Teacher Appreciation Day

at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

for all Minnesota PreK-12 Educators*

Thursday, August 2, 2018
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

This special day celebrates Minnesota PreK-12 teachers and educators with free admission all day
PLUS special activities and programs for teachers and their families!

Be sure to stop by the Teacher Welcome Station in the Visitor Center Great Hall to pick up your welcome bag, meet the Arboretum Education Team, get maps of the fun summer exhibit, and get advice on the best spots to visit.

* promotion is limited to the first 500 Minnesota PreK-12 teachers and educators. Family or other guests ages 16+ pay $15 admission. Children 15 and under are always free!

Registration for Teacher Appreciation Day 2018 is now

Sign up for the Arboretum Teacher Resources email list, and receive a free pass to visit the Arboretum any day through October 2018!

PLUS, those who are on this email list will receive early notification when Teacher Appreciation Day 2019 opens for registration.

Steps for Free Entry

1. Register in advance using THIS FORM Deadline: July 31, 3 p.m.
Deadline has passed. The registration form is no longer accessible.
2. Print your registration confirmation 
3. Present your printed confirmation at the Gatehouse to receive free admission (value $15) on August 2, 2018.

Schedule of Activities (optional)

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
FREE Teacher Appreciation Packs!
Visitor Center Great Hall

Stop by the Teacher Welcome Table to receive a valuable deals, information and spin the wheel for school supplies and prizes!


9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
FREE Schoolyard Garden Resource Table
Visitor Center Great Hall

Healthy Kids = Happy Kids! Join the Minnesota Schoolyard Garden Community and learn effective methods to grow your programs. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced schoolyard garden program, the Minnesota Schoolyard Gardens Coalition is here to help! Our mission is to have a Schoolyard Garden in every school in Minnesota-
for more information visit https://www.facebook.com/mnsgc/

9:30 a.m. (1 hour)
FREE One-Hour Summer Field Trip: Fantastic Bees & Butterflies
(for Teacher's kids ages 6-10)

Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center

Advance Registration Required
sign up for this program option when you register for Teacher Day using the form

Those who are waitlisted will be contacted if spots open.

Explore the gardens to look for bees, caterpillars, butterflies, and signs of these visitors. Make up-close observations to discover some of the surprising ways that pollinators sense the world and defend themselves from predators. Craft your own origami creations to take home!
Limit 50 children (first 50 who register via the sign-up form)

FREE To observe for all teachers (drop-in anytime between 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
FREE Early Childhood Program Observation: PeaPods for Preschoolers
Learning Center

An exclusive opportunity for PreK and Early Childhood Educators to "drop in" to the Learning Center to view the popular PeaPods for Preschoolers program in action! A great way to get ideas or to confidently refer parents to this program.
NOTE that this opportunity is for educator-observation only. Activities and supplies are for registered PeaPods for Preschoolers participants, and are not available to children of Free Teacher Day.


10:30 a.m. (1 hour)
FREE Guided Walking Tours
Meet in the Great Hall of the Visitor Center at 10:30am sharp!

Arboretum guides will walk you to the close-by gardens that at their peak bloom to help you pick up gardening ideas and reconnect with nature's serene beauty.


10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
FREE Storytime
Andersen Horticultural Library, located in the Snyder Building

Enjoy a storytime for children featuring a seasonal or nature theme! Space is limited.

10:30 - noon (drop-in anytime)
Meet-and-Greet: Bee & Pollinator Center
Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center

Meet Bee and Pollinator Center Educator Ping Honzay to learn all about the Bee and Pollinator Center Field trip opportunities, get a taste of our honey bees' work, participate in pollinator field surveys, and ask any questions you always wanted to know about bees.

noon - 4 p.m. 
FREE Tours of the Learning Center

Learning Center

Visit the Harvest Kitchen, the "Please Touch" Greenhouse, the Green Play yard and more! Receive time-saving tips for field trip planning!

noon - 4 p.m. 
FREE Field Trip Consultation

Learning Center

Meet with Arboretum Youth Education staff to plan field trip and plantmobile visits to complement your PreK-6th grade science curriculum.
noon - 4 p.m.
FREE PlantMaker Studio: Hand Made Plant Paper
Learning Center

Create hand-made paper out of Arboretum plants to take home! Use our diverse plant palette including; colorful flower petals, fragrant herbs, and plants known for their strong fibers. Zoom in with microscopes and get a close up view of fiber plants such as cotton, flax, and papyrus. Then, head outside to visit the summer art installation, Origami in the Gardens.


12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
FREE Garden Fun Stop: House Hunting for Pollinators & Honey Tasting
Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center

How can you help house-hunting pollinators where you live? It's surprisingly simple, make an inviting hollow stem home-starter to hang up. Find out what bare soil is best for native ground dwelling bees and get ideas for what you can do to make pollinators welcome in your neighborhood. Watch insects in action as you explore the bee and pollinator gardens. The honey tasting tour is sure to please your palette as you taste honeys derived from different nectar sources.

Simply show your teacher credentials (like a school name badge) to receive discount!

10% off any Arboretum Membership, PLUS free gift for new members/renewals! Stop by the Membership desk! 
10% off anything in the Gift & Garden store
FREE cup of coffee in the Arboretum Cafe!


Hey teachers!

Check out the great hands-on-plants experiences for your students at the Arboretum!
Field Trips
Bring your class to the Arboretum
The Arboretum delivers plant science experiences to your classroom
Home School
Home school days for individual students
(groups of 12 or more students can register for any Field Trip!)
SUMMER One-Hour Enrichment Experiences
Spend an hour with the Arboretum Education Team this summer to learn about Bees or Trees!