Most in-person Arboretum Kids & Family Classes & Programs Suspended through December 2020

Please check the COVID-19 Arb Classes Updates Webpage for the latest updates.

As guidelines change, NEW on-site and/or virtual activity programs may become availableSubscribe to Kids & Family emails to receive the latest Kids Program news, announcements and updates!

Programs that remain on this page are still open for registration!

Family Programs
(Youth + Adult)

Are you looking for a way to spend quality one-on-one time with a child in your life? Share a unique intergenerational learning experience at the Arboretum! Specially designed for adults together with children, these programs cover a range of topics and activities that will be a fun learning experience for everyone.


Nature Journal Academy

A new series specially created for safe learning adventures for Fall 2020!

Suggested for ages 5-12 together with an adult
Join Reba, your Arboretum instructor, for scientific and artistic discoveries inspired by nature! Sessions engage kids (together with an adult) in active learning and outdoor exploration, and include pre-class outdoor activities, a live Zoom program, and after-class activities to continue the learning. Each session can be taken individually, or combined as a series! A great opportunity for Homeschoolers or families to integrate art, science, and language arts skills with nearby nature.

What's Included with each session:

  • Instructions for pre-class outdoor nature observation + nature walk collecting list (approximately 1.5 hours)
  • Supply list of common household items to have ready for the online program
  • Private platform to share your creations with other students
  • At-home extension activities to continue your learning through the whole month
COUPON
Save $10! 
Register for the 2 remaining different Nature Journal Academy sessions (themed sessions offered November 12, December 10) and save $5 off each session. Use coupon code TAKE5 at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.

 Nature journal, htree bark theme, Reba Luiken

Nature Journal Academy: Tree Bark Art

Thursday, November 12, 2020 10 - 11 a.m.
Virtual live program hosted on Zoom

Suggested for ages 5-12 together with an adult

As the air gets cool and trees lose their leaves, November is a great time to cozy up inside with a story. It's still a great time to get outside and connect to the stories of trees too!
In November, we'll:
  • Experience the textures, colors, and patterns of trees in late fall
  • Listen to Native American stories about the natural world and tell or write our own
  • Make beads from birch bark
  • Exchange ideas and experiences as we make new friends with other families
Learning Objectives:
  • Practice regular observation and data collection
  • Make a diagram and identify the parts of a plant
  • Tell stories with a beginning, middle, and end
  • Interpret sources from multiple perspectives

How it works:

  • Reba will email registered participants one week before the session with your instructions and pre-class outdoor nature observation + nature walk collecting list.
  • Click the link Reba provides to join the live program via Zoom.
Limit 15 families, Virtual portion of the program hosted on Zoom. Registered participants will receive a link to join.
register
$20/family using the same computer

 Nature journal, winter theme, Reba Luiken

Nature Journal Academy: Winter Time Snow & Stars

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 10 - 11 a.m.
Virtual live program hosted on Zoom

Suggested for ages 5-12 together with an adult

There's a chill in the air, but there is still plenty of nature to explore outdoors. With no leaves on the trees, there are more chances for things that sparkle to catch our eyes, like snow and stars.
In December we'll:
  • Discover the secrets nature hides behind green leaves in the summer
  • Create a snowflake model
  • Learn about the best stars to look for in the night sky and practice finding them
  • Exchange ideas and experiences as we make new friends with other families
Learning Objectives:
  • Practice regular observation and data collection
  • Make a model using symmetry
  • Understand that nature's cycles follow a pattern

How it works:

  • Reba will email registered participants one week before the session with your instructions and pre-class outdoor nature observation + nature walk collecting list.
  • Click the link Reba provides to join the live program via Zoom.
Limit 15 families, Virtual portion of the program hosted on Zoom. Registered participants will receive a link to join.
register
$20/family using the same computer

  Family Program: Let's Make Pollinator Valentines!

Saturday, February 6, 9-11 a.m.

Age 5 - 12, with an adult
Feel the love this February as your family team works together to make valentine cards for the important friends, family members, and pollinators in your lives!
  • Create your own pollinator-friendly planting paper
  • Select seeds for growing beautiful native plantings
  • Hand print flower & pollinator valentines to share with your friends
  • Taste the bees' sweet harvest and make apple honey dippers
  • Learn how pollinators and plants help each other
Register as a family team
  • Register each child separately.
  • Each child creates his/her own project while adults assist.
  • Maximum 2 children per one adult
  • 1 adult per family team is preferred, but a second may join at no charge if desired
Limit 10 total children, Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register
Child+Adult Family Team
$35 member child/$50 non-member child
includes Arboretum admission, admission for accompanying adult, and all materials for 1 take-home project

  Family Program: Let's Make Spring Things Together!

Saturday, March 20, 9-11 a.m.

Age 5 - 12, with an adult
When spring arrives, newborn plants and animals are not far behind. Get a head start on the spring season with us!
  • Use plants to dye eggs with vibrant natural colors
  • Get seeds started in eggshell pots
  • Cook up egg-celent toad-in-the-hole toast
  • Bust some spring myths and learn the facts about the equinox
Register as a family team
  • Register each child separately.
  • Each child creates his/her own project while adults assist.
  • Maximum 2 children per one adult
  • 1 adult per family team is preferred, but a second may join at no charge if desired
Limit 10 total children, Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register
Child+Adult Family Team
$35 member child/$50 non-member child
includes Arboretum admission, admission for accompanying adult, and all materials for 1 take-home project


Questions?
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 

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