Pollination 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!
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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. 
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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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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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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). Diversity of Life
(1,5). Interdependence in Natural Systems Life Cycles

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Photo: Sam Droege/USGS


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

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photo: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Pollinators, Plants, and People: Partnerships for Life
Grades 3-5

2018 -2019 dates:

February 6, 2019 - April 4, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Find out how plants and pollinators are specially designed for one another. Zoom in to discover how pollinator bodies are adapted to work with flowers, and how this unique partnership benefits both plants and pollinators. Explore gifts from the hive and find out how people are harnessing the power of pollinator-plant partnerships. Tour the exhibit hall to learn more about the critical relationships Minnesota pollinators have to Minnesota plants, and find out what role people play in making sure these relationships remain productive and healthy. Plant a pollinator friendly plant to take home!

MN State Science Standards Scientists use tools and mathematics Compare how different structures serve various functions Grouping based on characteristics, structures, and behaviors Adaptations for survival and reproduction Describe impacts of designed world on natural world Scientific Inquiry identify and collect relevant evidence Gather, analyze, and interpret data Compare the impact of decisions and natural systems Describe how plant and animal structure and functions provide advantage for survival

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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

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NEW! 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!


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 

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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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Sample Free Teacher Pass

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