4th Grade 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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STEP 1
Sign in or create a login from this page and create your customer profile. 
Be sure to add a phone# and school name and address. Make note of your password for future bookings and to check your account. 
STEP 2
Choose a program from the categories below and click the "Register Online" button to place it in your shopping basket
STEP 3
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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$6/student
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).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
(1,5).4.2.1.1 Interdependence in Natural Systems
1.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles

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Apple Harvest 

Apple Harvest
Grades 1-6

2018-2019 dates: 
September 14, 2018 - October 17, 2018 (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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$6/student
The apples are rolling in and there are bushels of learning to harvest behind the scenes. Visit the "Home of Honeycrisp" to explore how apple scientists use observation skills, perseverance and record keeping to invent new apples. Taste, search, smell, sip, and wander your way through a visit packed with hands-on real world discoveries.

Science Standards
(1,3).1.3.2.1 Engineering Design
2.2.1.1.1 Physical Properties
(1,2,3).4.1.1.1 Diversity

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Minnesota's Harvest: Good Eating From and For the Earth Scholarship Fund generously supported by an endowment created by long-term Arboretum supporters Judy and Herb Goldenberg.

Minnesota Harvest: Healthy Eating from and for the Earth
Grades 3-6

2018 -2019 dates
October 31 - November 20 
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30
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$6/student
Send off the harvest season by exploring local food, cultures, traditions, and scientific advances that contribute to the Minnesota Harvest. During the introduction students will practice food label and map reading skills to determine where grocery foods come from and how far they travelled to get to our plates. A tasting tour of local foods follows. Popcorn and puffed wild rice highlight native local food traditions. Make homemade applesauce and learn about the recent scientific advances that allow apple trees to be grown in Minnesota. For dessert students will make and taste sweet potato pie, dig sweet potatoes from the garden, and learn about the scientific work of George Washington Carver. In addition, students will learn about the nutritional benefits of these foods and receive take home recipes to share with family and friends!

Science Standards
5.1.3.4.2 Maps and Mathematics Help Scientists
(4,5).3.4.1.3 Humans Interact with Earth Systems

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 Plant Works
Call: 612-301-1210
or complete a
Request Form
$5.50 per student  

Plant-Works, Water-Works
Grades 2-4

2018 - 2019 dates:
December 6, 2018 - February 28, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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$6/student
Not all plants start out as seeds! In this fascinating field trip become a plant propagator and grow new plants from the cuttings of existing plants. Soak up all there is to know about how plants take in, use, and release water. Examine root hairs, stem pipelines, leaf veins and stomata up close with microscopes in the Prove-It Lab. In the Please Touch Greenhouse observe and document leaf veins, stem patterns, and the amount of water vapor in the air. Every student will have the opportunity to apply their new Plant-Work, Water-Work knowledge to their own propagation project in the Planting Shed. In addition, each class will leave with a follow up propagation experiment to be completed in their classroom at school.

Science Standards
2.4.1.1.1 Structure and Function in Living System
2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence among Living Systems
3.1.1.2.(1-4) Scientific Inquiry

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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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$6/student
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
3.1.3.4.1 Scientists use tools and mathematics
3.4.1.1.1 Compare how different structures serve various functions
3.4.1.1.2 Grouping based on characteristics, structures, and behaviors
3.4.3.2.2 Adaptations for survival and reproduction
4.1.2.1.1 Describe impacts of designed world on natural world
5.1.1.2.2 Scientific Inquiry identify and collect relevant evidence
5.1.3.4.1 Gather, analyze, and interpret data
5.3.4.1.3 Compare the impact of decisions and natural systems
5.4.1.1.1 Describe how plant and animal structure and functions provide advantage for survival

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 Plants and Their Habitats

Plants & Their Habitats
Grades 3-6

2018 - 2019 dates
 
Limit 3 classes per time slot; Extended day options (additional 1/2 hour for lunch) available for 4-5 classes for $10/class
January 23, 2019 - April 19, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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$6/student
Imagine stepping into the shoes of plant researchers whose job is to discover and characterize plants from different habitats around the world. Student scientists will first learn about plant adaptations for survival in three very different habitats: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, and Bog. After learning about the basic plant adaptations, student scientists will apply their knowledge in the "Mixed up Plant Lab" where they identify specific plant adaptations to determine what habitat each plant came from. In the greenhouse student scientists will explore more living plant examples from each of these habitats and have the opportunity to make their own plant discovery. Each student will make and plant a terrarium with rainforest plants to take home.

