The Arboretum

Workshops

Below is a list of workshops from January to December. Please be aware of the year listed with each date. For example, the January programs may have a later year than the November programs depending on when you are checking.

JANUARY FEBRUARY MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE
JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER

NOTE: The Arboretum may cancel any event when the minimum number of registrants is not achieved by the Early Bird registration deadline. Registrations are welcome after the Early Bird registration deadline (at a higher fee) as long as the program is not full or cancelled.

Locations: There are three buildings that we use for workshops. The location of a workshop will be in your confirmation information e-mail that you will receive after you register.

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JANUARY

Great Horned Owl

Owl Workshop : A Who's Whoo in Ontario

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  - Owl Prowl  - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Discover how to use your eyes and ears to identify Ontario's Owls.  Through a wide variety of hands-on activities you'll learn about owl plumage, calls and behaviour, habitat requirements, migration patterns and owl folklore.  An evening "Owl Prowl" in the evening in the Guelph area is planned.  Arboretum Naturalist: Chris Earley - author of Hawks & Owls Eastern North AmericaEarly Bird Fee: $95.00 if done on or before Thursday, January 7. Registrations after this date will cost $105.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 18 adults.

Racoon tracks

Animal Tracking

Friday, January 22, 2016 -9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Have you ever wondered what made those marks in the snow? In this full day program we will be learning how to track animals. We will be studying the tracks and signs of Ontario mammals and other types of wildlife. By the end of the day you will learn to identify and interpret animal tracks by looking at foot morphology, track patterns and gait analysis.  The workshop will also include an introduction to track aging and scat identification.  There is an outdoor component that will have us looking for and following animal tracks and trails. Each participant will receive a copy of The Mammals of The Arboretum booklet which includes many tracks. Guest Instructor: Tamara Anderson.  Early Bird Fee: $75.00. if done on or before Thursday, January 14. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 18 adults.

Screech Owl

Night Stalker's Owl Prowl (adults only)

Friday, January 29, 2016 (Full)
OR Friday, February 5, 2016 (New Date!)
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Learn about the behaviour and adaptations of owls in the Guelph area.  The introduction to this program will take place indoors, but dress warmly in preparation for a walk outdoors. This program is for adults and teens age 14+.  Guest Naturalist: Jenn Bock.  Fee:  $15.00. Registration Deadline for February date, Thursday, January 28. *Maximum 25 people.

Screech Owl

Night Stalker's Owl Prowl (family night)

Saturday, January 30, 2016 (Full)
Saturday, February 6, 2016 (New Date!)
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Learn about the behaviour and adaptations of owls in the Guelph area.  The introduction to this program will take place indoors, but dress warmly in preparation for a walk outdoors. This program is for adults and children under 14.  Guest Naturalist: Jenn Bock.  Fee: $15.00/adult - $8.00/child - $40.00/family of 4. Registration deadline for February date: Thursday, January 28 . *Maximum 25 people.

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Winter Landscape Photography

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Don't Hide Inside! Ah, winter.  A time of pristine snow, sparkling icicles and snow covered trees.  So put down that hot drink, leave the cozy fire, and join us for a winter landscape photography course.  Photographer Sylvia Galbraith will host a discussion and visual presentation on the unique challenges of winter photography.  Topics include determining exposures & lighting in bright snow, protecting your equipment from the cold, equipment best suited for landscape photography & more.  We'll explore choosing winter subjects and study creative compositions.  Then we'll head outside to the woods and meadows of The Arboretum to practise. Dress warmly and bring a tripod if possible. All skill levels, film or digital.  Highly recommended for those who love the outdoors and for artists who take reference photos.  Inclement weather date: Saturday, February 6. Guest instructor:  Sylvia Galbraith Early Bird Fee:  $55.00 if done on or before Thursday, January 21. Registrations after this date will cost $65.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 18 adults.

FEBRUARY

Photography

Basic D-SLR Photography

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Are you new to D-SLR photography? Are you unsure how to use the various settings and controls on a D-SLR camera?  Then join us for this full day workshop, where we'll look at how to get the most out of your camera.  You'll learn about shutters, apertures, exposures, using different lenses and zoom settings, composition, lighting, and more. Part of this class will be outside, where we'll practise in the woods and meadows of The Arboretum, so dress for the weather.  Bring your camera, extra batteries, warm gloves, and be ready for a fun day of photography.  Inclement weather date: Sunday, February 28. Guest Instructor: Sylvia Galbraith.  Early Bird Fee: $100.00 if done on or before Thursday, February 11. Registrations after this date will cost $110.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.  Maximum 18 adults.

MARCH

pruning

The Art & Practice of Pruning

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. This half-day indoor/outdoor practical workshop will teach you the principles of easy and correct pruning in the home garden.  This is a very popular course, so register early!  Arboretum Horticulturist: Sean Fox.  Early Bird Fee: $55.00 if done on or before Tuesday, March 8. Registrations after this date will cost $65.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the ealry bird deadline the course may be cancelled.  Maximum 16 adults per session.

Gardening Fundamentals

Gardening Fundamentals

Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 2016 - 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Gardening Fundamentals is a series of courses designed for both the beginner and experienced gardener. Course material covers basic information to provide a good grounding and then goes on to introduce advanced topics that are normally not found in gardening books.  The presenter has over 35 years of gardening experience, most of it in the Guelph area.

Each course is approximately 2.5 hours in length and is designed to be independent of each other allowing you to take only the courses that are of interest to you. The full set of 6 courses will give you a very solid understanding of Gardening Fundamentals. At the end of the courses you will be able to plant and maintain the best garden on your block. You will also have an opportunity to have all of your gardening questions answered by local Master Gardeners. Guest Instructor: Robert Pavlis. Early Bird Fee: $70 for all six evenings (register on-line) or $15 at the door per evening (this at the door fee includes tax). Registration deadline: Monday, February 29.  This workshop will be run at The OAC Centennial Arboretum Centre.

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To see a video clip of Robert being interviewed about the course, please click here.

APRIL

pond

Building Ponds and Waterfalls

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - This course will teach you everything you need to know to build simple water features, ponds and waterfalls. It will start by looking at design considerations to help you select the right kind of feature for your garden. Detailed information will be provided for building the structure and adding pumps and filtration systems. Plants, fish and maintenance issues will also be discussed. At the end of the course you will have the knowledge and confidence to build your own water feature.
Guest Instructor: Robert Pavlis.  Early Bird Fee: $75.00 if done on or before Thursday, March 31. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 18 adults.

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Warbler Workshop Level I: Butterflies of the Bird World

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Through a wide variety of hands-on activities you'll learn about the plumage, song and behaviour of warblers.  We'll also investigate habitat requirements and timing of migration. Participants will receive an information booklet.  Arboretum Naturalist: Chris Earley - author of Warblers of the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North America. Early Bird Fee:$75.00 if done on or before Wednesday, April 6.  (Note:  If you also take Warbler II - Early Bird fee of $125 for both). Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 18 adults.

pine warbler

Warbler Workshop Level II: The Less Common Ones

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - This workshop covers 15 less commonly seen southern Ontario warblers which are not covered in the Level I Warbler Workshop.  Participants will receive an information booklet.  Keeners can take both warbler courses to cover all of Ontario's breeding species ($125 for both).  Arboretum Naturalist: Chris EarleyEarly Bird Fee: $75.00 if done on or before Thursday, April 7. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 18 adults.

indigo bunting

Introduction to Birds

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Are you a want-to-be bird watcher, but don't know where to begin?  This course is for you!  We will be covering topics from identifying birds to choosing and using binoculars.  We will also cover basic ornithology by studying anatomy, breeding biology, classification and habitat requirements.  Over lunch we will watch Arboretum birds and study their behaviour.  Bring a lunch and, if you have them, a bird book and binoculars.  Guest Instructor: Richard Tofflemire.  Early Bird Fee : $75.00 if done on or before Wednesday, April 13. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 18 adults.

