3rd Grade Field Trips

Visit the Arboretum and treat your students to a hands-on, real plants, learning experience! 

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 Field Trips
September - December 2020

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


Apple Harvest

Apple Harvest
Grades 1-6

Registration for this in-person program is temporarily suspended 
September 15, 2020 - October 14, 2020 (Limit 3 classes per time slot)


red barn, photo by Mark MacLennan
Mark MacLennan

Minnesota Harvest: Healthy Eating from and for the Earth
Grades 3-6

Registration for this in-person program is temporarily suspended 
October 12 - October 30 
Limit 3 classes per time slot


 Plant Works

Plant-Works, Water-Works
Grades 2-4

Registration for this in-person program is temporarily suspended 
November 10 - December 11


WINTER & SPRING 2021
In-Person Field Trips

January - June 2021

Regular on-site school programs are open for registration!

$6 per student 

NOTE: Final adjustment count for # of students and all field trip fees are due at least 30 days in advance.

Minimum/Maximum Students 

  • Minimum 12 students/session
  • Maximum is 3 classes/96 students per session

Chaperones 

  • Chaperones are free up to 1 adult:5 students
  • Minimum requirement is 1 adult:10 students
  • Adults beyond 1:5 pay $15 admission
  • Note: these numbers do include the teachers attending, though do not include paras or nurses accompanying special needs students.

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John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Farm at the Arb logo

Pollinator Partnerships
Grades 3-5


Registration is open for 2021 dates

March 10 - March 31
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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$6/student

Flowers are designed to fit pollinator bodies in a unique partnership that benefits plants, pollinators, and people. Learn more about the critical relationships between pollinators and plants, and find out what role people play in helping these relationships remain productive and healthy.

  • Taste-test honey, a gift from the hive!
  • Use microscopes to discover honey bees’ special adaptations for working with plants
  • Plant your own pollinator-friendly plant to take home!
  • Explore the Pollinator Center interactive exhibits

MN State Science Standards
3.1.3.4.1 Scientists use tools and mathematics
3.4.1.1.2 Grouping based on characteristics, structures, and behaviors
5.4.1.1.1 Describe how plant and animal structure and functions provide advantage for survival
5.4.4.1.1 Human interaction with natural systems

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 Plants and Their Habitats, photo Line Break Media

Plants & Their Habitats
Grades 3-6

Registration is open for 2021 dates
Limit 3 classes per time slot; Extended day options (additional 1/2 hour for lunch) available for 4-5 classes for $10/class
February 25 - March 31
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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$6/student

Discover plants from all around the world as you become a plant researcher in real time at the Arboretum! Student scientists learn about different plant adaptations from three key habitats: desert, tropical rainforest, and bog.
  • Identify diverse plant adaptations in the Mixed Up Plant Lab
  • Explore the Greenhouse and locate countless plants from each habitat
  • Create your own take-away terrarium with tropical rainforest plants

Science Standards
(3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
3.4.3.2.1 Evolution in Living Systems

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 Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup Time
Grades 1-6

Registration is open for 2021 dates
March 10 - March 30  
Limit 3 classes per time slot, option to extend the day with an additional winter trip
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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$6/student

Join us during Maple season at the Arboretum! Say goodbye to winter and sample the sweet flavor of photosynthesis.  

  • Hike into the woods to tap a maple tree
  • Visit the sugarhouse where sap is cooked to syrup, try a syrup taste test
  • Learn about maple sugaring traditions of different cultures through time

Science Standards
2.1.2.2.2 Engineering Design Process
4.2.1.1.1 Measurable Properties
(also Minnesota History, Cultural Studies)

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Bee on apple blossom, Emilia Baczynska/Pixabay
Farm at the Arb logo

Bees & Blooms
Grades: 2 - 5

Registration is open for 2021 dates
April 27 - June 4
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

$6/student

Springtime is here! Bees are starting to buzz again, pollinating flowers that will grow into fruits that we harvest later in the year. Join us at the Red Barn Farm and Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center to discover how bees and blooms help feed us.

  • Explore how pollinators provide the vital link for flowers to transform into the fruits we eat
  • Zoom in to discover how bee bodies are adapted to pollinate
  • Dissect fresh flowers to learn about flower parts and functions
Science Standards:
(2,3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
2.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles
3.4.1.1.2 Observable Physical Characteristics
5.4.2.1.1 Interdependence

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 Spring to Life

Spring to Life!
Grades 1-3

Registration is open for 2021 dates
April 30 - June 3
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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$6/student

Lengthening days and warming temperatures bring fast changes to the plants in our world. Seeds sprout. Buds open and reveal the leaves, flowers, and stems bundled up inside.
  • Search the gardens for plants springing to life
  • Plant seeds of a "one-summer" plant (annual) and a "many-summer" plant (perennial)
  • Leave with two plants to grow anywhere you choose!

Science Standards 
(1,2).4.3.1.1 Life Cycles
2.4.2.1.1 Natural System Interactions

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 Spring Peeper Meadow
 

Discover Spring Peeper Meadow
Grades 2-6

Registration is open for 2021 dates
May 13 - May 26
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30

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$6/student

Restoring a corn field to a wetland is no easy task. Find out how scientists set up a giant experiment at the Arboretum’s Spring Peeper Meadow 20 years ago and how they are monitoring progress today. Students will join in the scientific discovery by assessing the health of the restored wetland by observing and recording the diversity of life present within.

  • Use binoculars to observe bird and animal diversity at Spring Peeper Meadow
  • Use spoons, ice cube trays, and hand lenses to catch and observe invertebrate species
  • Plant wetland seeds, observe diversity and location of wetland plant species

Science Standards
(3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
4.3.2.3.1 Water Cycle

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Additional Options

 

Plantmobile

Plantmobile
Arboretum comes to your school!

 
The Arboretum delivers a field trip right to your classroom!


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 
Field Trip Reservation Request Form

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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