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CONTACT: www.arboretum.umn.edu • (952) 443-1422 The Marion Andrus Learning Center - featuring the Sally Pegues Oswald A Growing Place for Kids - is a bustling hub for year-round family programs and adult classes, as well as children's garden and summer camp programs. More than 50,000 children each year participate in the Arboretum's nationally recognized hands-on, science-based learning programs.

ED UCATI ON M I SSI ON To create active ways for people to explore the vital links between themselves, plants and the earth

CONTENTS P LA N N IN G Y O U R F IE LD TRIP

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This publication is available in alternative formats; disability accommodations will be provided upon request. Please call 952-443-1422. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Major Support for the Arboretum’s Youth Education Programs generously provided by: Barbara K. Bachman H.B. Fuller Company Foundation Baker Foundation J.P. Morgan Randy & Marcy Betcher Gail M. Jones Betty Lewis Environmental Charitable Trust Kohl’s Margaret H. & James E. Kelley Foundation, Chorzempa Family Foundation Inc. Alan & Lollie Eidsness Martin and Brown Foundation General Mills Foundation Frank & Juliana Molek 2

Ila M. Peterson Phyllis S. Poehler & Walter E. Stremel Charitable Trust Stone Pier Foundation Wawa June Thorson Xcel Energy Foundation Youthprise


THE PLANT PLACE-

YOUR PARTNER FOR PLANT SCIENCE LEARNING Dear Teachers, We are excited to be a partner in your efforts to bring science learning to life for your students this year. The Arboretum offers engaging, hands-on learning experiences presented by skillful and dedicated educators. What is an Arboretum Fieldtrip like?

Arboretum fieldtrips utilize the unique learning environment, expertise, and teaching tools the Arboretum has to offer. Set in the gardens, greenhouses, and research plots of the Arboretum, students are immersed in the world of plants. Teachers who come every year with their classes tell us that the fieldtrip experience brings the classroom science units to life for their students; offering a memorable learning experience that can be referred to all year. Highly organized and packed with activity, the Arboretum fieldtrip promises a rich one-of-a-kind out-of-classroom learning experience that enriches the classroom curriculum and addresses science standards in every season. What time of year is the best time for an Arboretum fieldtrip?

There are obvious merits to the Spring and Fall seasons because the Arboretum gardens and grounds are so compelling at these times of year. I urge you to consider a winter fieldtrip to the Arboretum (page 8). When plants are dormant outside, the Learning Center offers one-of-a-kind plant learning indoors. Students will experience the “Please Touch Greenhouse� where bananas, chocolate trees, vanilla orchids, and pitcher plants are growing and the scent of sweet olive, and orange blossom perfumes the air. The Tree Place, Harvest Kitchen, and the “Sunshine for Dinner� exhibits combine to host a fieldtrip experience that illustrates science concepts with hands-on real plants experiences. Can’t afford the time and expense of a fieldtrip to the Arboretum?

The Plantmobile may be the perfect solution. The Plantmobile comes to your school (page12) with all the plants, props and Arboretum learning materials for a deeply engaging plant lesson in your classroom. Also, consider partnership and scholarship opportunities (page 15). The Arboretum has a scholarship fund to offset the tuition and bus expenses for qualifying schools on a first come first served basis. Give us a call. 952-443-1422. We look forward to helping you find the perfect Arboretum experience for you and your students. Sincerely, Randy Gage Manager of Youth Education P.S. Please enjoy a visit to the Arboretum, for you and a guest. The teacher pass below is our gift to you. Thank you for the work you do.

FREE PASS Teacher’s Name

Guest’s Name

Address

Address

City

City

State

ZIP

State

This form must be completed fully and presented at the gatehouse entrance for discount.*

$24 VALUE

ADMITS ONE TEACHER AND A GUEST

ZIP

*Expiration date: August 15, 2013

CONSIDER BECOMING AN ARBORETUM MEMBER! CALL 952-443-1440 TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SPECIAL PRICING FOR TEACHERS. The Arboretum is located 9 miles west of I-494 on State Highway 5, OFBS$IBOIBTTFO  tXXXBSCPSFUVNVNOFEV 3


PLAN FOR A GREAT TRIP

RESERVATIONS OPEN AUGUST 22 • CALL 952-443-1422

CHECKLIST FOR GREAT LEARNING

1. CH OOSE A PROGRAM TO F IT YOUR NEEDS.

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• Need to meet a standard? • Want to extend your trip with lunch? • Prefer we come to your school? • Call 952-443-1422 to discuss program options.

