Special Interest Classes

Special Interest Classes

Our Special Interest programs give you an opportunity to try your hand at a new hobby.

Learn how to use herbs and plants from the garden to create products for the bath or home, turn a lovely bouquet of flowers into a beautiful arrangement or get back to nature by learning how to become a bird watcher. Whichever program you choose, you are sure to enjoy connecting with nature and sharing your new talents with friends.

For more general information about adult classes, visit the Adult Programs main page. Please contact education@dallasarboretum.org with additional questions.

Wine Tastings with Times Ten Cellars Click for More

April 10, April 17 Sold Out, May 1 or May 8

6:15-7:15 p.m.

$50 or $45 for Members

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What better way to kick off a Cool Thursday Concert than with a fun wine tasting by Times Ten Cellars on the new rooftop Oasis Garden at the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden? The tasting includes three red and three white wines from their winery and a crystal wine glass to take home. Full bottles of your favorite tastings will be available for purchase after the event. Light bites will be provided by Times Ten Cellars. Fee includes admission to the concert. Theses tastings sold out last year so make your reservation today!

Hummingbirds Click for More

May 3 & 10 | 9-11 a.m.

$42 or $38 for Members

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Explore the incredible world of hummingbirds. We’ll begin at the Arboretum and learn about specialized feeding and unique behavior. Then, we’ll head into the grounds in pursuit of the smallest birds in the world. We’ll resume our quest for hummers the following Saturday at the Trinity River Audubon Center. We’ll trek the trails and learn how to create hummingbird friendly

feeders and gardens. The first session of class will be held at the Arboretum, and the second session of the class will be held at TRAC, located at 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, TX 75217.

Jam Making Click for More

May 10 | noon-3 p.m.

$50 or $45 for Members

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Chef Eva Greer, well known for her Farm to Fork cooking classes and specialty fruit jams and sauces, will take you through jam-making basics from start to finish. Each element of the process will be covered in detail allowing participants to capture the freshness of fruits when in season to enjoy all year long as jam. Participants will leave the class with an appreciation and understanding of jam making and a couple of Jams for themselves to share with friends and family.

Cyanotype Click for More

June 7 | noon-2 p.m.

$75 or $68 for Members

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This class will introduce students to the history of the Cyanotype process. Students will learn from Shannon Driscoll from Oil & Cotton, how to mix chemicals to make sensitizing solutions and application techniques for coating various papers and fabric. Photograms may be created with botanical specimens, feathers, lace, stencils, and other objects (no film, camera, or negatives needed for photograms). Most of the class will take place outside.

Birds on the Water Click for More

June 7 and 14 | 9-11 a.m. Sold out

$90 or $81 for Members 

To be added to the waiting list, please email ​education@dallasarboretum.org and include the program name and date.


Birding is one of the fastest growing pastimes in America. Join Jenna Hanson, Education Director at Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC), as she takes you on a unique birding float trip on the Trinity River. The first session is at the Arboretum and will cover birding and canoe basics. The second session, at TRAC, will be a float trip through the Great Trinity Forest to view some of the birds that call North Texas home. See a side of Dallas very few people get to enjoy while cruising past herons, egrets, beavers, turtles, river otters, and more. The first session of class will be held at the Arboretum and the second session of the class will be held at TRAC, located at 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, TX 75217.

Bottle Cutting Click for More

June 14 | noon-2 p.m. Sold Out

$89 or $80 for Members


Since prehistoric times, bottle containers were created from clay or asphaltum sealed woven containers. Join Shannon Driscoll from Oil and Cotton, as you learn how to use a glass cutter, a combination of cold and hot water, fine grit polishing paper, and electric palm sanders to make drinking glasses from recycled bottles. The bottle necks may be used to make light fixtures, funnels or paint brush holders. You are invited to bring bottles to class. Be sure the bottles are round, clean and all paper labels are removed. Additional bottles will be provided.

Leather Field Guides Click for More

June 21 | noon-2 p.m.

$75 or $68 for Members

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Field guides are a great way to document the world around you through notes, sketches or simple collections. Shannon Driscoll from Oil and Cotton, will help you create your own pamphlet-bound field guide book with a leather cover. This workshop is a great introduction to bookbinding where you will learn about book related terms and tools. This ancient book structure is direct and fairly quick to do, allowing you time to embellish it and take it out into the Arboretum for sketching and writing. Materials will be provided.

Dallas Arboretum
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Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
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