4th Grade Field Trips

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

Reservations are OPEN for 2019-2020! 

$6 per student*
*A processing fee of $7.50 will be applied to each order
NOTE: Final adjustment count for # of students and all field trip fees are due at least 30 days in advance.

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photo: Jim Hudgins/US Fish and Wildlife Service

Monarchs & Milkweed
Grades 1-5

2019-2020 dates
September 11 - 18, 2019
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

Monarch butterflies make amazing migrations across North America every year, flying thousands of miles north in the spring and south in the fall. Join us for this special September “Monarch Week” at the Arboretum to send our monarchs off for the season!

  • Learn how scientists track the monarchs’ travels
  • Participate in citizen science by tagging a monarch with your class
  • Zoom in on the monarch’s life cycle and its special relationship with milkweed plants
  • Find and observe monarchs in action in the pollinator gardens

Science Standards
(1,2,3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
(1,5).4.2.1.1 Interdependence in Natural Systems
1.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles

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Apple Harvest 

Apple Harvest
Grades 1-6

2019-2020 dates: 
September 19, 2019 - October 16, 2019 (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

Visit the “Home of Honeycrisp” while wandering your way through a visit packed with hands-on real world discoveries!

  • Practice using your senses and learn how to become a scientific apple taste tester
  • Explore how apple scientists use observation skills, perseverance and record keeping to invent new apples
  • Tour the orchard where apple scientists perform their research

Science Standards
(1,3).1.3.2.1 Engineering Design
2.2.1.1.1 Physical Properties
(1,2,3).4.1.1.1 Diversity

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red barn, photo by Mark MacLennan
Mark MacLennan

Farm at the Arb: Harvest Time
Grades: 2 - 5 

2019-2020 dates
October 1, 2019 - October 29, 2019 
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.

Come visit the Arboretum's NEW farm at the tastiest time of the year - harvest time! Corn has been an important food plant across cultures and time periods, and throughout history humans have engineered different creative ways of working with this staple crop.

  • Explore the crop fields to observe ways that food can be grown
  • Help process the harvest using different tools to experience the journey food takes from the field to our plates, and discover the surprising diversity of corn varieties that humans have developed
  • Taste test foods made with corn and learn about their history

Science Standards:
2.4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life
3.4.3.2.1 Evolution in Living Systems
4.1.2.2.1 Engineering Design Process

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Minnesota's Harvest: Good Eating From and For the Earth Scholarship Fund generously supported by an endowment created by long-term Arboretum supporters Judy and Herb Goldenberg.

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

2019 -2020 dates
November 5 - November 26 
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30-11:30
12:30-2:30
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$6/student

Explore local culture, traditions and cuisine as you learn about local food and history! Understand “food miles,” the distance food travels from where it’s harvested to where it’s consumed, to understand the impact of a food’s environmental footprint.

 

  • Learn how apples came to Minnesota while making and tasting applesauce
  • Harvest sweet potatoes from the Children’s Garden then sample some sweet potato pie
  • Discover food traditions of past and present while learning about native foods

Science Standards
5.1.3.4.2 Maps and Mathematics Help Scientists
(4,5).3.4.1.3 Humans Interact with Earth Systems

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 Plant Works

Plant-Works, Water-Works
Grades 2-4

2019 - 2020 dates
December 10, 2019 - January 29, 2020
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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$6/student

Become real-life plant propagators and learn how to grow new plants from cuttings of existing plants! This field trip also includes a classroom experiment that offers extended learning opportunities for weeks to come.

  • Watch a puppet show to learn how plants breathe and use water, both inside and out
  • Examine root hairs, stem pipelines, leaf veins, and stomata up close in the Prove-It Lab
  • Tour the Greenhouse and learn how plants affect moisture levels in the atmosphere
  • Propagate your own plant to take home!

Science Standards
2.4.1.1.1 Structure and Function in Living System
2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence among Living Systems
3.1.1.2.(1-4) Scientific Inquiry

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photo: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Pollinator Partnerships
Grades 3-5


2020 dates:

March 3 - April 2, 2020
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
4.1.2.1.1 Describe impacts of designed world on natural world
5.4.1.1.1 Describe how plant and animal structure and functions provide advantage for survival

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Plants and Their Habitats

Plants & Their Habitats
Grades 3-6

2020 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 17 - April 10
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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$6/student

Step into the shoes of plant researchers and discover plants from all around the world! Student scientists learn about plant adaptations for survival in three very different habitats: Desert, Tropical Rainforest, and Bog.

  • Identify and examine plant adaptations in the Mixed Up Plant lab using scope-on-a-rope technology
  • Explore the Greenhouse to seek-and-find countless real live plants from each habitat
  • Students make their own take-home terrariums with rainforest plants!

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

Reflect Grade 3: Plant Habitat Riddles

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Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup Time
Grades 1-6

2020 dates
March 10 - March 31 
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

Bees & Blooms
Grades: 2 - 5

2020 dates
April 21 - May 29, 2020
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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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Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden
Grades 1-6

2020 dates
May 16 - May 31

Limit 2 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

A Japanese garden reflects Japanese culture, values, and the physical geography of the place.  Discover the tradition, meaning, and symbolism present in the Arboretum’s Seisui-Tei (The Garden of Pure Water).

  • Compare the Japanese Garden with Western style gardens
  • Learn about symbolism in Japanese gardens
  • Try your hand at dry garden landscaping
  • Make and take home a mini Japanese garden for each student

Key Concepts

  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography of Japan
  • Seasonal Change

2020 dates
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Spring Peeper Meadow

Discover Spring Peeper Meadow
Grades 2-5

2020 dates
May 13 - May 27, 2020

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

2020 dates
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Additional Options

 

Plantmobile

Plantmobile
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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.



Field Trip Guide

View the 2019-2020 Field Trip Guide
Request a hard copy by mail 
Email requests to leen0014@umn.edu


Watch a video about Arboretum Field Trips

Add-On Experiences
Enhance & extend your Arboretum Field Trip visit!

Add a self-guided tour
Explore more of the Arboretum at-your-own-pace!
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Add lunch time 
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    (May - Oct only), first come, first-served 
 

Helpful Information

Minimum/Maximum Students 
  • Minimum 12 students/session
  • Maximum is 3 classes/96 students per session
    Spring field trips taking place at the Sensory Garden have a maximum 2 classes/64 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.

Scholarships

Scholarships open Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 9 a.m.

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. 

Cancellation Policies 

  • Programs are held rain or shine
  • In extreme weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel programs for your safety. You will not be charged a cancellation fee under these circumstances
  • No refunds if you cancel less than 30 days in advance
  • Final adjustment count for # of students and all field trip fees are due at least 30 days in advance

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