2. MAK E A RESERVAT ION AT 952-443- 1422. • Reserve any program starting August 22.

3. R E CE IVE YOUR CONF IRM AT ION PACKET.

• Check date, time, # students. • Make copies of Chaperone Guide. • Give Arboretum map to your bus driver.

4. G E T R E A DY FOR YOUR T RIP.

• Please wear nametags. • Dress for outdoors, rain or shine. Winter programs are indoors. If weather makes travel unsafe, we will reschedule your visit. • Chaperones are free up to 1 adult:5 students; our minimum requirement is 1 adult:10. Adults beyond 1:5 pay $12 admission. • Lunch: outdoor picnic areas are open May – October; first-come, first-served. Reserve an indoor lunch space November – April; fee $10/class.

5. P LANS C HAN GE?

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• Call us ASAP 952-443-1422. • No refunds if you cancel less than 30 days in advance.

P R O GR AM F E E S F IE LD TRIP S $5.00 per student

P LA N TM O B ILE P RO G RA M S $5.00 per student + $50 transportation fee to school

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE See page 15 for details


CALENDAR AT A GLANCE ON-SITE FIELDTRIPS

For Ever y Gr a de a nd Seaso n

PLANTMOBILE

GRADE LEVEL K

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FALL IN THE FOREST PG. 6-7

IT’S A PUMPKIN’S LIFE

FALL

APPLE HARVEST INTERDEPENDENCE AT THE BOG BOARDWALK TREES FOR MINNESOTA MINNESOTA HARVEST

PG. 12

NEW! BUZZ ABOUT APPLES BULBS AND BLOSSOMS FALL FESTIVAL (PG. 14 FALL’S ABLAZE

WINTER

PG. 8-9

PLANT TAKE-A-PART GREEN GROCERY DAYS OF THE DINOSAURS PLANTS AND THEIR HABITATS

PG. 12-13

ZOOM IN ON PLANTS EXPLORING THE DESERT MINNESOTA TOUGH

PG. 9

MAPLE

MAPLE SYRUP TIME

SPRING

SPRING TO LIFE JAPANESE GARDEN DISCOVER SPRING PEEPER MEADOW

PG. 10-11

READY, SET, GROW

WANTED: WETLANDS

PG. 13

WOODS IN BLOOM SUNFLOWER SUPREME SPRING FESTIVAL (PG. 14)

SUMMER

SEASONS

SPROUT

GUIDED GROUP ADVENTURES: CALL 952-443-1422

REFLECT AND WRITE ACTIVITY AVAILABLE

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FALL FIELDTRIPS

RESERVATIONS OPEN AUGUST 22 • CALL 952-443-1422 • $5.00 PER STUDENT

APPLE HARV EST G R A D E S 1–6 (Limit 3 classes per time slot)

LEA AB RN INSEOUT CTS

Tour the orchard to see apple trees loaded with ripening fruit. Help make apple cider in an old-time cider press. Try an apple taste test, learn about apple blossom pollination, and taste fresh cider. TAKE HOME APPLES! Use the Reflect & Write options, aligned with Minnesota Language Arts standards in writing to review and recall the learning from your trip. Grade 1: We Went to the Orchard Grade 3: Orchard Help Wanted: Hire Me!

