1st Grade Field Trips

Visit the Arboretum during the Fall, Winter, or Spring and treat your students to a hands-on, real plants, learning experience!

Reservations are OPEN for 2017-2018 school year!
$6 per student*
*A processing fee of $7.50 will be applied to each order
NOTE: Final adjustment count for # of students and all field trip fees are due at least 30 days in advance.

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NEW! Online registration is OPEN!
STEP 1
Sign in or create a login from this page and create your customer profile. 
Be sure to add a phone# and school name and address. Make note of your password for future bookings and to check your account. 
STEP 2
Choose a program from the categories below and click the "Register Online" button to place it in your shopping basket
STEP 3
When you have all selections in your basket, go to check out and enter total# of students again, then process your order as "purchase order" and you will receive a confirmation/invoice via email right away. 

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photo: Jim Hudgins/US Fish and Wildlife Service
NEW! Monarchs & Milkweed
Grades 1-5

2017-2018 dates:
 September 12 - 22, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Monarch butterflies make amazing migrations across North America every year, flying thousands of miles north in the spring and south in the fall. Learn how scientists track their travels, and participate in citizen science by tagging a monarch with your class. Zoom in on the monarch's special relationship with milkweed plants, and the unique structures of milkweed flowers. Find and observe monarchs in action in the pollinator garden, fueling up for their journey south. 

Science Standards

Science Standards
(1,2,3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
(1,5).4.2.1.1 Interdependence in Natural Systems
1.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles
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Photo: Sam Droege/USGS/Flikr

Pollinator Superheroes
Grades K-2

2017-2018 dates:

September 26 - October 27
     12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
OR
April 16 - May 31
     1:00 - 2:30pm
$6/student

Meet Minnesota's pollinator superheros during this dynamic field trip experience at the Arboretum's new on-site Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. Find out about the Monarch butterflies' wow-worthy lifetime journeys, learn about the important work of hundreds of different kinds of native bees and bumblebees, and explore the life of the amazing honeybee whose colony can pollinate thousands of acres of food crops and hundreds of pounds of honey in one summer! Meet these and other amazing pollinators and discover their incredible super powers in the new exhibit gallery. Get a taste of the honeybee's amazing gifts from the hive in the Honey House. Get a pollinator's perspective on flowers by zooming in to see the pollen and flower structures that entice these pollinator superheroes to visit.
Science Standards MN State Science Standards
0.4.1.1.2 Living things are diverse
0.4.2.1.1 Natural systems
1.4.2.1.1 Natural systems have many components that interact (Interdependence)
1.4.2.1.2 Animal habitats
1.4.3.1.1 Animal life cycle stages
2.1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry
2.4.1.1.1 Diversity
2.4.2.1.1 Natural Systems (Interdependence)
2.4.3.1.1 Plant life cycle stages

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Apple Harvest

Apple Harvest
Grades 1-6

2017-2018 dates:
September 15 - October 20 (Limit 3 classes per time slot)
9:30 - 10:45
11:15 - 12:30
1:15 - 2:30

The apples are rolling in and there are bushels of learning to harvest behind the scenes in an orchard. Learn how orchard managers use their math and science skills each day to bring in their crop. Taste, try on, search, smell, sip and wander your way through a visit packed with hands-on real world discoveries.

Reflect Grade 1: We Went to the Orchard
Grade 3: Orchard Help Wanted: Hire Me!
Science Standards (1,3).1.3.2.1 Engineering Design
2.2.1.1.1 Physical Properties
(1,2,3).4.1.1.1 Diversity

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 Fall in the Forest

Fall in the Forest
Grades K-1

2017 - 2018 dates:
 September 20 - October 27
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30

There is a lot happening in the Minnesota forests as summer turns to winter. Meet the "Talking Tree" and learn who lives in each forest layer. Get up close and personal with the Decomposers - the forest recycling crew that turns piles of leaves and tree stumps into nutrient-rich "Humus" soil. In the decomposer lab and on the forest hike, search for sowbugs and centipedes, mushrooms and millipedes busy at work turning hard wood into spongy, crumbly soil.

