Weekend Family Fun

Stop by the Learning Center on Weekends between noon and 4 p.m. for drop-in free family activities. Plant seeds, explore the greenhouse, cook a garden-fresh bite to eat, and look at plants with a microscope with your family at your own pace. Celebrate the changing seasons with new activities each month.  

 February February 2015 - Chocolate Love
Saturdays and Sundays in February, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Your family is invited to join our taste test panel and compare the flavor of chocolate samples from 100% cacao bean to milk chocolate! Use a microscope to examine cacao pods and beans from our own chocolate tree. Take part in a scavenger hunt in the greenhouse and plant a tropical plant to grow in your home.

 March March 2015 - Spuds and Buds
Saturdays and Sundays in March, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Celebrate the world's most popular vegetable with your family at the arboretum: The Potato! Season a spud snack in the Harvest Kitchen and learn which potato varieties grow well in Minnesota. Enjoy a scavenger hunt in our warm greenhouse or create a potato art print together. Pot up a plant to grow at home.


Weekend Family Fun Guided VisitsTake along some kid-friendly tips when you head out to explore 1200 acres of gardens and natural areas.


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