6th 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 will OPEN for 2019-2020 school year on or before May 10, 2019! 

To be the first to know when Field Trip/Plantmobile is open for the new school year, be sure to subscribe to Arboretum Teacher Resources at this email subscription request form

$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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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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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:

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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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). Engineering Design Physical Properties
(1,2,3). Diversity

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 Minnesota Harvest

Minnesota's Harvest: Good Eating From and For the Earth Scholarship Fund generously supported by an endowment created by long-term Arboretum supporters Judy and Herb Goldenberg.

Minnesota Harvest: Healthy Eating from and for the Earth
Grades 3-6

2018 -2019 dates
October 31 - November 20 
Limit 3 classes per time slot
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Send off the harvest season by exploring local food, cultures, traditions, and scientific advances that contribute to the Minnesota Harvest. During the introduction students will practice food label and map reading skills to determine where grocery foods come from and how far they travelled to get to our plates. A tasting tour of local foods follows. Popcorn and puffed wild rice highlight native local food traditions. Make homemade applesauce and learn about the recent scientific advances that allow apple trees to be grown in Minnesota. For dessert students will make and taste sweet potato pie, dig sweet potatoes from the garden, and learn about the scientific work of George Washington Carver. In addition, students will learn about the nutritional benefits of these foods and receive take home recipes to share with family and friends!

Science Standards Maps and Mathematics Help Scientists
(4,5). Humans Interact with Earth Systems

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 Plants and Their Habitats

Plants & Their Habitats
Grades 3-6

2018 - 2019 dates
Limit 3 classes per time slot; Extended day options (additional 1/2 hour for lunch) available for 4-5 classes for $10/class
January 23, 2019 - April 19, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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Imagine stepping into the shoes of plant researchers whose job is to discover and characterize plants from different habitats around the world. Student scientists will first learn about plant adaptations for survival in three very different habitats: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, and Bog. After learning about the basic plant adaptations, student scientists will apply their knowledge in the "Mixed up Plant Lab" where they identify specific plant adaptations to determine what habitat each plant came from. In the greenhouse student scientists will explore more living plant examples from each of these habitats and have the opportunity to make their own plant discovery. Each student will make and plant a terrarium with rainforest plants to take home.

Science Standards
(3,5). Diversity of Life Evolution in Living Systems

Reflect Grade 3: Plant Habitat Riddles

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 Maple Syrup

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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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 Engineering Design Process Measurable Properties
(also Minnesota History, Cultural Studies)

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 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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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.

• Cultural Studies 
• Geography of Japan
• Seasonal Change 

Reflect Grade 1: In a Japanese Garden
2018-2019 Register online



Additional Options



Arboretum comes to your school!

The Arboretum delivers a field trip right to your classroom!

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!

Enhance and extend your Field Trip Visit!

Add a self-guided tour
Registration Required. Select option below.
Learn more

  • FREE when booked with a Field Trip 
  • $7.50 when booked as a stand alone experience 

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.

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

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 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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