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S CI ENCE STANDAR D S

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(1,3).1.3.2.1 Engineering Design 2.2.1.1.1 Physical Properties (1,2,3).4.1.1.1 Diversity

September 12 – October 17 9:30 – 10:45 11:15 – 12:30 1:15 – 2:30

T R E E S F O R M I N N E S O TA G RA D E S 3 – 6 (Limit 3 classes per time slot) Get to know Minnesota trees, how they grow, and their importance to people and wildlife. Discover trees of all shapes and sizes aglow with fall colors. S C I E N C E S TA N DA R DS

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(3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity (3,5).1.3.4.1 Scientific Tools

September 18 – October 4 9:30 – 11:30 12:15 – 2:15

“I learned a lot about trees and how to identify them. I use the identification key at my house. It was a very fun trip. I hope to come back next year and maybe bring my family with too.” – From student letter after Trees for Minnesota Fieldtrip LEA ABORN INSE UT CTS

IT’S A PUMP K I N’S LI F E

FAL L I N T HE F O R E S T

G R AD E S 1–2 (Limit 3 classes per time slot)

G RA D E S K– 1 (Limit 3 classes per time slot)

Hey, isn’t that a life cycle ripening in the garden? Play Life Cycle Bingo and search for plants in all stages of their lives. Start a pumpkin seed investigation. Compare the “insides” of pumpkins and their relatives. Estimate a giant pumpkin’s weight. TAKE HOME INVESTIGATIONS!

Meet the “Talking Tree” and learn who lives in each forest layer. See how sowbugs and mushrooms turn leaves and dead trees into soil. Search for signs of forest plants and animals on a forest hike. S C I E N C E S TA N DA R DS

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S CI E NCE STANDAR D S

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(1,2).4.3.1.1 Life Cycles 2.2.1.1.1 Physical Properties

September 26 – October 31 9:30 – 11:30 12:15 – 2:15

0.2.1.1.1 Physical Properties 0.4.2.1.1 Natural Systems

September 25 – October 17 9:30 – 10:45 11:15 – 12:30 1:15 – 2:30


MINNESOTA HARVEST: HEALTHY EATING FROM AND FOR THE EARTH G R AD E S 3–6 (Limit 3 classes per time slot) Celebrate Thanksgiving! Enjoy a feast of hands-on interdisciplinary learning about local foods; the plants they come from; and the history, science, and culture that has led them to be grown in Minnesota. Students begin their journey by reading grocery labels and maps to find out how far each food has traveled. From there the focus is on a tour of Minnesota-grown foods. Make and taste applesauce from Arboretum apples, and find out how scientists have made growing apples in Minnesota possible. Next, make and taste popcorn and find out how the three sisters crops (beans, corn, and squash) have been a staple of Minnesota Native gardens and diets for thousands of years. Finally, dig sweet potatoes from the children’s garden and make and taste sweet potato pie. Along the way, find out about the nutritional benefits of each food.

INTERDEPENDENCE: PLANTS & ANIMAL INTERACTIONS G RA D E S 2 – 4 (Limit 2 classes per time slot) We are living in a world of interconnected systems. From homes, food, and shelter, to pollination and seed dispersal, plants and animals rely on each other in fundamental ways for their survival in the natural environment. This fieldtrip takes students on a search for evidence of the interdependence of plants and animals in the gardens and natural areas of the Arboretum. On their journey, students will observe, record and categorize their findings, and relate what they have found to what they have already experienced.

Minnesota Harvest Scholarships available for eligible schools. See page 15 for details. S CI ENCE STANDAR D S

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5.1.3.4.2 Maps and Mathematics Help Scientists (4,5).3.4.1.3 Humans Interact with Earth Systems

November 2 – 21 9:30 – 11:30 12:30 – 2:30

This fall, the Interdependence Hike will utilize the new Bog Boardwalk on Green Heron Trail. This will allow students to observe plant-animal interactions up close at water level in the wetland habitat, while also using the observation platform to gain a birds-eye view of these interactions. The dual perspectives provided by the new Bog Boardwalk guarantee intriguing opportunities for encountering plant and animal interactions. S C I E N C E S TA N DA R DS

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(2,3).1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry 2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence

September 20– October 4 9:45 – 11:15 12:30 – 2:00

EXTEND YOUR TRIP

“I liked digging up the sweet potatoes and making pie. It was very, very good. I loved the field trip. It was the awesomest day. THANK YOU!” – From Student letter after MN Harvest Fieldtrip

Add a picnic and a self-guided tour to your fieldtrip for no additional cost. Self-Guided tour materials are available to help you and your students experience the Arboretum on your own. Call to get tour materials sent to you. Outdoor picnic shelters and grassy areas are available for eating lunch on a first-come first-served basis April through October. Use the Teacher pass (page 3) to come preview the grounds and prepare for your self-guided tour.

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WINTER FIELDTRIPS RESERVATIONS OPEN AUGUST 22 • CALL 952-443-1422 • $5.00 PER STUDENT

PLANTS & T H EI R H A B I TAT S

G R E E N G R O C E RY

G RAD E S 3– 6 (Limit 3 classes per time slot, 5 classes

G RA D E S 1 – 2 (Limit 3 classes per time slot; Extended

for extended day)

day available for 5)

Imagine stepping into the shoes of scientists to inventory the plants of earth’s rainforests, deserts and wetlands. Compare these environments and the adaptations that allow plants to survive under extreme conditions. Use microscopes in the lab and hands-on observations in the Greenhouse. Unique adaptations of insectivorous plants included. TAKE HOME TERRARIUMS!

Discover the plants that become our groceries. Investigate the sources of Hershey bars, bananas, Wheaties and pizza in the greenhouse. Trace the energy flow through a food chain from sun to child. Do plantings to measure, then eat. Includes activities in the “Sunshine for Dinner” exhibits. TAKE HOME EDIBLE PLANTS! Reflect & Write options, aligned with Minnesota Language Arts standards. Grade 1: From Sun to Tummy Food Chain Stories Grade 2: Plants in the Lunch Room?!

Reflect & Write options, aligned with Minnesota Language Arts standards. Grade 3: Plant Habitat Riddles Grade 4: Explorer’s Report S CI ENCE STANDA R D S

D ATES

(3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life 3.4.3.2.1 Evolution in Living Systems

November 30 – April 19 9:30 – 11:30 12:15 – 2:15

S C I E N C E S TA N DA R DS

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(1,2).4.2.1.1 Interdependence in Natural Systems 1.1.3.1.1 Natural Systems

November 28 – April 19 9:30 – 11:30 12:15 – 2:15

WINTER EXTENDED DAY OPTION

F OR G R OU P S OF 3- 5 C LASSES Extended Day Fieldtrips will have a lunch period built into the regular fieldtrip schedule. A customized schedule will be created and emailed to the scheduling teacher. Cost is an additional $10/per class. Extended day programs are 1/2 hour longer than regular programs.

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“Oh, I DID eat a plant today. I wonder if I eat plants everyday.” – 1st grader during Green Grocery.


PLANT TAK E-A -PA RT G R AD E S 1– 2 (Limit 3 classes per time slot; Extended day available for 4) Who depends on plants? That’s the Mystery in Room 103. Solve it with the help of the “Talking Tree.” Go on Plant Part Patrol in the greenhouse to explore diversity in the plant world. Trace familiar foods from plant to package, then use different plant parts to create a tasty treat. Plant seeds to observe and measure as plants grow from top to bottom. TAKE HOME INVESTIGATIONS! S CI ENCE STANDA R D S

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(1,2).4.2.1.1 Interdependence in Natural Systems 1.1.3.1.1 Natural Systems

January 4 – April 19 9:45 – 11:15 12:30 – 2:00

MAPLE FIELDTRIPS RESERVATIONS OPEN AUGUST 22 CALL 952-443-1422 • $5.00 PER STUDENT

M AP L E S Y R U P T I M E G RA D E S 1 – 6 (Limit 3 classes per time slot, no extended day option)

“Very hands-on for kids. I loved that they got to make a snack, and learned where all the ingredients came from!” – Teacher evaluation Plant Take Apart

D AYS O F TH E DI NOSA URS G R AD E S 2– 4 (Limit 3 classes per time slot, 4 classes

Hike into the woods to tap a maple tree and taste its sap. Visit the sugarhouse where sap is cooked to syrup. Learn about maple sugaring traditions of Native People. Greet spring and sample the sweet flavor of photosynthesis! Reflect & Write options, aligned with Minnesota Language Arts standards. Grade 2: Get Ready for Maple Syrup Time Grade 4: A Sweet Good-bye to Winter

for extended day)

S C I E N C E S TA N DA R DS

DAT E S

See tree ferns, cycads and horsetails—living relics of the plants that fed the dinosaurs eons ago. Discover different ways plants reproduce, and how plants have changed over millions of years. Students make terrariums with primitive plants. TAKE HOME TERRARIUMS!

