ARBORETUM FIELD TRIPS FOR 2nd GRADERS

Reservations are open for 2016-2017!
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.


savage plants

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$5.50 per student 

SUMMER 2016 Field Trip! 
Program below Available June 14 - August 18, 2016

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


 
Photo: Sam Droege/USGS


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$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 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


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!

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

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

 Plant Works
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$5.50 per student 
Plant-Works, Water-Works
2016-2017 dates: November 30 - January 17
Limit 3 classes per time slot, 4 classes for extended day
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30

Step into the shoes of plant propagators and trace water's flow into root hairs, up through a plant's plumbing system, to its escape as a gas from invisible holes on leaves. Use microscopes to go inside plant parts and see it up-close. Roam the Greenhouse to compare how plants from wet and dry places use and store water. Set up a challenge for plants to grow new roots at two humidity levels and measure what happens. TAKE HOME INVESTIGATION!

Science Standards 2.4.1.1.1 Structure and Function in Living System
2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence among Living Systems
3.1.1.2.(1-4) Scientific Inquiry


 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 2: Plants in the Lunch Room?!
Science Standards (1,2).4.2.1.1 Interdependence in Natural Systems
1.1.3.1.1 Natural Systems


 Maple Syrup 2
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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!

Reflect Grade 2: Get Ready for Maple Syrup Time
Science Standards 2.1.2.2.2 Engineering Design Process
4.2.1.1.1 Measurable Properties
(also Minnesota History, Cultural Studies)

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

 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.

Science Standards CONCEPTS
• Cultural Studies
• Geography of Japan
• Seasonal Change

 Spring Peeper Meadow
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$5.50 per student  

Discover Spring Peeper Meadow
2015-2016 dates: May 10 - May 26 
2016-2017 dates: May 9 - May 25
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30

Follow the Boardwalk from dry to squishy conditions, to underwater habitats in this restored sedge meadow wetland. Use dipnets and binoculars to see what plants and -animals live here now. Help monitor Arboretum scientists' work to bring nature back in a former cornfield.

Science Standards (3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
4.3.2.3.1 Water Cycle


 

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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...


photo: Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock

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

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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.

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