ONLINE Complete Field Trip Request form
PHONE: Contact Professor Mary Meyer at 612-301-1247 

Maple Syrup 2


Adult chaperone required for all students under 18. Recommend 1 adult chaperone for every 10 students. Chaperones in excess of 1 per every 5 students are $15/person. 


If your group would like to eat on the Arboretum grounds, students may bring their own lunch, pre-arrange lunch with Arboretum Catering, or use the Arboretum Cafe

Exploring Plant Science Careers at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

DURATION: 90 minutes
LOCATION: Available at the Arboretum OR at your school! 

Minimum group size: 10 students
Maximum group size: 25 students

This walk-and-talk tour with a University of Minnesota Horticultural Science faculty member covers the importance of a botanical garden, arboretum and/or city park to our communities. During this experience, students will be guided through various demonstration gardens and plant collections that are vital to the goals of a public garden! This tour emphasizes the many career opportunities in public gardens and horticulture, including plant breeding, plant care and management, conservation and plant curation. Careers in public horticulture include:
  • Curator of Plants
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Professor
  • Scientist
  • Arborist
  • Restorationist
  • Cartographer
and more!

If choosing to participate in this field trip at the Arboretum, please know that it takes place out-of-doors, and will take place rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the unpredictable Minnesota weather!

Contact Dr. Mary Meyer with your date/time request* via an option below: 
ONLINE Complete Field Trip Request form
PHONE: Contact Professor Mary Meyer at 612-301-1247 

*Field trip request must be made at least two weeks in advance. Confirmation is dependent on instructor availability.

$25 per group + $7.50 registration fee, includes gate admission for up to 5 accompanying adults.



Field Trip Guide

View the 2019-2020 Field Trip Guide
Request a hard copy by mail 
Email requests to

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 
The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum respects the privacy of website visitors to the extent permitted by law. For security purposes and to ensure that the website remains available to all users, software is used to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Our credit card transactions are processed by a bank website, and we do not collect credit card numbers. All information provided on forms is transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble data before you send it to us. We also protect information by placing it on a secure portion of our site that is only accessible by certain qualified staff of the University of Minnesota.

 FREE Arboretum Teacher Pass

for you and a guest when you sign up for the Teacher Resources email list!