Field Trips at the Arboretum
Visit the Arboretum during the Fall, Winter, or Spring and treat your students to a hands-on, real plants, learning experience! 

Reservations ARE OPEN for 2017-2018 school year!
$6 per student*
*A processing fee of $7.50 will be applied to each order
NOTE: Final adjustment count for # of students and all field trip fees are due at least 30 days in advance.

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NEW! Online registration begins May 23, 2017!
STEP 1: Sign in or create a login and create your customer profile.
STEP 2: Choose a program from the categories below and click the "Register Online" button to place it in your shopping basket
STEP 3: When you have all selections in your basket, process your order and you will receive a confirmation/invoice via email.

Need Help?
Don't see what you are looking for, or the times don't work for your school? For assistance, please fill out the Field Trip Reservation Request Form, and we will contact you with availability and options. Or, call the Education office: 612-301-1210.




photo: Jim Hudgins/US Fish and Wildlife Service
NEW! Monarchs & Milkweed
Grades 1-5
2017-2018 dates: September 12 - 22, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Monarch butterflies make amazing migrations across North America every year, flying thousands of miles north in the spring and south in the fall. Learn how scientists track their travels, and participate in citizen science by tagging a monarch with your class. Zoom in on the monarch's special relationship with milkweed plants, and the unique structures of milkweed flowers. Find and observe monarchs in action in the pollinator garden, fueling up for their journey south. 

Science Standards

Science Standards
(1,2,3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
(1,5).4.2.1.1 Interdependence in Natural Systems
1.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles
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Apple Harvest 
Apple Harvest
Grades 1-6
2017-2018 dates: September 15 - October 20 (Limit 3 classes per time slot)
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 - 10:45
11:15 - 12:30
1:15 - 2:30

The apples are rolling in and there are bushels of learning to harvest behind the scenes in an orchard. Learn how orchard managers use their math and science skills each day to bring in their crop. Taste, try on, search, smell, sip and wander your way through a visit packed with hands-on real world discoveries.
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

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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
Grades 3-6
2017 -2018 dates: November 2 - November 17
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30

Celebrate the harvest season by exploring local food and the local cultures, traditions, and scientific advances that contribute to the Minnesota Harvest. Students will practice food label and map reading skills to determine where grocery foods come from and how far they have travelled to get to our plates. A tasting tour of local foods follows. Popcorn and popped wild rice highlights native local food traditions with gathering and cultivating local foods. A taste of home made apple sauce emphasises the recent scientific advances that have allowed apple trees to be grown in Minnesota. And for dessert, students will make and taste sweet potato pie, learn about the scientific work of George Washington Carver, and dig sweet potatoes from the children's Garden. Along the way students will learn about the nutritional benefits of the local foods they taste and will take home recipes to share with their families.

Science Standards

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

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 Plant Works
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Request Form
$5.50 per student  

Plant-Works, Water-Works
Grades 2-5
2017 - 2018 dates: November 29 - January 26
Limit 3 classes per time slot; Extended day options (additional 1/2 hour for lunch) available for 4-5 classes for $10/class
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30
$6/student

Step into the shoes of a plant propagator to understand how plants take up, use, and release water. Examine root hairs, stem pipelines, leaf veins, and leaf stomata up close with microscopes in the Prove-It Lab. Study and draw the leaf vein and stem patterns of plants in the Please Touch Greenhouse and record the amount of water vapor in and outside of the greenhouse. Each student will have the opportunity to apply their new Plant-work, Water-work knowledge to their own propagation project. And each class will receive a propagation experiment to take back and complete in their classrooms at school.

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

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photo: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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

2017 -2018 dates: February 8 - April 5
9:30-11:00
1:00-2:30

Find out how plants and pollinators are specially designed for one another. Zoom in to discover how pollinator bodies are adapted to work with flowers, and how this unique partnership benefits both plants and pollinators. Explore gifts from the hive and find out how people are harnessing the power of pollinator-plant partnerships. 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. 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


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 Plants and Their Habitats

Plants & Their Habitats
Grades 3-6
2017 - 2018 dates: January 16 - April 20
Limit 3 classes per time slot; Extended day options (additional 1/2 hour for lunch) available for 4-5 classes for $10/class
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30

Imagine stepping into the shoes of plant researchers whose job is to discover and characterize plants from different habitats around the world. Student scientists will first learn about plant adaptations for survival in three very different habitats: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, and Bog. After learning about the basic plant adaptations, student scientists will apply their knowledge in the "Mixed up Plant Lab" where they identify specific plant adaptations to determine what habitat each plant came from. In the greenhouse student scientists will explore more living plant examples from each of these habitats and have the opportunity to make their own plant discovery. Each student will make and plant a terrarium with rainforest plants to take home.

