PLANTMOBILE FOR KINDERGARTNERS

We bring the hands-on science, real plants, microscopes, lively take-home investigations-it's a discovery-filled field trip right in your classroom!
All programs last one hour.

Reservations will open May 23 for 2017-2018 school year!
$6 per student 
+ $50 transportation fee to school*
*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.

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, process your 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 Plantmobile Reservation Request Form, and we will contact you with availability and options. Or, call the Education office: 612-301-1210.


Buzz
Buzz About Apples
Grades K-2
2017-2018 dates: September 18 - October 31

Follow the life of an apple from flower to fruit! Stop along the way to discover pollination and why bees are the most important workers in the orchard. Students will use ALL their senses to make observations in this interactive program as they learn about the bee's amazing body, what bees need to make honey, and the different jobs they have in the hive. Find out how official apple testers rate the different characteristics of apples, and how Arboretum scientists create new types. TASTE TEST HONEY AND ARBORETUM-GROWN APPLES!

Science Standards

0.4.1.1.2 Identify Plant and Animal Parts
1.4.2.1.1,2 Interdependence Among Living Systems
1.1.1.1.2 Compare Observations
2.4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
2.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles
3.4.3.2.1 Inheritance of Traits
 
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NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!
 
Register online 
NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!
  QUESTIONS?
Call 612-301-1210

 Bulbs and Blossoms
 

Bulbs & Blossoms
Grades K-2
2017-2018 dates: November 3 - December 19

Bright tulips and daffodils are favorite signs of spring, but FALL is actually the season to plant them! Learn why some plants form bulbs, practice observation skills and even dissect a bulb to find the surprising plant parts hidden inside! Follow a bulb's lifecycle throughout a year. Each student will enjoy an in-class bulb planting that will grow and bloom within a month; plus a classroom experiment that will grow and bloom in the classroom in January. Includes a student journal. Build a foundation of basic science skills and PLANT BULBS!

Science Standards

(0,2).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life
1.1.1.1.2 Compare Observations
2.1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry
2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence Among Living Systems
2.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles
 
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NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!
 
Register online 
NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!
  QUESTIONS?
Call 612-301-1210

 Zoom in on Plants
 

Zoom In On Plants
Grades 1-2
2017-2018 dates: December 21 - April 27

What makes a plant a plant? What plant part is like a sponge? What's the hairiest plant part? Learn the answers to these questions and more! Our classroom set of microscopes will ignite students' curiosity as they get an up-close look at real leaves, flowers, stems, and roots. This hands-on program explores the function of each plant part, how plants fit into the food chain, and the role they have in our everyday lives. PLANT SEEDS TO TAKE HOME!

Science Standards 1.1.3.2.1 Use Scientific Tools to Gather Information
2.4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence Among Living Systems
2.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles (grow bean plants)
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NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!
  Register online 
NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!
  QUESTIONS?
Call 612-301-1210

 Exploring the Desert
 

Exploring the Desert
Grades K-2
2017 - 2018 dates: December 21 - March 30

Investigate the desert environment and discover the unique adaptations that allow desert plants to survive in such an extreme habitat. Learn to safely touch desert plants and practice sorting by their varied characteristics. Find out more about the amazing giants of the Sonoran desert. PLANT DESERT PLANTS!

Science Standards

(0,2).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life
2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence Among Living Systems
 
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NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!
 
Register online 
NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!
  QUESTIONS?
Call 612-301-1210

 Sunflower Supreme

Sunflower Supreme
Grades K-2
2017 - 2018 dates: April 2 - June 1

Celebrate Spring with hands-on plant science! Use sunflowers to explore plant parts and functions, pollination, life-cycles, and the incredible diversity that is possible in nature. Touch a wide variety of dried sunflower heads and learn to make scientific observations. Plant a dwarf sunflower variety in class and bring home seeds for a giant variety too. Discover how everyone's favorite flower is part of a garden ecosystem ripe for summer-long learning. TAKE HOME SUNFLOWERS!

Science Standards (0,2).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life
1.1.1.1.2 Compare Observations
2.1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry
2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence Among
Living Systems
2.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles
 
Browse availability calendar
NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!
 
Register online 
NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!
  QUESTIONS?
Call 612-301-1210

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HELPFUL INFORMATION

Minimum/Maximum Students: Minimum is 12 students/session, 2 sessions/day. Maximum is 32 students/session, 4 sessions/day. All sessions last one hour. Minimum time between sessions is 15 minutes. Maximum time between morning and afternoon sessions is 1 1/2 hours.

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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