2.1.2.2.2 Engineering Design Process 4.2.1.1.1 Measurable Properties (also Minnesota History, Cultural Studies)

March 12 – April 29 9:30 – 10:45 11:15 – 12:30 1:15 – 2:30

S CI ENCE STANDAR D S

D ATES

3.4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life 3.4.3.2.1 Evolution in Living Systems

December 5 – April 19 9:45 – 11:15 12:30 – 2

S PRO UT! G R AD E K (Limit 3 classes per time slot) Meet the “Talking Tree” during a puppet show about the parts of a plant and what plants need. Visit the greenhouse for a “please touch” experience with plants. Use your senses to search for plants of all shapes, sizes and colors. Plant seeds for follow-up studies. TAKE HOME PLANTINGS! S CI ENCE STANDAR D S

D ATES

0.1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry 0.4.1.1.2 Diversity of Life

January 25 – April 19 9:45 – 11, 12:30 – 1:45 (flexible)

“So, wait a minute, you mean I like tree juice?” – 3rd grader during maple field trip

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SPRING FIELDTRIPS RESERVATIONS OPEN AUGUST 22 • CALL 952-443-1422 • $5.00 PER STUDENT

R E ADY, SET, G ROW ! G R A D E K –1 (Limit 3 classes per time slot)

LEA AB RN INSEOUT CTS

People, plants, insects, birds—everything alive has a habitat. With the help of the talking tree, discover how we can plant habitats for birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Take the silent bird hike to look for habitat clues in the Learning Center’s backyard. See aphids up close, and release ladybugs in the greenhouse to eat the aphids. Start plants to feed black swallowtail caterpillars, and nectar-filled flowers for butterflies. TAKE HOME PLANTS!! S CI E N CE STANDAR D S

D ATES

0.4.2.1.1 Natural System Interactions 0.4.1.1.2 Diversity of Life 1.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles

April 29 – May 31 9:30 – 10:45, 11:15 – 12:30 1:15 – 2:30

“The experience was so engaging! My students enjoyed every minute of the program and are still talking about it!” – Teacher comment about Ready Set Grow fieldtrip

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JAPAN E S E GAR D E N G RA D E S 1 – 6 (Limit 2 classes per time slot) A Japanese garden reflects Japanese culture and values. Discover the traditions and visit Seisui-Tei, the Garden of Pure Water. Rocks are the backbone of the garden, forming the waterfall, the symbolic carp and tortoise. Create individual take-home gardens. TAKE HOME JAPANESE GARDENS! New Reflect & Write options, aligned with Minnesota Language Arts standards in writing. Grade 1: In a Japanese Garden Grade 4: Haiku CONCEPTS

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• Cultural Studies • Geography of Japan • Seasonal Change

May 7 – May 31 9:30 – 10:45, 11:15 – 12:30 1:15 – 2:30

“Wow! The instructors knew how to keep 50 kids focused and engaged! The activities were awesome the kids loved every minute. We plan to return at least once, if not twice next year.” - Teacher evaluation Japanese Garden


D ISCO VER SP R I NG P EEP ER M EA DOW G R AD E S 2–6 (Limit 3 classes per time slot) Follow the Boardwalk from dry to squishy conditions, to underwater habitats in this restored sedge meadow wetland. Use dipnets and binoculars to see what plants and animals live here now. Help monitor Arboretum scientists’ work to bring nature back in a former cornfield. S CI E NCE STANDAR D S

D ATES

(3,5).4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life 4.3.2.3.1 Water Cycle

May 14 – May 30 9:30 – 11:30, 12:30 – 2:30

“The students had way more hands–on experiences than I expected. This was our first time exploring the “Peeper Meadow” and it was great!” – Teacher, Spring 2011

SPRING TO LIFE! G RA D E S 1 – 2 (Limit 3 classes per time slot) Spring plant life cycles 'come to life' as buds leaf out, seeds sprout and flowers open! Annual plants live a fast life, from seed to seed in a summer; ten years may pass before a tree’s first flower. Search for these ‘one-summer’ and ‘many-summer’ plants in different stages of their lives. Plant examples to take home. TAKE HOME PLANTS!

