Adult Programs

Stebbins Gulch: A Hike Through Geologic History @ The Holden Arboretum
Feb 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Follow the streambed as it cuts through bedrock dating back millions of years. Explore the geology and plant communities resulting from this special environment. This rigorous hike requires a good degree of physical fitness. Proper footwear is imperative and should be appropriate for climbing, walking through mud and high water conditions. We strongly suggest high waterproof boots. No children under 12. Rugged – 3 miles.

Magnificence on the Mountain @ Holden Arboretum
Feb 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Unique geological formations, diversity of plant life and its historic use as a resort make this a spectacular natural site. No children under 12. Moderate – under 2 miles. This hike will not be offered in April or May so that we can treat our hemlock trees for an outbreak of wooly adelgids.

Fireside Lecture: Orchids of Ohio @ Holden Arboretum
Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mention wild orchids and most people think of the tropics, but did you know Ohio is home to nearly 50 different native species? Orchids come in all shapes, colors and sizes, and are often regarded as some of the world’s most stunning and rare plants. Come find out what makes an orchid so unique and explore the diversity of Ohio’s species, the numerous habitats they occur in, their specialized life histories and so much more.

Birding By Ear For Beginners @ Holden Arboretum
Feb 23 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Late winter is an excellent time for beginner birders to learn birdsong and behavior before the flurry of spring migration begins. The first part of this class will be spent indoors, where we will learn the basics of how to listen to birds, interpret their behavior and then begin to identify common year-round residents and their habitats. We will then put our new found skills to the test outside as we explore several forests and gardens. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.

Orchid Terrarium Workshop @ Holden Arboretum
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Bring the tropics to your home this winter by creating an orchid terrarium.

Terrariums are a fun way to display plants and can provide an ideal environment with minimal care. Participants will plant their own terrarium to take home while learning about the plants provided and their proper care. All supplies provided. Registration for this class closes on Feb. 13 in order to acquire sufficient materials.

Fireside Lecture: Garden History: Thomas Jefferson – Landscape Architect @ Holden Arboretum
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A garden history presentation using the life of Thomas Jefferson to illustrate the horticultural influences that shaped him for producing his landscape architectural and garden projects.  Extensive pictures include Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, Poplar Forest and the University of Virginia. Historic garden restoration and design considerations are included.


Home Orchard Design And Care @ Holden Arboretum
Mar 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Orchards can be a great asset to your property. Whether you are interested in starting an orchard from scratch or need some tips and tricks for managing your current fruit trees this workshop is for you. Participants will learn how to select and lay out the location of an orchard on their property, which fruit trees to grow, pollination requirements, pruning techniques, organic management, and more. Please come prepared to be outside and ready to explore some of the Arboretum’s orchards.

Wine and Cheese Night Hike @ Holden Arboretum
Mar 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Enjoy the Arboretum’s sights and sounds and learn about the night time forest ecosystem. Afterwards relax with food and drink. Wear sturdy shoes, this hike goes no matter the weather

Taiji With the Trees – Session 1 @ Thayer Center
Mar 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

5 Week Session – March 10 – April 14 (No class April 7)

TaijiFit combines the best elements of fitness, meditation and the ancient martial art of Taiji (Tai Chi). Learn the secret of balancing yin and yang – strength with beauty, power with peace and endurance with flow. There is no routine to memorize or get right.


Magnificence on the Mountain @ Holden Arboretum
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Unique geological formations, diversity of plant life and its historic use as a resort make this a spectacular natural site. No children under 12. Moderate – under 2 miles.