2nd Grade Field Trips

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

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

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NEW! Online registration is OPEN!
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 below 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. 

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photo: Jim Hudgins/US Fish and Wildlife Service

NEW! Monarchs & Milkweed
Grades 1-5

2018-2019 dates:
 
September 10 - 21, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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$6/student
Monarch butterflies make amazing migrations across North America every year, flying thousands of miles north in the spring and south in the fall. Learn how scientists track their travels, and participate in citizen science by tagging a monarch with your class. Zoom in on the monarch's special relationship with milkweed plants, and the unique structures of milkweed flowers. Find and observe monarchs in action in the pollinator garden, fueling up for their journey south. 
Science Standards
(1,2,3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
(1,5).4.2.1.1 Interdependence in Natural Systems
1.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles

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Photo: Sam Droege/USGS

Pollinator Superheroes
Grades K-2

2018-2019 dates:
September 25, 2018 - October 26, 2018
OR
April 16, 2019 - May 30, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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$6/student
Meet Minnesota's pollinator superheroes during this dynamic field trip experience at the Arboretum's new Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. Learn about the important work of hundreds of different kinds of native bees, and explore the life of the amazing honeybee whose colony can pollinate thousands of acres of food crops and produce over a hundred pounds of honey in a year! Get a taste of the honeybee's amazing gifts from the hive in the Honey House. Get a pollinator's perspective on flowers by zooming in to see the pollen and flower structures that entice these pollinator superheroes to visit.

MN State Science Standards
0.4.1.1.2 Living things are diverse
0.4.2.1.1 Natural systems
1.4.2.1.1 Natural systems have many components that interact (Interdependence)
1.4.2.1.2 Animal habitats
1.4.3.1.1 Animal life cycle stages
2.1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry
2.4.1.1.1 Diversity
2.4.2.1.1 Natural Systems (Interdependence)
2.4.3.1.1 Plant life cycle stages


Apple Harvest

Apple Harvest
Grades 1-6

2018-2019 dates: 
September 14, 2018 - October 17, 2018 (Limit 3 classes per time slot)
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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$6/student
The apples are rolling in and there are bushels of learning to harvest behind the scenes. Visit the "Home of Honeycrisp" to explore how apple scientists use observation skills, perseverance and record keeping to invent new apples. Taste, search, smell, sip, and wander your way through a visit packed with hands-on real world discoveries.

Science Standards
(1,3).1.3.2.1 Engineering Design
2.2.1.1.1 Physical Properties
(1,2,3).4.1.1.1 Diversity

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 Pumpkin

It's a Pumpkin's Life
Grades 1-2

2018 - 2019 dates
October 1 - October 26
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 - 11:30
12:30 - 2:30
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$6/student
As summer turns to fall and green turns to gold, celebrate the season with pumpkins. Discover the three different pumpkin families and weigh a giant pumpkin. Learn how to grow a giant pumpkin and start a take-home pumpkin seed investigation. In the Harvest Kitchen, student scientists think like a plant scientist to uncover the differences of fruits and vegetables. Taste and sort fruits and seeds as part of their discoveries. Play life cycle bingo in our Children's Garden and search for plants in all stages of their lives.
(Seeds and fruits for tasting: diced dried apples, sunflower seeds, glad corn, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds).

Check out winners of this field trip's 2016 "Pumpkinhead Contest!"

Science Standards
0(1,2).4.3.1.1 Life Cycles
2.2.1.1.1 Physical Properties

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 Plant Works

Plant-Works, Water-Works
Grades 2-4

2018 - 2019 dates:
December 6, 2018 - February 28, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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$6/student
Not all plants start out as seeds! In this fascinating field trip become a plant propagator and grow new plants from the cuttings of existing plants. Soak up all there is to know about how plants take in, use, and release water. Examine root hairs, stem pipelines, leaf veins and stomata up close with microscopes in the Prove-It Lab. In the Please Touch Greenhouse observe and document leaf veins, stem patterns, and the amount of water vapor in the air. Every student will have the opportunity to apply their new Plant-Work, Water-Work knowledge to their own propagation project in the Planting Shed. In addition, each class will leave with a follow up propagation experiment to be completed in their classroom at school.

