2017 - 2018 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.



  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)


apple

Apple Harvest (965-09-25-17)
Monday, September 25, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: 1st - 6th Grade
Discover how the Arboretum creates new and improved apple varieties. Stand in the research orchard that gave birth to the Honeycrisp and SweeTango apples and taste some of the research varieties in consideration for future release. 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

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2017-2018 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. 
register $8 per student includes program registration for one child and an accompanying adult
(NOTE that Arboretum admission is not included for non-member adults), a take-home Arboretum apple, and "We Went to the Orchard" and "Orchard Help Wanted: Hire Me!" Reflect & Write activities to reinforce your experience at home. 

fall in forest 

Fall in the Forest (965-10-09-17)
Monday, October 9, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: PreK - 2nd Grade
Meet Nature's Recycling Crew! This fascinating bunch is hard at work in the fall turning freshly fallen leaves and sticks into nutrient rich humus soil. Search for sow bugs and centipedes, mushrooms, and fungi, and see them in action turning the dead forest into new, life giving soil.
Limit 30, Learning Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2017-2018 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. 
register $8 per student includes program registration for one child and an accompanying adult
(NOTE that Arboretum admission is not included for non-member adults)


pumpkins 

It's a Pumpkin's Life (965-10-17-17)
Tuesday, October 17, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 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

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2017-2018 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. 
register $8 per student includes program registration for one child and an accompanying adult
(NOTE that Arboretum admission is not included for non-member adults), and take-home pumpkin seed experiment with data sheet.


pollinator super heroes 

Pollinator Superheroes (965-10-23-17)
Monday, October 23, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 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.
Limit 30, Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2017-2018 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. 
register $8 per student includes program registration for one child and an accompanying adult
(NOTE that Arboretum admission is not included for non-member adults)
 

plant works water works 

Plant-Works, Water-Works (965-01-26-18)
Friday, January 26, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: 2nd - 4th Grade
Get into the flow! This experience is all about how water travels through plants' from tiny root hairs that absorb water to stomates that release water vapor from the leaf, observe and test the functions of plants to take in move and use water. Each student will create their own propagation experiment to test the theories of how plants utilize water. 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

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2017-2018 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. 
register $8 per student includes program registration for one child and an accompanying adult
(NOTE that Arboretum admission is not included for non-member adults), and a take-home plant cutting humidity experiment with data sheet.  

green grocery

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

Suggested ages: 1st - 2nd Grade
Encounter the plants that your favorite foods come from. See and touch the plants that produce chocolate, cinnamon, bananas, olives, even chewing gum and more. In the kitchen, make and taste garlic toast and then later plant your own garlic bulb that can be used to make the recipe again and again at home. Learn about photosynthesis and food chains and explore the critical importance plants have to all life on Earth.
Limit 30, Learning Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2017-2018 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. 
register $8 per student includes program registration for one child and an accompanying adult
(NOTE that Arboretum admission is not included for non-member adults), 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.
 

pollinators plants people

Pollinators, Plants, and People: Partnerships for Life (965-02-21-18)
Wednesday, February 21, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: 3rd - 5th Grade
Plants and pollinators are specially designed for one another. Zoom in to find out how flowers fit pollinator bodies, and offer pollinators the materials they need to survive. In the Honey House you will explore the gifts from the hive and find out what plants each gift was made from. In the exhibit gallery find out how much pollen a bee can carry. People can help pollinators out by planting pollinator friendly plants that will provide a food source for pollinators all summer long. Plant your pollinator friendly plant today and tend it until you can plant in your garden this Spring.
Limit 30, Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2017-2018 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. 
register $8 per student includes program registration for one child and an accompanying adult (NOTE that Arboretum admission is not included for non-member adults), and a take home planting project. 

maple syrup time 

Maple Syrup Time (965-03-08-18)
Thursday, March 8, 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

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2017-2018 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. 
register $8 per student includes program registration for one child and an accompanying adult
(NOTE that Arboretum admission is not included for non-member adults), and "Get Ready for Maple Syrup Time" and "A Sweet Goodbye to Winter" Reflect & Write activities to reinforce your experience at home.


plant habitats 

Plants & Their Habitats (965-03-20-18)
Tuesday, March 20, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 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

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2017-2018 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. 
register $8 per student includes program registration for one child and an accompanying adult
(NOTE that Arboretum admission is not included for non-member adults), take home terrarium, and "Plant Habitat Riddles" and "Explorer's Report" Reflect & Write activities to reinforce your experience at home.
 

ready set grow 

Ready, Set, Grow! (965-05-01-18)
Tuesday, 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

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2017-2018 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. 
register $8 per student includes program registration for one child and an accompanying adult
(NOTE that Arboretum admission is not included for non-member adults) and take home plants to create habitat where you live.
 

spring to life 

Spring To Life! (965-05-07-18)
Monday, May 7, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: 1st - 2nd Grade
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

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2017-2018 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. 
register $8 per student includes program registration for one child and an accompanying adult
(NOTE that Arboretum admission is not included for non-member adults) and a take-home annual and perennial plant.


woods in bloom 

Woods in Bloom (965-05-14-18)
Monday, May 14, 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

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2017-2018 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. 
register $8 per student includes program registration for one child and an accompanying adult
(NOTE that Arboretum admission is not included for non-member adults)
 

japanese garden 

Japanese Garden (965-05-21-18)
Monday, May 21, 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

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2017-2018 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. 
register $8 per student includes program registration for one child and an accompanying adult
(NOTE that Arboretum admission is not included for non-member adults), and a take home miniature Japanese Garden.
 

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)

Field Trip Guide

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2017-2018 Field Trip Guide

Request a hard copy by mail
Email requests to leen0014@umn


 

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