ARBORETUM FIELD TRIPS FOR 3rd GRADERS

Reservations for 2016-2017 open on May 3, 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
Call: 612-301-1210
or complete a
Request Form
$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!

Reflect 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

 Minnesota Harvest
Call: 612-301-1210
or complete a
Request Form
$5.50 per student  

Minnesota's Harvest: Good Eating From and For the Earth Scholarship Fund generously supported by an endowment created by long-term Arboretum supporters Judy and Herb Goldenberg.

Minnesota Harvest: Healthy Eating from and for the Earth
2016-2017 dates: November 3 - November 18 
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30

Celebrate Thanksgiving! Enjoy a feast of hands-on interdisciplinary learning about local foods; the plants they come from; and the history, science, and culture that has led them to be grown in Minnesota. Students begin their journey by reading grocery labels and maps to find out how far each food has traveled. From there, the focus is on a tour of Minnesota-grown foods. Make and taste applesauce from Arboretum apples, and find out how scientists have made growing apples in Minnesota possible. Next, make and taste popcorn and find out how the three sisters crops (beans, corn, and squash) have been a staple of Minnesota Native gardens and diets for thousands of years. Finally, dig sweet potatoes from the children's garden and make and taste sweet potato pie. Along the way, find out about the nutritional benefits of each food.

Science Standards 5.1.3.4.2 Maps and Mathematics Help Scientists
(4,5).3.4.1.3 Humans Interact with Earth Systems

 Plant Works
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or complete a
Request Form
$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


 

Call: 612-301-1210
or complete a
Request Form
$5.50 per student 

NEW! Pollinators, Plants, and People: Partnerships for Life
Grades 3-5

2016-2017 dates: January 10 - June 2
9:30-11:00 or 1:00-2:30

Tour the new Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center to find out how plants and pollinators are specially designed for one another. In the Learning Lab you will zoom in to find out how flowers are designed to fit pollinator bodies and how this unique partnership benefits both plants and pollinators. In the honey house you will explore gifts from the hive and find out how people are harnessing the power of pollinator-plant partnerships. You will have time to tour the exhibit hall to learn more about the critical relationships Minnesota pollinators have to Minnesota plants and find out what role people play in making sure these relationships remain productive and healthy. Perform a pollinator census in the pollinator garden and find out how you can participate at your school. All students will plant a pollinator friendly plant to take home!

Science Standards

MN State Science Standards
3.1.3.4.1 Scientists use tools and mathematics
3.4.1.1.1 Compare how different structures serve various functions
3.4.1.1.2 Grouping based on characteristics, structures, and behaviors
3.4.3.2.2 Adaptations for survival and reproduction
4.1.2.1.1 Describe impacts of designed world on natural world
5.1.1.2.2 Scientific Inquiry identify and collect relevant evidence
5.1.3.4.1 Gather, analyze, and interpret data
5.3.4.1.3 Compare the impact of decisions and natural systems
5.4.1.1.1 Describe how plant and animal structure and functions provide advantage for survival


 Plants and Their Habitats
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or complete a
Request Form
$5.50 per student  

Plants & Their Habitats
2016-2017 dates: January 10 - April 19 
Limit 3 classes per time slot, 5 classes for extended day
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30

Imagine stepping into the shoes of scientists to inventory the plants of earth's rainforests, deserts, and wetlands. Compare these environments and the adaptations that allow plants to survive under extreme conditions. Use microscopes in the lab and hands-on observations in the Greenhouse. Unique adaptations of insectivorous plants included. TAKE HOME TERRARIUMS!

Reflect Grade 3: Plant Habitat Riddles
Science Standards (3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
3.4.3.2.1 Evolution in Living Systems

 Maple Syrup 2
Call: 612-301-1210
or complete a
Request Form
$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!

Science Standards 2.1.2.2.2 Engineering Design Process
4.2.1.1.1 Measurable Properties
(also Minnesota History, Cultural Studies)


 Japanese Garden
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or complete a
Request Form
$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.
TAKE HOME JAPANESE GARDENS!

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

 Spring Peeper Meadow
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Request Form
$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


 Woods in Bloom
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or complete a
Request Form
$5.50 per student 

Woods in Bloom
2015-2016 Dates: April 28 - May 27 
2016-2017 dates: April 27 - June 2
Limit 2 classes per time slot
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30

Dissect fresh flowers to learn their parts. Discover how pollinators are enticed to visit, thus helping seeds ripen. Enjoy drifts of wildflowers in bloom in the Dayton Wildflower Garden. Search for pollinators in action. Help gather data for a long-range study to monitor wildflower bloom-time, and learn what this information reveals about climate change.

Science Standards 5.4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
5.1.1.1.1 Scientific Evidence


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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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...

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 (includes ½ hour lunch)
Limit 3 classes/time slot

Call: 612-301-1210
or complete a
Request Form

Add this lunch extension on to any Arboretum field trip to extend your learning experience! A great way to check out all the features of the new Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, this add-on experience includes extra time to explore the Center's interactive exhibit gallery, apiary and beautiful pollinator garden, as well as enabling your group to eat lunch in the exclusive new Learning Lab or Pollinator Shelter. Also included is a fun guided experience that will connect the role plants and pollinators play in food production and will include the sweetest scientific taste test ever: seasonal honey. Please note: This option requires bus transportation to and from the Bee and Pollinator Center.

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