ONLINE Complete Field Trip Request form
PHONE: Contact Professor Mary Meyer at 612-301-1247 

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Adult chaperone required for all students under 18. Recommend 1 adult chaperone for every 10 students. Chaperones in excess of 1 per every 5 students are $15/person. 


If your group would like to eat on the Arboretum grounds, students may bring their own lunch, pre-arrange lunch with Arboretum Catering, or use the Arboretum Cafe

Exploring Plant Science Careers at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

DURATION: 90 minutes
LOCATION: Available at the Arboretum OR at your school! 

Minimum group size: 10 students
Maximum group size: 25 students

This walk-and-talk tour with a University of Minnesota Horticultural Science faculty member covers the importance of a botanical garden, arboretum and/or city park to our communities. During this experience, students will be guided through various demonstration gardens and plant collections that are vital to the goals of a public garden! This tour emphasizes the many career opportunities in public gardens and horticulture, including plant breeding, plant care and management, conservation and plant curation. Careers in public horticulture include:
  • Curator of Plants
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Professor
  • Scientist
  • Arborist
  • Restorationist
  • Cartographer
and more!

If choosing to participate in this field trip at the Arboretum, please know that it takes place out-of-doors, and will take place rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the unpredictable Minnesota weather!

Contact Dr. Mary Meyer with your date/time request* via an option below: 
ONLINE Complete Field Trip Request form
PHONE: Contact Professor Mary Meyer at 612-301-1247 

*Field trip request must be made at least two weeks in advance. Confirmation is dependent on instructor availability.

$25 per group + $7.50 registration fee, includes gate admission for up to 5 accompanying adults.



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

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.

Privacy Policy
The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum respects the privacy of website visitors to the extent permitted by law. For security purposes and to ensure that the website remains available to all users, software is used to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Our credit card transactions are processed by a bank website, and we do not collect credit card numbers. All information provided on forms is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble data before you send it to us. We also protect information by placing it on a secure portion of our site that is only accessible by certain qualified staff of the University of Minnesota.

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