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2014 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.


Apple 

Apple Harvest (965-09-26-14)
Friday, September 26, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 1st - 6th Grade


Discover how the Arboretum creates brand new kinds of apples for people to enjoy. Learn about pollination, taste test apples, and try your hand at making apple cider the old fashion way. Take home an apple to share what you learned with your family. Enjoy the apples of autumn created by the Arboretum!
Limit 30, Horticultural Research Center

Register

$8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, take-home apple, and "We Went to the Orchard" and "Orchard Help Wanted: Hire Me!" Reflect & Write activities to reinforce your experience at home. 


 Pumkin

It's a Pumpkin's Life (965-10-10-14)
Friday, October 10, 12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Suggested ages: 1st - 2nd Grade


How does a pumpkin grow? Find out during this program packed with curious cucurbits (pumpkin family members). Search for pumpkins in all stages of growth in the Children's Garden, learn the scientific difference between fruits and veggies, try a tasty portable pumpkin snack, and set up a pumpkin growing experiment to watch at home. Guess the weight of our giant pumpkin. Will it weigh more than you?!
Limit 30, Learning Center

Register

$8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, and take-home pumpkin seed experiment with data sheet.


 Minnesota

Minnesota Harvest: Healthy Eating from and for the Earth (965-11-14-14)
Friday, November 14, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 3rd - 6th Grade


Celebrate the harvest by learning about (and tasting) some Minnesota food traditions! How far has your food traveled to get to your plate? Find out during the introduction using food labels, maps, and rulers. Then examine three crops that grow in Minnesota and help make a tasty treat from each. Take home the recipes so you can make and enjoy them with your family!
Limit 30, Learning Center

Register $8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator and recipes of what we made during class.
 

 Plant-Works

Plant-Works, Water-Works (965-12-19-14)
Friday, December 19, 12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Suggested ages: 2nd - 4th Grade


New program option for our homeschool audience! Ever wonder why water is important for plants? This class will help you discover answers to some of your questions! Learn how water travels through plants' root hairs, through their phloem, into their veins, and out their stomata. Zoom in using microscopes to explore different parts of the plant that transport water, visit our greenhouse to feel the effect of all the leaky leaves, and set up a take home experiment to see how well cuttings do at two different humidity levels.
Limit 30, Learning Center

Register $8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator and a take-home plant cutting humidity experiment with data sheet.


 Green Grocery

Green Grocery (965-01-16-15)
Friday, January 16, 12:15 p.m. - 2:15 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!
Limit 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. 


 Plant Take Apart

Plant Take Apart (965-02-20-15)
Friday, February 20, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Suggested ages: 1st - 2nd Grade


Chairs, paper, food, clothing, candy . . . all those items and more can come from plants. Discover how people can sometimes be "plant-blind" during the puppet show. Then practice the cure for plant blindness by closely observing the diversity of plants in the greenhouse, making a delicious plant part parfait in the kitchen, and planting a seed experiment that will bloom into edible flowers!
Limit 30, Learning Center

Register $8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, a take-home edible flowering plant with data sheets, and a recipe to make the plant part parfait at home.

 

 Maple

Maple Syrup Time (965-03-13-15)
Friday, March 13, 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. 

 Plants & Their Habitat

Plants & Their Habitat (965-03-20-15)
Friday, March 20, 12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Suggested ages: 3rd - 6th Grade


Desert, Rainforest, and Bog, Oh my! How can plants survive in such extreme environments? Become plant scientist and learn their adaptation strategies by taking survival notes and using them to solve the mixed up plant lab mystery. Explore in the greenhouse and discover a plant to document. Create a terrarium to take home that will mimic the conditions of a tropical rainforest to help your tropical plants survive inside during a Minnesota winter.
Limit 30, Learning Center

Register $8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, take home terrarium, and "Plant Habitat Riddles" and "Explorer's Report" Reflect & Write activities to reinforce your experience at home.


 Sprout

Sprout! (965-04-10-15)
Friday, April 10, 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Suggested ages: Grade K


What are plant parts and what do plants need to grow? Find out during the Sprout! puppet show with Mr. Tree helping us learn. Then we will use our sight, touch, and smell senses as we explore in the greenhouse. Finally, we will plant two different seeds so we can watch the plants grow at home!
Limit 30, Learning Center

Register $8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, take home planting with data sheet to record your observations.
 

 Ready, Set, Grow

Ready, Set, Grow! (965-05-01-15)
Friday, May 1, 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! (965-05-08-15)
Friday, May 8, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 1st - 2nd Grade


Bang! Pop! Burst! Some signs of spring happen so quickly you can almost miss them if you are not paying attention. Observe three signs of spring with Ms. Verna Equinox in this hands-on program. Will the spring wildflowers complete their life cycle before the trees leaf out? Or, will the trees' buds burst causing quick growth to block the spring sunshine? Find out as we stroll through the wildflower garden and measure tree growth. Plant a fast life annual and a steady growth perennial to compare their life cycles at home.
Limit 30, Sensory Garden

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

 Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden (965-05-15-15)
Friday, May 15, 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
ncludes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, and a take home miniature Japanese Garden.

 Woods

Woods in Bloom (965-05-22-15)
Friday, May 22, 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. 

 Discover

Discover Spring Peeper Meadow (965-05-28-15)
Thursday, May 28, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 2nd - 6th Grade


From wetland to cornfield and back to wetland again, learn how Arboretum scientists worked to restore a sedge meadow wetland that had been a cornfield for over 50 years. Using dipnets, binoculars, and your senses, discover what plants and animals have now made this place their home.
Limit 30, Learning Center

Register $8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator.  

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. Limit 40.

Field Trips for home school groups:

Home School groups of 12 or more students may pre-register for any of the Arboretum fieldtrips. Click here for fieldtrip guide.

Fee: $60 for up to 12 students. $5 for each additional student.
Full payment due in advance of the program.

Call to Register your group: 612-301-1210

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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. You can also download the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Classes Catalog to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

SPECIAL! $6 off when you register for any 3 or more Homeschool Days! Purchases must be made on the same order to receive discount. Not valid on previous purchases. Expires 5/31/15. Limit 3 per customer.
Coupon code: HOMESCHOOL3

 

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

 

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