ARBORETUM FIELD TRIPS FOR 2nd GRADERS

Reservations are open for 2015-2016!
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.


Apple Harvest
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Request Form
$5.50 per student 
Apple Harvest
September 11 - October 14 (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
September 22 - October 30 
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
December 3 - April 15
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
January 27 - April 17
Limit 3 classes per time slot, 4 classes for extended day
9:30-11:00
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 5 - April 15 
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
March 9 - April 1 
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!
April 26 - May 27 
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
May 4 - May 27 
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
May 10 - May 26 
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


SUMMER Field Trips!
Programs below Available June 14 - August 18, 2016

savage plants 

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

Call (612) 301-1210 to register your group

 

 



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