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2015 - 2016 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.


 Plant Habitats

Plants & Their Habitats (965-01-08-16)
Friday, January 8, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 3rd - 6th Grade

Desert, Rainforest, and Bog, Oh my! How can plants survive in such extreme environments? Become plant scientist and learn their adaptation strategies by taking survival notes and using them to solve the mixed up plant lab mystery. Explore in the greenhouse and discover a plant to document. Create a terrarium to take home that will mimic the conditions of a tropical rainforest to help your tropical plants survive inside during a Minnesota winter. Limit 30, Learning Center

register $8 member/$10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, take home terrarium, and "Plant Habitat Riddles" and "Explorer's Report" Reflect & Write activities to reinforce your experience at home.

 Green Grocery

Green Grocery (965-02-05-16)
Friday, February 5, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 1st - 2nd Grade

How many plants do you eat in a day? Find out during this program as we read labels and figure out what plants make some of our favorite foods. Visit the greenhouse for a one of a kind grocery shopping scavenger hunt where you can discover orange trees, chocolate trees, and twenty more food plants. In the kitchen, mix up a savory snack with a popular pungent bulb and the plant a clove of it to take home so you can make the snack for your family! Limit 30, Learning Center

register $8 member/$10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, a take-home edible plant with recipe and data sheet, and "From Sun to Tummy Food Chain Stories" and "Plants in the Kitchen?!" Reflect & Write activities to reinforce your experience at home.. 

Sprout 

Sprout! (965-03-04-16)
Friday, March 4, 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Suggested ages: Grade K

What are plant parts and what do plants need to grow? Find out during the Sprout! puppet show with Mr. Tree helping us learn. Then we will use our sight, touch, and smell senses as we explore in the greenhouse. Finally, we will plant two different seeds so we can watch the plants grow at home! Limit 30, Learning Center

register $8 member/$10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, take home planting with data sheet to record your observations.  
 Register for the Bundle Button BUNDLE and save! Kindergarten 2-Program Bundle includes Sprout! (3/4/16) & Ready, Set, Grow! (6/3/16); $12 member/$16 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator.

 Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup Time (965-03-18-16)
Friday, March 18, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 1st - 6th Grade

One of the first sweet signs of spring! Join us as we tap our sugar maples and harvest the sweet product of photosynthesis. Learn the history and tradition of maple syrup making from its discovery by Native people through the technology of today. Help us check our taps to see if the sap is flowing, and taste test to see if you can identify real maple syrup versus artificial maple syrup and taste maple sugar. Limit 30, Frog Hollow

register $8 member/$10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator and "Get Ready for Maple Syrup Time" and "A Sweet Goodbye to Winter" Reflect & Write activities to reinforce your experience at home.

 Plant Take-a-Part

Plant Take-a-Part (965-04-01-16)
Friday, April 1, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Suggested ages: 1st - 2nd Grade

Chairs, paper, food, clothing, candy . . . all those items and more can come from plants. Discover how people can sometimes be "plant-blind" during the puppet show. Then practice the cure for plant blindness by closely observing the diversity of plants in the greenhouse, making a delicious plant part parfait in the kitchen, and planting a seed experiment that will bloom into edible flowers! Limit 30, Learning Center

register $8 member/$10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, a take-home edible flowering plant with data sheets, and a recipe to make the plant part parfait at home.

 Woods In Bloom

Woods in Bloom (965-04-29-16)
Friday, April 29, 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

 Spring to Life

Spring To Life! (965-05-06-15)
Friday, May 6, 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 (965-05-13-16)
Friday, May 13, 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, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, and a take home miniature Japanese Garden. 

 Spring Peeper

Discover Spring Peeper Meadow (965-05-18-16)
Wednesday, May 18, 12:30p.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. 

 
 Ready Set Grow

Ready, Set, Grow! (965-05-20-16)
May 19, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
NEW DATE/TIME: June 3
, 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. 
Register for the Bundle Button BUNDLE and save! Kindergarten 2-Program Bundle includes Sprout! (3/4/16) & Ready, Set, Grow! (6/3/16); $12 member/$16 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator.

 savage plants

Savage Plants and Big Bugs Oh My!

Participate in one of this summer's 1-hour Enrichment Experiences!

See more details and register here


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

SUMMER CAMPS AND CHILDREN'S GARDEN  


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.

 

To reserve a private Field Trip for your home school group:
Browse and register using our Field Trip Guide and online request form.
(12 or more paid participants required for a private group booking)

 


 

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