ARBORETUM FIELD TRIPS FOR 1st GRADERS

Reservations open for 2016-2017 on May 3!
Call: 612-301-1210
$5.50 per student

Scholarship Information


CHAPERONES
Students must be with an adult at all times while visiting the Arboretum.
Required chaperone ratio of 1 adult for every 5 - 10 students is required for all Field Trips. Field trip fees include adult chaperones within this ratio.
Schools with chaperones in excess of 1 per every 5 students will be charged the $12 Arboretum admission rate.


 

Call: 612-301-1210
or complete a
Request Form
$5.50 per student 
NEW! Pollinator Superheroes
Grades K-2
2016-2017 dates: September 12 - June 2
9:30-11:00 or 1:00-2:30

Meet Minnesota's pollinator superheros during this dynamic field trip experience at the Arboretum's new on-site Tashjian Bee and Pollination 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


Apple Harvest

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$5.50 per student 

Apple Harvest
2016-2017 dates: September 15 - October 19 (Limit 3 classes per time slot)
9:30 - 10:45
11:15 - 12:30
1:15 - 2:30

Tour the orchard to see apple trees loaded with ripening fruit. Help make apple cider in an old-time cider press. Try an apple taste test, learn about apple blossom pollination, and taste fresh cider. TAKE HOME APPLES!

Reflect Grade 1: We Went to the Orchard
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

 Fall in the Forest

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$5.50 per student 

Fall in the Forest
2016-2017 dates: September 21 - October 28 
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 - 10:45
11:15 - 12:30
1:15 - 2:30

Meet the "Talking Tree" and learn who lives in each forest layer. See how sowbugs and mushrooms turn leaves and dead trees into soil. Search for signs of forest plants and animals on a forest hike.

Science Standards 0.2.1.1.1 Physical Properties
0.4.2.1.1 Natural Systems


 Pumpkin

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$5.50 per student 

It's a Pumpkin's Life
2016-2017 dates: September 26 - October 28 
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 INVESTIGATION!

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



 Plant Take a Part

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$5.50 per student 

Plant Take-A-Part
2016-2017 dates: January 26 - April 19 
Limit 3 classes per time slot, 4 classes for extended day
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30

Who depends on plants? That's the Mystery in Room 103. Solve it with the help of the "Talking Tree." Go on Plant Part Patrol in the greenhouse to explore diversity in the plant world. Trace familiar foods from plant to package, then use different plant parts to create a tasty treat. Plant seeds to observe and measure as plants grow from top to bottom. TAKE HOME INVESTIGATIONS!

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



 Green Grocery

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$5.50 per student  

Green Grocery: "Did you eat a plant today?"
2016-2017 dates: January 18 - April 19 
Limit 3 classes per time slot; 5 classes for extended day
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30

Students are immediately engaged by pondering this question at the beginning of their trip. As we unveil the breakfast basket, students discover everything we eat depends on plants' ability to turn sunlight energy into food. Later, students experience the greenest grocery shopping trip ever as they search for 22 living grocery plants in the "Please Touch Greenhouse." From oranges and chocolate to rice and chili peppers, they are sure to discover some of their favorite plant parts that people eat. In the Harvest Kitchen, Green Garlic Toast is the simple, scrumptious snack of the day to make and taste. After the "Toast to Garlic Toast," students plant garlic so they can make their own Green Garlic Toast at home. And no Green Grocery field trip is complete without a visit inside the giant leaf to see photosynthesis in action. FOOD CHAINS and PHOTOSYNTHESIS are the key concepts of this one of a kind plant experience. TAKE HOME EDIBLE PLANTS!

