: Summer Flowers Youth Participants Accepted

Chinese Brush Painting Summer FlowersExplore different Asian brush painting techniques to create various flowers: rose with butterflies, iris with birds, peony, sunflower with bees, and orchids. Also learn the calligraphy for each subject. For beginners to advanced students. A supply list provided. An optional supply kit ($25) can be reserved by calling (608)245-3648 and paid for the day of the workshop.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 13 & up

Instructors: Stella Dobbins, National Watercolor Society

Sunday, July 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 5

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 21-07

 

Macro Photography and Butterflies  Youth Participants Accepted

Macro PhotographyDiscover macro photography and butterflies in this workshop. Learn about macro photography equipment options, basic depth-of-field issues, how to get the best photo of various subjects, using a flash, and how to take great butterfly photographs. Then, we will go into the conservatory or outdoor gardens to take photographs. Information emphasis is for DSLR and mirrorless camera users, but will benefit all camera types. Bring a camera and off-camera flash, if you have one. You should understand how to use your camera modes and manual exposure settings.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 15 & up

Instructors: Kevin Hanley, Photographer

Saturday, July 20, 12-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 12

Cost: $56/$45 member | Course Number: 21-08

 

Wet Felted Centerpiece Mat Workshop  Youth Participants Accepted

Felted CenterpieceWet felting is the process of combining layers of wool roving and wool yarns into one flat piece of felt fabric. In this class, you will learn how to wet felt a fabulous centerpiece mat for your table using prefelt Merino roving in different colors and wool yarn to customize your design. There are many possibilities for designs, including a flower motif or even a butterfly shape. No felting experience necessary. Most supplies provided; supply list provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 15 & up

Instructors: Jan Falk, Artist

Tuesday, July 30, 6-9 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 23

Cost: $56/$45 member | Course Number: 21-11

 

Introduction to Painting with Soft Pastels  Youth Participants Accepted

Intro to Painting with Soft PastelsSoft pastels are fun to use, colorful, versatile, and expressive. You will be introduced to this fascinating dry painting medium through floral or nature-based exercises on two different papers. This workshop is a good refresher for those with some experience. All papers provided; supply list provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 14 & up

Instructors: Kay Brathol-Hostvet, Artist

Sunday, August 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 2

Cost: $125/$100 member | Course Number: 21-12

 

Napkin Block Printing with a Press  Youth Participants Accepted

Learn the linocut printmaking process from start to finish: planning, carving, and printing your block on a small printing press. You will leave the class with a set of six napkins. All supplies provided. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 16 & up

Instructors: Laurie Hunt, Artist

Sunday, August 18, 1-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 9

Cost: $73 per person | Course Number: 21-13

 

Beneficial Garden InsectsBeneficial Garden Insects

Get ready to be "bugged out!" Learn about many of the beneficial insects and spiders we have or may want in our gardens. Then we will take a walk through the outdoor gardens to see if we can spot any of our creepy-crawly friends.

Instructors: Samantha Malone, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, August 27, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 20

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 11-08

 

13 Sedges

Sedges are increasingly popular garden plants. These adaptable and versatile grass-like plants offer design options for any garden. Learn about thirteen top-performing sedges, and then take a walk in the outdoor gardens to see the cutting-edge sedges.

Instructors: Phillip Stutz, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, September 3, 5:30-7 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 27

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 11-09

 

Migrating MonarchsMigrating Monarchs  Youth Participants Accepted

Be part of one of the greatest migrations on the planet! Learn about Monarch butterflies, their migration, and nectar plants before helping capture, tag, and release Monarchs at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Monarch migration time is the perfect time to support this national conservation effort. The results will be recorded with monarchwatch.org. All supplies provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 8 & up

Instructors: Kathy Luedtke, Master Gardener

Sunday, September 8 (rain date September 15), 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 30

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 21-15

 

Kitchen HerbalismKitchen Herbalism  Youth Participants Accepted

With just a few common kitchen herbs, you are already stocked with a multitude of natural medicinal health benefits! Learn about the medicinal properties of plants and solutions in your kitchen. We will make fire cider, an infused vinegar, that you will take home. All supplies provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 16 & up

Instructor: Shannon Renne, Herban Artisans

Wednesday, September 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: September 4

Cost: $31/$25 member | Course Number: 21-18

 

Intro to Adobe Lightroom Classic  Youth Participants Accepted

Intro to Adobe LightroomToday, most photographers spend as much time editing images as they do capturing photographs. We will demonstrate how to make editing simpler and more efficient, and discuss the digital workflow process. This is an introduction to the most popular editing software, but the overall concepts are generic and most functions are common to all editing programs. Editing of nature and landscape images, along with a brief look at editing images of people will be included.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 15 & up

Instructors: Kevin Hanley, Photographer

Saturday, September 14, 12-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 6

Cost: $56/$45 member | Course Number: 11-12

 

Beginning Chair CaningBeginning Chair Caning  Youth Participants Accepted

Have you ever wondered how a caned chair seat is made? Learn how to hand cane a wooden trivet using natural strand cane. The differences between the various caning types and materials, the 7-step method of hand caning, and how to care for caned furniture will be discussed. Instruction booklet and materials to make one trivet included; additional supply list provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 12 & up

Instructors: Mary Jo Harris, Madison Knitters' Guild

Saturday, September 21, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 13

Cost: $68 per person | Course Number: 21-20

 

Hosta HeavenHosta Heaven

With so many colors, sizes, and even fragrant flowers to choose, a shade garden would not be complete without a Hosta. The genus Hosta includes thousands of unique plants. The very best species and cultivars will be showcased to help you select the perfect hostas to grow.