Science Standards
2.4.1.1.1 Structure and Function in Living System
2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence among Living Systems
3.1.1.2.(1-4) Scientific Inquiry

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 Green Grocery

Green Grocery: "Did you eat a plant today?"
Grades 1-2

2018 - 2019 dates:
 
January 23 - April 19 
Limit 3 classes per time slot; Extended day options (additional 1/2 hour for lunch) available for 4-5 classes for $10/class
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30
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$6/student
This field trip allows students to observe and interact with the plants that their favorite foods come from. Students will see and touch the plants that produce chocolate, cinnamon, bananas, olives, chewing gum and more! In the Harvest Kitchen students will make and taste garlic toast using the "green tops" of the garlic plant. Everyone will plant their own garlic bulb that can be used to make the recipe again and again at home. In addition, students learn about photosynthesis and the "energy story" in a food chain as they explore the critical importance plants have to all life on Earth.

Science Standards
(1,2).4.2.1.1 Interdependence in Natural Systems
1.1.3.1.1 Natural Systems

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 Maple Syrup 2

Maple Syrup Time
Grades 1-6

2018 - 2019 dates: 
March 5, 2019 - March 30, 2019 
Limit 3 classes per time slot, option to extend the day with an additional winter trip
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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$6/student
Hike into the woods to tap a maple tree. Visit the sugarhouse where sap is cooked to syrup. Learn about maple sugaring traditions of different cultures through time. Say goodbye to winter and sample the sweet flavor of photosynthesis!

Science Standards
2.1.2.2.2 Engineering Design Process
4.2.1.1.1 Measurable Properties
(also Minnesota History, Cultural Studies)

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Spring to Life 

Spring to Life!
Grades 1-2

2018 -2019 dates
May 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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$6/student
Lengthening days and warming temperatures bring fast changes to the plants in our world. Seeds sprout. Buds open and reveal the leaves, flowers, and stems bundled up inside. Bulbs push through their leaves and flowers through the ground, bloom, set seed and die back all in one quick season. Search the gardens for plants springing to life all around. Plant seeds of a one summer plant (annual) and a many summer plant (perennial) to take home and grow.

Science Standards 
(1,2).4.3.1.1 Life Cycles
2.4.2.1.1 Natural System Interactions



 Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden
Grades 1-6

2018-2019 dates
May 16, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Limit 2 classes per time slot
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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$6/student
A Japanese garden reflects Japanese culture, values, and the physical geography of the place. Discover the tradition, meaning, and symbolism present in the Arboretum's Seisui-Tei (The Garden of Pure Water). Compare the Japanese Garden with Western style gardens. Students will make and take their own mini Japanese garden.

CONCEPTS 
• Cultural Studies 
• Geography of Japan
• Seasonal Change 

Reflect Grade 1: In a Japanese Garden

 Spring Peeper Meadow 

Discover Spring Peeper Meadow
Grades 2-5

2018-2019 dates
May 9 - May 24
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30

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$6/student

Come tour Spring Peeper Meadow and take part in the Arboretum's Grand Scientific Experiment. In 1997, the Arboretum began a wetland restoration project with the purchase of a corn field. Twenty years later the corn field has been restored to a sedge meadow wetland. While on this trip you will explore diversity of life of the plant community, invertebrates living in the water, and the birds and wildlife of the meadow. A healthy wetland is a wetland that can support a diversity of life. Come check out the health of Spring Peeper Meadow with us this spring.

Science Standards
(3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
4.3.2.3.1 Water Cycle


 

 

Additional Options

 

Plantmobile

Plantmobile
Arboretum comes to your school!

 
The Arboretum delivers a field trip right to your classroom!


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.




Watch a preview
of the
Plant-Works, Water-Works  
Field Trip!


SUGGESTED ADD-ON EXPERIENCES
Enhance and extend your Field Trip Visit!



Add a self-guided tour
AVAILABLE ALL YEAR 
Registration Required. Select option below.
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OPTIONS
  • FREE when booked with a Field Trip 
  • $7.50 when booked as a stand alone experience 

REGISTRATION
Click here to Register Online 
Call 612-301-1210

   

Add time for brown-bag lunch 
AVAILABLE ALL YEAR (location varies on season)
Registration Required. Select option below.

OPTIONS
  • FREE for outdoor areas* (May - Oct)
    *Outdoor picnic areas are first come, first served
  • $10/class for indoor reserved space (Nov - Apr)
REGISTRATION REQUEST
Click here to Register for an Indoor Lunch Space Online
Call 612-301-1210

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 12 students/session. Maximum is 3 classes/96 students per session for all programs with the exception of Spring field trips taking place at the Sensory Garden, which are maximum 2 classes/64 students per session.

Chaperones
Chaperones are free up to 1 adult:5 students; our minimum requirement is 1 adult:10 students. Adults beyond 1:5 pay $15 admission. Note: these numbers do include the teachers attending, though do not include paras or nurses accompanying special needs students.

Scholarships OPEN TUESDAY AUGUST 21, 9am!
View scholarship information 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 the link above.

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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