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.  


 December December - Wintergreen Mysteries
Saturdays and Sundays in December, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Can you and your family tell the difference between fir, spruce, cedar, and pine? Create a clue card to help learn their unique traits. When other trees' branches are bare, the hardy evergreen trees keep our spirits green all winter long. Use cones to create a cheerful elf to decorate your home for the holidays.



 January January - Plant Partnerships
Saturdays and Sundays in January, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Bring your family for a winter escape in the warm greenhouse and find out how animals survive the winter. Search for tropical fruit and flowers that sustain migrant birds and monarch butterflies. Create a seed ornament to take home and feed the hardy non-migrant birds outside your window!


 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.
See SELF GUIDED VISITS for ideas.

  

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