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Classes, Workshops, and Lectures at the Yakima Area Arboretum

The Yakima Area Arboretum hosts many classes, workshops, and lectures throughout the year that cover topics such as gardening tips, hands-on workshops, home decor, and so much more. You can use this page to help you find out what's new to learn about at the Arboretum. This page will be updated throughout the year, so keep checking back for what's new to do at the Yakima Area Arboretum.


Registration Required for Classes and Programs.

Want to save some money on our classes, while also being invited to exclusive events, all while supporting one of your local greenspaces? Then become an Arboretum Member today!


  • Arboretum memberships last for 12 months (1 year) from the date of purchase.


  • Members receive discounts for Arboretum classes as well as 10% off at the Arboretum's gift store.


  • Members are also invited to special Arboretum member-only events and nights such as the Arboretum's Plant Sale, 4th of July Fireworks Viewing, Luminaria, and more!

Upcoming Scheduled Classes and Registration Links

Classes, workshops, lectures, and more are announced in our weekly newsletter, on our Facebook page, and on our events page (here).

FREE Yakima Valley Bonsai Expo presented by the Yakima Valley Bonsai Society

Sunday June 2nd, 2024 at the Yakima Area Arboretum

10:00am to 2:00pm

Cost: FREE



🌱 What to Expect:

Breathtaking Bonsai: Immerse yourself in the captivating world of miniature trees. Witness the meticulous craftsmanship and artistic vision behind each bonsai (盆栽) tree.

Kusamono Delights: Explore the enchanting companion plants (Kusamono - 草物 くさもの) that complement these bonsai masterpieces.

Club Member Showcase: Our talented club members have designed and styled these bonsai trees with passion and dedication.


Whether you’re a seasoned bonsai aficionado or simply curious about this ancient art form, the Yakima Valley Bonsai Expo promises inspiration and awe. Don’t miss this opportunity to appreciate the beauty of nature in miniature! 🌿🌸

Celebrating our Orchid Display Reveal with 3 Orchid Classes Coming Up on Saturday, June 8th!


With our Orchid Display in the Jewett interpretive Center set to be revealed on Saturday, June 8th, 2024, we wanted to celebrate these fascinating plants with you all by bringing in a guest speaker and lots of orchids for you to purchase! Thanks to the partnership of the Yakima Area Arboretum, Yakima Orchid Society, and the American Orchid Society, this display will be in the Jewett Interpretive Center for as long as it stays together! The display focuses on epiphytic orchids and plants that do not live in traditional soil and instead thrive well above the forest floor. The display was also made using materials and instructions that can be found easily online and are relatively affordable for anyone who wants to take on a project such as this.

Orchid Basics w/ Joe from Emerald City Orchids

Saturday June 8th, 2024 at the Yakima Area Arboretum

10:00am to 11:30am

Cost:

$10 for YAA Members

$15 for Non-Members


Discover the enchanting world of Orchids with us on Saturday, June 8th, from 10am to 11:30am. Delve into one of nature's most diverse and stunning plant families. Gain insights into various species and learn expert tips on nurturing orchids. This lecture-style overview is limited to 80 participants. Led by Joe Grienauer from Emerald City Orchids, the session promises an engaging experience with a chance to purchase exquisite plants straight from Emerald City Orchids. Secure your spot by booking online or visiting us at the Arboretum. Don't miss this opportunity to explore Orchids at the Yakima Area Arboretum!


This is the 1st of 3 orchid presentations happening this day. Orchids from Emerald City Orchids will be on sale after each of the presentations.

Arboretum Orchid Display and Discussion w/ Garrett

Saturday June 8th, 2024 at the Yakima Area Arboretum

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Cost: FREE


With the orchid display being unveiled that Saturday, Yakima Area Arboretum's own Garrett Brenden will show off the display that was newly created and still growing in, and give insights on how it works, its quirks, and how you could make one of your own your own time! This will be a short lecture with hands-on look of the display in the lobby itself.


This is the 2nd of 3 orchid presentations happening this day. Orchids from Emerald City Orchids will be on sale after each of the presentations.

Advanced Orchid Care w/ Joe from Emerald City Orchids

Saturday June 8th, 2024 at the Yakima Area Arboretum

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Cost:

$10 for YAA Members

$15 for Non-Members


Discover the enchanting world of Advanced Orchid Care with us on Saturday, June 8th, from 2pm to 3:30pm. Elevate your understanding of these exquisite plants, renowned for their complexity and beauty. Delve deeper into specialized care techniques tailored for the discerning orchid enthusiast. Led by Joe Grienauer from Emerald City Orchids, this exclusive session offers invaluable insights and guidance that builds from the lessons in the basics class earlier in the day. Limited to 80 participants, reserve your place today for an enriching experience. Secure your spot online or visit us at the Arboretum. Elevate your orchid care skills at the Yakima Area Arboretum!


This is the 3rd of 3 orchid presentations happening this day. Orchids from Emerald City Orchids will be on sale after each of the presentations.

Ink Trails and Wilderness Tales with Jim Christensen-

Select Tuesdays (and one Monday)

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cost: FREE


Upcoming Dates:


February 27th- Australia (Queensland and N Territory)

March 26th- South Australia and Victoria

April 22nd (MONDAY)- Wonders within 50 miles of Yakima

May 28th- Washington's Cascade Mountains

June 25th- Butterflies of Yakima County

July 30th- Glacier National Park

August 27th- Alaska Tour


All talks will be from 6pm to 8pm!


World traveler, photographer, author, and fantastic pen artist Jim Christensen will take you through his travels around the globe by showing his photos and drawings, discussing his time exploring the wonders of our natural world. These talks are free to attend, but donations are gladly accepted. Jim will be selling some of his prints from his original drawings to support the Yakima Area Arboretum as well to those interested!

Free Native Plant Identification Public Workshops

Wednesdays:

Mar 20, May 8, June 5, July 10, Sep 11, Oct 9, and Nov 13, 2024

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Cost: FREE


Whether it's learning about grasses, identifying leafless twigs, or spending an evening determining which type of native aster we have in our hands, it's always a fun journey to learn together with the Washington Native Plant Society using the dichotomous keys at the workshops.


These are not formal "classes" but are more like a nature study club that likes to brush up on their flora of the inland northwest in different ways using real samples. Registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome, though space may be limited.

CANCELLATION POLICY



For class registrants (excludes Nature Day Camp): If you are unable to attend a class, please call at least 72 hours before the class is scheduled to start and you will receive a full refund minus a 10% processing fee. Cancellations within 72 hours of a class start will not be given a refund.


For Fundraising Event Registrants: Unless otherwise stated refunds will not be given for Arboretum fundraising events such as the Garden Tour or Autumn Bounty.


YAA Class or Event Cancellation: Occasionally the Arboretum will need to cancel a class or event due to such factors as inclement weather, insufficient registration, or other things beyond its control. In such a case the Arboretum will issue registrants a full refund.

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