Community Class Schedule: Spring 2020

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*All classes up until the end of April are canceled in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and we want to ensure the safety of our students, families, and friends. We will keep you informed when and if we are rescheduling any of the canceled classes. Please stay safe and live aloha in this very anxious time. 

Lyon Arboretum is a “Blue Zones Project Participating Organization.” Our adult classes contribute to the well-being of our community and align with the Blue Zones Project Power 9 longevity principles.  For more information about the Blue Zones Project, visit info.bluezonesproject.com/bzphawaii.


The Art of Drawing with Dr. Sarah Simblet Monday, January 13, 4 pm – 5pm.

Join fine artist Dr. Sarah Simblet for a public lecture at Punahou School. She will share her thoughtful insights about the practicalities, meaning and usefulness of drawing in all of our lives. Alongside a discussion of works by other artists, Sarah will focus on a selection of her own work made for her publications in anatomy and botany.

Dr. Simblet is the author of Anatomy for the Artist (2001), The Drawing Book (2005), Botany for the Artist (2010), and co-author of The New Sylva: a Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the Twenty-First Century (2014). She is Director of Studies for Fine Art at Christ Church, Oxford and Tutor in Anatomy at the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford.

For more information see the the event flyers.
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To RSVP, visit https://bit.ly/2QkjoYI


Drawing at Lyon Arboretum with Dr. Sarah Simblet Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18

Spend time with fine artist Dr. Sarah Simblet at beautiful Lyon Arboretum! See how she works with a live drawing demonstration and follow her into the Arboretum for an outdoor drawing session* to try your hand at drawing with expert tips and feedback!
Dr. Simblet is the author of Anatomy for the Artist (2001), The Drawing Book (2005), Botany for the Artist (2010), and co-author of The New Sylva: a Discourse of Forest and Orchard Trees for the Twenty-First Century (2014). She is Director of Studies for Fine Art at Christ Church, Oxford and Tutor in Anatomy at the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford.
She is offering three sessions:
Friday, January 17, 8:30 am – 11 am (morning session).
Friday, January 17, 1 pm – 4 pm (afternoon session).
Saturday, January 18, 12 pm – 3 pm.
To sign up, visit http://bit.ly/2rZhDYN
(*Note: Event activities/structure may vary depending on the weather. The session will be held in a classroom if weather does not permit drawing outdoors.)

Nature Photography using your Phone Camera with Linny Morris (A Garden Club of Honolulu Stepping Stones Class) Friday, January 24, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

You have a powerful photography tool right in your pocket and well known Honolulu artist and photographer Linny Morris will guide us through Lyon Arboretum to open up its mysteries and beauty through your handy little camera phone. Just bring your mobile phone (and your hat or umbrella) and see what you can do with the click of your finger.

$20. To sign up, call 988-0456.


Ecopsychology Saturday, February 1, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Ecopsychology is an emerging field that recognizes the interconnectedness between human and ecological health. This introductory class will cover topics including health benefits of natural settings (including ecotherapy), environmental/ecological grief, and ecological identity. Class will include experiential practices and exercises including sensory awareness and mindfulness practices to deepen connections with nature. Ideal for educators, health care professionals, environmentalists, and anyone seeking to deepen their connection with the natural world. Dress appropriately for sitting on the ground and walking outdoors. Writing materials, rain jacket, mosquito repellent, and water are recommended.

Lizabeth Kashinsky has been working in the field of conservation in Hawaiʻi for 25 years. Inspired by her experiences living in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands for months at a time, her goal is to connect people with nature to ultimately foster better stewardship for the planet and all its inhabitants.

$20. To sign up, call 988-0456.


Lauhala Weaving with Stacie Segovia (A Garden Club of Honolulu Stepping Stones Class) Friday, February 7, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Master weaver Stacie Segovia will teach traditional Hawaiian weaving techniques. She will show you how to prepare lauhala for weaving. With lots of assistance from Stacie and her experienced students, you will be weaving a lovely bracelet to wear home. Weaving is both meditative and satisfying. Come join us.

$25. To sign up, call 988-0456.


Hawaiian Lei Making Thursday, February 20, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Do you love the Hawaiian “haku” lei and want to learn how to make one for May Day or graduation? Learn the basic wili, or wrapping, technique in creating your own beautiful lei po’o (head lei). Attendees should bring their own clippers and flowers that they would like to use in their lei. Additional flowers will also be available.

$40. To sign up, call 988-0456.


