Children's Classes & Programs
at the Arboretum 

  Pea Pods

FREE PlantMaker's Studio Weekend Activities
ALL AGES
Noon - 4 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays year round
Learning Center
Free with gate admission

The Plant-Maker Studio offers "make a plant" experiences for all ages. Our technology-loaded lives can leave anyone eager to dig into nature and get their hands on plants. Studio activities, staffed by trained volunteers, will feature specific plants and take-homes for participants. Learn how to start cuttings, plant seeds, print leaves, weave fibers and more. Supplies provided.

View Plant-Maker's Studio schedules, themes and details


 peapods

Pea Pods for Preschoolers Summer Series 2016
Summer Thursdays,  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
     June 16, 23, 30, July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25 (975-06-16-16)

OR

Summer Fridays, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
     June 17, 24, July 1, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26 (975-06-17-16)


Instructor: Eleta Donaldson Arboretum Early Childhood Educator and Programmer


Kindle a sense of wonder in the natural world with your preschool child as you reawaken it in
yourself! Pea Pods for Preschoolers provides the opportunity for you and your special little one to be enchanted by the plant world. Each weekly theme helps spark your child's appreciation for nature's beauty through planting, art, sensory and science, discovery zones, action and music, story time, Green Play Yard adventures, greenhouse exploration and snack. Come play and learn about nature!
Pea Pods for Preschoolers registration is by seasonal series of 10 weekly classes for 3-5 year olds with an adult.

NEW! Prorated-priced single sessions are now available for purchase and pre-registration!
Call 612-301-1210 with the date(s) of the sessions you would like to attend.
$12 member/$14 non-member per child, per session

In order to honor the abilities and interests of preschoolers, please only bring registered participants. The Arboretum has many areas of interest for children of all ages. Ask us for ideas for your older children.

Dandy Dandelion
Mud Pies
Flutter by, Butterfly
Catch Me if You Can     
Weedy Seedy
Tops and Bottoms
Little Hummers
Fanciful Fruits
Waterific
Great Garden Gala
June 16 or 17
June 23 or 24
June 30 or July 1
July 14 or 15
July 21 or 22
July 28 or 29
August 4 or 5
August 11 or 12
August 18 or 19
August 25 or 26

 register Summer Thursdays  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.(975-06-16-16)
    June 16, 23, 30, July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25
$120.00 member/$140.00 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for child and one adult, snacks, project, planting supplies.
Limited 65 children + adult. Learning Center

NEW! Prorated-priced single sessions are now available for purchase! Advance registration strongly preferred.
Call 612-301-1210 with the date(s) of the sessions you would like to attend.
$12 member/$14 non-member 
per child, per session
6 prorated single-session spots available per Thursday session. 

 
 register

Summer Fridays 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. (975-06-17-16)
    June 17, 24, July 1, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26
$120.00 member/$140.00 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission for child and one adult, snacks, project, planting supplies.
Limited 65 children + adult. Learning Center

NEW! Prorated-priced single sessions are now available for purchase! Advance registration strongly preferred.
Call 612-301-1210 with the date(s) of the sessions you would like to attend.
$12 member/$14 non-member 
per child, per session
10 prorated single-session spots available per Friday session. 


 Summer Children's Garden - planting

Summer Children's Garden (weekly)
For ages 5 - 13; 10 weekly sessions 

The Children's Garden is THE place where kids can grow to learn and learn to grow all summer long. Week by week we will explore the subtle and sudden changes taking place as our gardens come to life. We will celebrate the bees and butterflies, investigate the soil, bask in the sun, and play with the water. We will dig for earthworms, search for sow bugs, tend our plants, taste the weeds, and marvel at the watermelon smelling stink bugs that show up to our garden party. Who knows what else awaits on our summer long seed to snack adventure? We can't wait to get growing with you to find out! Pairs of gardeners will share the bounty and responsibility of a kid-sized plot of vegetables and flowers throughout the summer. Sign up with a friend or make a new friend.


 Summer Day Camps
Credit Michel Bish/Flikr

Summer Day Camps
For ages 5 - 14; 3-day or 5-day themed experiences

Arboretum campers make new friends while discovering the wonder of the natural world in a fun, hands-on setting. Engaging topics include cooking, nature adventures, photography, art, science discovery, and Legos®! All programs managed by experienced, creative, caring children's educators.


 Field Trips for Groups

Summer Field Trips for Groups
Suggested ages 5 - 12, groups of 12-50 kids

Summer Field Trips are perfect for daycare, scout, summer school or neighborhood groups wanting extra hands-on fun during an Arboretum visit. Each Summer Field Trip lasts one hour. For groups of 12-50 children ages 5-12.


 Field Trips for Groups

Carnivorous Plant + Big Bugs 1-Hour Experience!
Suggested Ages 6 - 13

Spend an action-packed hour at the Arboretum getting to know bugs...and the amazing plants that eat them! This larger than life field trip takes you to the hands-on microscopic workings of savage plants and big bugs! Explore and understand the vital connections between insects and plants.


 Pea Pods

Pea Pods for Preschoolers Autumn Series 2016 (975-09-13-16)
Autumn Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15

Instructor: Eleta Donaldson, Arboretum Early Childhood Educator and Programmer

Kindle a sense of wonder in the natural world with your preschool child as you reawaken it in yourself! Pea Pods for Preschoolers provides the opportunity for you and your special little one to be enchanted by the plant world. Each weekly theme helps spark your child's appreciation for nature's beauty through planting, art, sensory and science, discovery zones, action and music, story time, Green Play Yard adventures, greenhouse exploration and snack. Come play and learn about nature!
Pea Pods for Preschoolers registration is by seasonal series of 10 weekly classes for 3-5 year olds with an adult. In order to respect the abilities and interests of preschoolers, please only bring registered participants (The Arboretum has many areas of interest for children of all ages! Ask us for ideas for your older children).

September 13
September 20
September 27
October 4
October 11
October 18
October 25
November 1
November 8
November 15     
Me-Oh-My Apple Pie
Bulbs: Little Presents Planted in Fall
Mouses and Mosses
Those Nutty Squirrels
Under One Rock!
Hey Plants
Orange and Round
In November
Three Sisters Stew
Snow What? 

Limit 65 children + adult, Learning Center

register $120.00 member/$140.00 non-member includes Arboretum admission for child and one adult,
snacks, project, planting supplies.

NOTE: For late registrants, remaining class sessions are available for purchase at a prorated price by calling 612-301-1210.
 

 

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. 
View the 2016 Summer Kids' Programs Catalog 

 

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.