WOO DS IN B LOOM G R AD E S 3– 6 (Limit 2 classes per time slot) Dissect fresh flowers to learn their parts. Discover how pollinators are enticed to visit, thus helping seeds ripen. Enjoy drifts of wildflowers in bloom in the Dayton Wildflower Garden. Search for pollinators in action. Help gather data for a long-range study to monitor wildflower bloom-time, and learn what this information reveals about climate change. S CI E NCE STANDAR D S

D ATES

5.4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life 5.1.1.1.1 Scientific Evidence

May 1 – May 31 9:30 – 10:45, 11:15 – 12:30 1:15 – 2:30

S C I E N C E S TA N DA R DS

DAT E S

(1,2).4.3.1.1 Life Cycles 2.4.2.1.1 Natural System Interactions

April 30 – May 31 9:30 – 10:45, 11:15 – 12:30 1:15 – 2:30

"We not only learned about plants, we were entertained by "Verna" and learned about the Vernal Equinox and why/how seasons change!" Teacher evaluation Spring to Life

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PLANTMOBILE CALL 952-443-1422 TO BOOK THE PLANTMOBILE TODAY $5.00 PER STUDENT + $50 TRANSPORTATION FEE A PL ANT PROGRAM IN YOUR CLASSROOM

R E S ERVAT I ONS O PEN AUGU ST 23 We bring the hands-on science, real plants, microscopes, lively take-home investigations—it’s a discovery-filled fieldtrip right in your classroom! All programs last one hour. Minimum is 12 students/session, 2 sessions/day. Maximum is 32 students/ session, 4 sessions/day. Minimum time between sessions is 15 minutes. Maximum time between morning and afternoon sessions is 1½ hours.

S EP T E MBE R 13 – OC T OB ER 15

G R A DE S K –2

INSE STUDCTS Y

Follow the life of an apple from flower to fruit! Stop along the way to discover pollination and why bees are the most important workers in the orchard. Learn how Arboretum scientists create new kinds of apples. TASTE TEST HONEY AND APPLES! S CI E NCE STANDARDS

0.4.1.1.2 Identify Plant and Animal Parts 1.4.2.1.1,2 Interdependence Among Living Systems 1.1.1.1.2 Compare Observations 2.4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life 2.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles 3.4.3.2.1 Inheritance of Traits

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O CTO B E R 2 4 – N O VE M B E R 3 0

BULBS & BLOSSOMS G RA D E S K– 2 Bright tulips and golden daffodils are favorite spring flowers, and fall is the season to plant them. Dissect a bulb and learn why some plants form bulbs. Follow a bulb’s lifecycle throughout a year. BULB PLANTINGS! Includes a follow-up student journal, teacher info packet and bulb investigation. S C I E N C E S TA N DA R DS

Early Fall B U Z Z ABO UT A P P LES

Fall

(0,2).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life 1.1.1.1.2 Compare Observations 2.1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry 2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence Among Living Systems 2.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles

FAL L’ S AB L AZ E G RA D E S 3 – 6 Brick red and sunlit gold, trees are glowing with a colorful salute to summer’s end. Experiments and demonstrations explain how green chlorophyll is replaced by autumn’s colors. Chromatography activity included. TAKE HOME PIGMENT PROJECTS! S C I E N C E S TA N DA R DS

3.1.1.1.1 Practice of Science 3.4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life


Early Winter

Spring

DE C EMBE R 3 – F EB RUARY 18

A P RIL 1 – M AY 2 4

Z OOM IN O N P LA N TS

SUNFLOWER SUPREME

G R A DE S 1–2

G RA D E S K– 2

What makes a plant a plant? What plant part is like a sponge? What’s the hairiest plant part? Learn the answer to these questions and more. Microscopes ignite students’ curiosity as they look up-close and hands-on at plant parts and functions. PLANT TROPISM EXPERIMENTS!

