Kindergarten 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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NEW! Online registration is OPEN!
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Be sure to add a phone# and school name and address. Make note of your password for future bookings and to check your account. 
Choose a program from the categories below and click the "Register Online" button to place it in your shopping basket
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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Pollinator Superheroes
Grades K-2

2018-2019 dates:
September 25, 2018 - October 26, 2018
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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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 Living things are diverse Natural systems Natural systems have many components that interact (Interdependence) Animal habitats Animal life cycle stages Scientific Inquiry Diversity Natural Systems (Interdependence) Plant life cycle stages

2018 - 2019 Register Online

Fall in the Forest 

Fall in the Forest
Grades K-1

2018 - 2019 dates:
September 19 - October 22
Limit 3 classes per time slot
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There is a lot happening in Minnesota forests as summer turns to fall. Meet the "Talking Tree" and learn who lives in each forest layer during the introductory puppet show. Get up close and personal with Decomposers, the forest recycling crew, that turn piles of leaves and tree stumps into nutrient rich "Humus" soil. In the decomposer lab learn how sowbugs, centipedes, mushrooms and millipedes turn hardwood into spongy, crumbly soil then see it for yourself on a forest hike!

Science Standards Physical Properties Natural Systems

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Grade PreK - K

2018 - 2019 dates: 
March 5, 2019 - April 19, 2019
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. (afternoon has flexible start time)
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How do plants grow from seed to seed? The main puppet show characters, Talking Tree and Petunia, help the class learn about the basic parts and functions of a plant. Then kindergarteners take the starring role as sunflowers in a whole body action play, "The most beautiful field of Sunflowers". These activities set the stage for sensory exploration of plants in the greenhouse, and the seed planting activity and take home science investigation in the Planting Shed.

Science Standards Scientific Inquiry Diversity of Life

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 Ready Set Grow

Ready, Set, Grow!
Grades K-1

2018-2019 dates
April 22 - May 31
Limit 3 classes per time slot

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People, plants, insects, birds- everything living has a habitat. With the help of the talking tree, discover how we can plant habitats for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Take the silent bird hike to look for habitat clues in the Learning Center's backyard. Observe aphids up close, and release ladybugs in the greenhouse to eat the aphids. Start plants to feed black swallowtail butterflies and caterpillars. PLANT YOUR OWN BUTTERFLY FRIENDLY PLANTS!!

Science Standards Natural System Interactions Diversity of Life Life Cycles

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
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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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