Looking for some nature-based education opportunities this winter? Our non-profit and mission-related groups offer presentations, workshops, and classes in beekeeping, ikebana, native plants, birding, and more. Here’s the January 2018 lineup of programs at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. All classes and programs are held at Matthaei (1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor 48105) and are free unless noted in the listing as “Fee-based program.”

Tues., Jan. 9, 6:30 pm
Ten Secrets to Getting Started in Beekeeping
Presenter: Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers
Richard Mendel reveals the ten secrets of successful beekeeping. The presentation will be specific to anyone wanting to get started in beekeeping, with a general overview of beekeeping practices, bee biology, and equipment. Tonight’s program is a lead up to Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers’ one-day seminar on January 27, “So You Want to Be a Beekeeper? Richard is the founder of Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers and was recognized as the beekeeping expert for the Washtenaw County Extension Master Gardner’s telephone hotline.

Wed., Jan. 10, 6:45 pm
A2WO Seed Cleaning and Exchange
Presenter: Ann Arbor Wild Ones
Share your surplus native seeds at this workshop sponsored by Ann Arbor Wild Ones. Participants will also learn techniques for cleaning seeds.

Mon., Jan. 15, 7:30 pm
Canopy Walk to Boomslang
Presenter: Michigan Botanical Club
A photo tour of botanical gardens in the United States, Europe, and South Africa.

Wed., Jan. 17, 7:30 pm
Birding at the End of the World
An illustrated presentation by retired U-M physics professor and birder Len Sander on the wildlife and scenery at the seldom-visited southern tip of South America.

Thurs., Jan. 18, 1-2:30 pm
Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging
Presenter: Ann Arbor Ikebana Intl. Chapter
**Fee-based program
Participants create their own seasonal ikebana arrangement with guidance by a certified instructor. Cost: $20 which covers flowers and instructor. Reservations required. Info:  a2ikebana@gmail.com.