Instructors: Michael Jesiolowski, Missouri Botanical Gardens

Saturday, September 21, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 13

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-14

 

Abstract Florals with Alcohol Inks  Youth Participants Accepted

Abstract Florals with Alcohol InksLearn simple techniques for using alcohol inks to create vibrant, abstract floral paintings. Creating with alcohol inks is fun and surprising. You will create three paintings, and then mat them so you will leave with three pieces of art ready to frame. All supplies provided; no experience necessary.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 14 & up

Instructors: Beth Kluth, Artist

Sunday, September 22, 1-3:30 p.m.

Class Full - Space left in November class

Registration Deadline: September 13

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 21-21

Wednesday, November 6, 6:30-9 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 30

Cost: $60 per person | Course Number: 21-33

Floral Interpretations in soft pastel  Youth Participants Accepted

Floral Interpretations in Soft PastelsCreate three different interpretations from the same floral or nature-based photograph using colorful soft pastel on various papers. Soft pastel is a very adaptable medium and is perfect for learning different painting techniques. This repeatable workshop is for beginner to advanced levels. Beginners to the soft pastel medium should have reasonably good drawing skills. All papers provided; supply list provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 14 & up

Instructors: Kay Brathol-Hostvet, Artist

Sunday, September 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 20

Cost: $125/$100 member | Course Number: 21-25

Overwintering Tropicals at Home

Many specimen tropical plants are too valuable to treat as annuals, and there are ways to keep them alive and thriving from year to year. Learn multiple strategies for overwintering various tropical plants indoors, both dormant and actively growing.

Instructors: Dan Schuknecht, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, October 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 24

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-15

 

Grow Beautiful African VioletsGrow Beautiful African Violets

African violets offer a wealth of beautiful flowers and can be successfully grown on window sills. Learn about how to start from a leaf, soil and fertilizer types, care and growing conditions, rejuvenating violets, dividing and transplanting, and more. You will receive one African violet starter leaf with instructions to take home.

Instructors: Alice Peterson & Jerry VandeBerg, Crosstown African Violet Club

Wednesday, October 2, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 25

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 11-16

 

50 Best Plants for Birds50 Best Plants for Birds  Youth Participants Accepted

Learn about the best plants to add to your landscape to attract Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, American Goldfinches, Eastern Bluebirds, Indigo Buntings, Cedar Waxwings, and various wood warblers. Preferred habitats for these birds will be discussed, along with tips on planting and maintaining your garden.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 11 & up

Instructors: Mariette Nowak, Author

Saturday, October 5, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 27

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-17

 

Chinese Brush Painting: Fall Favorites  Youth Participants Accepted

Chinese Brush Painting Fall FavoritesExplore different Asian brush painting techniques to create subjects with fall colors: mountain cliffs, gold fish, chrysanthemums, carp and koi, pumpkins and squash, and yellow birds on a tree. Also learn the calligraphy for each subject. For beginners to advanced students. Supply list provided. An optional supply kit ($25) can be reserved by calling (608)245-3648 and paid for the day of the workshop.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 13 & up

Instructors: Stella Dobbins, National Watercolor Society

Sunday, October 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 27

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 21-26

 

OrchidsOrchids for Beginners

Do you want to take your first step into the mysterious world of orchids, but don't know where to start? Learn basic orchid biology and ecology, how to repot monopodial and sympodial orchids, and more to get started growing orchids in your home.

Instructors: Terry Hodge, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Monday, October 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 30

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-18

 

Herbs for Winter HealthHerbs for Winter Health: Elderberry Syrup and More

Learn about herbs used to promote winter health as well as address common ailments. Then make your own simple elderberry oxymel syrup, herbal lozenges, and infusions to take home. Recipes and all supplies provided.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

Tuesday, October 8, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: October 1

Cost: $44/$35 member | Course Number: 21-27

 

Dry BasementLandscape for a Dry Basement

Preventing a wet basement begins by managing the water outside and in the landscape. Learn creative and functional landscape solutions that are key to keeping your basement dry. You will leave with long-term solutions to a potentially "knee deep" problem.

Instructors: John Gishnock III, Formecology, LLC

Tuesday, October 8, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 1

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-19

 

Australia - The Old & New in the Land Down Under Youth Participants Accepted

AustraliaEnjoy a virtual visit to Australia and learn about its unique history, flora, and fauna, along with how the animals and plants evolved in the diverse landscape. Australia's history involves three stories - the Aboriginal First Nations people, the British Tradition, and the Immigrants Story. Learn some 'dinkum,' Aussie slang, as well.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 12 & up

Instructors: Karl van Lith, Traveler

Wednesday, October 9, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 2

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-20

 

Leafy Shrubs

Leafy shrubs make up a big part of the woody plants that are found in yards, and can range in size from less than 3 feet to over 12 feet. Improper placement not only creates a maintenance headache, but the shrub is never able to display its attributes. We will discuss the attributes of different shrubs, along with where to use them and how to maintain them.

Instructors: Paul Drobot, Perennial Landscapes

Thursday, October 10, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 3

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 11-21

 

Wondrous Wetlands Watercolor Workshop

Wondrous WetlandsJoin artist Janet Flynn and the International Crane Foundation staff for a morning of watercolor creation and Whooping Crane discovery. You will leave with your own watercolor and a new appreciation for the importance of wetlands for cranes and humans. No experience needed to enjoy this workshop - beginners are encouraged to join. All supplies provided.

Instructors: Janet Flynn, Artist with International Crane Foundation

Saturday, October 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Registration Deadline: October 4

Cost: $38/$30 member | Course Number: 21-28

 

You Are What You EatYou Are What You Eat

We have all heard the saying 'you are what you eat,' but with food being sourced across the world, the need to know exactly what you eat is important. Explore how your environment and the environment of your food can improve or deter health. You will develop a plan that guides the decision process for the foods you eat.