Reflect Grade 1: From Sun to Tummy Food Chain Stories
Science Standards (1,2).4.2.1.1 Interdependence in Natural Systems
1.1.3.1.1 Natural Systems



 Maple Syrup

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$5.50 per student 

Maple Syrup Time
2016-2017 dates: March 8 - March 31 
Limit 3 classes per time slot, no extended day option
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30

Hike into the woods to tap a maple tree and taste its sap. Visit the sugarhouse where sap is cooked to syrup. Learn about maple sugaring traditions of Native People. Greet spring 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)




 Ready Set Grow

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$5.50 per student 

Ready, Set, Grow!
2015-2016 dates: April 21 - June 3 
2016-2017 dates: April 20 - June 2
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30

People, plants, insects, birds-everything alive 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 caterpillars, and nectar-filled flowers for butterflies. 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


 Japanese Garden

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$5.50 per student 

Japanese Garden
2015-2016 dates: May 4 - May 27 
2016-2017 dates: May 5 - June 2
Limit 2 classes per time slot
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30

A Japanese garden reflects Japanese culture and values. Discover the traditions and visit Seisui-Tei, the Garden of Pure Water. Rocks are the backbone of the garden, forming the waterfall, the symbolic carp and tortoise. Create individual take-home gardens.

Reflect Grade 1: In a Japanese Garden
Science Standards CONCEPTS
• Cultural Studies
• Geography of Japan
• Seasonal Change

 Spring to Life

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$5.50 per student 

Spring to Life!
2015-2016 dates: April 26 - May 27 
2016-2017 dates: April 25 - June 2
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30

Spring plant life cycles 'come to life' as buds leaf out, seeds sprout and flowers open! Annual plants live a fast life, from seed to seed in a summer; ten years may pass before a tree's first flower. Search for these ‘one-summer' and ‘many-summer' plants in different stages of their lives. TAKE HOME PLANTS!

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



SUMMER Field Trips!
Programs below are Available June 14 - August 18, 2016
savage plants
 

Savage Plants and Big Bugs Oh My! (suggested for ages 5 - 12)
Available times:
Mondays 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., 12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., 12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., 12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Thursdays 12:00 - 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Mindy Zittel, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum field trip instructor

Spend an action-packed hour at the Arboretum getting to know bugs...and the amazing plants that eat them! This larger than life field trip takes you to the hands-on microscopic workings of savage plants and big bugs! Find out how and why insectivorous plants (like the Venus Fly Trap!) attract, trap, and digest insects, then encounter an up close plant-vs-bug experience in the Learning Center greenhouse. Explore and understand the vital connections between insects and plants. TAKE HOME A BIG BUG-FRIENDLY PLANT! Be sure to leave time to visit the Arboretum and exhibits before or after your field trip time. Public picnic facilities at the Arboretum are free with gate admission and are available on a first come-first serve basis.
Limit 12 - 50 youth, Learning Center

$5.50 per student member/$5.50 per student non-member,includes Arboretum admission and all supplies. Limit 12-50 youth

Call (612) 301-1210 to register your group

 

 


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JOIN US FOR LUNCH!

Outdoor
Outdoor picnic areas are open May - October
first-come, first-served.

Indoor
Reserve an indoor lunch space November - April
fee $10/class 

OR...

NEW! Picnic with the Pollinators Add-On
Grades K-5
$3/student (in addition to Field Trip fees)

2016-2017 dates: September 12 - June 2
1 hour added on to a Field Trip
Limit 3 classes/time slot

Call: 612-301-1210
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Request Form

Bring your bag lunches! Add this lunch extension on to any field trip to extend your time on the Arboretum grounds: enjoy a half-hour lunchtime followed by an exclusive pollinators education experience that includes delicious honey tasting! A great way to check out all the features of the new Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, this add-on experience includes extra time to explore the Center's interactive exhibit gallery, apiary and beautiful pollinator garden, as well as enabling your group to eat lunch in the exclusive new Learning Lab or Pollinator Shelter. Also included is a fun guided experience that will connect the role plants and pollinators play in food production and will include the sweetest scientific taste test ever: seasonal honey. Please note: This option requires bus transportation to and from the Bee and Pollinator Center.

Science Standards

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