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arboretum Field trip Guide 2013-2014






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CONTACT: • 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 ucation M ission To create active ways for people to explore the vital links between themselves, plants and the earth

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The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Major Support for the Arboretum’s Youth Education Programs generously provided by: Messerli & Kramer Foundation J.P. Morgan John E. Andrus II Kohl’s Gail M. Jones General Mills Foundation 2

Phyllis S. Poehler & Walter E. Stemmel Charitable Trust H.B. Fuller Company Foundation Baker Foundation Martin and Brown Foundation Judith A. Christensen Hugh & Joyce Edmondson, Jr.

Alan & Lollie Eidsness Frank & Juliana Molek Roger Peters & Lorna Reichl Jeannine Rivet & Warren Herreid Wawa June Thorson Chorzempa Family Foundation

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 Field trip like?

Arboretum field trips 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 field trip 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 field trip promises a rich one-of-a-kind out-of-classroom learning experience that enriches the classroom curriculum and addresses science standards in every season. New this year: Plant-works, Water-works!

Thirsty for a field trip that dives into the critical relations of water and plants? Plant-works, Water-works is a new winter field trip that will turn 2nd and 3rd grade students into greenhouse scientists on the quest to keep the plants in their care alive and thriving. In this field trip, we will zoom in on plant parts to look for clues about how plants take up, move, and store water. We will explore the “Please Touch Greenhouse” to compare plants from wet and dry places. And we will set up an inquiry experiment to test the impact humidity has on rooting plants back in the classroom. This promises to be an inquiry based field trip that connects to plant and water units back at school. We hope you will consider joining us on a Plant-works, Water-works adventure this winter. Can’t afford the time and expense of a field trip to the Arboretum?

The Plantmobile may be the perfect solution. The Plantmobile comes to your school (page 12) 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









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



*Expiration date: August 15, 2014


Plan For a Great Trip reservations open august 20 • CALL 952-443-1422

Checklist for Great learning

1. C h oose a prograM to fit your needs.

2. Mak e a reservat ion at 952 - 443- 1422.

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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.

• Reserve any program starting August 20.

3. R e ce iv e your confirm at ion packet.

4. G e t ready for your t rip.

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

• 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 change? • Call us ASAP 952-443-1422.


• No refunds if you cancel less than 30 days in advance.

P rogram fees 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


Calendar at a Glance For Ever y Gr a d e a n d Seaso n



K 1 2 3 4 5 6 Fall in the forest apple harvest interdependence at the bog boardwalk

PG. 6-7

it’s a pumpkin’s life


trees for minnesota minnesota harvest buzz about apples PG. 12

bulbs and blossoms fall’s ablaze plant-works, Water-works!

PG. 8-9


plants and their habitats zoom in on plants


minnesota tough

PG. 9

maple syrup time

PG. 12-13


green grocery

exploring the desert

japanese garden discover spring peeper meadow woods in bloom sunflower supreme wanted: wetlands

PG. 13


spring to life

PG. 10-11

ready, set, grow



plant take-A-Part

summer guided adventures: call 952-443-1422


Fall Field trips fall field trips • fall field trips • fall field trips • fall field trips

reservations open august 20 • CALL 952-443-1422 • $5.00 per student

Apple Harvest

GRADES 1–6 (Limit 3 classes per time slot)


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! Science Stand ar d s DATES

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

September 11 – October 16 9:30 – 10:45 11:15 – 12:30 1:15 – 2:30

Fall in t h e F orest

Gr ad e s K–1 (Limit 3 classes per time slot)


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. Science Stand ar d s DATES Physical Properties Natural Systems


September 24 – October 24 9:30 – 10:45 11:15 – 12:30 1:15 – 2:30

it’ s a p u mpk in’ s life

G ra d e s 1 – 2 (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! S c ien c e S tan dards DAT E S

(1,2). Life Cycles Physical Properties

September 25 – October 31 9:30 – 11:30 12:15 – 2:15

G RADES 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 field trip takes students on a search for evidence of the interdependence of plants and animals in the gardens and natural areas of the Arboretum. Students observe, record and categorize their findings, and relate what they have found to what they have already experienced. S cience Standar d s


September 19 – October 4 (2,3). Scientific 9:45 – 11:15 Inquiry 12:30 – 2:00 Interdependence

Trees for M innesota

G RADES 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. Take home MN Tree ID Key! S cience Standards DATEs

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

September 17 – October 4 9:30 – 11:30 12:15 – 2:15

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minnesota Harvest: Healthy Eating from and for the Earth G RADES 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. Minnesota Harvest Scholarships available for eligible schools. See page 15 for details. S C I E N C E S TA N D A R D S DAT E S Maps and Mathematics Help Scientists (4,5). Humans Interact with Earth Systems

November 6 – 22 9:30 – 11:30 12:30 – 2:30

“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 Field trip

EXTEND YOUR TRIP Add a picnic and a self-guided tour to your field trip 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.

“Everything the kids do is such a great ‘hands-on’ learning experience. Our inner-city, mostly Hmong students need experiences like this to build vocabulary and background knowledge.”


winter Field trips winter field trips • winter field trips • winter field trips

reservations open august 20 • CALL 952-443-1422 • $5.00 per student

Plants & Th eir Habitats

G r ad e s 3 – 6 (Limit 3 classes per time slot, 5 classes for extended day)

Plant-works, water-works G RADES 2 – 3

Plants are like living water-works, and greenhouse growers know how to tend them. Step into their shoes and trace water’s flow into root hairs, up through a plant’s plumbing system, to its escape as a gas from invisible holes on leaves. Use microscopes to go inside plant parts and see it up-close. Roam the Greenhouse to compare how plants from wet and dry places use and store water. Set up a challenge for plants to grow new roots at two humidity levels and measure what happens. Take home investigations!