Science Standards
(3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
3.4.3.2.1 Evolution in Living Systems

Reflect Grade 3: Plant Habitat Riddles

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 Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup Time
Grades 1-6

2018 - 2019 dates: 
March 5, 2019 - March 30, 2019 
Limit 3 classes per time slot, option to extend the day with an additional winter trip
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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$6/student
Hike into the woods to tap a maple tree. Visit the sugarhouse where sap is cooked to syrup. Learn about maple sugaring traditions of different cultures through time. Say goodbye to winter and sample the sweet flavor of photosynthesis!

Science Standards
2.1.2.2.2 Engineering Design Process
4.2.1.1.1 Measurable Properties
(also Minnesota History, Cultural Studies)

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 Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden
Grades 1-6

2018-2019 dates
May 16, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Limit 2 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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$6/student
A Japanese garden reflects Japanese culture, values, and the physical geography of the place. Discover the tradition, meaning, and symbolism present in the Arboretum's Seisui-Tei (The Garden of Pure Water). Compare the Japanese Garden with Western style gardens. Students will make and take their own, mini Japanese garden.

CONCEPTS 
• Cultural Studies 
• Geography of Japan
• Seasonal Change 

Reflect Grade 1: In a Japanese Garden

 Spring Peeper Meadow

Discover Spring Peeper Meadow
Grades 2-5

2018-2019 dates
May 9 - May 24
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30

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$6/student

Come tour Spring Peeper Meadow and take part in the Arboretum's Grand Scientific Experiment. In 1997, the Arboretum began a wetland restoration project with the purchase of a corn field. Twenty years later the corn field has been restored to a sedge meadow wetland. While on this trip you will explore diversity of life of the plant community, invertebrates living in the water, and the birds and wildlife of the meadow. A healthy wetland is a wetland that can support a diversity of life. Come check out the health of Spring Peeper Meadow with us this spring.

Science Standards
(3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
4.3.2.3.1 Water Cycle


 Woods in Bloom

Woods in Bloom
Grades 3-5

2018-2019 dates:
May 3, 2019 - May 15, 2019
Limit 2 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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Pollination is the central concept of this field trip and the woods in spring is a perfect place to explore pollination in action. Students will learn about different strategies plants use to attract pollinators for successful pollination. In the lab, students will dissect fresh flowers to learn about flower parts and functions. In the woods, student scientists will explore the importance of light for plant growth in the spring.

Science Standards
5.4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
5.1.1.1.1 Scientific Evidence



Additional Options

 

Plantmobile

Plantmobile
Arboretum comes to your school!

 
The Arboretum delivers a field trip right to your classroom!


Homeschool
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.




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of the
Plant-Works, Water-Works  
Field Trip!


SUGGESTED ADD-ON EXPERIENCES
Enhance and extend your Field Trip Visit!



Add a self-guided tour
AVAILABLE ALL YEAR 
Registration Required. Select option below.
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OPTIONS
  • FREE when booked with a Field Trip 
  • $7.50 when booked as a stand alone experience 

REGISTRATION
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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.

OPTIONS
  • FREE for outdoor areas* (May - Oct)
    *Outdoor picnic areas are first come, first served
  • $10/class for indoor reserved space (Nov - Apr)
REGISTRATION REQUEST
Click here to Register for an Indoor Lunch Space Online
Call 612-301-1210

HELPFUL INFORMATION
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
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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