Plantmobile For 1st Grade

We'll come to you with the Plantmobile! We bring the hands-on science, real plants, microscopes and lively take-home investigations. It's a discovery-filled fieldtrip right in your classroom. 

NEW for Fall 2020!
Field Trip in-a-Box Classroom Activity Sets

Based on our popular Arboretum Fall-season Field Trip and Plantmobile themes, these mailed-to-you sets provide Arboretum style hands-on plant experiences this fall no matter whether you are in-person, on-line, or in a hybrid learning model.

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FALL 2020
In-Person Plantmobile

September - December 2020

In-Person Arboretum School Programs are temporarily suspended through December 31, 2020


bUZZ 

Buzz About Apples
Grades K-2

Registration for this in-person program has been temporarily suspended
September 17 - October 27


 Bulbs and Blossoms

Bulbs & Blossoms
Grades K-2

Registration for this in-person program has been temporarily suspended
November 2 - December 14


WINTER & SPRING 2021
In-Person Plantmobile

January - June 2021

Regular at-your-school programs are open for registration!

$6 per student + $50 Transportation fee 
NOTE: Final adjustment count for # of students and all Plantmobile fees are due at least 30 days in advance.

Program Duration

  • All Plantmobile sessions last one hour

Minimum/Maximum Students 

  • Minimum students: 12 students/session, 2 sessions/day
  • Maximum students: 32 students/session, 4 sessions/day
  • Minimum time between sessions 15 minutes
  • Maximum time between morning and afternoon sessions 1.5 hours

 Exploring the Desert

Exploring the Desert
Grades K-2


Registration is open for 2021 dates
January 19 - March 30
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$6 per student + $50 Transportation fee
Become a desert detective! Using a bit of imagination and lots of live plants, students explore the desert environment, learning all about adaptation by finding the surprising tricks desert plants use to survive in such an extreme habitat.

  • Compare a plant’s life in Minnesota to life in the desert, and discover how to safely touch the prickly parts!
  • Go on a plant adaptation hunt through the classroom to investigate their diverse characteristics through hands-on exploration
  • All students will plant their own take-home desert plant!

Science Standards
(0,2).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life
1.1.1.1.2 Compare Observations
2.1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry
2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence Among Living Systems

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 Zoom in on plants, photo by Vienna Volante

Zoom in on Plants
Grades 1-2

Registration is open for 2021 dates
January 19 - March 30
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$6 per student + $50 Transportation fee
Ignite students’ curiosity with our classroom set of MICROSCOPES while getting a surprising and up-close look at real plant parts!  Discover how plants fit into real-world food chains as we follow the sun’s energy from plant...to pizza!

  • Find out which plant part is like a sponge and which part is the hairiest!
  • Learn about the ingredients that are needed in plants’ food factories
  • Explore the process of photosynthesis and the amazing jobs leaves, flowers, stems and roots each have
  • Understand the role plants play in our everyday lives as we PLANT MICROGREEN SEEDS TO TAKE HOME AND SHARE!

Science  Standards
(0,2).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life
1.1.1.1.2 Compare Observations
2.1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry
2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence Among
Living Systems
2.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles

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 Sunflower Supreme

Sunflower Supreme
Grades K-2

Registration is open for 2021 dates
April 8 - June 3
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$6 per student + $50 Transportation fee
Celebrate Spring with hands-on plant science! Use sunflowers as a way to explore plant parts, pollination, life-cycles, and the incredible diversity that is possible in nature!

  • Student scientists make discoveries and share observations while touching, smelling and exploring a wide variety of dried sunflowers
  • Discover the sunflower's superpower and find out how it is part of a garden ecosystem ripe for summer-long learning 
  • Plant a dwarf sunflower in school and get your own seeds to plant a giant sunflower that can grow as tall as a house!

Science  Standards
(0,2).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life
1.1.1.1.2 Compare Observations
2.1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry
2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence Among
Living Systems
2.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles

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Additional Options

 

Plantmobile

Field Trips
Bring your class to the Arboretum for hands-on science fun! 

Visit the Arboretum during the Fall, Winter, or Spring and treat your students to a hands-on, real plants, learning experience!


Homeschool
Individual Students with their adult educators

Groups of 12 or more homeschool students may register for any field trip, above! 

Self-Guided Visits
You know your students' needs best

See Self-Guided Visits for resources to lead your own Arboretum adventure, or extend your visit.



Ready to Register?

  1. Sign in or create a login to our purchase portal
  2. Select the program(s) you want, and place it in your shopping basket
  3. Process your order as "purchase order" or call us to pay by credit card. You will receive a confirmation/invoice via email right away. 

Need Help?

Arboretum Education Office
Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
arbedu@umn.edu
612-301-1210*
*We are temporarily working from home during Covid-19, we may return phone messages from a home phone 
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Scholarships

Scholarships open Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at noon
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The Arboretum is committed to making its educational opportunities accessible for all school audiences. With the generous support of the foundations and donors, we are pleased to offer a menu of scholarship opportunities for our schools. 

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