Science Standards 0.2.1.1.1 Physical Properties
0.4.2.1.1 Natural Systems

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 Pumpkin

It's a Pumpkin's Life
Grades 1-2

2017-2018 dates:
 September 27 - October 31 
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 - 11:30
12:30 - 2:30

Hey, isn't that a life cycle ripening in the garden? Play Life Cycle Bingo and search for plants in all stages of their lives. Start a pumpkin seed investigation. Compare the "insides" of pumpkins and their relatives. Estimate a giant pumpkin's weight. TAKE HOME INVESTIGATIONS!

Check out winners of this field trip's "Pumpkinhead Contest!"

Science Standards 0(1,2).4.3.1.1 Life Cycles
2.2.1.1.1 Physical Properties

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 Plant Take a Part

Plant Take-A-Part
Grades 1-2

2017 - 2018 dates:
February 13 - April 20
Limit 3 classes per time slot; Extended day options (additional 1/2 hour for lunch) available for 4-5 classes for $10/class
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30
$6/student

Who depends on plants? That's the "Mystery in Room 103." The Talking Tree and the students help unravel the mystery while discovering how important plants are to our daily lives. Students will be challenged to go on a Plant Part Patrol in the greenhouse to explore different leaves, flowers, and stems. In the kitchen they will make a plant part parfait to taste, and in the planting shed each class will plant a tops and bottoms experiment to complete back in the classroom and each student will plant seeds to take home.

Science Standards (1,2).4.2.1.1 Interdependence in Natural Systems
1.1.3.1.1 Natural Systems

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 Green Grocery

Green Grocery: "Did you eat a plant today?"
Grades 1-2

2017 - 2018 dates:
 January 29 - April 20
Limit 3 classes per time slot; Extended day options (additional 1/2 hour for lunch) available for 4-5 classes for $10/class
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30
$6/student

This field trip allows students to encounter the plants that their favorite foods come from. Students will see and touch the plants that produce chocolate, cinnamon, bananas, olives, even chewing gum and more. In the kitchen they will make and taste garlic toast and then later plant their own garlic bulb that can be used to make the recipe again and again at home. Students learn about photosynthesis and food chains as they explore the critical importance plants have to all life on Earth.

Science Standards (1,2).4.2.1.1 Interdependence in Natural Systems
1.1.3.1.1 Natural Systems

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 Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup Time
Grades 1-6

2017 - 2018 dates: 
March 5 - March 30
Limit 3 classes per time slot, option to extend the day with an additional winter trip
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30
$6/student

Hike into the woods to tap a maple tree. Visit the sugarhouse where sap is cooked to syrup. Learn about maple sugaring traditions of different cultures. Say goodbye to winter and sample the sweet flavor of photosynthesis!

Science Standards

2.1.2.2.2 Engineering Design Process
4.2.1.1.1 Measurable Properties
(also Minnesota History, Cultural Studies)

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 Ready Set Grow

Ready, Set, Grow!
Grades K-1

2017 - 2018 dates:
April 23 - June 1
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30

People, plants, insects, birds- everything living has a habitat. With the help of the talking tree, discover how we can plant habitats for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Take the silent bird hike to look for habitat clues in the Learning Center's backyard. See aphids up close, and release ladybugs in the greenhouse to eat the aphids. Start plants to feed black swallowtail butterflies and caterpillars. TAKE HOME PLANTS!!

Science Standards

0.4.2.1.1 Natural System Interactions
0.4.1.1.2 Diversity of Life
1.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles


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 Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden
Grades 1-6

2017-2018 dates:
May 9 - June 1
Limit 2 classes per time slot
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30
$6/student
A Japanese garden reflects Japanese culture, values, and the physical geography of the place. Discover the tradition, meaning, and symbolism present in the Arboretum's Seisui-Tei (The Garden of Pure Water). Compare the Japanese Garden with Western style gardens. Students will make and take their own, mini Japanese garden.

