ARBORETUM FIELD TRIPS FOR 1st GRADERS

Reservations are open for 2014-2015!
Call: 612-301-1210
$5.50 per student

Scholarship Information


Apple Harvest

Call: 612-301-1210
$5.50 per student

Apple Harvest
September 10 - October 17 (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
September 25 - October 24
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
September 24 - October 31
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 - 11:30
12:15 - 2:15

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
January 20 - April 17
Limit 3 classes per time slot, 4 classes for extended day
9:45-11:15
12:30-2:00

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?"
January 6 - April 17
Limit 3 classes per time slot; 5 classes for extended day
9:30-11:30
12:15-2:15

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
March 9 - March 27
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!
April 22 - May 29
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
May 5 - May 29
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!
April 28 - May 29
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



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