Friends of the Domes

Adult Education


Friends of the Domes is thrilled to announce our new Adult Education Program! The Domes are a pillar to the education of Milwaukee and the surrounding communities. Our goal is to provide powerful experiences to our visitors and members with the use of this deeply unique and globally diverse facility. We look forward to welcoming members of our plant-loving community to the Domes and other venues across the greater Milwaukee area for fun-filled workshops and classes. Keep posted on upcoming events here on our website and social media outlets, or become a member and receive our emails and member discounts on course admissions. 


Fall Fermentation Education Series Session I - Sauerkraut Stomp!

We had lots of laughs, worked our arms sore and quenched our thirsts at City Lights with Christina. This was such a fun event. Stay tuned for information on Session II (Tsukemono on 10/16) and III (Kombucha on 11/13). 

Christina's recently published book, Preservation: the Art and Science of Canning, Fermentation, and Dehydration is available online and in our Gift Shop at the Domes!

Class Description: Learn the scientific concepts and skills to begin a basic fermentation project, sauerkraut. This is a hands-on workshop where participants will cut and pound their way through many heads of cabbage on the path to sauerkraut. You'll enjoy a rollicking, beer-inspired kraut making session and take home a passel of recipes and your own 'crock' of baby-kraut to watch through the fermentation process. Get your Oktoberfest started with homemade kraut! 

We had an additional guest speaker at each session to discuss the beer we sipped, as well. The September session featured a discussion with the Brewmaster from City Lights Brewing! This certainly was a fun and fizzy fermentation event!

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Upcoming Courses


  • Medicinal Plant Walk Series with Tippecanoe Herbs

    Session I - A Stroll in the Park

    When: October 6, 10:00am
    Where: Mitchell Park, meeting at Domes entrance.
    Admission: $15 for FOD Members, $18 for Non-Members; includes workbook.
    Class Description: Stroll the grounds of Mitchell Park with herbalist Kyle Denton of Tippecanoe Herbs and discover the fall bounty of plants found in the wilds of southeast Wisconsin. Drawing on folklore, ancient wisdom, plant identification, and science, Denton will expand your understanding of our relationship to the natural world. This walk will take place rain or shine.
    Space is limited. 

    About the Instructor: Kyle Denton is an Herbalist, Educator, Wildcrafter, Medicine Maker and owner of Tippecanoe Herbs.  He studied Ayurvedic Medicine at Kanyakumari in 2012 and went on to further his studies in the Western Herbal Tradition with various schools and teachers such as Jim McDonald, Matthew Wood, Suchil Coffman and more.  He currently runs an herb shop in Walker’s Point and teaches classes and workshops on herbalism throughout the Midwest.

    Register on Line
    Or call the Friends of the Domes: 414-257-5608

    Fall Fermentation 3-Part Series

  • Session II - Tsukemono (Japanese Fast Pickles)

    When: October 16, 6:00pm
    Second Session Admission: $30 for FOD Members, $35 for Non-Members, includes recipes and your pickles to take home!

    Venue details coming soon!

    About the instructor: Christina Ward teaches notoriously raucous preservation classes and serves as a volunteer mentor to urban farmers, small-scale food producers, and question answerer for people all over the country trying to save their pickles from disaster. She loves simplifying complicated scientific concepts and explaining them with precision and humor.  

    One of our guest speakers, Dr. David Ryder, is the previous Head Brewer at MillerCoors and now runs the United States Brewers' Academy. He has an extensive background in brewing beer, education in biochemisty and a Professor at UW-Madison.

    Register on Line
    Or call the Friends of the Domes: 414-257-5608
    Session 3 - November 13 - stay tuned for details

  • Intro to Macro Photography with Kevin Hanley

    When: November 6, 10am-12pm
    Where: Mitchell Park Domes meeting at the entrance
    Admission: $16 for FOD Members, $20 for Non-Members

    *This does not include admission to the Domes for non-members*

    Class Description: A hands-on introductory course where options for Macro photography equipment will be covered as well as Depth of Field issues and how to get the photo you want for various subjects. Flash vs. natural lighting will be discussed and the reasons to use both depending on the look you want to achieve.
    This class will consist of 1 hour classroom and 1 hour shooting. The equipment section will be geared more for DSLR users. The composition portion will apply to other cameras. Following the classroom, we will go into the Domes, shoot and take some great photos where the instructor will provide over-the-shoulder guidance.

    Register on Line
    Or call the Friends of the Domes: 414-257-5608

Thank you for supporting Friends of the Domes Education Programming!