Reflect Grade 1: In a Japanese Garden

Science Standards

CONCEPTS
• Cultural Studies
• Geography of Japan
• Seasonal Change

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 Spring to Life

Spring to Life!
Grades 1-2

2018 dates
: May 1 - June 1
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30
$6/student

Lengthening days and warming temperatures bring fast changes to the plants in our world. Seeds sprout. Buds open and reveal the leaves, flowers, and stems bundled up inside. Bulbs push through their leaves and flowers through the ground, bloom, set seed and die back all in one quick season. Search the gardens for plants springing to life all around. Plant seeds of a one summer plant (annual) and a many summer plant (perennial) to take home and grow.

Science Standards

Science Standards
(1,2).4.3.1.1 Life Cycles
2.4.2.1.1 Natural System Interactions

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Additional Options

 

Plantmobile

Plantmobile
Arboretum comes to your school!

 
The Arboretum delivers a field trip right to your classroom!


Homeschool
Individual Students with their adult educators

Groups of 12 or more homeschool students may register for any field trip, above! 

Self-Guided Visits
You know your students' needs best

See Self-Guided Visits for resources to lead your own Arboretum adventure, or extend your visit.




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SUGGESTED ADD-ON EXPERIENCES
Enhance and extend your Field Trip Visit!



Add a self-guided tour
AVAILABLE ALL YEAR 
Registration Required. Select option below.
Learn more

OPTIONS
  • FREE when booked with a Field Trip 
  • $7.50 when booked as a stand alone experience 

TO REGISTER
Online Field Trip Reservation Request Form
Call 612-301-1210

   

Add time for brown-bag lunch 
AVAILABLE ALL YEAR (location varies on season)
Registration Required. Select option below.

OPTIONS
  • FREE for outdoor areas* (May - Oct)
    *Outdoor picnic areas are first come, first served
  • $10/class for indoor reserved space (Nov - Apr)
TO REGISTER
Online Field Trip Reservation Request Form
Call 612-301-1210
   


 Add a Picnic with the Pollinators!
WINTER (January - April)
Registration required

$3/student 
Grades K-5  



 Picnic with the Pollinators Add-On
1 hour added on to a Field Trip 
Limit 3 classes/time slot

Bring your bag lunches and add this 1-hour extension onto any field trip! A great way to check out all the features of the new Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, enjoy 30 minutes for lunch in the new Learning Lab or Pollinator Shelter followed by an exclusive guided experience that uncovers the vital roles plants and pollinators play in food production. Finally, end your picnic by taking part in the sweetest scientific taste test ever: seasonal honey! Note: The Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center is located on the Arboretum grounds, but does require bus transportation to and from other Arboretum areas. 

MN State Science Standards  
0.4.1.1.1Observe and compare plants and animals  
0.4.2.1.1 Observe a natural system  
1.4.2.1.2 Habitat  
2.4.3.1.1 Life cycles  
3.4.1.1.2 Living things are diverse  
5.4.1.1.1 Plant and animal structures and functions


HELPFUL INFORMATION
Field Trip Guide

Browse e-catalog
2017-2018 Field Trip Guide

Request a hard copy by mail
Email requests to leen0014@umn.edu

Minimum/Maximum Students
Minimum 12 students/session. Maximum is 3 classes/96 students per session for all programs with the exception of Spring field trips taking place at the Sensory Garden, which are maximum 2 classes/64 students per session.

C haperones
Chaperones are free up to 1 adult:5 students; our minimum requirement is 1 adult:10 students. Adults beyond 1:5 pay $15 admission. Note: these numbers do include the teachers attending, though do not include paras or nurses accompanying special needs students.

Scholarships
Scholarships are available beginning mid-August and given on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Arboretum is committed to making its educational opportunities accessible for all school audiences. With the generous support of the foundations and donors, we are pleased to offer a menu of scholarship opportunities for our schools. For additional information on scholarships and how to apply, please click here .

Cancellation Policies
Programs are held rain or shine. In extreme weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel programs for your safety. You will not be charged a cancellation fee under these circumstances. No refunds if you cancel less than 30 days in advance. Final adjustment count for # of students and all field trip fees are due at least 30 days in advance.

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