MAY

spring beauty

The Intriguing World of Spring Wildflowers

Not offered in 2016- This is really two workshops in one. In addition to learning to identify our springtime flora we will go "beyond the field guide" to delve into these plants' natural history, ecology, lore, and uses. Following a brief classroom session, the remainder of our time will be spent exploring the Arboretum's nature preserves engaged in hands-on exercises and stimulating discussions. By the end of the day you will have learned more about our spring wildflowers than you ever imagined. Bring lunch, your favourite wildflower field guide, and a hand lens if you have one. Spare hand lenses and field guides will be available for use. Guest Instructor: Richard Aaron.  Early Bird Fee: $75.00 if done on or before Thursday, TBA. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.   Maximum: 16 adults.

woodlands and meadows

Photographing Woodlands and Meadows (formerly Garden & Wildflower Photography)

Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Spring is when the woods come alive, and at the Arboretum, plants and animals are everywhere. If you love the outdoors, join us for a workshop that will show you how to create inspired photographs of nature - spring flowers, frogs and other creatures, as well as landscapes of the meadows and forests. We’ll look at composition, lighting, camera settings & equipment best suited for nature photography, then head outside for most of the class to practice. Bring your camera and dress for the weather. Suitable for all levels, SLR or point & shoot cameras. Guest Instructor: Sylvia Galbraith.  Early Bird Fee: $55.00 if done on or before Thursday, May 5. Registrations after this date will cost $65.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 18 adults

am tree sparrow

Sparrow Workshop: Those Little Brown Jobs

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - This workshop will help you identify and study 19 species of sparrows found in Ontario.  We will use hands-on activities to learn plumages, songs and habitat use of this difficult-to-identify group.  Over lunch we'll be hiking through The Arboretum looking for our resident sparrows (so please pack a lunch).  An information booklet will be provided. Arboretum Naturalist:  Chris Earley, author of Sparrows and Finches of the Great Lakes Region and Eastern North AmericaEarly Bird Fee: $75.00 if done on or before Thursday, May 12. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 18 adults.

JUNE

Invasive Species Workshop - Animals and Plants

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - In this workshop we will learn about biology, identification, and control of invasive plant and animal species. What makes them more successful than native species? We will also learn about the best practices for preventing the spread and introduction of invasive species. Parts of the workshop will be outside, where we will explore the woods and gardens of The Arboretum in search of invasive species. Participants will receive an information booklet.  Guest Instructor: Dirk  Steinke.  Early Bird Fee: $75.00 if done on or before Thursday, May 26. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 18 adults.

sketching

Sketching Nature

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 -10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Focusing on sketching techniques and note taking, this workshop is for those who want a permanent record of their observations of nature.  It is designed for beginners, so don't be shy!  Sketch books and pencils provided.  Arboretum Interpretive Naturalist Intern:  Alexandra Kocher.  Early Bird Fee: $35.00 if done on or before Tuesday, May 31. Registrations after this date will cost $45.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 20 adults.

Bird Sounds

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This workshop will start off with an early morning Arboretum hike to get you tuned in to bird sounds. Participants will learn how to develop their listening skills to identify that bird "way up there behind all those leaves.@ A variety of techniques will be used to help you describe and remember the different songs and calls of birds such as flycatchers, vireos, thrushes and woodpeckers. Guest Instructor:  Richard Tofflemire.  Early Bird Fee: $80.00 if done on or before Wednesday, June 1. Registrations after this date will cost $90.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.  Maximum 18 adults.