Sunflowers! These mighty monarchs provide us with seedy snacks, oils and yellow dye. Explore sunflower diversity in seeds and plant forms. Discover how a sunflower is part of a garden ecosystem. Plant sunflowers to observe their growth in school and at home. TAKE HOME SUNFLOWERS! Includes follow-up Math activities!

SCI E NC E STANDARDS

1.1.3.2.1 Use Scientific Tools to Gather Information 2.4.1.1.1 Diversity of Life 2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence Among Living Systems 2.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles (grow bean plants)

Late Winter F EB R U ARY 20 – M ARC H 29

E X PLO RING TH E DESERT G R AD E S K –2 Meet Saguaro Sam, a talking cactus from the Sonoran desert in Arizona. Investigate the desert environment and discover the adaptations that allow desert plants to survive a dry place. Learn to safely touch desert plants and practice sorting by their characteristics. PLANT DESERT PLANTS! S CI E NCE STANDARDS

(0,2).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life 2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence Among Living Systems

S C I E N C E S TA N DA R DS

(0,2).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life 1.1.1.1.2 Compare Observations 2.1.1.2.1 Scientific Inquiry 2.4.2.1.1 Interdependence Among Living Systems 2.4.3.1.1 Life Cycles

WAN T E D : W E T L AN D S G RA D E S 3 – 6 Wanted: An environment that protects other areas from flooding, filters pollutants and provides rich habitat for wildlife. Explore different wetland communities. Use microscopes to discover plant adaptations for wet living. PLANT WETLAND PLANTS! S C I E N C E S TA N DA R DS

M INNESOTA T OUG H G R AD E S 3–6 Imagine standing outside straight through our bone-chilling winters and sweltering summers. Icebox to sauna, our native trees and shrubs survive all of Minnesota’s extremes. Explore the adaptations that make them “Minnesota Tough.” Will dormant branches start spring growth early in your classroom? Watch and see. TAKE HOME TREE SEEDS! S CI E NCE STANDARDS

(3,5).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life

(3,5).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life 5.4.2.1.1 Natural Systems

"Plantmobile fits with our science better than a field trip, with little prep required!" - 1st grade teacher, Hale Elem., Mpls

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MIDDLE SCHOOL FESTIVALS

E XTEND YO UR V I SI T

Middle School Festivals offer students the opportunity to explore environmental and plant science concepts in a unique learning environment. Students will be presented with a menu of guided and self-guided learning opportunities ranging from meet the expert lectures and table talks to selfguided exploration of gardens and natural areas.

CALL 952-443-1422 FOR LUNCH & SELF-GUIDE TOUR INFO PICNIC AND LUNCHROOM FACILITIES Stay for lunch. Outdoor picnic shelters are free and open for school group use May-October. Use is on a first come first saved basis, and school groups are responsible for making sure all trash and leftover lunch is put in its place. Indoor lunchrooms may be reserved for fieldtrip groups visiting the Arboretum NovemberApril. Reservations should be made at the time of fieldtrip reservation to insure lunchroom availability. Rental fee for winter lunchroom use is $10/class.

I N C R E D I B L E E D I B L E FA L L F E S T I VAL Fall is the harvest season in Minnesota. Explore health, nutrition, plant breeding and genetics, diversity, and resource conservation as students move through the gardens and classrooms of the Arboretum in this multi-disciplinary celebration of the fall season. GRADES 5-8, C O S T:

300 students maximum per festival day

$ 5 / S T U DE N T

3 H O U R F E S T I VA L

SELF GUIDED TOURS Extend the learning of an Arboretum fieldtrip and add a self-guide tour. Choose from the two options below or create your own custom tour with the help of the Arboretum’s visitor guides. Call to get the information you need sent to you. Scout out your selfguided tour in advance with the Teacher Pass on Page 3 of this guide.