Instructors: Cal Bouwkamp, Retired AgED Instructor

Tuesday, October 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 8

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 11-22

 

Mary Oliver and the Art of Observation in Nature

Broaden your ability to comprehend and express your connection to the natural world in this four-week class, as you explore the poetry of nature poet Mary Oliver and Olbrich's gardens. Learn ways to apply various poetic techniques based on your nature observations to draft, revise, and write your own poetry.

Instructors: Troy Hess, On the Yahara Writing Center

Thursdays, October 17-November 7, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 10

Cost: $40 per person | Course Number: 21-29

 

Non-Adhesive Book BindingNon-Adhesive Book Binding  Youth Participants Accepted

No adhesive, needles, or sewing needed! One sheet of paper can become a book with the correct folding, creasing, and cutting. Explore the possibilities of meandering books, accordion books with folded paper covers, and a pocket accordion. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 15 & up

Instructors: Jackie Hefty, Whispering Woodlands

Sunday, October 20, 1-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 11

Cost: $87/$70 member | Course Number: 21-30

 

Mushrooms in the Kitchen and Apothecary

Mushrooms in the KitchenLearn about the healing value of mushrooms as well as how to prepare them for optimal nourishment and healing. Samples will be provided and you will leave with a mushroom tonic that we make in class. Recipes and all supplies provided.

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

Tuesday, October 22, 6-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: October 15

Cost: $44/$35 member | Course Number: 21-32

 

Ice LanternsIce Lanterns: Fun with Texture  Youth Participants Accepted

Explore the magic of ice lanterns with texturing techniques! Using household items like doormats, dish racks, and bubble wrap, add texture to your ice lanterns to make the light dance. We will show you some of these texturing techniques, display completed ice lanterns, and offer a general overview of how to create ice lanterns. Ice Luminary Magic book and supplies available for purchase.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 12 & up

Instructor: Jennifer Shea Hedberg, Wintercraft

Thursday, October 24, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: October 17

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 11-24

 

Classic ConifersClassic Conifers

Add vibrancy and winter interest to your garden by adding conifers. Learn about common and unique conifers that will infuse your landscape with different colors, forms, and textures. The best conifers to utilize for specific conditions will be highlighted.

Instructor: Michael Jesiolowski, Missouri Botanical Gardens

Saturday, November 9, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 1

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-28

 

Make a Bird PodMake a Bird Pod

Make a one-of-a-kind piece of fiber art for your backyard feathered friends or a bird lover. Learn the art of felt making using wool roving to create a shape around a resist. Bird pods are soft in appearance, but durable enough to stand up to outdoor use. No experience necessary. Felting tools and fibers provided to make one bird pod. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

Instructor: Michelle Martin, Artist

Sunday, November 10, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 1

Cost: $42/$34 member | Course Number: 21-35

Sunday, November 10, 1-4 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 1

Cost: $42/$34 member | Course Number: 21-36

Designing Attractive Native Gardens

Designing Attractive Native GardensLearn the process of developing attractive native plantings and gardens. Utilize wildflowers, grasses, sedges, shrubs, and trees to create a natural, wild look or a clean, organized planting. Understanding aesthetic criteria, as well as ecological appropriateness, will provide insight into establishing a native garden fit for any setting.

Instructor: John Gishnock III, Formecology, LLC

Tuesday, November 12, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 5

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-29

 

Perennial Perennials

Wouldn't it be great if you bought a plant, the label said it was a perennial, and it lasted for more than one growing season? The longevity of a perennial plant depends on the plant, the site, maintenance, and the seasonal weather. These topics will be covered to help ensure your perennials are not one-hit wonders.

Instructor: Paul Drobot, Perennial Landscapes

Wednesday, November 13, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 6

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 11-30

 

Make a Funky Bird OrnamentFunky Bird Ornament  Youth Participants Accepted

Make a funky woven bird to hang as an ornament or to decorate gift packages. This bird is made from a pre-woven diamond, and you will embellish it with beads, yarn, or felt to make it your own. All supplies for making one bird ornament provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 16 & up

Instructor: Jane Grogan, Madison Knitters' Guild

Thursday, November 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 7

Cost: $26/$21 member | Course Number: 21-34

 

Grow Plants with LED Lights

If winter leaves you itching to get planting, but a greenhouse is out of your budget, then this class will give you the basics on getting started with LED technology for under $100. Learn how to grow ornamental plants using off-the-shelf products, and how to set up a LED system. A system supply list will be shared.

Instructor: Cal Bouwkamp, Retired AgED Instructor

Thursday, November 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 7

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 11-32

 

Make a Felted Wine SleeveMake a Felted Wine Sleeve

Dress up a bottle of wine with your very own one-of-a-kind fiber art, and learn the art of felt making. Use wool roving to create a shape around a resist, and then finish forming it around a wine bottle. The sleeve is reusable and should fit most standard wine bottles. No experience necessary. Felting tools and fibers provided.

