2016 - 2017 HOME SCHOOL DAYS

Want to get hands-on plant science into your home-school curriculum? Consider an Arboretum learning experience. For individuals or homeschool groups, the Arboretum offers hands-on plant experiences that address state science standards in a unique and engaging educational setting.



 maple syrup

Maple Syrup Time (965-03-27-17)
Monday, March 27, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: 1st - 6th Grade
One of the first sweet signs of spring! Join us as we tap our sugar maples and harvest the sweet product of photosynthesis. Learn the history and tradition of maple syrup making from its discovery by Native people through the technology of today. Help us check our taps to see if the sap is flowing, and taste test to see if you can identify real maple syrup versus artificial maple syrup and taste maple sugar.
Limit 30, Frog Hollow

register $8 member/$10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator and "Get Ready for Maple Syrup Time" and "A Sweet Goodbye to Winter" Reflect & Write activities to reinforce your experience at home.
 

 green grocery

Green Grocery (965-04-03-17)
Monday, April 3, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: 1st - 2nd Grade
How many plants do you eat in a day? Find out during this program as we read labels and figure out what plants make some of our favorite foods. Visit the greenhouse for a one of a kind grocery shopping scavenger hunt where you can discover orange trees, chocolate trees, and twenty more food plants. In the kitchen, mix up a savory snack with a popular pungent bulb and the plant a clove of it to take home so you can make the snack for your family!
Maximum 30, Learning Center

register $8 member/$10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, a take-home edible plant with recipe and data sheet, and "From Sun to Tummy Food Chain Stories" and "Plants in the Kitchen?!" Reflect & Write activities to reinforce your experience at home.  

 Ready Set Go

Ready, Set, Grow! (965-04-24-17)
Monday, April 24, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: K - 1st Grade
The secret of this program is "Habitat." Mr. Tree, Ladybug, and other friends help us learn what wildlife look for in their habitat during the introduction puppet show. Then we examine habitats here at the Arboretum to see if we provide everything for birds and ladybugs to survive. To help you provide habitat for butterflies and caterpillars where you live, we will plant some flowers with nectar and a leafy herb to bring home so they will visit your yard!
Limit 30, Learning Center

register $8 member/$10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, and take home plants to create habitat where you live.
 

 spring to life

Spring To Life! (965-05-01-17)
Monday, May 1, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: 1st - 2nd Grade
HAPPY MAY DAY. This is your day to celebrate Spring. Spring arrives in a great green burst, bringing color to a once frozen world. It happens so quickly you can almost miss the changes if you are not paying attention. Verna Equinox sets the stage for our green adventure with a special delivery of BUDS and BULBS. Find out what pops out and how fast as we explore the gardens and trees of the Arboretum. Plant a fast life annual and a steady growth perennial for life cycle comparisons at home.
Limit 30, Sensory Garden Program Center

register $8 member/$10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, and take home annual and perennial plant.
 

 Woods in bloom

Woods in Bloom (965-05-15-17)
Monday, May 15, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: 3rd - 6th Grade
Only a short window of time to enjoy the Arboretum's spring wildflowers, because it is almost like they are here today and gone tomorrow! We will learn about their sprint to beat the leaves of the trees by completing their above ground life cycle in just two to three weeks. Using real flowers and microscopes, we will examine the different parts of blossoms and look for signs of pollination. Then we will meander through the wildflower garden looking for wildflowers, pollinators, monitor sun strength, and inspect tree twig growth.
Limit 30, Sensory Garden

register $8 member/ $10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator.
 

 Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden (965-05-22-17)
Monday, May 22, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: 1st - 6th Grade
Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Arboretum's Japanese Garden: Seisui-Tei. Search for the symbolic elements that the garden's designer, Mr. Kawana, incorporated in the garden and discover their meaning. Compare Minnesota nature to Japan nature and practice a style of Japanese garden that does not have any plants! Finish your experience by creating your own miniature Japanese Garden to take home.
Limit 30, Sensory Garden

register $8 member/$10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, and a take home miniature Japanese Garden.
 

  Amazing Bees!
One-hour Summer Enrichment Experience


Summer Fridays
June 16 -August 25
morning and afternoon options available!

Suggested Ages: 6-10
Explore the world of the honey bees, bumble bees, leaf-cutter bees, sweat bees, mason bees, and more, and find out how they achieve their status as champion pollen movers. Without their work, our grocery stores and gardens would look sadly different. Search for bee diversity in the Bee Center's garden for pollinators, explore the pollinator exhibits, and get a taste of the honey bees' sweet treasure from the hive!
Limit 40 students, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

REGISTER
View and reserve available times
$8 per student includes registration for one child and an accompanying adult, honey tasting and all supplies (NOTE that Arboretum admission is not included for non-member adults) 


 

Marvelous Minnesota Trees
One-hour Summer Enrichment Experience

Summer Fridays
June 30 -August 11

morning and afternoon options available!

Suggested Ages: 6-10
Visit the Arboretum this summer and spend some time getting to know the trees in your Minnesota neighborhood! Observe and understand the life cycle of a tree, then practice using your science skills while exploring and sorting leaves in order to identify some of our native trees. Journey to visit a few of the most popular Minnesota trees on Arboretum grounds. Plant your own Minnesota tree seeds to take and grow at home!
Limit 40, Sensory Garden Program Shelter

REGISTER
View and reserve available times
$8 per student includes registration for one child and an accompanying adult and a take-home planting to create habitat where you live. (NOTE that Arboretum admission is not included for non-member adults)

 
 

Home School Days for individual home school students: 
Come for any one or all of our Home school days offered during the school year. Tuition includes adult admission for home school educators. Siblings are welcome. All participating siblings should be registered. 

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To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone.

 

To reserve a private Field Trip for your home school group:
Browse and register using our Field Trip Guide and online request form.
(12 or more paid participants required for a private group booking)

 


 

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu