Weekend Family Fun

Stop by the Learning Center on Weekends between noon and 4 p.m. for drop-in free family activities. Plant seeds, explore the greenhouse, cook a garden-fresh bite to eat, and look at plants with a microscope with your family at your own pace. Celebrate the changing seasons with new activities each month.  


 Girl holding monarch butterfly
July - Nectar Sippers
Saturdays and Sundays in July, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Marvel at the winged world of pollinators who sip, slurp, and savor nourishing flower nectar. Check the butterfly house in the learning center to see if any new butterflies have emerged. Use a microscope to see up close inside flowers and find out where nectar comes from. Play a pollinator game and learn flower favorites for bees, bats, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Plant a nectar flower to feed the butterflies in your garden.


 Brown and orange butterfly on Prairie Cone Flower August - Prairie Pollinators
Saturdays and Sundays in August, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Search the prairie garden with your family and spot the late bloomers that flower in prairie meadows. Along the way meet the butterflies, bees, and birds that call the prairie home. Unearth the mystery of how long the roots are on prairie plants. Select seeds to start your own prairie meadow and braid a sweet grass bundle.


 Cattail in a bog September - Soggy Bog Plants
Saturdays and Sundays in September, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Join other families interested in the wondrous watery world of the water boatman bugs, cattails, and duckweed. Experiment with bog plants and view them up close with microscopes. Search for the soggy boggy water plants growing in the greenhouse and discover how they have adapted to growing in and on top of the water. Create art from cattails to take home.


 October

October - Fantastic Foliage
Saturdays and Sundays in October, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Bring your family to the Arboretum for an autumn adventure and discover why leaves change color and fall from the trees. Trace an outline of yourself with festive fall foliage and natural materials, play at the sensory table with leaves and pumpkins, take part in a scavenger hunt, and make a leaf crown to wear home!


 November November - Herbs for Fun and Flavor
Saturdays and Sundays in November, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Awaken your senses as you and your family sniff out where herbs get their flavor and fragrance! Examine herbs up close with a microscope and search the greenhouse to find medicinal herbs. Learn how to take a cutting of your favorite herb to bring home and grow on your windowsill.


 December December - Wintergreen Mysteries
Saturdays and Sundays in December, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Can you and your family tell the difference between fir, spruce, cedar, and pine? Create a clue card to help learn their unique traits. When other trees' branches are bare, the hardy evergreen trees keep our spirits green all winter long. Use cones to create a cheerful elf to decorate your home for the holidays.



 January January - Plant Partnerships
Saturdays and Sundays in January, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Bring your family for a winter escape in the warm greenhouse and find out how animals survive the winter. Search for tropical fruit and flowers that sustain migrant birds and monarch butterflies. Create a seed ornament to take home and feed the hardy non-migrant birds outside your window!


 February February 2015 - Chocolate Love
Saturdays and Sundays in February, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Your family is invited to join our taste test panel and compare the flavor of chocolate samples from 100% cacao bean to milk chocolate! Use a microscope to examine cacao pods and beans from our own chocolate tree. Take part in a scavenger hunt in the greenhouse and plant a tropical plant to grow in your home.


 March March 2015 - Spuds and Buds
Saturdays and Sundays in March, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Celebrate the world's most popular vegetable with your family at the arboretum: The Potato! Season a spud snack in the Harvest Kitchen and learn which potato varieties grow well in Minnesota. Enjoy a scavenger hunt in our warm greenhouse or create a potato art print together. Pot up a plant to grow at home.


 


Take along some kid-friendly tips when you head out to explore 1200 acres of gardens and natural areas. See SELF GUIDED VISITS for ideas.

Weekend Family Fun Guided Visits
  

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. You can also download the Spring/Summer 2014 Classes Catalog  to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

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

Also check out:
Weekly Children's Garden