Instructor: Michelle Martin, Artist

Sunday, November 17, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 8

Cost: $42/$34 member | Course Number: 21-37

 

Herbs for StressHerbs for Stress  Youth Participants Accepted

Stress can have a profound impact on our bodies and everyday lives. Explore teas, tinctures, and aromatherapy to combat the effects of stress and support ourselves in our stress-filled society. You will formulate your own aromatherapy blend to take home. All supplies provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 16 & up

Instructor: Shannon Renne, Herban Artisans

Sunday, November 17, 1-3 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 8

Cost: $31/$25 member | Course Number: 21-38

Suminagashi Floating InksSuminagashi Floating Inks  Youth Participants Accepted

Suminagashi or "floating ink" is the process of marbling plain, thin Japanese paper with water and ink. Learn how to make this decorative paper technique that can be used in bookmaking, scrapbooking, journals, card making, and more. Minimal supplies are necessary, so it is easy for you make marbled paper at home. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 15 & up

Instructor: Jackie Hefty, Whispering Woodlands

Sunday, November 17, 1-4 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 8

Cost: $87/$70 member | Course Number: 21-39

 

Hydroponics 101  Youth Participants Accepted

Learn about growing plants using the hydroponic method. We will discuss the six types of hydroponic systems and how they work, as well as the different medias and tools needed for success.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 16 & up

Instructor: Dennis Anderson, Paradigm Gardens

Tuesday, November 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 12

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-33

 

From the Garden: Herbal Soap Making Workshop  Youth Participants Accepted

Herbal Soap MakingEnjoy a day of making soap with herbs and fresh goat's milk. Learn the basics, and then dive into a hands-on experience. Explore how to create a natural washcloth by felting finished soap bars. You will go home with soap made in class, along with the instructions and recipes. Most supplies provided; supply list provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 12 & up

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 15

Cost: $87/$70 member | Course Number: 21-41

 

Grow Lights 101  Youth Participants Accepted

Buying a grow light should be fun, not stressful. Learn about the different types of horticultural lighting and how to best use them. We will discuss the pros, cons, and costs of all the different types of lights available.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 16 & up

Instructor: Dennis Anderson, Paradigm Gardens

Thursday, December 5, 6:30-8 :30 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 27

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-35

 

Holiday Card Block Printing with a Press  Youth Participants Accepted

Learn the linocut printmaking process from start to finish: planning, carving, and printing your block on a small printing press. You will leave the class with a set of 15 cards. All supplies provided. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 16 & up

Instructor: Laurie Hunt, Artist

Saturday, December 7, 1-4 p.m.

Registration deadline: December 2

Cost: $68 per person | Course Number: 21-42

 

Evergreen Holiday Wreath with Natural Materials Workshop

Everygreen Holiday Wreath WorkshopEvergreen holiday wreaths smell wonderful and add charm to your winter decorating scheme. Learn how to decorate your own unique wreath with natural materials from Olbrich's gardens. Fresh evergreen wreath, plant materials, and other supplies provided to make one holiday wreath.

Instructor: Erin Presley & Samara Eisner, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, December 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: December 3

Cost: $73/$59 member | Course Number: 21-43

Wednesday, December 11, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Registration deadline: December 4

Cost: $73/$59 member | Course Number: 21-44

 

Herbal Gift Making: Hands-on Fun!  Youth Participants Accepted

Herbal Gift MakingMake 10-12 different herbal-based gift items. You will rotate through each station, making a different item from salts and infused vinegars to salves, body spray, and felted soap bar. Learn about the variety of herbs offered and take recipes home of the items made. All supplies provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 12 & up

Instructor: Linda Conroy, Moonwise Herbs

Saturday, December 14, 1-5 p.m.

Registration deadline: December 6

Cost: $75/$60 member | Course Number: 21-45

 

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June 17 - 23, 2019

Pollinator Week is an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and beetles. It also brings attention to the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Celebrate pollinators with us and spread the word about what can be done to protect them.

Youth Participants Accepted  Indicates an adult program that accepts youth participants.

Bumble Bees of WisconsinBumble Bees of Wisconsin  Youth Participants Accepted

A number of important Wisconsin bee species are in decline, including the familiar bumble bee. Learn about bumble bees of Wisconsin and their importance as pollinators, plus the environmental threats, conservation efforts, and current research underway at UW-Madison.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 12 & up

Instructor: Jeremy Hemberger, Gratton Lab UW-Madison Entomology

Monday, June 17, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 10

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-04


Make Seed Bombs for Pollinators  Youth Participants Accepted

Class Cancelled

Help support pollinators by planting insect-attractive annuals in a fun, new way! Learn about pollinators and the flowers they frequent, and then make three "seed bombs" to take home. Toss the "seed bombs" anywhere in your garden, and then watch as flowers grow and attract pollinators. All supplies provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 8 & up

Instructor: Avery Marcott, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, June 18, 10-11:30 a.m.

Registration Deadline: June 11

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 21-04


Creative Native Bee House Workshop  Youth Participants Accepted

Creative Native Bee HousesLearn about structures you can build to encourage native bees to take up residence in your landscape, and then build a small house for non-stinging, solitary bees. The unique bee house is constructed using hollow stems and other bee-friendly tubes. All supplies provided.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 12 & up

Instructor: Katey Pratt, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, June 19, 6-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 12

Cost: $35/$28 member | Course Number: 21-05


Build a Bee House

Can you bee-lieve that many bees are solitary and don't sting? Learn all about native bees, and then build a small house for non-stinging, solitary bees. Your unique bee house will be constructed using hollow stems and other bee-friendly tubes. All supplies provided. Ages 7-11 with an adult.
Instructor: Katey Pratt, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Thursday, June 20, 9:30-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: June 13

Cost: $35/$28 member, per child | Course Number: 61-02


Unusual SuspectsThe Unusual Suspects

Although bees are the most widely known pollinators, there are plenty of other helpful critters. We will discuss a few of our favorites, and dive into some you would never guess were helpful pollinators. After learning about some of these unusual suspects, we will take a short walk through the gardens to see some of their favorite plants.
Instructor: Samantha Malone, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Thursday, June 20, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 13

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 11-05


Pollinator Plants Walk

Class Cancelled

Pollinators need healthy habitats to thrive, including a diversity of flowering plants and nesting or egg-laying sites. Learn about some of the plants you could grow to help support local pollinators.
Instructor: Phillip Stutz, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Friday, June 21, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 14

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 31-01


Bumble Bee Identification

Can you spot the rare and endangered Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee? Learn key characteristics to help determine what species of bumble bees are visiting your flowers. We will then venture into the outdoor gardens and discover exactly who is buzzing around.
Instructor: Jeremy Hemberger, Gratton Lab UW-Madison Entomology

Sunday, June 23, 1-2:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 14

Cost: $17/$13 member | Course Number: 11-06


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A Tour of Pakistani Cooking & Culture

Learn how to create simple, easy, and delicious recipes using fresh ingredients and fragrant spices. Recipes are a fusion style of flavors from the instructor's journeys and homeland of Pakistan. Classes are demo-style with tasting of dishes by class participants and recipes to take home.

