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: 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

SELECT A SESSION
Monday, March 18, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (965-03-18-19-01)
OR
Monday, March 18, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
(965-03-18-19)

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
Monday, March 18 MORNING
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 (965-03-18-19-01)
$8 member/$10 non-memberincludes 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!

3 spots left
Monday, March 18 AFTERNOON
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
 (965-03-18-19)
$8 member/$10 non-memberincludes 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

SELECT A SESSION
Monday, May 20, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
(965-05-20-19-01)
OR
Monday, May 20, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
(965-05-20-19)

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

Monday, May 20, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. MORNING

$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!
Monday, May 20, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. AFTERNOON
$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!

 


 

Honey Bee Hive Homeschool Adventure*

*Exclusive Add-On Experience for Pollinator Superheroes Homeschool Day Participants

Ages 6 and up

Select a Session
Monday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (202-05-20-19-01)
Monday, May 20, 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. (202-05-20-19-02)

Ping Honzay, beekeeper, Arboretum Manager of the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

The perfect add-on for your Pollinator Superheroes Homeschool Field Trip experience! Dive in for an even closer look at the inner workings of a honey bee hive by joining in on an inspection of one of the hives at the Arboretum's Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. You'll put on a beekeeping suit, join beekeeper Ping as she opens a hive, and even have a chance to hold a frame of live honey bees!
Notes
  • Children between the ages of 6 - 16 must have an adult present at the Bee Center for the duration of the program (Adults accompanying children may watch the class from inside through the building viewing windows; in this case they do not need to register themselves. Anyone putting on a beekeeping suit to come outside by the hives must register individually).
  • Attendees must wear closed toe shoes.
  • This class is weather dependent: in the case of inclement weather, participants will be issued a refund.

Limit 10, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center, McVay Learning Lab and Page Apiary

Monday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. MORNING
(202-05-20-19-01)

$12 member/$20 non-member, includes beekeeping suit and gloves to wear during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission


Monday, May 20, 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. AFTERNOON (202-05-20-19-02)
$12 member/$20 non-member, includes beekeeping suit and gloves to wear during the program (adult suits are available in sizes XS-XL; child suits are for ages 5-10) and Arboretum admission

*Participants must be registered (or have a child registered) in either of the May 20 sessions of Homeschool Day: Pollinator Superheroes in order to register for this program.

 


 
 

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