G REEN D ISCOV ERY B A CK PA C K G R A DE S PR E K –2 Loaded with hand lenses, stories, puppets and other teaching aids, the Green Discovery Backpack allows you and your class to explore the Arboretum at your own pace. When you reserve it, you receive a Teacher’s Guide by mail to plan your visit. Then pick up the Backpack when you arrive. One Backpack serves 30 students. F E E : $25 PER BACKPA C K R EN TA L

Includes Teacher’s Guide

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E AR T H W E E K F E S T I VAL F E AT U R I N G T HE T O P 1 0 P L AN T S T HAT C HAN G E D M I N N E SO TA This Earth Week we invite you to consider the impact plants have had on Minnesota. From food plants to invasive species, plants have steered the development of Minnesota’s economy, culture, environment, and agriculture. This festival celebrates and illuminates the impacts plants have had on the history of Minnesota. The festival will take place in the buildings and grounds of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Minnesota’s Plant Place and will feature plants from the list “Top 10 Plants That Changed Minnesota”. See, taste, and touch living examples of these plants and meet scientists and community experts who will share the impacts these plants have had on the state. Visit http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/10plants.aspx for more details about the 10 plants project. Call 952-443-1422 to register for this spring festival opportunity.

BU G O ’ O RIENTEERI NG COU R S E

GRADES 5-8,

G R AD E S 5 – 8

C O S T:

300 students maximum per festival day

$ 5 / S T U DE N T

3 H O U R F E S T I VA L

Challenge your students to develop their map reading, navigation and teamwork skills on our orienteering course. There are two levels: a short course (7 controls) and a long course (12 controls). Control checkpoints are marked by bronze cast insects. Walking time varies from one to two hours. Teams observe and compare three native plant communities along the route. Call 952-443-1422 to receive a Bug O’ Teachers Guide by mail.

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Maybe I don’t mind bees as much, because I really like apples. - 2nd grader after learning about pollination of apples


SCHOLARSHIPS The Arboretum is committed to making its educational opportunities accessible for all school audiences. With the generous support of the foundations and donors listed on page 2, we are pleased to offer a menu of scholarship opportunities for schools. RESERVATIONS OPE N AUGUST 22 • CALL 952-443-1422

FIELD TRIP S CH OL A R SH I P S: Student fees will be reduced by 50 percent for all school groups whose school free and reduced lunch eligibility is greater than 30 percent. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, firstserved basis while funds last.

BUS S CH OL A RSH I P S:

PL AN T M O B I L E S C HO L AR S HI P S : Student fees and transportation fee are waived for schools with 30 percent or greater free and reduced lunch eligibility. Plantmobile scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one day per school per year while funds last. Scholarships available for fall and winter programs only.

Student fees will be waived and fieldtrip bus costs will be reimbursed for school groups whose school free and reduced lunch eligibility is greater than 50 percent. Bus scholarships are awarded on a first-come firstserved basis while funds last. Limit one Bus Scholarship per school, per year.

U R BA N SCH OOL PARTNERS H I P F OR G R OW I N G SCIENCE: FI ELDT RI P YEA R The Urban School Partnership offers a full year immersion in the Arboretum’s hands-on science fieldtrip programming for each grade level, as well as a one day professional development experience for the school staff. The Fieldtrip Year Partnership covers tuition and transportation costs for three Arboretum fieldtrip experiences for each grade level as well as all costs associated with the staff professional day. Call 952-443-1422 to learn more about this valuable partnership opportunity for your school. The Urban School Partnership for Growing Science is supported by J.P. Morgan.

T HE M I N N E S O TA HARV E ST B U S S C HO L AR S HI P: Celebrate the Minnesota Harvest at the Arboretum this November. Plan for a taste of plant science, Minnesota culture, nutrition, geography, and history all rolled into a two hour, hands-on tasting tour of Minnesota grown-foods. Student fees will be waived and bus costs reimbursed for school groups with greater than 30 percent free and reduced lunch. Bus scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis while funds last. See full description on page 7.

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NONPROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO. 320

S C H O O L S E RV I C E S 3675 Arboretum Drive Chaska, MN 55318

Finding the Arboretum T HE A R BORE TU M IS LOCAT ED WEST O F CHA N HA S S E N O N S TATE H IGH WAY 5, N IN E M IL ES W E S T O F 4 9 4 .

952-443-1422

WWW.ARBORETUM.UMN.EDU/LEARN.ASPX

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

MN Landscape Arboretum Fieldtrip Guide 2012-13  

MN Landscape Arboretum Fieldtrip Guide 2012-13

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