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 will open May 23 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. No scholarship orders will be processed at this time. An email will be sent mid-August with qualifications and instructions. 

Ready to Register?
NEW! Online registration begins May 23, 2017!
STEP 1:  Sign in or create a login from this page and create your customer profile.

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 (making sure number of students is correct), process your order as "purchase order" and you will receive a confirmation/invoice via email.

Need Help?
Don't see what you are looking for, or the times don't work for your school? For assistance, please fill out the Field Trip Reservation Request Form , and we will contact you with availability and options. Or, call the Education office: 612-301-1210.



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

MN State 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  
NEW! Pollinator Superheroes

Grades K-2                                       

2017 - 2018 dates:
September 26 - October 27 ¦ April 16 - May 31

9:30 - 11:00am or 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

9:30am - 10:45am                             

11:15am - 12:30pm

Limit 3 classes per time slot

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.

 

Grade 1: We Went to the Orchard
Grade 3: Orchard Help Wanted: Hire Me!

Science Standards

MN State 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

9:30am - 10:45am                             

11:15am - 12:30pm

1:15pm - 2:30pm

Limit 3 classes per time slot

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

MN State 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

9:30am -11:00am

12:30am - 2:30pm

Limit 3 classes per time slot


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!

 

Science Standards

MN State 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

9:30am - 11:30am                                

12:30am - 2:30pm

$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

MN State 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

9:30am - 11:30am                            

12:30am - 2:30pm

$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

MN State 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

9:30am - 10:45am

11:15am - 12:30pm

1:15pm - 2:30pm

$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

MN State 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 19:30am -11:00am

Limit 3 classes per time slot

9:30am - 10:45am

11:15am - 12:30pm

1:15pm - 2:30pm


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

MN State 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

9:30am -10:45am                                

11:15am -12:30pm

1:15pm - 2:30pm

$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.

 

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                                       

2017 - 2018 dates:
May 1 - June 1

Limit 3 classes per time slot

9:30am - 10:45am                             

11:15am - 12:30pm

1:15pm - 2:30pm

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

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

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Amazing Bees!
One-hour Summer Enrichment Experience 

Suggested Ages: 6-10                                       

2017 - 2018 dates:
June 14, 2017 - August 10, 2017

Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays

9:30 am - 10:30 am                            

11:00 am - noon

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Explore the world of the honey bees, bumble bees, leaf-cutter bees, sweat bees, mason bees, and more, and find out how they achieve their status as champion pollen movers. Without their work, our grocery stores and gardens would look sadly different. Search for bee diversity in the Bee Center's garden for pollinators, explore the pollinator exhibits, and get a taste of the honey bees' sweet treasure from the hive!

Limit 40 students, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

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  Marvelous Minnesota Trees
One-hour Summer Enrichment Experience

Suggested Ages: 6-10                                       

Tuesdays or Thursdays

10:00am - 11:00am                            

12:00pm - 1:00pm

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Visit the Arboretum this summer and spend some time getting to know the trees in your Minnesota neighborhood! Observe and understand the life cycle of a tree, then practice using your science skills while exploring and sorting leaves in order to identify some of our native trees. Journey to visit a few of the most popular Minnesota trees on Arboretum grounds. Plant your own Minnesota tree seeds to take and grow at home!

Limit 40, Sensory Garden Program Shelter

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Watch a preview of our
"Plant-Works, Water-Works" Field Trip!





ADD-ON A
LUNCH EXPERIENCE!



SPRING/FALL

May - October
Picnic at Outdoor Picnic Shelters
(no reservations; First come, first served)
FREE!



FALL/WINTER

November - April
Reserve an Indoor Lunch Room
$10/class



WINTER

January - April
NEW! Picnic with the Pollinators Add-On
Grades K-5
$3/student

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

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.

Chaperones
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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