Home School Days
2019 - 2020 

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.



 

Homeschool Day: Plant-Works, Water-Works

Suggested ages: Grades 2 - 4

Monday, December 16, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (965-12-16-19)

Become real-life plant propagators and learn how to grow new plants from cuttings of existing plants! This field trip also includes a classroom experiment that offers extended learning opportunities for weeks to come.

  • Watch a puppet show to learn how plants breathe and use water, both inside and out
  • Examine root hairs, stem pipelines, leaf veins, and stomata up close in the Prove-It Lab
  • Tour the Greenhouse and learn how plants affect moisture levels in the atmosphere
  • Propagate your own take-home plant!

Limit 30, Learning Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2019-2020 Homeschool Days and
save $2 per program! 
Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
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 $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

 

Homeschool Day: Pollinator Partnerships

Suggested ages: Grades 3 - 5

Select a session
Monday, January 20 MORNING, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
(965-01-20-20)
Monday, January 20 AFTERNOON, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(965-01-20-20-01)

Flowers are designed to fit pollinator bodies in a unique partnership that benefits plants, pollinators, and people. Learn more about the critical relationships between pollinators and plants, and find out what role people play in helping these relationships remain productive and healthy.

  • Taste-test honey, a gift from the hive!
  • Use microscopes to discover honey bees’ special adaptations for working with plants
  • Plant your own pollinator-friendly plant to take home!
  • Explore the Pollinator Center interactive exhibits

Limit 20, Bee Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2019-2020 Homeschool Days and 
save $2 per program! 
Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
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, January 20 MORNING, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.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, January 20 AFTERNOON, 1:00 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

Homeschool Day: Plants and Their Habitats

Suggested ages: Grades 3 - 6

Monday, February 17, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (965-02-17-20)

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!

Limit 30, Learning Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2019-2020 Homeschool Days and 
save $2 per program! 
Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
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 $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

Homeschool Day: Maple Syrup Time

Suggested ages: Grades 1 - 6

Select a session
Monday, March 16 MORNING, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (965-03-16-20)
Monday, March 16 AFTERNOON, 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (965-03-16-20-01)

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 
Register for any three or more 2019-2020 Homeschool Days and 
save $2 per program! 
Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
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 16 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 16 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

Homeschool Day: Sprout!

Suggested ages: Grades PreK - K

Select a session
Monday, March 16 MORNING, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(965-03-16-20-02)
Monday, March 16 AFTERNOON, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (965-03-16-20-03)
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

Limit 30, Learning Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2019-2020 Homeschool Days and 
save $2 per program! 
Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
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 16 MORNING, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 965-03-16-20-02)
$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 16 AFTERNOON, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (965-03-16-20-03)
$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

Green Grocery Field Trip

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

Monday, April 20, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (965-04-20-20)

Thanks Plants! Find out the reason why plants are the essential link in all food chains. Here's a hint: Photosynthesis! Explore this amazing plant super-power on this field trip.
  • Go inside the giant leaf exhibit to find out how a photosynthesis food factory works
  • Meet a real live chocolate tree and 21 other favorite food plants on a special Greenhouse Grocery Shopping trip
  • Make and taste garlic toast in the Harvest Kitchen 
  • Plant a garlic bulb and take it with you to make garlic toast again and again
Limit 30, Learning Center
COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2019-2020 Homeschool Days and 
save $2 per program! 
Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
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 $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

Monday, May 18, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (965-05-18-20)

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

Limit 30, Learning Center

COUPON 
Register for any three or more 2019-2020 Homeschool Days and 
save $2 per program! 
Use coupon code 2OFF at checkout. 
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 $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
 
 
 

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. 

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To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone.

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.

For Groups

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)

Field Trip Guide

View the 2019-2020 Field Trip Guide
Request a hard copy by mail 
Email requests to leen0014@umn.edu


 

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu