6th 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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  1. Sign in or create a login
    Click the links above and create your customer profile. Add a phone#, school name and address.

  2. Choose a program
    Browse options below, click the "Register Online" button, select the program you want, and place it in your shopping basket

  3. Check Out
    When you have all selections in your basket, go to check out and enter total# of students again.
    Process your order as "purchase order" or pay by credit card.
    You will receive a confirmation/invoice via email right away. 

Need Help?

Don't see what you are looking for, or the times don't work for your school? We're here to help!

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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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). Engineering Design Physical Properties
(1,2,3). Diversity

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 Minnesota Harvest

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

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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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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). Diversity of Life 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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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 Engineering Design Process Measurable Properties
(also Minnesota History, Cultural Studies)

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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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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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Additional Options



Arboretum comes to your school!

The Arboretum delivers a field trip right to your classroom!

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!
Learn more


Add lunch time 
You bring the lunch, we provide the setting!

  • Outdoor areas
    (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 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 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

Privacy Policy 
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