Friends of the Domes

Adult Education

The Domes are a pillar to the education of Milwaukee and the surrounding communities. The FOD Adult Education Program's goal is to provide powerful experiences to our visitors and members with the use of this 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, on our calendar, on social media, or become a member and receive our emails and member discounts on course admissions.

FOD Adult Education Workshops Cancellation and Refund Policy: Registrants may cancel workshop registrations up to one week in advance of the workshop and receive 75% of the original price. Cancellations made after this time are nonrefundable. Cancellations made 3 weeks prior to the workshops will be refunded 100%. Note: this cancellation policy applies to Adult Education Workshops only.

For more information about refunds or about our workshops, contact the Education Director at

We received a grant fromWe Energies Foundation in support of the Friends of the Domes Adult Education Program!
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Adult Activity Kits:

Friends of the Domes brings you an at-home adult activity box! There are tons of at-home activities out there for children, but we wanted to show our adults some love! Because we can purchase in bulk, this can save you money and time, while keeping you safer at home. Curbside pick up is provided for free!


Window Planter Box (Project postponed until lumber becomes more readily available)

This kit includes everything you need to make a 6” tall, 6" deep, (and cut to the width of your window up to 60"), custom window box planter. 


Planter boxes are great for curb appeal and for growing your own plants in small spaces. They can be replanted throughout the year based on what’s blooming that season or serve as an easy-to-manage herb garden right outside your kitchen window! 


What we do: 


After your purchase, we will email you for more information and the boards will be cut to your window length, up to 60". We will sand the boards and spray them with a semi-gloss waterproofing spray to extend the life of your box. Drainage holes are drilled in the bottom board. The boards will be labeled for easy assembly. We have also provided a bottle of wood glue and nails to attach your boards together! 


Includes everything but the plants!


Box Frame: Pre-cut cedar boards (sanded and sprayed with urethane waterproofing spray) with pre-drilled pilot holes and drainage holes, nails, wood glue, and an instructional video!

PLUS Box Contents: Landscape fabric, pea gravel (for drainage), and soil.

*Please note, this kit does NOT include a way to attach the planter box to your home. A drill and any necessary attachments will be required to attach your planter box, and will differ depending on whether your house has siding or brick, or if you are attaching directly into the window frame. 


Kit Cost: $50 for FOD members, $55 for nonmembers

Please plan for 4 - 7 business days for the activity package to be completed and ready for pick up. This prep time allows us to custom make your planter box to your window size.


Education Director Erica Putman put this package together after filming videos in her backyard for the Friends of the Domes’ “Domes at Home” page. She realized that some people may not have access to building materials and wanted to provide the opportunity for adults (or families!) to complete this activity at home!


Current FOD Workshops:


We do not currently have any upcoming adult education workshops. Please check back in the future for our future offerings!


Thank you for supporting Friends of the Domes Education Programming!