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2015 HOME SCHOOL DAYS

Want to get hands-on plant science into your home-school curriculum? Consider an Arboretum learning experience. For individuals or homeschool groups, the Arboretum offers hands-on plant experiences that address state science standards in a unique and engaging educational setting.


 Ready, Set, Grow

Ready, Set, Grow! (965-05-01-15)
Friday, May 1, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: K - 1st Grade


The secret of this program is "Habitat." Mr. Tree, Ladybug, and other friends help us learn what wildlife look for in their habitat during the introduction puppet show. Then we examine habitats here at the Arboretum to see if we provide everything for birds and ladybugs to survive. To help you provide habitat for butterflies and caterpillars where you live, we will plant some flowers with nectar and a leafy herb to bring home so they will visit your yard!
Limit 30, Learning Center

Register $8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, and take home plants to create habitat where you live.

 

 Spring to Life

Spring To Life! (965-05-08-15)
Friday, May 8, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 1st - 2nd Grade


Bang! Pop! Burst! Some signs of spring happen so quickly you can almost miss them if you are not paying attention. Observe three signs of spring with Ms. Verna Equinox in this hands-on program. Will the spring wildflowers complete their life cycle before the trees leaf out? Or, will the trees' buds burst causing quick growth to block the spring sunshine? Find out as we stroll through the wildflower garden and measure tree growth. Plant a fast life annual and a steady growth perennial to compare their life cycles at home.
Limit 30, Sensory Garden

Register $8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, and take home annual and perennial plant.
 

 Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden (965-05-15-15)
Friday, May 15, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 1st - 6th Grade


Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Arboretum's Japanese Garden, Seisui-Tei. Search for the symbolic elements that the garden's designer, Mr. Kawana, incorporated in the garden and discover their meaning. Compare Minnesota nature to Japan nature and practice a style of Japanese garden that does not have any plants! Finish your experience by creating your own miniature Japanese Garden to take home.
Limit 30, Sensory Garden

Register $8 member/$10 non-member
ncludes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, and a take home miniature Japanese Garden.

 Woods

Woods in Bloom (965-05-22-15)
Friday, May 22, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 3rd - 6th Grade


Only a short window of time to enjoy the Arboretum's spring wildflowers, because it is almost like they are here today and gone tomorrow! We will learn about their sprint to beat the leaves of the trees by completing their above ground life cycle in just two to three weeks. Using real flowers and microscopes, we will examine the different parts of blossoms and look for signs of pollination. Then we will meander through the wildflower garden looking for wildflowers, pollinators, monitor sun strength, and inspect tree twig growth.
Limit 30, Sensory Garden

Register $8 member/ $10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator. 

 Discover

Discover Spring Peeper Meadow (965-05-28-15)
Thursday, May 28, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 2nd - 6th Grade


From wetland to cornfield and back to wetland again, learn how Arboretum scientists worked to restore a sedge meadow wetland that had been a cornfield for over 50 years. Using dipnets, binoculars, and your senses, discover what plants and animals have now made this place their home.
Limit 30, Learning Center

Register $8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator.  

 Explore Interdependence: trail through woods

Explore Interdependence (965-06-11-15)
Thursday, June 11th, 2015, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 1st grade - 6th grade

We are living in a world of interconnected systems! From homes, food, and shelter, to pollination and seed dispersal, plants and animals rely on each other for survival. Explore plant and animal interactions up close with a hike into the woods. Find out about plant defenses and use the tough-o-meter to find the toughest leaf. PLANT A SENSITIVE PLANT TO TAKE HOME! Limit 12 - 50 youth, Learning Center

register $8 member/$10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for student & adult educator. 

 Sunflower and sunflower seeds

Seeds Away (965-07-09-15)
Thursday, July 9th, 2015, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: Pre K - 1st grade

What do seeds need to grow? Find out with the help of some animal friends in a puppet show. Discover how seeds float, fly, and hitchhike to get to just the right spot to take root. Explore in the garden and chart sunflowers at different stages of growth. Create a sunflower snack and PLANT A SUNFLOWER TO TAKE HOME! Limit 12 - 50 youth, Learning Center

register $8 member/$10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for student & adult educator. 

 Amazing Bees

Amazing Bees! (965-08-06-15)
Thursday, August 6th, 2015, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 1st grade - 6th grade

Did you know that a bee has five eyes? Or that they have a special tongue that is shaped like a straw? Bees are fascinating creatures and we are dependent on them for 30% of the food we eat. Find out about what happens inside of a beehive, and why we need bees in our gardens. You will get to taste test honey and look for bees at work in the garden. PLANT A BEE FRIENDLY FLOWER TO TAKE HOME! Limit 12 - 50 youth, Learning Center

register $8 member/$10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for student & adult educator. 

Home School Days for individual home school students: 
Come for any one or all of our Home school days offered during the school year. Tuition includes adult admission for home school educators. Siblings are welcome. All participating siblings should be registered. Limit 40.

Field Trips for home school groups:
Home School groups of 12 or more students may pre-register for any of the Arboretum Fieldtrips programs! Hurry, space is limited to availability for your requested date/time!
Fee: $60 for up to 12 students. $5 for each additional student.
Full payment due in advance of the program.
Call to Register your group: 612-301-1210

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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.

See our fieldtrip guide for homeschool groups of 12 or more: LEARN!  for Schools & Teachers 

Parents can learn at the Arboretum, too! Download the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Classes Catalog to see the full adult class offerings.


SPECIAL! $6 off when you register for any 3 or more Homeschool Days! Purchases must be made on the same order to receive discount. Not valid on previous purchases. Expires 5/31/15. Limit 3 per customer.
Coupon code: HOMESCHOOL3

 

 

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