Field Trips at the Arboretum
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.

Ready to Register? 
NEW! Online registration begins May 23, 2017!
STEP 1: Sign in or create a login 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 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

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

NEW! Pollinator Superheroes
Grades K-2
2017-2018 dates: September 26 - October 27 ¦ April 16 - May 31
9:30-11:00 or 1:00-2:30
$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 (Limit 3 classes per time slot)
9:30 - 10:45
11:15 - 12:30
1:15 - 2:30
$6/student

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

It's a Pumpkin's Life
Grades 1-2
2017-2018 dates: September 27 - October 31
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 - 11:30
12:30 - 2:30
$6/student

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!

Check out winners of this field trip's 2016 "Pumpkinhead Contest!"

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

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 Plant Works

Plant-Works, Water-Works
Grades 2-5
2017 - 2018 dates: November 29 - January 26
Limit 3 classes per time slot; Extended day options (additional 1/2 hour for lunch) available for 4-5 classes for $10/class
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30
$6/student

Step into the shoes of a plant propagator to understand how plants take up, use, and release water. Examine root hairs, stem pipelines, leaf veins, and leaf stomata up close with microscopes in the Prove-It Lab. Study and draw the leaf vein and stem patterns of plants in the Please Touch Greenhouse and record the amount of water vapor in and outside of the greenhouse. Each student will have the opportunity to apply their new Plant-work, Water-work knowledge to their own propagation project. And each class will receive a propagation experiment to take back and complete in their classrooms at school.

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

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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
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30
$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 (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
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30
$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.

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

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 Maple Syrup 2

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
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30
$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!

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)

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Spring to Life  Spring to Life!
Grades 1-2
2018 dates: May 1 - June 1
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30
$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 Science Standards
(1,2).4.3.1.1 Life Cycles
2.4.2.1.1 Natural System Interactions
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 Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden
Grades 1-6
2017-2018 dates: May 9 - June 1
Limit 2 classes per time slot
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30
$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.

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

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 Spring Peeper Meadow 

Discover Spring Peeper Meadow
Grades 2-6
2018 dates: May 9 - May 24
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30
$6/student

Come tour Spring Peeper Meadow and take part in the Arboretum's Grand Scientific Experiment. In 1997, the Arboretum began a wetland restoration project with the purchase of a corn field. 20 years later the corn field has been restored to a sedge meadow wetland. While on this trip you will explore diversity of life of the plant community, invertebrates living in the water, and the birds and wildlife of the meadow. A healthy wetland is a wetland that can support a diversity of life. Come check out the health of Spring Peeper Meadow with us this spring.

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

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Amazing Bees!
One-hour Summer Enrichment Experience

Suggested Ages: 6-10
June 14, 2017 - August 10, 2017
Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - noon
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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 a.m. - 11 a.m.
noon - 1 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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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 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