Self-Guided Visits
FOR KIDS & FAMILIES

The perfect solution for schools or scouting groups who want to explore the Arboretum at-you-own-pace! Stop by the Visitor Center Information Desk or the Learning Center Education Office to pick up maps, guides, and other suggested explorations!

Reserve a Self-Guided Tour
for your group or your school (students age 15 and under)

Extend the learning of an Arboretum field trip and add a self-guided tour, or plan a self-guided tour of the Arboretum for your school/education group. All groups, self-guided or otherwise, must reserve self-guided visits in advance.

Chaperone:Student Ratio
Chaperones are free up to 1 adult:5 students (this ratio includes teachers)

MINIMUM
     1:10 minimum suggested chaperone:student ratio
MAXIMUM
     1:5 included in Self-Guided Reservation fee 
          • Adults in addition to the 1:5 ratio pay $15 gate admission
          • Paras and nurses accompanying special needs students are not included in these numbers

STEP 1
Register your group

Register the Group
$7.50 registration fee
for the entire group
Please submit payment when registration is made

Register additional adults 
$15/Adult in excess of the 1:5 chaperone:student ratio
(or pay at the Gatehouse upon arrival)

TO REGISTER
Email
ArbEdu@umn.edu
Call 612-301-1210


STEP 2
Download the Chaperone Guide

Chaperone Guide

A guide to the top 7 Arboretum spots for teachers, educators, and parents to bring kids for sensory, STEM-inspired learning!
Download and print the Chaperone Guide

STEP 3
Select Group Meeting Location

The Arboretum is a BIG place to explore! Decide on your group's meeting location and share that information with members of your group who may be arriving separately, such as parents. Suggested meeting locations include the Snyder Building, Oswald Visitor Center, or Ordway Picnic Shelter
view Arboretum map

STEP 4
Arrival

As you drive in to the Arboretum, check in at the Arboretum Gatehouse* and identify the name of your group.
* If you have reserved a GreenTime Backpack (see Visit Add-Ons below), you will pick it up at the Gatehouse. 


Self-Guided Visit Add-Ons

Green Discovery Backpack iconGreen-Time Backpack
Preschool - Grade 1 Groups

The Green-time Backpack has stories, props and everything you need to lead a "discovery + fun" visit for a curious group of young learners. One Backpack serves up to 30 students.
Download the Leader's Guide

$30 per backpack rental + $7.50 registration fee

TO REGISTER
Email 
ArbEdu@umn.edu
Call 612-301-1210


Self-Guided Visit Suggestions
 

Self Guided Visits for ChildrenTop Ten Places to Visit with Kids

1. Maze Garden
Will you lose yourself? Or find your way through Try both mazes!
2. Weekend Family Fun
Experience "hands-on plants" for all ages, Saturdays & Sundays, 12-4pm year-round; theme changes monthly.
3. Green Play Yard
It's natural fun especially designed for ages 5 and under.
4. Bog Walk on Green Heron Trail
Take the boardwalk across Green Heron Pond; look for herons, dragonflies, orchids and tamaracks.
5. Japanese Garden
Sit in the Garden House, listen to the rushing waterfall, count the koi.
6. Shade Tree Exhibit
Meet some trees that could live in your yard, and check out the little playhouses.
7. Fruit and Vegetable Garden
Do a walkabout and see what homegrown crops are ripening today.
8. Under The Oak
Build your own stick fort and crawl through the Twigloo.
9. Weeping Trees
How do some of them grow to look like green elephants?
10. Herb Gardens
The "scratch-and-sniff" idea started with herbs; rub their leaves gently and try a few!

Bog Adventure imageYour Bog Adventure

Use this guide to find your way to more nature and more discoveries as you take the half-mile Green Heron Trail loop around Green Heron Pond. "Your Bog Adventure" includes 5 activities to do with children ages 5-11. You can print your own copy at home to bring, or pick up a free copy at the Oswald Visitor Center when you arrive. Allow 30-45 minutes. Are you ready to explore?
Print Bog Adventure Page 1     Print Bog Adventure Page 2

Garden Fun Finder imageYour Garden Fun Finder

Sprout some green curiosity as you explore the glorious display gardens near the Oswald Visitor Center. "Your Garden Fun Finder" offers 8 activities to do with children ages 5-11. You can print your own copy at home to bring, download it to your mobile device (e.g. iPad, Kindle, phone), or purchase a copy at the Arboretum Gift Store when you arrive. Allow 30-45 minutes. 

Print Garden Fun Finder
Download to your mobile device


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 


Questions

Call the Education Office at 612-301-1210

  

Also check out:
School Fieldtrips
Weekend Family Fun
  

 

Browse Quick Links

Browse eVersion
Adult Classes Catalog Fall-Winter 2017-2018

Request a hard copy in the mail
Email your request to leen0014@umn.edu

FREE & LOW COST
           PlantMaker Studio
          Garden Fun Stops
          Nature Play for Wee Ones
          Tram Tours & Docent-Guided Walks
          Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

YOUTH & FAMILIES
Youth+Adult Programs
          Ages 3-5 with adult
          Ages 7-12 with adult
Summer Youth Programs
          Registration Opens Jan 2018!        

ADULTS
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
          Gardening - General
          Edible Garden Year
          Landscaping & Design
          Science of Plant Propagation
          Pollinator-Friendly Planting         
          Pruning Essentials
          Floral Design
Pollinators
          Pollinator-Friendly Planting
          Beekeeping
          Pollinator Summit 2017
Fine Art & Crafts Classes
          Drawing
          Painting
          Sculpting & Sculpture
          Crafts
          Jewelry & Wearable Art
          Mixed Media
          Fiber Arts & Embroidery
          Floral Design
          Open Art Studio
Photography Classes
          Photography
          Digital Editing & Organization
Food & Wine Classes
          Dine with a Chef
          Saturday Cooking in the Kitchen
          Wine: Making, Tasting & Appreciation
Healthy Living through Nature
          Healthy Living
Nature Appreciation
          Naturalist-Guided Walks
          Shinrin-yoku
Nature-Based Therapeutics
          NBT Classes, Programs, Events
Book Club
          Book Club

 



To Register for Class
To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. 

Member Perk!
Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email:
ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

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