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.

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.


 
Photo: Sam Droege/USGS/Flikr
 
NEW! Pollinator Superheroes
Grades K-2
2017-2018 dates: September 26 - October 27 ¦ April 16 - May 31
9:30-11:00
1:00-2:30
$6/student

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
0.4.1.1.2 Living things are diverse
0.4.2.1.1 Natural systems
1.4.2.1.1 Natural systems have many components that interact (Interdependence)
1.4.2.1.2 Animal habitats
1.4.3.1.1 Animal life cycle stages
2.1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry
2.4.1.1.1 Diversity
2.4.2.1.1 Natural Systems (Interdependence)
2.4.3.1.1 Plant life cycle stages

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NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!


Register online 
NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!

QUESTIONS?
Call 612-301-1210

Fall in the Forest 

Fall in the Forest
Grades K-1
2017 - 2018 dates: September 20 - October 27
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30

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 0.2.1.1.1 Physical Properties
0.4.2.1.1 Natural Systems
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NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!
Register online
NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!

QUESTIONS?
Call 612-301-1210

 Sprout

Sprout!
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

0.1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry
0.4.1.1.2 Diversity of Life

Browse availability calendar
NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!
Register online 
NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!

QUESTIONS?
Call 612-301-1210

 Ready Set Grow Ready, Set, Grow!
Grades K-1
2017 - 2018 dates: April 23 - June 1
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-10:45
11:15-12:30
1:15-2:30

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 0.4.2.1.1 Natural System Interactions
0.4.1.1.2 Diversity of Life
1.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles

Browse availability calendar
NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!
Register online 
NEW! Beginning May 23, 2017!

QUESTIONS?
Call 612-301-1210

 

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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