ARBORETUM FIELD TRIPS FOR 2nd GRADERS

Reservations open August 18
Call: 612-301-1210
$5.50 per student


Apple Harvest
Reservations open august 18
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!

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
Reservations open August 18
Call:
612-301-1210
$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
Reservations open August 18
Call: 612-301-1210
$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 0(1,2).4.3.1.1 Life Cycles
2.2.1.1.1 Physical Properties

 Plant Works
Reservations open August 18
Call: 612-301-1210
$5.50 per student
Plant-Works, Water-Works
December 4 - 19
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
Reservations open August 18
Call: 612-301-1210
$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
Reservations open August 18
Call: 612-301-1210
$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 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
Reservations open August 18
Call: 612-301-1210
$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!

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

 Japanese Garden
Reservations open August 18
Call: 612-301-1210
$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.

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

 Spring Peeper Meadow
Reservations open August 18
Call: 612-301-1210
$5.50 per student

Discover Spring Peeper Meadow
May 12-May 29
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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