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

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Adult Education Programs

Fall event series, native plants, natural pest control, kombucha, mitchell park domes, holiday bough trimming and gifts


Current FOD Workshops:

The Resiliency of Trees with Tom Mortensen


Saturday, November 13th, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Location: Mitchell Park Domes Education Center. Meet in the front entrance of the Domes. A staff member will be waiting next to the entrance line to sign you in


Cost: $9 for FOD members. $11 for Nonmembers. This program includes entrance to the Domes. 


This educational session provides a broad but informative overview of the importance, beauty, and resiliency of trees specific to Wisconsin. Participants will gain an understanding of the following:

  • Basic tree identification tips - winter and summer
  • Good trees - Bad trees
  • Urban trees
  • Proper (and improper) pruning techniques
  • Tree protection methods - pre and post construction 
  • Common tree diseases
  • Girdling roots, soil compaction, and other ways to slowly kill a tree
  • Tree maintenance, mulching, fertilizing, cabling, aerating

This presentation will be followed by an open discussion and Q&A on the topic 


Tom Mortensen, PLA, ASLA – Site Planner / Landscape Architect


Tom has over 35 years of experience in site design, landscape architecture and related design and construction professions. Tom has expertise in site planning, urban spaces, park and public open space design, memorials / public plazas, retail developments, restoration plans and integrated stormwater management / green infrastructure. He has worked on design projects with for US Forest Service, National Park Service, Boy Scouts of America, Native American Tribes and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 


Tom has given presentations throughout the region at various conferences and events on topics pertaining to site design, master planning, rainfall integration / green infrastructure, water quality and site development. Since 2011, he has been teaching a class at the UWM School of Continuing Education in the Water Technology Certification program on the topic of green infrastructure and using native landscape and site design for more resilient management of rainfall on sites.


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Holiday Bough Trimming - Make a Holiday Wreath 


Friday, December 10th, 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Location: Riveredge Nature Center. 4458 County Rd Y, Saukville, WI 53080.  This program DOES NOT take place at the Mitchell Park Domes! 


Cost: $20 for FOD or Riveredge members. $25 for Nonmembers. 


Learn how to properly trim your evergreen trees to create festive and natural holiday decorations. Under the guidane of a Riveredge Naturalist, identify and trim native boughs and branches from around Riveredge Nature Center. Then weave our materials into a welcoming table wreath to use during your holiday entertaining or as a beautiful and unique handmade gift. Slow down in this busy time of year to enjoy the scenic outdoors, spend time with friends, and learn a new skill for holiday seasons to come. Coffee and cocoa will be provided to keep us warm! 


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Thank you for supporting Friends of the Domes Education Programming!