Plantmobile For 1st Grade

Can't take the time away? We'll come to you with the Plantmobile! We bring the hands-on science, real plants, microscopes and lively take-home investigations. It's a discovery-filled fieldtrip right in your classroom.

Reservations are open for 2018-2019 school year!
$6 per student* + $50 Transportation fee
*A processing fee of $7.50 will be applied to each order 
NOTE: Final adjustment count for # of students and all Plantmobile fees are due at least 30 days in advance.

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NEW! Online registration open now!                                                                
STEP 1
Sign in or create a login from this page and create your customer profile - Be sure to add a phone# and school name and address. Make note of your password for future bookings and to check your account. 
STEP 2
Choose a program from the categories and click the "Register Online" button to place it in your shopping basket 
STEP 3
When you have all selections in your basket, go to check out and enter total# of students again, then process your order as "purchase order" and you will receive a confirmation/invoice via email right away. 

Need Help?
Don't see what you are looking for, or the times don't work for your school? For assistance, please contact us via one of these options:


bUZZ 

Buzz About Apples
Grades K-2

2018-2019 dates

September 9, 2018 - October 25, 2018
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Follow the life of an apple from flower to fruit! Stop along the way to discover the ins and outs of pollination and why bees are the most important workers in the orchard. Student scientists will use ALL their senses to make observations in this interactive program as they learn about the bee's amazing body, the different jobs bees have in the hive and what they need to make honey. Find out how official apple taste-testers rate the different characteristics of apples, and how Arboretum scientists develop tasty new types. TASTE TEST HONEY AND ARBORETUM-GROWN APPLES!

Science Standards
0.4.1.1.2 Identify Plant and Animal Parts
1.4.2.1.1,2 Interdependence Among Living Systems
1.1.1.1.2 Compare Observations
2.4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
2.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles
3.4.3.2.1 Inheritance of Traits

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 Bulbs and Blossoms

Bulbs & Blossoms
Grades K-2


2018-2019 dates: 
November 2, 2018 - December 18, 2018
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Bright tulips and daffodils are favorite signs of spring, but FALL is actually the season to plant them! Follow a bulb's life cycle throughout a year, learn why some plants form bulbs, and practice observation skills while dissecting a bulb to find the surprising plant parts hidden inside! Each student will enjoy an in-class bulb planting that will grow and bloom within a month; plus a classroom experiment that will grow and bloom in the classroom in January. Includes a student journal. Build a foundation of basic science skills and PLANT BULBS!

Science Standards
(0,2).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life
1.1.1.1.2 Compare Observations
2.1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry
2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence Among Living Systems
2.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles

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 Exploring the Desert

Exploring the Desert
Grades K-2


2018 - 2019 dates:
January 8, 2019 - March 29, 2019
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Become a desert detective! Using a bit of imagination and lots of live plants, students will explore the desert environment, learning all about adaptation by finding the surprising tricks desert plants use to survive in such an extreme habitat. Compare a plant's life in Minnesota to life in the desert, and discover how to safely touch the prickly parts! Go on a plant adaptation hunt through the classroom to investigate their diverse characteristics through hands-on exploration. All students will PLANT A DESERT PLANT TO TAKE HOME!

Science Standards
(0,2).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life
2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence Among Living Systems

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 Zoom in on plants, photo by Vienna Volante

Zoom in on Plants
Grades K-2

2018 - 2019 dates: 
January 8, 2019 - March 29, 2019
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What makes a plant a plant? What plant part is like a sponge? What's the hairiest plant part? Our classroom set of microscopes will ignite students' curiosity as they get an up-close look at real leaves, flowers, stems, and roots. This hands-on program explores the function of each plant part, and introduces the process of photosynthesis. Students develop a real understanding of how plants fit into the food chain, and the role they have in our everyday lives as we follow the sun's energy from plant to pizza. PLANT MICROGREEN SEEDS TO TAKE HOME AND SHARE!

Science  Standards
(0,2).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life
1.1.1.1.2 Compare Observations
2.1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry
2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence Among
Living Systems
2.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles

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 Sunflower Supreme

Sunflower Supreme
Grades K-2

2018 - 2019 dates:
April 4, 2019 - May 31, 2019
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Celebrate Spring with hands-on plant science! Use sunflowers to explore plant parts and functions, pollination, life-cycles, and the incredible diversity that is possible in nature. Touch a wide variety of dried sunflower heads and learn to make scientific observations. Plant a dwarf sunflower variety in class and bring home seeds for a giant variety too. Discover how everyone's favorite flower is part of a garden ecosystem ripe for summer-long learning. TAKE HOME SUNFLOWERS!

Science  Standards
(0,2).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life
1.1.1.1.2 Compare Observations
2.1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry
2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence Among
Living Systems
2.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles

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Additional Options

 

Plantmobile

Field Trips
Bring your class to the Arboretum for hands-on science fun! 

Visit the Arboretum during the Fall, Winter, or Spring and treat your students to a hands-on, real plants, learning experience!


Homeschool
Individual Students with their adult educators

Groups of 12 or more homeschool students may register for any field trip, above! 

Self-Guided Visits
You know your students' needs best

See Self-Guided Visits for resources to lead your own Arboretum adventure, or extend your visit.



HELPFUL INFORMATION

Field Trip Guide

2018-2019 Field Trip Guide
Request a hard copy by mail
Email requests to leen0014@umn.edu

Minimum/Maximum Students

Minimum is 12 students/session, 2 sessions/day. Maximum is 32 students/session, 4 sessions/day. All sessions last one hour. Minimum time between sessions is 15 minutes. Maximum time between morning and afternoon sessions is 1 1/2 hours.

Scholarships
VIEW SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarships are available beginning mid-August and given on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Arboretum is committed to making its educational opportunities accessible for all school audiences. With the generous support of the foundations and donors, we are pleased to offer a menu of scholarship opportunities for our schools. For additional information on scholarships and how to apply, please click here.

Cancellation Policies
Programs are held rain or shine. In extreme weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel programs for your safety. You will not be charged a cancellation fee under these circumstances. No refunds if you cancel less than 30 days in advance. Final adjustment count for # of students and all field trip fees are due at least 30 days in advance.

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