Home School Days
2021

Want to get hands-on plant science into your home-school curriculum? Consider an Arboretum learning experience. For individuals or homeschool groups, the Arboretum offers hands-on plant experiences that showcase cool science concepts in a unique and engaging educational setting.


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 up to $10! 
Register for the 2 remaining 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, fall leaf theme, Reba Luiken

Nature Journal Academy: Fall Leaves

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 10 - 11 a.m.
Virtual live program hosted on Zoom

Suggested for ages 5-12 together with an adult

As fall turns to winter in Minnesota, plants and animals make amazing changes! Explore the colors of the season as you return to a (new or old) tree friend many times to get to know it better.
In October, we'll:
  • Use all of our senses to explore leaves
  • Record seasonal changes in words and pictures
  • Make leaf prints that will preserve the season's beauty
  • Exchange ideas and experiences as we make new friends with other families
Learning Objectives:
  • Practice regular observation and data collection
  • Understand that plant leaves gather energy from sunlight
  • Compare and contrast plant characteristics

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, 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

NEW for Fall 2020!
Field Trip in-a-Box Classroom Activity Sets

Great for homeschool co-ops!
(Activities not sold individually)

Based on our popular Arboretum Fall-season Field Trip and Plantmobile themes, these mailed-to-you sets provide Arboretum style hands-on plant experiences this fall no matter whether you are in-person, on-line, or in a hybrid learning model. 

Click to view Field Trip in-a-Box Classroom Activity Sets


Home School Days for individual home school students: 
Come for any one or all of our Home school days offered during the school year. Tuition includes adult admission for home school educators. Siblings are welcome. All participating siblings should be registered. 

WINTER & SPRING 2021
In-Person Homeschool Days

February - June 2021

Regular on-site school programs are open for registration!

$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.

Minimum/Maximum Students 

  • Minimum 12 students/session
  • Maximum is 3 classes/96 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.

Watch a video about Arboretum Field Trips

Green Grocery Field Trip

Homeschool Day: Green Grocery: "Did You Eat a Plant Today?" 
Suggested ages: Grades 1 - 2

Registration is open!
Monday, February 15, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Let your students in on a HUGE secret, most of our groceries come from plants! Learn all about plant parts, food plants, and photosynthesis during this action packed field trip.
  • Observe a photosynthesis food factory at the giant leaf exhibit
  • Locate 22 different food plants from all over the world in the Greenhouse
  • Plant take-away garlic bulbs for food tasting after the field trip
  • Taste garlic toast in the Harvest Kitchen
Limit 30, Learning Center

COUPON 
save $2 per program!
with the purchase of 3 or more Homeschool Day Programs

Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
3 or more Homeschool Day registrations must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value. 

register

Monday, February 15, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
$8 member/$10 non-member

includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator. 
*NOTE that this program takes place on Free Third Monday, so there is no charge for Arboretum gate admission


Plants and Their Habitats, photo Line Break Media

Homeschool Day: Plants and Their Habitats

Suggested ages: Grades 3 - 6

Registration is open!
Monday, March 15, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Discover plants from all around the world as you become a plant researcher in real time at the Arboretum! Student scientists learn about different plant adaptations from three key habitats: desert, tropical rainforest, and bog.
  • Identify diverse plant adaptations in the Mixed Up Plant Lab
  • Explore the Greenhouse and locate countless plants from each habitat
  • Create your own take-away terrarium with tropical rainforest plants

Limit 30, Learning Center

COUPON 
save $2 per program!
with the purchase of 3 or more Homeschool Day Programs

Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
3 or more Homeschool Day registrations must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value. 

register

Monday, March 15, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
$8 member/$10 non-member

includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator. *NOTE that this program takes place on Free Third Monday, so there is no charge for Arboretum gate admission


Volunteer teacher holding a maple sign

Homeschool Day: Maple Syrup Time

Suggested ages: Grades 1 - 6

Registration is open!

Monday, March 15
Select a session
MORNING 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
AFTERNOON 1:15-2:30 p.m.

