Kindergarten 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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Be sure to add a phone# and school name and address. Make note of your password for future bookings and to check your account. 
Choose a program from the categories below and click the "Register Online" button to place it in your shopping basket
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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Pollinator Superheroes
Grades K-2

2017-2018 dates: 
September 26 - October 27
     12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
April 16 - May 31
     1:00 - 2:30pm

Meet Minnesota's pollinator superheros during this dynamic field trip experience at the Arboretum's new on-site Tashjian Bee and Pollination Discovery Center. Find out about the Monarch butterflies' wow-worthy lifetime journeys, learn about the important work of hundreds of different kinds of native bees and bumblebees, and explore the life of the amazing honeybee whose colony can pollinate thousands of acres of food crops and hundreds of pounds of honey in one summer! Meet these and other amazing pollinators and discover their incredible super powers in the new exhibit gallery. Get a taste of the honeybee's amazing gifts from the hive in the Honey House. Get a pollinator's perspective on flowers by zooming in to see the pollen and flower structures that entice these pollinator superheroes to visit.
Science Standards MN State Science Standards Living things are diverse Natural systems Natural systems have many components that interact (Interdependence) Animal habitats Animal life cycle stages Scientific Inquiry Diversity Natural Systems (Interdependence) Plant life cycle stages

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Fall in the Forest 

Fall in the Forest
Grades K-1

2017 - 2018 dates:
 September 20 - October 27
Limit 3 classes per time slot

There is a lot happening in the Minnesota forests as summer turns to winter. Meet the "Talking Tree" and learn who lives in each forest layer. Get up close and personal with the Decomposers - the forest recycling crew that turns piles of leaves and tree stumps into nutrient-rich "Humus" soil. In the decomposer lab and on the forest hike, search for sowbugs and centipedes, mushrooms and millipedes busy at work turning hard wood into spongy, crumbly soil. 

Science Standards Physical Properties Natural Systems
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Grade K

2017 - 2018 dates: 
February 28 - April 20
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 - 10:45
12:30 - 1:45

How do plants grow from seed to seed? The main puppet show characters, Talking Tree and Petunia, help the class learn about the basic parts and functions of a plant. Then kindergarteners take the starring role as sunflowers in a whole body action play, "The most beautiful field of Sunflowers". These activities set the stage for sensory exploration of plants in the greenhouse, and the seed planting activity and take home science investigation in the Planting Shed.

Science Standards Scientific Inquiry Diversity of Life

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 Ready Set Grow Ready, Set, Grow!
Grades K-1

2017 - 2018 dates:
April 23 - June 1
Limit 3 classes per time slot

People, plants, insects, birds- everything living has a habitat. With the help of the talking tree, discover how we can plant habitats for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Take the silent bird hike to look for habitat clues in the Learning Center's backyard. See aphids up close, and release ladybugs in the greenhouse to eat the aphids. Start plants to feed black swallowtail butterflies and caterpillars. TAKE HOME PLANTS!!

Science Standards Natural System Interactions Diversity of Life Life Cycles

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Summer Field Trips &
One-Hour Enrichment Programs


Summer 2018

Come with your class or a group of friends to get extra hands-on scien-terrific fun during an Arboretum visit.


Paper, Art, and Plants: One-Hour Summer Field Trip

For groups of 12 or more students

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
June 25, 2018 - August 17, 2018
          9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
          11:00 a.m. - noon
          1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Plants bring us the raw materials and a garden of inspiration for creating art as we make paper from plants and discover how to fold paper into garden-themed origami! Learn to make beautiful artistic paper from scratch by adding your own custom mix of colorful petals. Then fold your own origami creations together with fun instructors who provide guidance, origami paper, and easy-to-follow directions. After your field trip, extend your visit by exploring Origami in the Gardens, the Arboretum's larger-than-life summer exhibit installation.
Limit 75 students, Sensory Garden

$6.00/studentincludes registration for one child, accompanying chaperones (1 adult per 10 students), and all supplies

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Additional Options



Arboretum comes to your school!

The Arboretum delivers a field trip right to your classroom!

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!

Enhance and extend your Field Trip Visit!

Add a self-guided tour
Registration Required. Select option below.
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  • FREE when booked with a Field Trip 
  • $7.50 when booked as a stand alone experience 

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

  • FREE for outdoor areas* (May - Oct)
    *Outdoor picnic areas are first come, first served
  • $10/class for indoor reserved space (Nov - Apr)
Online Reservation Request Form
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Add a Picnic with the Pollinators!
WINTER (January - April)
Registration required

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 and compare plants and animals Observe a natural system Habitat Life cycles Living things are diverse Plant and animal structures and functions

Field Trip Guide

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2017-2018 Field Trip Guide

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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 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 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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