Youth Participants Accepted  Indicates an adult program that accepts youth participants.

Tacos with a Flair  Youth Participants Accepted

Recipes included with this class: Fish tacos with mango and pepper salsa with lime and cilantro.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 9 & up

Instructor: Huma Siddiqui, White Jasmine

Thursday, August 29, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: August 22

Cost: $36/$28 member | Course Number: 21-14


SpicesSajji Shrimp with Basmati Rice  Youth Participants Accepted

Recipes included with this class: Sajji shrimp in garlic and cilantro sauce with colorful peppers and basmati rice.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 9 & up

Instructor: Huma Siddiqui, White Jasmine

Thursday, September 26, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 19

Cost: $36/$28 member | Course Number: 21-23


Perfectly Vegetarian  Youth Participants Accepted

Recipes included with this class: Tandoori squash (squash in spicy coconut sauce) and lentils with spinach (orange lentils with fresh spinach, turmeric and cilantro) with cumin rice.

Youth Ages Accepted: Ages 9 & up

Instructor: Huma Siddiqui, White Jasmine

Thursday, November 21, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: November 14

Cost: $36/$28 member | Course Number: 21-40


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Understanding Botanical Latin

Conquer plant names! Learn about the two-part botanical names, which tell a story written in Latin. The words reveal characteristics of plants, where they come from, and so much more. We will discuss basic terminology that will help you decipher what the plant names tell you about the plant. Register for one or both classes as a series.

Color, Texture, Shape & Form

Discover the plant characteristics written into the Latin names of many plants.
Instructor: Katey Pratt, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, October 22, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 15

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-23


People & Places

Discover the fascinating people and places written into the Latin names of many plants.
Instructor: Avery Marcott, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Tuesday, October 29, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 22

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-25


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Woodlands should foster wildflowers, young oaks, and abundant wildlife. If your woodland is in poor health, impacted by overgrazing, over shaded, and full of invasive brush and exotic weeds, this class series is for you. With a little effort you can restore stability, health, and life to the ecosystem. Register for one or more classes as a series.

Assessing the WoodlandAssessing the Woodland

Learn how to research the ecological history of your property, how to assess its current condition, and how to determine its potential for the future.
Instructor: Frank Hassler, Good Oak Ecological Services

Wednesday, October 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 23

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-26


Clearing Invasive Brush

Learn to identify woodland trees and shrubs, including beneficials and invasives, along with how to efficiently eliminate invasive brush and weedy trees.
Instructor: Frank Hassler, Good Oak Ecological Services

Wednesday, November 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 30

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-27


Controlling Invasives & Restoring Natives

Controlling InvasivesLearn how to eliminate invasive plants, like garlic mustard, from your woodland, and how to start re-establishing native wildflowers, grasses, and woody plants that will bring back the wildlife.
Instructor: Frank Hassler, Good Oak Ecological Services

Wednesday, November 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: November 6

Cost: $15/$12 member | Course Number: 11-31


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GLEAM: Art in a New Light
August 28 - October 26, Wednesdays through Saturdays
Evening times vary by month

Discover Olbrich Botanical Gardens in a whole new light at GLEAM, an annual exhibit featuring various artists creating light-based installations throughout Olbrich's 16-acre outdoor gardens.

GLEAM Walks with David Wells

Explore Olbrich's GLEAM: Art in a New Light, during these exclusive evening guided walks. Hear in-depth information about the art installations, artists, and the process of creating the exhibition. Guided walks occur when GLEAM is not open to the public. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.
Instructor: David Wells, Edgewood College

Tuesday, September 17, 7:30-9 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 10

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 31-13

Tuesday September 24 7:30-9 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 17

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 31-14

Tuesday, October 1, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 24

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 31-16

Tuesday, October 8, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 1

Cost: $18/$14 member | Course Number: 31-18


Introduction to Photographic Light Painting

Light painting uses simple, inexpensive tools to control additive lighting to your photographic subjects. Through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice, you will learn the basics of this photography tool, what equipment is needed, and what camera settings and exposure to use to achieve dramatic results while shooting in the dark. Equipment list provided.
Instructor: John Lorimer, Photography Instructor

Tuesday, September 10, 6-9 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 3

Cost: $56/$45 member | Course Number: 21-17


Introduction to Night Photography Lecture

Learn how to photograph the moon, buildings, and other after-dark subjects using your camera's manual settings. This lecture-style class explores the equipment, camera settings, proper exposure, and composition ideas that will improve your success with night photography. Bring a digital camera capable of shooting in the manual mode (ability to set aperture and shutter speed).
Instructor: John Lorimer, Photography Instructor

Thursday, September 12, 6:30-9 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 5

Cost: $56/$45 member | Course Number: 11-11


Night Photography - GLEAM Exclusive Photo Shoot

Capture the unique beauty of GLEAM during this exclusive photography opportunity. The exhibit is closed to the public during these photo shoots, providing unobstructed views of art and allowing for tripod use. Professional photography instructors will provide tips and answer photography questions. Bring your camera and tripod.
Instructor: John Lorimer, Photography Instructor

Tuesday, September 17 (rain date September 24), 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 10

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-19

Tuesday, September 24 (rain date October 1), 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 17

Cost: $50/$40 member | Course Number: 21-22


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Youth Participants Accepted  Indicates an adult program that accepts youth participants.

MEET THE AUTHOR

Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Meet the Author: Wisconsin State ParksGeology and Natural History

Join 702WI and Olbrich Botanical Gardens for Meet The Author. Hit the trail for a dramatic look at Wisconsin's geologic past with Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural Histor. Freelance science writer Scott Spoolman takes readers with him to twenty-eight parks, forests, and natural areas where evidence of the state's striking geologic and natural history is on display. A book signing follows the presentation, and books are available for purchase. Speaker introduction by Melanie McManus, author of Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail.

Instructor: Scott Spoolman, Author

To register for this presentation visit:

www.702wi.com/scottspoolman

Wednesday, May 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: May 8

Cost: $5 per person

702WI (WI = writer incubator) is a co-creative workspace for writers, creators, and designers to work. It is also an event space for authors and reading groups, and a gallery space for artists who incorporate writing and words. 702WI was created by Reading Group Choices, a company that recommends books for reading group discussion, and is based out of Madison.


Origami CranesOrigami Cranes Workshop  Youth Participants Accepted

Fold origami cranes into a beautiful bouquet that you can display at home or give as a gift! Learn about the importance of cranes to Japanese culture from International Crane Foundation experts, and be inspired to write your own nature-related haikus. All supplies provided.

Instructors: Lizzie Condon, International Crane Foundation

Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 3

Cost: $25/$20 member | Course Number: 21-06

 

Chinese Brush Painting: Summer Flowers  Youth Participants Accepted

Chinese Brush Painting Summer FlowersExplore different Asian brush painting techniques to create various flowers: rose with butterflies, iris with birds, peony, sunflower with bees, and orchids. Also learn the calligraphy for each subject. For beginners to advanced students. A supply list provided. An optional supply kit ($25) can be reserved by calling (608)245-3648 and paid for the day of the workshop.

Instructors: Stella Dobbins, National Watercolor Society

Sunday, July 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 5

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 21-07

 

Chinese Brush Painting: Fall Favorites  Youth Participants Accepted

Chinese Brush Painting Fall FavoritesExplore different Asian brush painting techniques to create subjects with fall colors: mountain cliffs, gold fish, chrysanthemums, carp and koi, pumpkins and squash, and yellow birds on a tree. Also learn the calligraphy for each subject. For beginners to advanced students. Supply list provided. An optional supply kit ($25) can be reserved by calling (608)245-3648 and paid for the day of the workshop.

Instructors: Stella Dobbins, National Watercolor Society

Sunday, October 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Registration Deadline: September 27

Cost: $80 per person | Course Number: 21-26

 

Mary Oliver and the Art of Observation in Nature

Broaden your ability to comprehend and express your connection to the natural world in this four-week class, as you explore the poetry of nature poet Mary Oliver and Olbrich's gardens. Learn ways to apply various poetic techniques based on your nature observations to draft, revise, and write your own poetry.

Instructors: Troy Hess, On the Yahara Writing Center

Thursdays, October 17-November 7, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 10

Cost: $40 per person | Course Number: 21-29

 

Non-Adhesive Book BindingNon-Adhesive Book Binding  Youth Participants Accepted

No adhesive, needles, or sewing needed! One sheet of paper can become a book with the correct folding, creasing, and cutting. Explore the possibilities of meandering books, accordion books with folded paper covers, and a pocket accordion. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be provided.

Instructors: Jackie Hefty, Whispering Woodlands

Sunday, October 20, 1-4 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 11

Cost: $87/$70 member | Course Number: 21-30

 

Suminagashi Floating InksSuminagashi Floating Inks  Youth Participants Accepted

Suminagashi or "floating ink" is the process of marbling plain, thin Japanese paper with water and ink. Learn how to make this decorative paper technique that can be used in bookmaking, scrapbooking, journals, card making, and more. Minimal supplies are necessary, so it is easy for you make marbled paper at home. Some supplies provided; a supply list will be provided.

Instructor: Jackie Hefty, Whispering Woodlands

Sunday, November 17, 1-4 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 8

Cost: $87/$70 member | Course Number: 21-39

 

Holiday Card Block Printing with a Press  Youth Participants Accepted

Learn the linocut printmaking process from start to finish: planning, carving, and printing your block on a small printing press. You will leave the class with a set of 15 cards. All supplies provided. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

Instructor: Laurie Hunt, Artist

Saturday, December 7, 1-4 p.m.

Registration deadline: December 2

Cost: $68 per person | Course Number: 21-42

 

Learn & Play Together:

Family Classes                                                          back to top

Explore the wonder of the natural world with your family. Learn & Play Together classes are a great opportunity for parents or caregivers to spend quality time with their children. Classes are designed for you to explore nature-themed topics side-by-side with your child as they engage in hands-on, fun, age-appropriate experiences. Children must be accompanied by an adult; limit two age-appropriate children per adult; adult attends free. Dress for the activity and weather. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

Advance registration required.

FAMILY CLASS

Plant, Water, Grow!

Explore how plants grow and what they need to survive! Class includes hands-on plant dissections, a guided walk to discover the diversity of plants growing at Olbrich, and time for you to plant your own small garden to take home. Ages 5-11 with an adult.

