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 will open May 23 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.

Ready to Register? 
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.


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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QUESTIONS?
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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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 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