Medicinal Plants

Medicinal Plants

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - In Herbal Medicine, plants from the forest, garden and meadow are valuable in the treatment a variety of health conditions. Join Guelph naturopathic doctor, Elizabeth Cherevaty ND for this guided “herb walk” through the Gosling Wildlife Gardens, woods and meadows of The Arboretum as she highlights uses and habitats of important medicinal plants including motherwort, mayapple, blue cohosh, bloodroot, red raspberry, Joe Pye weed, hawthorn and black walnut. Each participant will receive a colour booklet detailing the plants and their uses. The tour starts outside and then will be followed by an introduction to Herbal Medicine and ways to use the plants at home. Please note this course is not intended to provide instruction in harvesting or preparation of medicinal plants. Guest Instructor:  Elizabeth Cherevaty.  Early Bird Fee: $35.00 if done on or before Monday, June 6. Registrations after this date will cost $45.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.  Maximum 20 adults.

moon

Night & Low Light Photography- Field Trip

Saturday, June 18, 2016 -7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. - Join photographer Sylvia Galbraith for an evening of fun in this hands-on field trip. This course is timed to take advantage of the (almost) full moon - the first hour will be spent inside, for a lesson on shooting in low light - we'll cover using timed exposures and night settings, composition, equipment, shooting city lights & more.  Then it's out to the meadows of the Arboretum to photograph the setting sun, and night photography by the light of the moon. We'll also try some fun flash effects. This course requires a tripod for best results, and is suitable for all skill levels.  Bring a flashlight, and dress for the weather. Rain date is Sunday, June 19. Guest Instructor: Sylvia Galbraith.  Early Bird Fee: $55.00 if done on or before Thursday, June 9. Registrations after this date will cost $65.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 18 adults.

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Look, See, Paint

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 -9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - A watercolour course that's different!  This program helps you discover the natural world and the fun of painting.  A course for beginners, but those with experience will enjoy it, too.  Supplies will be provided for the session.  Arboretum Interpretive Naturalist Intern: Alexandra Kocher.  Early Bird Fee: $40.00 if done on or before Tuesday, June 14. Registrations after this date will cost $50.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.  Maximum 10.

The Mysterious World of Mothsmoth

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 4: 00 p.m. - If you have ever wondered about those close cousins of the butterflies, then this introductory class will open your eyes to the amazing and mysterious world of moths. We'll start off with an introduction to the "moth world" and what makes a moth so unique. Then we'll go through the families or groups of moths that you'll commonly encounter in our area. We'll also do some exploring outside to look for roosting moths, day-flying moths and moth caterpillars. Learn how to identify, find and appreciate the beautiful moths that are all around us. Guest Instructor: Andalyne Tofflemire. Early Bird Fee: $75.00 if done on or before Thursday, June 16. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.  Maximum 18 adults. We may possibly do a night mothing outing as well. Stay tuned!

JULY         

dragonfly

Dragonflies and Damselflies

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - 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.  Learn about these beautiful creatures, their fascinating lives and see why they are an important part of our local ecosystems. Be prepared for the weather of the day as we spend time outside catching and identifying the dragonflies of The Arboretum. Arboretum Naturalist: Chris Earley.  Early Bird Fee: $75.00 if done on or before Tuesday, June 28. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.  Maximum 18 adults.

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Identification and Biology of Butterflies

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - This workshop has been designed to educate you on butterflies and help you develop your  identification skills.  We will focus on butterfly natural history, capture techniques, field identification, tagging, migration and creating and maintaining butterfly habitat.  Be prepared for the weather of the day as we spend time outside catching and identifying the butterflies of The Arboretum.  Guest Instructor:  Jessica Linton.  Early Bird Fee: $75.00 if done on or before Monday, July 11. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.  Maximum 18 adults.

 

solitary sandpiper

Shorebirds

Not offered in 2016 - Yup, a workshop on one of the most difficult groups of birds to identify. Using plumage, shape, size, calls and behaviour, we will try to figure out all of those confusing sandpipers, plovers, phalaropes, turnstones, knots, godwits and whimbrels.  If you are up for the challenge, this is the workshop for you!  They really aren't that bad.... Arboretum Naturalist: Chris Earley.  Early Bird Fee: $75.00 if done on or before Tuesday, July TBA. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 18 adults.

