Gardening, Nature, & Conservation

Gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for plants and nature with a variety of classes covering topics such as rain barrels, seed collecting, foraging, beekeeping, citizen science, and more. Or learn how to beautify your own home garden using organic and sustainable methods – just like 577! Monthly classes on topics such as how to grow a garden, planting for pollinators, tree care, permaculture, and more are taught by passionate community instructors, local partners, and 577 horticulture staff. Class topics vary each month and are taught in the Geodesic Dome, Virginia’s House, Cottage, and around the beautiful gardens and grounds of 577.

Upcoming Classes

577 Collab Class: Make & Plant a Fairy Garden
Part One Class: Thursday, July 25 ~ 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Part Two Class: Tuesday, August 13 ~ 5:30pm to 7:30pm

*This class is open to all adults over 18, no prerequisite or experience is required.

Join us for a special two-part class where you’ll learn to create and plant your very own fairy garden. If you love pottery and gardening, this is the perfect combo for you! And don’t worry if you’re new to either skill, 577 staff instructors, Emily Horst, our pottery coordinator and ceramic artist, and Bennett Dowling, our organic landscape horticulturist, will guide you through the entire process.

Class One: Kick off the fun with Emily as she shows you how to make adorable tiny furniture and accessories for your saucer fairy garden. You’ll add all the fun details, then our pottery team will fire them so they’re ready for the next class in a couple of weeks.

Class Two: Come back for part two with Bennett, where you’ll use your handmade miniatures to put together and plant your saucer fairy garden.

All supplies included – clay, firing, soil, and plants. No experience is necessary. Come play in the clay AND dirt!

Mushroom Cultivation for Beginners
Wednesday, August 14 ~ 6pm to 8pm

Learn three ways to grow mushrooms at home: in beds of compost/organic materials, with logs, and on straw in bags or 5-gallon buckets. First we’ll take a look at 577’s mushroom beds and shiitake logs–some logs were inoculated 1.5 years ago and others just this Spring. We’ll finish with everyone “stuffing” their own 4 foot by 1.5 foot oyster mushroom straw bag to take home and incubate.

*Please note: Participants will need to bring a storage bin to transport their oyster bag home because the bag may leak a bit in transit. At home, students will put their straw bag in a 65-70 degree dark place for 2-3 weeks. This dark space can also be created by using a clean black trash or other tote with a lid. If incubation was successful, oyster bags should start fruiting around 1 month after the date of the class.

577 Staff Instructor: Samantha Day

Rain Barrel Make It & Take It Workshop
Four Session Times Available:
Tuesday, August 20 ~ 4pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 20 ~ 5pm to 5:30pm
Tuesday, August 20 ~ 6pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday, August 20 ~ 7pm to 7:30pm 

Harvesting rainwater improves water quality, helps reduce flooding, and collects free water. In this outdoor workshop, participants will learn about the benefits of rain barrels and will be guided step by step to make their own rain barrel to take home.

All supplies and materials will be provided. Please bring a vehicle large enough to transport a 55-gallon drum rain barrel home. Waitlists are available for all sessions. 

577 Community Instructors: Lauren Rush, stormwater program manager for the City of Perrysburg, and members from the Toledo-Lucas County Rain Garden Initiative

Class Locations & Parking Map

Signed up for a class and need help finding your classroom location and parking? Each class description lists its location. Click the button below to view a full map of the grounds and buildings with two lots available for easy and convenient parking. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Because space is limited, we rely on you to register for classes thoughtfully. Please help us continue to offer these wonderful classes as affordably as possible by adhering to the following registration, cancellation, and refund policies.

Photo & Video Release

Photos and videos may be taken during 577 classes and events for use on our website and other relevant media outlets and your attendance constitutes consent. View the full policy below including how you can opt-out of this release. 

Join us for Music in the Gardens on Saturday, August 10, from 11am to 3pm. Events are free, family-friendly, and rain or shine.