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

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 Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup Time
Grades 1-6
2017 - 2018 dates: March 5 - March 30
Limit 3 classes per time slot, option to extend the day with an additional winter trip
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30
$6/student

Hike into the woods to tap a maple tree. Visit the sugarhouse where sap is cooked to syrup. Learn about maple sugaring traditions of different cultures. Say goodbye to winter 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)

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 Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden
Grades 1-6
2017-2018 dates: May 9 - June 1
Limit 2 classes per time slot
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30
$6/student

A Japanese garden reflects Japanese culture, values, and the physical geography of the place. Discover the tradition, meaning, and symbolism present in the Arboretum's Seisui-Tei (The Garden of Pure Water). Compare the Japanese Garden with Western style gardens. Students will make and take their own, mini Japanese garden.

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

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 Spring Peeper Meadow

Discover Spring Peeper Meadow
Grades 2-6
2018 dates: May 9 - May 24
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30
$6/student

Come tour Spring Peeper Meadow and take part in the Arboretum's Grand Scientific Experiment. In 1997, the Arboretum began a wetland restoration project with the purchase of a corn field. 20 years later the corn field has been restored to a sedge meadow wetland. While on this trip you will explore diversity of life of the plant community, invertebrates living in the water, and the birds and wildlife of the meadow. A healthy wetland is a wetland that can support a diversity of life. Come check out the health of Spring Peeper Meadow with us this spring.

Science Standards (3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
4.3.2.3.1 Water Cycle

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 Woods in Bloom

Woods in Bloom
Grades 3-6
2017-2018 dates: May 3 - June 1
Limit 2 classes per time slot
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30

Pollination is the central concept of this field trip and the woods in spring is a perfect place to explore pollination in action. Students will learn about different strategies plants use to attract pollinators for successful pollination. In the lab, students will dissect fresh flowers to learn about flower parts and functions. In the woods, student scientists will explore the importance of light for plant growth in the spring.

Science Standards 5.4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
5.1.1.1.1 Scientific Evidence


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Amazing Bees!
One-hour Summer Enrichment Experience

Suggested Ages: 6-10
June 14, 2017 - August 10, 2017
Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - noon
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Explore the world of the honey bees, bumble bees, leaf-cutter bees, sweat bees, mason bees, and more, and find out how they achieve their status as champion pollen movers. Without their work, our grocery stores and gardens would look sadly different. Search for bee diversity in the Bee Center's garden for pollinators, explore the pollinator exhibits, and get a taste of the honey bees' sweet treasure from the hive!
Limit 40 students, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

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Marvelous Minnesota Trees
One-hour Summer Enrichment Experience
Suggested Ages: 6-10
Tuesdays or Thursdays
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
noon - 1 p.m.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Visit the Arboretum this summer and spend some time getting to know the trees in your Minnesota neighborhood! Observe and understand the life cycle of a tree, then practice using your science skills while exploring and sorting leaves in order to identify some of our native trees. Journey to visit a few of the most popular Minnesota trees on Arboretum grounds. Plant your own Minnesota tree seeds to take and grow at home!
Limit 40, Sensory Garden Program Shelter


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 ADD-ON A LUNCH EXPERIENCE!
 


SPRING/FALL

May - October
Picnic at Outdoor Picnic Shelters

(no reservations; First come, first served)
FREE!


FALL/WINTER
November - April
Reserve an Indoor Lunch Room
$10/class


WINTER
January - April
NEW!
Picnic with the Pollinators Add-On

Grades K-5
$3/student

1 hour added on to a Field Trip
Limit 3 classes/time slot

Bring your bag lunches and add this 1-hour extension onto any field trip! A great way to check out all the features of the new Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, enjoy 30 minutes for lunch in the new Learning Lab or Pollinator Shelter followed by an exclusive guided experience that uncovers the vital roles plants and pollinators play in food production. Finally, end your picnic by taking part in the sweetest scientific taste test ever: seasonal honey! Note: The Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center is located on the Arboretum grounds, but does require bus transportation to and from other Arboretum areas.
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