SEPTEMBER

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Hawk Workshop: Those Magnificent Raptors

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - This workshop has been designed to help you develop your skills in identifying migrating hawks, falcons, vultures, eagles and osprey.  Through a wide variety of hands-on activities you'll learn about plumage, body shape, foraging techniques, flight patterns and migration times of 15 species.  An information booklet will be provided.  Arboretum Naturalist: Chris Earley, author of  Hawks and Owls of Eastern North America. Early Bird Fee: $75.00 if done on or before Thursday, September 1. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 18 adults.

Shinrin - Yoku WalkShinrin-Yoku Walk

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - The newly launched Canadian Chapter of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides is proud to hold one of its first high-profile walks in Canada at The Arboretum, University of Guelph. Forest Therapy originated from Japan's Shinrin-Yoku, which literally translates into “forest bathing” (taking in the air of a forest). It is a gentle way of moving mindfully through nature. Led by experienced guide Ben Porchuk, the walk will open your senses and connects you to different ways nature can help align and heal you. For further information on the Canadian Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides please go: to: http://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/chapters.html. Guest Instructor: Ben Porchuk.  Early Bird Fee: $55.00.  Registration deadline: Wednesday, September 7. Registrations after this date will cost $65.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.   Maximum 20 adults.

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Growing Native Woody Plants from Seed

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Diversity is the emphasis of this full-day course. Grow your own native trees and shrubs.  Characteristic seeds for the workshop will be collected while touring part of The Arboretum.  We will carry out the techniques for cleaning, treating and sowing seeds and how to protect them as seeds and young plants.  A tour of The Arboretum's native plant nursery will help you set up your own project. Arboretum Horticulturist: Sean Fox.  Early Bird Fee:  $75.00.  Registration deadline: Monday, September 12. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.   Maximum 16 adults.

Shrub Identification

dwarf hackberry

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Neither great trees nor a carpet of bloom, the often overlooked but ecologically important shrubs and vines in our landscape will be our focus. Fresh specimens and an easy to use key for shrubs will be used. We will be outdoors for half of the day discovering southern Ontario's native and naturalized shrubs at The Arboretum. Bring a magnifying glass. Arboretum Horticulturist: Sean Fox. Fee: $75.00. Registration deadline: Wednesday, September 14. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 16 adults.

Tree Identificationoak leaf

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - This program will help you refine your skills at identifying trees in Ontario. The focus will be on learning important identification characteristics.  Difficult groups such as the cherry, oak and walnut families as well as the easier groups such as ash and maple will be explored.  The afternoon will be spent outside, identifying trees in the forest as well as young cultivated trees with their Eurasian counterparts in the World of Trees collection.  Bring your field guide and binoculars. Arboretum Director: Shelley Hunt.  Early Bird Fee: $75.00. Registration deadline: Thursday, September 15. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 16 adults.

Fall landscape

Fall Landscape Photography

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Fall is a time of stunning landscapes, with colour everywhere, and signs of nature getting ready for the winter.  This workshop will help you capture the best of the season, and will inspire you to try new photography ideas. We’ll start inside at the J.C. Taylor Nature Centre, where we’ll look at lenses, filters, tripods and other accessories that are best suited for fall landscape photography. We’ll also talk about shooting in inclement weather, composition, lighting, creative effects, and explore working in both colour and black & white. Then we’re off to the woods and meadows of the Arboretum for a field trip.  Dress for the weather, this class runs rain or shine. Suitable for all skill levels. Guest Instructor:  Sylvia Galbraith.  Early Bird Fee:  $55.00. Registration deadline: Thursday, September 15. Registrations after this date will cost $65.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.  Maximum 18 adults.

