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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.


 Sprout

Sprout! (965-04-11-14)
Friday, April 11, 12:30 p.m. -1:45 p.m.
Suggested ages: Pre-K - 1st Grade

Randy Gage, Youth Education Program Manager with over 12 years experience as an Arboretum Educator.

Join other homeschool families in an engaging multi sensory hands-on science exploration of plants. Meet Petunia and the Talking Tree in the Puppet Show and find out how plants grow, use your senses of sight, touch, and smell to explore the plants in the Please Touch Greenhouse, and plant seeds for a take home sprouting observation study. Limit 30, Learning Center

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$8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for student & adult educator, take-home plants and science process skills journal.


 Ready Set Grow

Ready Set Grow! (965-05-09-14)
Friday, May 9, 1:15 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: Pre-K - 2nd Grade

Xavier Porter Youth Education Instructor with over 15 years of program and instruction experience in Arboretum Programs.

Let's explore habitats together! Enjoy a puppet show intro complete with a ladybug, butterflies, and a cardinal to learn what plants they would like to have planted in to make their habitats more hospitable. Go on a silent bird hike looking for food, shelter, water, and hiding places for birds. Help protect the greenhouse plants by releasing a ladybug onto your favorite plant. Plant favorite food plants for black swallowtail caterpillars and butterflies. Limit 45, Learning Center

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$8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for student & adult educator, take-home butterfly plants


 Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden (965-05-16-14)
Friday, May 16, 1:15 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 1st - 6th Grade

Kimberly Braun Youth Education Instructor with over 9 years experience as an Arboretum Educator.

Discover how the culture and geography of Japan is reflected in garden design. Practice representing nature in miniature as you create a Japanese dry garden and plant your own living Japanese Garden to take home. Then we will explore the Arboretum's Japanese garden "Seisui tei" or Garden of Pure Water. See the principles manifest in the garden and use writing and illustration to reflect on the feeling of the garden. Limit 30, Sensory Garden Program Center

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$8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for student & adult educator, miniature Japanese garden


 Woods in Bloom

Woods in Bloom (965-05-23-14)
Friday, May 23, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 3rd - 6th Grade

Kimberly Braun Youth Education Instructor with over 9 years experience as an Arboretum Educator.

Join other homeschool students as we explore the ephemeral beauty of the woods in bloom in the spring time. Get a close up look at the annual race against summer leaf out when the canopy closes and light is limited for another year. Find out why plants make flowers in various shapes colors and sizes and how flower production is key to survival of these ephemeral plants. Dissect flowers and use microscopes to see pollen, pistils, petals, and anthers up close in the lab and enjoy a guided walk in the Arboretum's Dayton wildflower garden at the peak of the season. Limit 30, Sensory Garden Program Center

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


 Spring Peeper Meadow

Discover Spring Peeper Meadow (965-05-29-14)
Thursday, May 29, 12:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
Suggested ages: 2nd - 6th Grade

Zeta Kilbride seasoned educator with 3+ years of experience instructing at the Arboretum.

Together with other homeschool families, embark on a quest to discover the function and value of wetlands in our community. A healthy wetland is a hub of life for aquatic invertebrates, plants, and animals. Measure the diversity of life in Spring Peeper Meadow, the Arboretum's 15 year old wetland restoration project, and learn about how the health of a wetland can be measured by how many different species of life it can support. Limit 30, Learning Center

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


 Earth to Oven

From Earth to Oven - Guided Summer Home School Adventure (965-06-11-14)
Wednesday, June 11, 9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
Suggested ages: 3 - 6 year olds

Zeta Kilbride seasoned educator with 3 +years of instruction experience at the Arboretum

Back by popular demand! The ‘From Earth to Oven' Guided Adventure uses the story of "The Little Red Hen" to trace bread's path from seed to table and includes baking a breadstick for each adventurer to eat! Young adventurers will learn about how food comes from plants by enjoying an interactive puppet show, planting wheat to take home, grinding flour, making their own breadstick, and discovering wheat growing in the children's garden. Limit 30, Learning Center

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$8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for student & adult educator, take-home plants


 Butterfly Flutterby

Butterfly Flutterby - Guided Summer Home School Adventure (965-08-06-14)
Wednesday, August 6, 9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.
Suggested ages: 2nd - 6th Grade

Zeta Kilbride seasoned educator with 3 +years of instruction experience at the Arboretum

Meet new friends and join in a unique Arboretum summer guided adventure. In celebration of the 2014 Arboretum Butterfly Exhibit this one-hour Guided Adventure takes you into the fascinating world of butterflies! Dissect Butterfly food (flowers) and examine their parts using microscopes. Explore metamorphosis on a butterfly hunt in the Children's Garden to search for butterfly eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises, and of course the majestic adult butterflies. Make time afterward to see the butterfly exhibit at the Myers Deats Conservatory. Limit 30, Learning Center

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$8 member/$10 non-member
Includes Arboretum admission for student & adult educator, take-home butterfly plants


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: 952-443-1422

SUMMER CAMPS AND CHILDREN'S GARDEN  


To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 952-443-1422 to register by phone. You can also download the Spring/Summer 2014 Catalog to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

 

Questions?
Call 952-443-1422
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

 

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