“A Rose By Any Other Name…”: An Introduction to Plant Identification and Evolution. 3-part class.
3 sessions. Participants can take the first session as a standalone class, or they can sign up for all three sessions.
Session 1: Saturday, March 7, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Session 2: Saturday, March 14, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Session 3: Saturday, 28, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The diversity of the natural world is often overlooked. This is especially true when it comes to plants. Many just see a wall of green when they look outside or walk around the Arboretum. This phenomenon has been termed “Plant Blindness.” However, there is a remedy for this affliction!

The Arboretum is offering an introduction to plant identification and evolution. Taught by Lyon’s own plant taxonomist and Botanical Gardener, Jesse Adams, this course will give you the basics required to understand plant anatomy, know the major plant families on sight, and use a dichotomous key. Additionally, students will learn how to collect and make their own herbarium specimen!

This is a three-part course. The first session is a three hour stand-alone class for those who want an introduction to plants and taxonomy. However, if you would like to attend the other two sessions, students must sign up for all three. The second and third days will be four hours each, so please bring a lunch, snacks, and water. There will be several walks/hikes around the Arboretum so participants must be in good physical condition and prepared for the elements (e.g. sunscreen, bug spray, rain coat). Since you will be field botanists for a day please bring a notebook, pen/pencil, sharp clippers, gloves, and sturdy shoes.

Dates and Times:
SESSION 1 March 7th, 9:30am-12:00pm: Overview of plant gross anatomy and introduction to taxonomy and systematics.
SESSION 2 March 14th, 9:00am-1:00pm: Survey of major plant families, key identifying features, and evolutionary relationships between these families. Also we will look at species within these families that are native and not native to Hawaiʻi.
SESSSION 3 March 28th, 9:00am-1:00pm: How to use a dichotomous key, field identification, and herbarium voucher collection and mounting. A duplicate of your voucher will be sent to the Bishop Museum for archiving.

Lyon Arboretum is a Blue Zones Project Participating Organization! The Blue Zones Project is an initiative to promote healthy lifestyles. Join us to move naturally, downshift and connect with the community at Lyon!

$30 for session 1 alone. $75 for the 3-part course. To sign up, call 988-0456.


Proper Pruning and Wise Watering with Dudley Hulbert (A Garden Club of Honolulu Stepping Stones Class) Friday, March 13, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

In this popular horticulture class, Certified Arborist Dudley Hulbert will enlighten us with new watering techniques to conserve our most precious resource and help make our gardens grow. Dudley will teach us ways to cut away overgrown stems and branches to make our plants and trees looking their healthy best. Bring photos on your phone of your garden issues for advice from Dudley.

$20. To sign up, call 988-0456.


2020 Spring Nature Camp: SPRING into Science March 16-20, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm each day

The Lyon Arboretum Education Department would like to invite your children to join us for a week of learning, exploring, and creating in the Mānoa rainforest!

For our 2020 Spring program, our theme is “S.P.R.I.N.G. into Science” and invites campers to use Science, Plants, Rainforests, Innovation, Nature, and Gardens to enhance their Spring Break.

Camp participants will do activities including, but not limited to, informal science, hiking the grounds, nature-based arts & craft projects, cooking, field biological surveys, and kokua within our Children’s Garden. The week takes full advantage of Lyon’s vast plant collection, conservation efforts, and other features that are unique only to Lyon Arboretum.

For more information, visit our Spring Nature Camp page: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/lyon/2019/12/11/nature-camp-spring-2020/

$250 per week.


Yoga and Mindful Hike. Saturday, March 21, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Science has documented that both being in nature and mindfulness practices such as yoga and meditation are good for your health. Experience these benefits yourself by joining us on a mindfulness based guided hike through Lyon Arboretum followed by yoga in a beautiful studio with stunning views of Mānoa Valley. Class size is limited, so sign up early. Each yoga and mindful hike session focuses on a different theme and expression. Previous yoga experience not necessary.

Join us to downshift, move naturally, and connect with the community at Lyon!

Please bring a yoga mat, water, journal and pencil/pen (if you want to journal your experiences after class)

$20. To sign up, call 988-0456. Walk-ins welcome as space allows.


Carnivorous Plant Workshop and Exchange Saturday, April 11, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Level up in your carnivorous plant knowledge! Join Lyon Arboretum’s Horticultural Manager, Timothy Kroessig, and other carnivorous plant enthusiasts for a morning information and plant swap. Tim is a member of the International Carnivorous Plant Society and has been growing various carnivorous plants for the last 5 years.

