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, calendar and social media outlets, or become a member and receive our emails and member discounts on course admissions.


Intro to Macro Photography

We were all inspired by Kevin's photography course on Tuesday the 6th. We all had a great time learning something new about our camera and trying new techniques in the Tropical and Desert Dome.

Stay tuned! We will be working with Kevin again for hosting more photography courses here at the Milwaukee Domes.

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


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Upcoming Courses

  • Fall Fermentation 3-Part Series - KOMBUCHA!

  • When: November 13 at 6pm

    Where: Black Husky Brewing
    Admission: $30 for FOD members, $35 for nonmembers; including your brew to take home and 50% off your first round of beers!
    Class Description: This is a hands-on course where we will work together to understand the unique elements of Kombucha and how to make it at home. Participants will, using a tea base and fruit juice, create their own beginning kombucha ferment to take home and cultivate.

  • 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.  

  • Register online

    Or call the Friends of the Domes: 414-257-5608

    Bough Trimming for Holiday Decor
    with Riveredge Nature Center


    When: Dec. 15th from 1-3pm
    Where: Riveredge Nature Center, Newburg, WI
    Cost: $10 for FOD or Riveredge Members, $15 for nonmembers
    Class Description:  Venture out to Riveredge Nature Center and learn how to properly trim your evergreen trees to create festive and natural holiday trimmings. Under the guidance of a plant expert from the Friends of the Domes, we’ll identify and trim native bows and branches from around the Nature Center. Then we’ll weave our materials into a welcoming table wreath to use during all of 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 the holiday seasons to come.

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


Thank you for supporting Friends of the Domes Education Programming!