Kindergarten 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. 

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Pollinator Superheroes
Grades K-2

2019-2020 dates
September 24, 2019 - October 22, 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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Minnesota is home to a diversity of insect pollinators, all doing work that helps plants to reproduce and helps to feed us. Meet some of our local pollinator superheroes at the Arboretum’s Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center at the new Red Barn Farm campus.

  • Zoom in to see the special body parts that allow honey bees to do their important work
  • Taste test honey!
  • Learn about different types of pollinators, and search for them outside in the garden
  • Discover the hidden world of native bees, honey bees, and butterflies by exploring the Pollinator Center exhibits

MN State Science Standards Living things are diverse Natural systems Natural systems have many components that interact (Interdependence) Animal habitats Animal life cycle stages Scientific Inquiry Diversity Natural Systems (Interdependence) Plant life cycle stages


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Fall in the Forest


Fall in the Forest
Grades PreK-1

2019 - 2020 dates:
September 18 - October 24
Limit 3 classes per time slot
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Experience and learn all about what’s happening in Minnesota forests as summer turns to fall. While decomposers and mushrooms are hard at work, students learn how dead plants turn back into soil over time.

  • “Talking Tree” puppet show teaches students about who lives in each forest layer
  • An indoor learning lab looks at decomposers, mushrooms and humus up close in decomposer discovery bins
  • Hike through the Arboretum forest and make real world connections in a habitat filled with decomposers and forest wildlife

Science Standards Physical Properties Natural Systems

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Grade PreK - K

2020 dates 
March 17 - April 20
Limit 3 classes per time slot
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. (afternoon has flexible start time)
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Learn about different plant parts and their purpose!

  • Watch a plant-parts puppet show featuring Petunia and the Talking Tree
  • Get your whole body moving with an action story about plant life cycles
  • Use your senses in scavenger hunt for different plants in the Greenhouse
  • Plant seeds to take home
  • Receive a science experiment follow up activity for your classroom

Science Standards Scientific Inquiry Diversity of Life

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Ready Set Grow

Ready, Set, Grow!
Grades K-1

2020 dates
April 28 - May 29

Limit 3 classes per time slot
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People, plants, insects, birds...every living thing has a habitat!
  • Watch a Talking Tree puppet show to learn how to plant habitats for birds, butterflies and other wildlife
  • Take a silent bird walk to look for habitat clues in the Learning Center’s backyard
  • Observe aphids up close using scope-on-a-rope technology
  • Release ladybugs in the greenhouse
  • Plant some seeds and take them home! The seeds will grow into plants that will feed Black Swallowtail butterflies and caterpillars

Science Standards Natural System Interactions Diversity of Life Life Cycles


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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 
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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

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