This workshop is intended for hobbyists that have experience with growing and maintaining various species of carnivorous plants. Participants will learn and share about propagation techniques, pollination biology, seed storage, and pest control strategies related to carnivorous plants. This workshop will also offer an opportunity to exchange carnivorous plant materials (plants, cuttings, seeds, books, growing media, etc.) with other CP growers in Hawaii, so please plan on bringing something to swap.

$10. To sign up, call 988-0456.


Yoga and Mindful Hike. Saturday, April 18, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Science has documented that both being in nature and mindfulness practices such as yoga and meditation are good for your health. Experience these benefits yourself by joining us on a mindfulness based guided hike through Lyon Arboretum followed by yoga in a beautiful studio with stunning views of Mānoa Valley. Class size is limited, so sign up early. Each yoga and mindful hike session focuses on a different theme and expression. Previous yoga experience not necessary.

Join us to downshift, move naturally, and connect with the community at Lyon!

Please bring a yoga mat, water, journal and pencil/pen (if you want to journal your experiences after class)

$20. To sign up, call 988-0456. Walk-ins welcome as space allows.


Hawaiian Medicinal Arts with Ginger Saiki (A Garden Club of Honolulu Stepping Stones Class) Friday, April 24, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Fulltime Kaua’i resident Ginger Saiki studies La’au Lapa’au, which is the study of traditional Hawaiian medicine and spirituality, which has been practiced within the Hawaiian Islands for over 800 years. Until his death in 2013, Ginger studied for 16 years under Kahuna Levon Ohai, who revived La’au Lapa’au into the curriculum at UH-Manoa Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. She continues to study with a group of practitioners, focusing on using native plants, minerals, pule and spiritualism to help people heal themselves. It will be a motivational and inspirational experience!

$20. To sign up, call 988-0456.


Curate That!: A Record of the Past & Resource for the Future. 3-part class.
3 sessions. Participants can take the first session as a standalone class, or they can sign up for all three sessions.
Session 1: Saturday, May 2, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Session 2: Saturday, May 16, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Session 3: Saturday, May 23, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Natural History Collections, like Arboreta, are great places to observe beautiful and rare plants, but there’s a lot more to them than that! They are physical records of our planets biology across space and time, and are a critical part of modern biodiversity research. Join us for a 3 part series to learn about the important work occurring behind the scenes, and an introduction to cutting-edge, collections-based research!

Taught by Lyon’s own Seed Conservation Technician, Nate Kingsley, this course will give you the basics required to understand general botany and taxonomy. As well as dive into the roles of natural history collections like herbaria and arboreta, and explore critical questions in conservation management, ecology, evolution, invasion biology, and advocacy that are informed by data from these special collections.
This is a three-part course. The first session is a 2.5 hour, broad introduction to botany, taxonomy, and natural history collections. However, if you would like to attend the other two sessions, you must sign up for all three. There will be a few walks/hikes around the Arboretum/labs so participants must be in good physical condition and prepared for the elements (e.g. sunscreen, bug spray, rain coat). Since you will be field biologists for a day, please bring a notebook, pen/pencil, and sturdy shoes.

Dates and Times:
SESSION 1 May 2nd, 9:30am-12:00pm: First Thymers This first class is a broad introduction going over some general botany, taxonomy, and an overview of natural history collections.
SESSION 2 May 16th, 9:00am-12:00pm: Herbarium? I hardly know ‘em! The second class would deal with plant/fungal herbaria and arboreta; their function and etiquette, role in research, importance, and use. I was thinking a short lecture, a small hands on activity (maybe with the specimens held at grounds), and a brief discussion of a paper related to collections research.
SESSION 3 May 23th, 9:00am-12:00pm: One if by land, two if by Seed The third class, going over conservation and seed banking. A brief lecture here as well tying in how these specials collections are used to aid in conservation efforts and facilitate research here in Hawaii. Followed by a tour through the Lyon seed lab and a short discussion about using these collections, and the importance of science outreach and engagement.

$20 for Session 1, or $60 for the 3-part course. To sign up, call 988-0456.


Yoga and Mindful Hike. Saturday, May 23, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Science has documented that both being in nature and mindfulness practices such as yoga and meditation are good for your health. Experience these benefits yourself by joining us on a mindfulness based guided hike through Lyon Arboretum followed by yoga in a beautiful studio with stunning views of Mānoa Valley. Class size is limited, so sign up early. Each yoga and mindful hike session focuses on a different theme and expression. Previous yoga experience not necessary.

Join us to downshift, move naturally, and connect with the community at Lyon!

Please bring a yoga mat, water, journal and pencil/pen (if you want to journal your experiences after class)

$20. To sign up, call 988-0456. Walk-ins welcome as space allows.