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2015 - 2016 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.



 plant works

Plant-Works, Water-Works (965-01-23-17)
Monday, January 23, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: 2nd - 4th Grade
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.
Maximum 30, Minimum 6, 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.

 plant take apart

Plant Take Apart (965-01-30-17)
Monday, January 30, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: 1st - 2nd Grade
Chairs, paper, food, clothing, candy . . . all those items and more 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!
Maximum 30, Minimum 6, 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.
 

 pollinators plants people

Pollinators, Plants, and People: Partnerships for Life (965-02-06-17)
Monday, February 6, 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.
Maximum 30, Minimum 6, Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $8 member/$10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, and a take home planting project.
 

 habitats

Plants & Their Habitats (965-02-13-17)
Monday, February 13, 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.
Maximum 30, Minimum 6. 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.

 maple syrup

Maple Syrup Time (965-03-27-17)
Monday, March 27, 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.
 

 green grocery

Green Grocery (965-04-03-17)
Monday, April 3, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 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!
Maximum 30, Minimum 6, 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.  

 Ready Set Go

Ready, Set, Grow! (965-04-24-17)
Monday, April 24, 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, Minimum 6, 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! (965-05-01-17)
Monday, May 1, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Suggested ages: 1st - 2nd Grade
HAPPY MAY DAY. 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, Minimum 6, Sensory Garden Program Center

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

 Woods in bloom

Woods in Bloom (965-05-15-17)
Monday, May 15, 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, Minimum 6, Sensory Garden

register $8 member/ $10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator.
 

 Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden (965-05-22-17)
Monday, May 22, 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, Minimum 6, Sensory Garden

register $8 member/$10 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for one student & one adult educator, 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. 

Field Trips for home school groups:
Home School groups of 12 or more students may pre-register for any of the Arboretum Fieldtrips programs! Hurry, space is limited to availability for your requested date/time!
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.

 

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)

 


 

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