6th Grade Field Trips

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 is OPEN!
STEP 1
Sign in or create a login from this page and create your customer profile. 
Be sure to add a phone# and school name and address. Make note of your password for future bookings and to check your account. 
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, go to check out and enter total# of students again, then process your order as "purchase order" and you will receive a confirmation/invoice via email right away. 

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Don't see what you are looking for, or the times don't work for your school? For assistance, please contact us via one of these options:


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 Harvest

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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 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.
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!

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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Additional Options

 

Plantmobile

Plantmobile
Arboretum comes to your school!

 
The Arboretum delivers a field trip right to your classroom!


Homeschool
Individual Students with their adult educators

Groups of 12 or more homeschool students may register for any field trip, above! 

Self-Guided Visits
You know your students' needs best

See Self-Guided Visits for resources to lead your own Arboretum adventure, or extend your visit.




Watch a preview
of the
Plant-Works, Water-Works  
Field Trip!


SUGGESTED ADD-ON EXPERIENCES
Enhance and extend your Field Trip Visit!



Add a self-guided tour
AVAILABLE ALL YEAR 
Registration Required. Select option below.
Learn more

OPTIONS
  • FREE when booked with a Field Trip 
  • $7.50 when booked as a stand alone experience 

REGISTRATION REQUEST
Online Reservation Request Form
Call 612-301-1210

   

Add time for brown-bag lunch 
AVAILABLE ALL YEAR (location varies on season)
Registration Required. Select option below.

OPTIONS
  • FREE for outdoor areas* (May - Oct)
    *Outdoor picnic areas are first come, first served
  • $10/class for indoor reserved space (Nov - Apr)
REGISTRATION REQUEST
Online Reservation Request Form
Call 612-301-1210
   


Add a Picnic with the Pollinators!
WINTER (January - April)
Registration required

$3/student 
Grades K-5  



 Picnic with the Pollinators Add-On
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


HELPFUL INFORMATION
Field Trip Guide

Browse e-catalog
2017-2018 Field Trip Guide

Request a hard copy by mail
Email requests to leen0014@umn.edu

Minimum/Maximum Students
Minimum 12 students/session. Maximum is 3 classes/96 students per session for all programs with the exception of Spring field trips taking place at the Sensory Garden, which are maximum 2 classes/64 students per session.

Chaperones
Chaperones are free up to 1 adult:5 students; our minimum requirement is 1 adult:10 students. Adults beyond 1:5 pay $15 admission. Note: these numbers do include the teachers attending, though do not include paras or nurses accompanying special needs students.

Scholarships
Scholarships are available beginning mid-August and given on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Arboretum is committed to making its educational opportunities accessible for all school audiences. With the generous support of the foundations and donors, we are pleased to offer a menu of scholarship opportunities for our schools. For additional information on scholarships and how to apply, please click here .

Cancellation Policies
Programs are held rain or shine. In extreme weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel programs for your safety. You will not be charged a cancellation fee under these circumstances. No refunds if you cancel less than 30 days in advance. Final adjustment count for # of students and all field trip fees are due at least 30 days in advance.

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