Summer Field Trips &
1-Hour Enrichment Programs


Summer 2019 registration COMING SOON!

Summer 2019

Come with your class or a group of friends to get extra hands-on scien-terrific fun during an Arboretum visit.

 Venus fly trap eating a fly, photo Rik Hartley/Flikr
photo: Rik Hartley/Flikr

AGE 6 - 12
Plants vs Bugs: Friends or Food?
1-Hour Summer Field Trip for Groups

For groups of 12 or more students

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Fridays
June 24, 2019 - August 16, 2019
          9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
          11:00 a.m. - noon
          1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Friends or food? That is the question... Delve into the fascinating relationships of plants and bugs this summer at the Arboretum.
  • Find out how plants protect themselves from becoming a bug's lunch and entice bugs to help them out
  • Discover how some plants even capture bugs for their own lunch
  • Look up-close at the Venus flytrap and other insect trapping plants to see their tricks
  • Take home your own self-defending plant and learn about its unique survival skills
Limit 75 students, Sensory Garden

$6/studentincludes registration for one child, accompanying chaperones (1 adult per 10 students), and all supplies
STEP 1  Login or Create a Profile
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New Users create profile on right side of page

Browse availability calendar
Browse at-a-glance available dates that work for your group!

Register online
Your profile from STEP 1 should automatically populate.

Call 612-301-1210



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Program Quick Links

       PlantMaker Studio
       Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

Youth+Adult Together Programs
       Ages 3-5 with adult
       Ages 5-12 with adult

Summer Youth Programs
COMING SOON! Ages 5-10 Groups/Summer Field Trips
COMING SOON! Ages 5-13 Weekly Children's Garden
COMING SOON! Ages 5-7 Day Camps
COMING SOON! Ages 7-11 Day Camps
COMING SOON! Ages 11-14 Day Camps
COMING SOON! Ages 12-15 Counselor-In-Training  

Gardening & Horticulture Classes
      Get Growing: A Day of Gardening Classes
      Gardening - General
       Edible Gardening
       Landscape & Design
       Science of Plant Propagation
       Pollinators - Misc
Fine Art & Crafts Classes

       Painting & Drawing

       Mixed Media
       Jewelry & Wearable Art
       Fiber Arts
       Stone Balancing
       Open Art Studio
Photography Classes
Food & Wine Classes
       Dine with a Chef
       Saturday Cooking in the Kitchen
Home, Health & Beauty

       Home, Health & Beauty

       Book Club
Nature Appreciation

       Signature Guided Walks

Nature-Based Therapeutics

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