Pollination & Red Barn Farm
Field Trips 

Visit the Arboretum and treat your students to a hands-on, real plants, learning experience!

Reservations are OPEN for 2019-2020 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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photo: Jim Hudgins/US Fish and Wildlife Service

Monarchs & Milkweed
Grades 1-5

2019-2020 dates
September 11 - 18, 2019
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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Monarch butterflies make amazing migrations across North America every year, flying thousands of miles north in the spring and south in the fall. Join us for this special September “Monarch Week” at the Arboretum to send our monarchs off for the season!

  • Learn how scientists track the monarchs’ travels
  • Participate in citizen science by tagging a monarch with your class
  • Zoom in on the monarch’s life cycle and its special relationship with milkweed plants
  • Find and observe monarchs in action in the pollinator gardens

Science Standards
(1,2,3,5). Diversity of Life
(1,5). Interdependence in Natural Systems Life Cycles

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Photo: Sam Droege/USGS

Pollinator Superheroes
Grades K-2

2019-2020 dates
September 24, 2019 - October 22, 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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Minnesota is home to a diversity of insect pollinators, all doing work that helps plants to reproduce and helps to feed us. Meet some of our local pollinator superheroes at the Arboretum’s Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center at the new Red Barn Farm campus.

  • Zoom in to see the special body parts that allow honey bees to do their important work
  • Taste test honey!
  • Learn about different types of pollinators, and search for them outside in the garden
  • Discover the hidden world of native bees, honey bees, and butterflies by exploring the Pollinator Center exhibits

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


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red barn, photo by Mark MacLennan
Mark MacLennan

Farm at the Arb: Harvest Time
Grades: 2 - 5 

2019-2020 dates
October 1, 2019 - October 29, 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.

Come visit the Arboretum's NEW farm at the tastiest time of the year - harvest time! Corn has been an important food plant across cultures and time periods, and throughout history humans have engineered different creative ways of working with this staple crop.

  • Explore the crop fields to observe ways that food can be grown
  • Help process the harvest using different tools to experience the journey food takes from the field to our plates, and discover the surprising diversity of corn varieties that humans have developed
  • Taste test foods made with corn and learn about their history

Science Standards: Diversity of Life Evolution in Living Systems Engineering Design Process

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photo: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Pollinator Partnerships
Grades 3-5

2020 dates:

March 3 - April 2, 2020
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Flowers are designed to fit pollinator bodies in a unique partnership that benefits plants, pollinators, and people. Learn more about the critical relationships between pollinators and plants, and find out what role people play in helping these relationships remain productive and healthy.

  • Taste-test honey, a gift from the hive!
  • Use microscopes to discover honey bees’ special adaptations for working with plants
  • Plant your own pollinator-friendly plant to take home!
  • Explore the Pollinator Center interactive exhibits

MN State Science Standards Scientists use tools and mathematics Grouping based on characteristics, structures, and behaviors Describe impacts of designed world on natural world Describe how plant and animal structure and functions provide advantage for survival

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Bee on apple blossom, Emilia Baczynska/Pixabay

Bees & Blooms
Grades: 2 - 5

2019-2020 dates
April 21, 2019 - May 29, 2019
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Springtime is here! Bees are starting to buzz again, pollinating flowers that will grow into fruits that we harvest later in the year. Join us at the Red Barn Farm and Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center to discover how bees and blooms help feed us.
  • Explore how pollinators provide the vital link for flowers to transform into the fruits we eat
  • Zoom in to discover how bee bodies are adapted to pollinate
  • Dissect fresh flowers to learn about flower parts and functions
Science Standards:
(2,3,5). Diversity of Life Life Cycles Observable Physical Characteristics Interdependence

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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.

Field Trips on this page take place at
Tashjian Bee & Pollination Discovery Center

learn more

Bee Center Now Open at
Minnesota Lanscape Arboretum

Year-round field trips to the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, on the grounds of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, provide students K-6 a chance to explore the amazing world of pollinators - and why plants and pollinators are vital for people - through hands-on activities including garden explorations, planting activities, zooming in on real plant and pollinator specimens, and honey tasting!

The newly opened Bee Center offers exciting opportunities for all visitors to immerse themselves in the fascinating hidden world of plants and pollinators! Interactive exhibits give a look into the lives of honey bees, monarch butterflies, and over 400 species of native bees that call Minnesota home. Visitors can step outside into the vibrant Garden for Pollinators to watch busy pollinators at work and to glean ideas for their own gardens. An observation apiary gives a safe yet spectacular view of live honey bee hives.

Educators, receive FREE Arboretum admission for you and a friend ($24 value!) when you sign up for Arboretum "Teacher Resource" emails at http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/teacheremail.aspx.
Be sure to visit the new Bee Center during your free visit!

Field Trip Guide

View the 2019-2020 Field Trip Guide
Request a hard copy by mail 
Email requests to leen0014@umn.edu

Watch a video about Arboretum Field Trips

Add-On Experiences
Enhance & extend your Arboretum Field Trip visit!

Add a self-guided tour
Explore more of the Arboretum at-your-own-pace!
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Add lunch time 
You bring the lunch, we provide the setting!

  • Outdoor areas
    (May - Oct only), first come, first-served 

Helpful Information

Minimum/Maximum Students 
  • Minimum 12 students/session
  • Maximum is 3 classes/96 students per session
    Spring field trips taking place at the Sensory Garden have a maximum 2 classes/64 students per session


  • Chaperones are free up to 1 adult:5 students
  • 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 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 9 a.m.

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. 

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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 FREE Arboretum Teacher Pass

for you and a guest when you sign up for the Teacher Resources email list!