2018 - 2019 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.




Homeschool Day: Apple Harvest

(965-09-17-18)
Monday, September 17, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
RAIN MAKEUP DATE!
Friday, September 28, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: Grades 1 - 6

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.
Take home RESEARCH APPLE TO EVALUATE!

Limit 60, Horticulture Research Center (HRC)

$8 member/$10 non-member, includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator

NOTE that this make-up date is only for those who were registered for the September 17 program. Those who were not registered for the September 17 program should register for a different homeschool day option, below.
register


 

Homeschool Day: Fall in The Forest

(965-10-15-18)
Monday, October 15, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: Grades PreK - 1
There is a lot happening in Minnesota forests as summer turns to fall. Meet the "Talking Tree" and learn who lives in each forest layer during the introductory puppet show. Get up close and personal with Decomposers, the forest recycling crew, that turn piles of leaves and tree stumps into nutrient rich "Humus" soil. In the decomposer lab learn how sowbugs, centipedes, mushrooms and millipedes turn hardwood into spongy, crumbly soil then see it for yourself on a forest hike!

Limit 40, Learning Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2018-2019 Homeschool Days and
save $2 per program! 
Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
Registrations must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$8 member/$10 non-member, includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator. *NOTE that this program takes place on Free Third Monday, so there is no charge for Arboretum gate admission!


 

Homeschool Day: Minnesota Harvest: Healthy Eating from and for the Earth

(965-11-19-18)
Monday, November 19, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: Grades 3 - 6
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.
Take home MN HARVEST RECIPES!

Limit 30, Learning Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2018-2019 Homeschool Days and
save $2 per program! 
Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
Registrations must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$8 member/$10 non-member, includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator. *NOTE that this program takes place on Free Third Monday, so there is no charge for Arboretum gate admission!


 

Homeschool Day: Plant-Works, Water-Works

(965-12-17-18)
Monday, December 17, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: Grades 2 - 4
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-Works, Water-Works knowledge to their own propagation project in the Planting Shed.
Take home PLANT PROPAGATION EXPERIMENT!

Limit 30, Learning Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2018-2019 Homeschool Days and
save $2 per program! 
Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
Registrations must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$8 member/$10 non-member, includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator. *NOTE that this program takes place on Free Third Monday, so there is no charge for Arboretum gate admission!


 

Homeschool Day: Pollinators, Plants, and People: Partnerships for Life

(965-01-21-19)
Monday, January 21, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Suggested ages: Grades 3 - 5
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. 
Take home POLLINATOR FRIENDLY PLANT!

Limit 30, Bee Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2018-2019 Homeschool Days and 
save $2 per program! 
Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
Registrations must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$8 member/$10 non-member, includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator. *NOTE that this program takes place on Free Third Monday, so there is no charge for Arboretum gate admission!



Homeschool Day: Green Grocery

(965-02-18-19)
Monday, February 18, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: Grades 1 - 3

This field trip allows students to observe and interact with the plants that their favorite foods come from. Students will see and touch the plants that produce chocolate, cinnamon, bananas, olives, chewing gum and more! In the Harvest Kitchen students will make and taste garlic toast using the "green tops" of the garlic plant. Everyone will plant their own garlic bulb that can be used to make the recipe again and again at home. In addition, students learn about photosynthesis and the "energy story" in a food chain as they explore the critical importance plants have to all life on Earth. 
Take home GARLIC TOAST RECIPE AND GREEN GARLIC PLANT!

Limit 30, Learning Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2018-2019 Homeschool Days and 
save $2 per program! 
Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
Registrations must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

$8 member/$10 non-member, includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator.*NOTE that this program takes place on Free Third Monday, so there is no charge for Arboretum gate admission!



Homeschool Day: Maple Syrup Time

(965-03-18-19)
Monday, March 18, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: Grades 1 - 6
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, Maple Sugar House at Frog Hollow

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2018-2019 Homeschool Days and 
save $2 per program! 
Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
Registrations must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value

$8 member/$10 non-member, includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator. *NOTE that this program takes place on Free Third Monday, so there is no charge for Arboretum gate admission!



Homeschool Day: Plants and Their Habitats

(965-04-15-19)
Monday, April 15, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: Grades 3 - 6

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 Please Touch Greenhouse student scientists will explore more living plant examples from each of these habitats and have the opportunity to make their own plant discovery. In the Planting Shed each student will make and plant their very own terrarium with rainforest plants to take home. 
Take home TERRARIUM WITH TWO RAINFOREST PLANTS!

Limit 30, Learning Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2018-2019 Homeschool Days and 
save $2 per program! 
Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
Registrations must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value 

$8 member/$10 non-member, includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator. *NOTE that this program takes place on Free Third Monday, so there is no charge for Arboretum gate admission!



Homeschool Day: Pollinator Superheroes

(965-05-20-19)
Monday, May 20, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: K - 2nd grade

Meet Minnesota's pollinator superheros during this dynamic field trip experience at the New Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. Find out about the Monarch butterflies' wow-worthy lifetime journeys, learn about the important work of hundreds of different kinds of native bees and bumblebees, and explore the life of the amazing honeybee who's colony can pollinate thousands of acres of food crops and hundreds of pounds of honey in one summer! Meet these and other amazing pollinators and discover their incredible super powers in the new exhibit gallery. 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 superheros to visit. 
Take home HONEY!

Limit 30, Bee Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2018-2019 Homeschool Days and 
save $2 per program! 
Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
Registrations must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value

$8 member/$10 non-member, includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator. *NOTE that this program takes place on Free Third Monday, so there is no charge for Arboretum gate admission!

 

 
 
 
 

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.

FAQs

Can I bring a non-participating sibling?
If the sibling will be using any supplies (eating snacks, planting projects, etc), then they should pay and register. If the sibling is purely accompanying, will not be using any supplies, nor will be a distraction to the group, they are welcome to attend for free.

For Groups

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)

Field Trip Guide

2018-2019 Field Trip Guide
Request a hard copy by mail
Email requests to leen0014@umn


 

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