Instructor: Kim North, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Saturday, June 8, 9:30-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: June 1

Cost: $10/$8 member, per child | Course Number: 61-01

Creative Native Bee HousesFAMILY CLASS

Build a Bee House

Can you bee-lieve that many bees are solitary and don't sting? Learn all about native bees, and then build a small house for non-stinging, solitary bees. Your unique bee house will be constructed using hollow stems and other bee-friendly tubes. All supplies provided. Ages 7-11 with an adult.

Instructor: Katey Pratt, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Thursday, June 20, 9:30-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: June 13

Cost: $35/$28 member, per child | Course Number: 61-02

FAMILY CLASS

Felted ButterflyMake Your Own Felted Butterfly

Explore the magic of wet felting and create a unique butterfly. Learn the basics of wet felting with Merino wool and use a pre-felted butterfly shape to make a pin or pendant. Instructions given for a little bit of finishing at home. All felting materials supplied. Ages 4-8 with an adult.

Instructor: Jan Falk, Artist

Tuesday, July 30, 1:30-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 23

Cost: $25/$20 member, per child | Course Number: 61-05

FAMILY CLASS

Breakfast for the ButterfliesBreakfast for the Butterflies

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies exhibitt! Work side-by-side with staff to feed the butterflies in the Bolz Conservatory. Learn where the butterflies come from and they are cared for. We will release some butterflies if they are ready to fly! Ages 5-11 with an adult.

Advance registration is required. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted for these classes.

Instructor: Sarah Ellis, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, July 31, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Class Full

Registration Deadline: July 24

Cost: $11/$9 member, per child | Course Number: 61-06

Wednesday, August 7, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Registration Deadline: July 31

Cost: $11/$9 member, per child | Course Number: 61-07

Friday, August 9, 8:30-9:30 a.m.  Class Full

Registration Deadline: August 2

Cost: $11/$9 member, per child | Course Number: 61-08

 

FAMILY CLASS

All About Owls!

Owls are incredible birds! Learn about owl adaptations and what owls eat. Class includes hands-on activities about owl adaptations, an owl pellet dissection, an outdoor guided walk, and a take-home activity. Ages 5-11 with an adult.

Instructor: Sarah Ellis, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Saturday, October 19, 9:30-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: October 11

Cost: $10/$8 member, per child | Course Number: 61-10

FAMILY CLASS

Felted Fantasy GarenMake a Felted Fantasy Garden

Create your own magical land and creatures! We will use needle felting to create a small playscape on a piece of fabric. You decide how it will look - a magic pond, mushroom chairs, flower covered hills - the possibilities are endless! After learning the basics of needle felting, you will create creatures to inhabit your new land - hedgehogs, bunnies, and more. All supplies provided. Ages 8 and up with an adult.

Instructor: Michelle Martin, Artist

Sunday, November 3, 1-3 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 25

Cost: $31/$25 member, per child | Course Number: 61-11

FAMILY CLASS

Carnivorous Plants Eat What?!

Carnivorous plants are extraordinary! Learn about them by exploring our tropical and native carnivorous plant collection! Class includes hands-on learning activities about what and how carnivorous plants eat, carnivorous plant explorations, a guided walk, and a take-home activity. Ages 5-11 with an adult.

Instructor: Kim North, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Friday, November 8, 6:30-8 p.m.

Registration Deadline: November 1

Cost: $10/$8 member, per child | Course Number: 61-12

FAMILY CLASS

The Science of Snow

When we think of plants, we often think of sunny, warm days. Did you know some plants actually appreciate snow too?! Visit our new Frautschi Family Learning Center anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for family-focused, hands-on science explorations to learn more about the relationships between snow, cold temperatures, and plants. Create your own winter-themed art project to take home. No registration necessary! Open to all ages with an adult.

Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Cost: Free!

CHILDREN'S KITCHEN GARDEN

Tastes & Tales Family Classes

Storytelling is the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, sometimes with improvisation, theatrics, or embellishment. Join us in our Children's Kitchen Garden as we foster our connection with plants and food through storytelling. Classes begin with storytelling followed by preparing a plant-based snack together, and then exploring plants through hands-on activities. Snacks will not include common food allergens. Register for one or more classes as a series. Ages 4-11 years with an adult.

Class Fee: $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair)

Instructor: Kim North, Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Tuesday, June 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: June 18

Course Number: 61-03

Cranes and Corn

Thursday, July 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: July 18

Course Number: 61-04

The Bee Tree

Saturday, August 24, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Registration Deadline: August 16

Course Number: 61-09

 

Little Sprouts Programs                                      back to top

Little Sprouts programs are nature and literature-based early childhood programs designed to meet the multidimensional learning and developmental needs of children ages 2-5 years. Each class is designed for children to work side-by-side with their adult caregiver as they engage in hands-on, fun, age-appropriate experiences that support the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. Sign up for one class or an entire series. Ages 2-5 years with an adult.

Advance registration required.

Toddler Story and StrollsLittle sprouts Story & Strolls

Little Sprouts Story & Stroll classes include a story, theme-related learning activities, and a stroll through the outdoor gardens or conservatory.

 

Down by the pond

Sensational Snails

Wednesday, June 5, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: May 29

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-01

Fantastic Frogs

Class Full - Call to inquire about walk-ins

Wednesday, June 12, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: June 5

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-02

Terrific Turtles

Class Full - Call to inquire about walk-ins

Wednesday, June 19, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: June 12

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-04


Explore summer bugs with stories by eric carle

The Very Grouchy Ladybug

Class Full

Wednesday, July 10, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: July 3

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-07

The Very Lonely Firefly

Class Full

Wednesday, July 17, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: July 10

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-08

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Class Full

Wednesday, July 24, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: July 17

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-09

 

fall into autumn with stories by april sayre

Shadows

Friday, September 13, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: September 6

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-16

Honk, Honk, Goose!

Friday, September 20, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: September 13

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-17

Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep

Friday, September 27, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: September 20

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-18

 

MEeting mysterious animals with stories by janell cannon

Pinduli the Hyena

Friday, October 11, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: October 4

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-19

Verdi the Snake

Friday, October 18, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: October 11

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-20

Stellaluna the Bat

Friday, October 25, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: October 18

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-21

 

Nature is all around!

Because of an Acorn

Friday, November 8, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: November 1

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-22

Tree to Sea

Friday, November 15, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: November 8

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-23

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter

Friday, November 22, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: November 15

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-24

 

December Delights

Whistling Trains

Tuesday December 3 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: November 26

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-25

Friday, December 6, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: November 27

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-26

Splendid Gingerbread

Tuesday, December 10, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: December 3

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-27

Friday, December 13, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: December 6

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-28

Marvelous Peppermint

Tuesday, December 17, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: December 10

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-29

Friday, December 20, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: December 13

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-30


Little Sprouts GardeningLittle Sprouts Gardening

Little Sprouts Gardening classes take place outdoors in the Children's Kitchen Garden where participants listen to a story, water plants, dig in the soil, and engage in hands-on learning activities.

 

Animals in the Garden

Little Red Hen

Thursday, June 13, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: June 6

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-03

Peter Rabbit

Thursday, June 20, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: June 13

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-05

Stories from Bug Garden

Thursday, June 27, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: June 20

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-06

 

Sights and Sounds in the Garden

A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds

Tuesday, August 6, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: July 30

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-10

Thursday, August 8, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: August 1

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-11

Quiet in the Garden

Tuesday, August 13, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: August 6

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-12

Thursday, August 15, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: August 8

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-13

Mouse, Bear, Strawberry

Tuesday, August 20, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: August 13

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-14

Thursday, August 22, 10-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: August 15

Cost:  $9/$7 member (per child/adult pair) | Course Number: 51-15

Scout & Youth Group Programs                       back to top

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to explore the wonders of nature. Scout and youth groups are invited to join us for self-guided visits or hands-on learning programs designed to engage youth with the world around them. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

To register a group or individual youth for a self-guided visit or program, contact the Education Department by calling (608)245-3648.

All About Owls!

Owls are incredible birds! Joins us to learn about owl adaptations and what owls eat. Class includes hands-on learning activities about owl adaptations, an owl pellet dissection, a guided walk through the outdoor gardens, and a take-home activity.

Youth Ages: 6-11 with an adult

Saturday, October 12, 9:30-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: October 4

Cost: $10 per child, $2 per adult

Monday, October 21, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 14

Cost: $10 per child, $2 per adult

Wednesday, October 30, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Registration Deadline: October 23

Cost: $10 per child, $2 per adult

Tropical Treasures

The tropical rainforest is a special place! Join us as we learn all about food and other treasures that come from the tropical rainforest. Class includes hands-on learning activities about tropical and sub-tropical plants, a fruit dissection, and a guided tour and scavenger hunt through the tropical conservatory.

Youth Ages: 6-11 with an adult

Saturday, November 9, 9:30-11 a.m.

Registration Deadline: November 1

Cost: $10 per child, $2 per adult

Monday, November 11, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Registration Deadline: November 4

Cost: $10 per child, $2 per adult

Wednesday, November 13, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Registration Deadline: November 6

Cost: $10 per child, $2 per adult

Youth Writing Programs                                     back to top

The Greater Madison Writing Project, in partnership with Olbrich Botanical Gardens, hosts workshops and camps for young writers (those entering grades 3-8) and high school writers (those entering grades 9-12). Participants write in a beautiful environment using Olbrich's outdoor gardens and tropical conservatory as inspiration. The supportive environment is led by a staff of Greater Madison Writing Project Fellows and experienced teachers of writing whose goal is to inspire and support writers of all abilities. Limited space; register early and by the deadline.

To learn more and to register, visit go.wisc.edu/gmwpyouth. Email questions about Youth Writing Programs to mdziedzic@wisc.edu.

Young Writers CampsYoung writers Camps (grades 3-8)

At the end of each camp, writers will share their favorite pieces of writing from the week for their families and friends at an evening celebration. Each participant will contribute a piece of writing to be published in an anthology; each participant receives a copy.

Questions can be directed to mdziedzic@wisc.edu. For more info or to register for any of the camps, visit:

gmwp.wisc.edu/young-writers/young-writers-camp

Early Bird registration before May 1 is $200 per youth. After May 1, registration is $250 per youth.

Young Writers Summer Camp I

Monday-Thursday, June 24-27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

(Family Event: June 27, 6 - 8 p.m.)

Young Writers Summer Camp II

Monday-Thursday, August 5-8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

(Family Event: August 8, 6 - 8 p.m.)

Young Writers Summer Camp III

Monday-Thursday, August 12-15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

(Family Event: August 15, 6 - 8 p.m.)

 

High School writers Camps (grades 9-12)

Participants will write daily in a beautiful environment. At the end of each camp, young writers will share their favorite pieces of writing from the week for their families and friends at an evening celebration. Each participant will contribute a piece of writing to be published in an anthology; each participant receives a copy.

Questions can be directed to mdziedzic@wisc.edu. For more info or to register for any of the camps, visit: gmwp.wisc.edu/young-writers/high-school-writing-camps/

Early Bird registration before May 1 is $200 per youth. After May 1, registration is $250 per youth.

High School Writers Camp I

Monday-Thursday, June 24-27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

(Family Event: June 27, 6 - 8 p.m.)

High School Writers Camp II

Monday-Thursday, August 5-8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

(Family Event: August 8, 6 - 8 p.m.)


 

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Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719