PLANTMOBILE FOR 2nd GRADERS

A plant program in your classroom
Reservations are open for 2016-2017!

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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. Minimum is 12 students/session, 2 sessions/day. Maximum is 32 students/session, 4 sessions/day. Minimum time between sessions is 15 minutes. Maximum time between morning and afternoon sessions is 1.5 hours.


 Buzz
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Call: 612-301-1210
or complete a
Request Form
$5.50 per student 
plus $50 transportation fee to school 
Buzz About Apples
2016-2017 dates: September 19 - November 4

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

 Bulbs and Blossoms
Call: 612-301-1210
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$5.50 per student 
plus $50 transportation fee to school 

Bulbs & Blossoms
2016-2017 dates: November 3 - December 13

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!


OPTIONAL: Use this program to kick-off a year-long thread of science learning through bulbs. Participate in the citizen science of Journey North's tulip program by making a small outdoor planting in the fall to then track the arrival of spring. Once your tulip garden blooms, revisit the concepts of plant parts and functions and easily introduce pollination with real world, hands-on observations and experiences.

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

 Zoom in on Plants
Call: 612-301-1210
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$5.50 per student 
plus $50 transportation fee to school 

Zoom In On Plants
2016-2017 dates: December 1 - April 21

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)

 Exploring the Desert
Call: 612-301-1210
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$5.50 per student 
plus $50 transportation fee to school 

Exploring the Desert
2016-2017 dates: January 19 - March 31

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


 Sunflower Supreme
Call: 612-301-1210
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$5.50 per student 
plus $50 transportation fee to school  

Sunflower Supreme
2016-2017 dates: April 3 - June 2

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 practice describing 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

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Click here to download the FIELD TRIP GUIDE 2015-2016.