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

Limit 30, Maple Sugar House at Frog Hollow

COUPON 
save $2 per program!
with the purchase of 3 or more Homeschool Day Programs

Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
3 or more Homeschool Day registrations must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value. 

register

Monday, March 15 MORNING, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$8 member/$10 non-member

includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator. 
*NOTE that this program takes place on Free Third Monday, so there is no charge for Arboretum gate admission


register

Monday, March 15 AFTERNOON, 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
$8 member/$10 non-member

includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator. 
*NOTE that this program takes place on Free Third Monday, so there is no charge for Arboretum gate admission


 Sprout Field Trip, photo Line Break Media

Homeschool Day: Sprout

Suggested ages: Grades PreK - K

Registration is open!

Monday, April 19, 1:15-2:30 p.m.

What if plants could tell us their stories? Engage your senses while learning about different plant parts and their purpose. Allow curiosity and imagination to blossom as we explore the plant kingdom! 

  • Identify plant parts and life cycles during an introductory puppet show
  • Explore the Greenhouse with two different scavenger hunts
  • Plant a set of take away seeds for continued learning after the field trip

Limit 30, Learning Center

COUPON 
save $2 per program!
with the purchase of 3 or more Homeschool Day Programs

Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
3 or more Homeschool Day registrations must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value. 

register

Monday, April 19, 1:15-2:30 p.m.
$8 member/$10 non-member

includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator. 
*NOTE that this program takes place on Free Third Monday, so there is no charge for Arboretum gate admission


Ready Set Grow

Homeschool Day: Ready, Set, Grow! 
Suggested ages: Grades K - 1

Registration is open!
Monday, May 17, 1:15-2:30 p.m.

The word of the day is... habitat! Plants, people, wildlife, everything lives in a habitat.
  • Learn the importance of habitat during an introductory puppet show
  • Identify and explore habitat clues on a silent bird walk outdoors
  • Observe aphids and ladybugs up close and hard at work in the Greenhouse
  • Plant a set of take away seeds that provide food for butterflies and caterpillars

Limit 30, Learning Center

COUPON 
save $2 per program!
with the purchase of 3 or more Homeschool Day Programs

Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
3 or more Homeschool Day registrations must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value. 

register

Monday, May 17, 1:15-2:30 p.m.
$8 member/$10 non-member

includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator. 
*NOTE that this program takes place on Free Third Monday, so there is no charge for Arboretum gate admission


Spring to Life Field Trip

Homeschool Day: Spring to Life 
Suggested ages: Grades 1 - 3

Registration is open!
Monday, May 17, 2021 1:15-2:30 p.m.

Lengthening days and warming temperatures bring fast changes to the plants in our world. Seeds sprout. Buds open and reveal the leaves, flowers, and stems bundled up inside.
  • Search the gardens for plants springing to life all around
  • Plant seeds of a "one-summer" plant (annual) and a "many-summer" plant (perennial)
  • Leave with two plants to grow anywhere you choose!

Limit 30, Sensory Garden

COUPON 
save $2 per program!
with the purchase of 3 or more Homeschool Day Programs

Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
3 or more Homeschool Day registrations must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value. 

register

Monday, May 17, 1:15-2:30 p.m.
$8 member/$10 non-member

includes program registration and supplies for one student & accompanying adult educator. 
*NOTE that this program takes place on Free Third Monday, so there is no charge for Arboretum gate admission



You may also be interested in 

Distance Learning
Summer Day Camps
Chidren's Garden 
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FAQs

Can I bring a non-participating sibling?
If the sibling will be using any supplies (eating snacks, planting projects, etc), then they should pay and register. If the sibling is purely accompanying, will not be using any supplies, nor will be a distraction to the group, they are welcome to attend for free.

To reserve a private Field Trip for your home school group:
Browse and register using our Field Trip Guide and online request form.
(12 or more paid participants required for a private group booking)

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Member Perk!
Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.

Waitlist
The best chance of being enrolled in a sold out class is to add your name to the waitlist. Click the orange "waitlist" button and complete the form, or call 612-301-1210. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional class sessions may be added.


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ONLINE!PlantMaker Studio@Home
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