ARBORETUM FIELD TRIPS FOR 4th GRADERS

Reservations are open for 2014-2015!
Call: 612-301-1210
$5.50 per student

Scholarship Information


Apple Harvest 
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$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

 Minnesota Harvest
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$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
November 6 - November 21
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

 Plants and Their Habitats

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$5.50 per student 

Plants & Their Habitats
January 8 - April 17
Limit 3 classes per time slot, 5 classes for extended day
9:30-11:30
12:15-2:15

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 4: 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
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$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 4: A Sweet Good-bye to Winter
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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$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.
TAKE HOME JAPANESE 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 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


 Woods in Bloom

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$5.50 per student 

Woods in Bloom
May 1 - May 29
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



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