OCTOBER

Point and Shoot Basics

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Many of you have been asking about photography classes for beginners, so, here’s a great one that’s brand new. This workshop involves tips for using point & shoot cameras…we’ll look at menu settings, exposure modes, and composition & lighting to get the best shots …. then we head outside for a field trip so you can practice. The Arboretum is full of fabulous subjects for photography - reflections on the pond, all kinds of trees, wildlife & plants, and the fall colours should be perfect at that time of year. Dress for the weather, and make sure you have your camera and a freshly charged battery. Guest Instructor: Sylvia Galbraith.  Early Bird Fee: $55.00.  Registration deadline: Thursday, October 6. Registrations after this date will cost $65.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.   Maximum 18.

Photography

Basic D-SLR Photography

Not offered this season in 2016 - Are you new to D-SLR photography? Are you unsure how to use the various settings and controls on a D-SLR camera?  Then join us for this full day workshop, where we'll look at how to get the most out of your camera.  You'll learn about shutters, apertures, exposures, using different lenses and zoom settings, composition, lighting, and more. Part of this class will be outside, where we'll practise in the woods and meadows of The Arboretum, so dress for the weather.  Bring your camera, extra batteries, warm gloves, and be ready for a fun day of photography. Guest Instructor: Sylvia Galbraith.  Early Bird Fee: $100.00 if done on or before Thursday, October TBA. Registrations after this date will cost $110.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.   Maximum 18 adults.

NOVEMBER

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Close Up and Macro Photography

Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Here’s a workshop for D-SLR photographers who are fascinated by the tiny world hidden around us. We’ll look at how to shoot within inches of a subject, lighting with both flash and natural light, focusing techniques and more.  The we’re off to explore the woods and meadows of The Arboretum, which is filled endless possibilities for macro photography….  in the fall, we usually find things like patterns in tree bark, fungi and seeds, and all kinds of insects to practice on.  Or you can try close up photos of ripples in the pond, or frost on a leaf edge.  Bring your camera, and dress for the weather as we’ll be shooting outside, rain or shine.  Waterproof pants are good, so you can get down in the dirt for the really low viewpoints.  It’s best to have a macro lens or close-up filters, or a macro setting on your camera.  Note:  many camera stores rent macro lenses at a low cost…this might be an option for those who would like to learn more but don’t have a macro lens. Guest Instructor: Sylvia Galbraith.  Early Bird Fee: $55.00 if done on or before Thursday, November 3. Registrations after this date will cost $65.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.  Maximum 18 adults.

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Gull workshop : Graceful, Gregarious & Simply Gorgeous

Not offered in 2016 - This workshop has been designed to help you develop your skills in the identification of wintering gulls.  Through a variety of hands-on activities, you will learn about gull plumage, size differences, bill shapes and behaviours of 13 different gull species.  We will also discuss the best places to watch gulls and how some gull species have adapted to the urban environment.   Arboretum Naturalist: Chris Earley.  Early Bird Fee: $75.00 if done on or before Thursday, November 5. Registrations after this date will cost $85.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled. Maximum 18 adults.

Black & white photography

Black and White Photography

Not offered in 2016 - Long considered a true art form, black and white photography presents both challenges and rewards.  Instructor Sylvia Galbraith will help you explore a world without colour in this course.  Learn about seeing shapes and textures, patterns of light and shades of grey. We'll discuss photo editing for black and white, and converting your colour files. Then it's off to practice on the grounds of The Arboretum where the woods and gardens provide unlimited subjects for black and white photography. Dress for the weather, rain or shine.  Suitable for both SLR and point and shoot photographers, film or digital. Guest Instructor:  Sylvia Galbraith.  Early Bird Fee: $55.00 if done on or before Thursday, November TBA. Registrations after this date will cost $65.00.  Note: If we don't have enough registrations by the early bird deadline the course may be cancelled.   Maximum 18 adults.

DECEMBER

No workshops have been scheduled for this month.

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University of Guelph Arboretum
College Ave East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
Canada

519-824-4120
ext. 52113

 

GPS Co-ordinates

43°32'39.06"N

80°12'57.78"W