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! Reflect & Write options, aligned with Minnesota Language Arts standards. Grade 3: Plant Habitat Riddles Grade 4: Explorer’s Report Science Stand ar d s

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

December 5 – April 18 9:30 – 11:30 12:15 – 2:15

S c ien c e S tan dards

dates Structure and Function in Living Systems

January 13 – April 18 9:30-11:30 12:30-2:30 Interdependence among Living Systems Scientific Inquiry


WINTER extended day option

F or Gr oups of 3- 5 cl asses Extended Day Field Trips will have a lunch period built into the regular field trip 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.


Up close: A leaf’s plumbing system

G r a de 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 cien ce Standards D ATES

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

January 14 – April 18 9:45 – 11:15 12:30 – 2:00


G RADE 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 cien ce Standards D ATES Scientific Inquiry Diversity of Life

February 6 – April 18 9:45 – 11, 12:30 – 1:45 (flexible)

G reen Gro cery

maple Field trips

maple field trips • maple field trips • maple field trips • maple field trips

P lant Take-A -Part

reservations open august 20 CALL 952-443-1422 • $5.00 per student

M aple s y r u p time

G RADES 1 – 6 (Limit 3 classes per time slot, no extended day option) 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 S c ien c e S tan dards D AT E S Engineering Design Process Measurable Properties (also Minnesota History, Cultural Studies)

March 11 – March 28 9:30 – 10:45 11:15 – 12:30 1:15 – 2:30

G RADES 1– 2 (Limit 3 classes per time slot; 5 classes for extended day) 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?! S cience Standards D ATES

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

December 3 – April 18 9:30 – 11:30 12:15 – 2:15

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


spring Field trips spring field trips • spring field trips • spring field trips

reservations open August 20 • CALL 952-443-1422 • $5.00 per student

R eady, S et, G row !

G RADE K–1 (Limit 3 classes per time slot)


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 cience Stand ar d s D ATES Natural System Interactions Diversity of Life Life Cycles

April 25 – May 30 9:30 – 10:45, 11:15 – 12:30 1:15 – 2:30

Japanese G ard en

G RADES 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 C O N ­C E P T S D AT E S

• Cultural Studies • Geography of Japan • Seasonal Change

May 6 – May 30 9:30 – 10:45, 11:15 – 12:30 1:15 – 2:30

“Didn’t know what to expect; great variety of activities which kept the students engaged. The kids loved being able to create their own gardens to bring home. Huge hit!”  - Teacher evaluation Japanese Garden

“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 field trip


spring field trips • spring field trips • spring field trips • spring field trips

Discover Spring P eeper M eadow G RADES 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 cience Standards D ATES

(3,5). Diversity of Life Water Cycle

May 13 – May 29 9:30 – 11:30, 12:30 – 2:30

S pring to L ife !

G RADES 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! S c ien c e S tan dards DAT E S

Woo ds in B loom

G RADES 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 cience Standards D ATES Diversity of Life Scientific Evidence

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

(1,2). Life Cycles Natural System Interactions

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

“The students were engaged the entire time. ‘Verna Equinox’ was a riot! We enjoyed her and being able to plant seeds and then hike on the paths to see a real Kentucky coffee tree.” - Teacher evaluation Spring to Life


plantmobile plantmobile • plantmobile • plantmobile • plantmobile

CALL 952-443-1422 to book the plantmobile today $5.00 per student + $50 transportation fee A plant program in your cl assroom

Rese rvations open Augu st 20 We bring the hands-on science, real plants, microscopes, lively take-home investigations—it’s a discovery-filled field trip 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 11/2 hours.

Buzz about apples



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 CIENCE STAND A R D S Identify Plant and Animal Parts,2  Interdependence Among Living Systems Compare Observations Diversity of Life Life Cycles Inheritance of Traits


Octo b e r 2 2 – NOVEM B ER 2 7

B u lbs & B lossoms G RADES 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. plant bulbs! Includes a follow-up student journal and teacher info packet. S c ien c e S tan dards

Early Fall s e p te mbe r 1 2 – Oc t ober 16

Late Fall

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

Fall’ s Abla z e G RADES 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 ien c e S tan dards Practice of Science,2) Diversity of Life

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D e c embe r 4 – march 31

APRIL 1 – MAY 3 0

Zoom In O n P lants

S u nflower S u preme



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!

Scien ce Standards

d ates Use Scientific Tools to Gather Information

December 4 – February 10 Diversity of Life Interdependence Among Living Systems Life Cycles (grow bean plants)

S c ien c e S tan dards

Students “ZOOM IN” on leaves

E x ploring t h e Desert G RADES 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 cience Standards

d ates

February 12 – March 31 (0,2).4.1.1.(1,2) Diversity of Life Interdependence Among Living Systems

M innesota To ug h G RADES 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 cience Standards

d ates

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

February 12 – March 31

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

Wanted : W etlan d s G RADES 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 ien c e S tan dards

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

“Our instructor was fabulous & reached all learners with a variety of methods: pictures, diagrams, storytelling, movement, touching and sorting activities & then even a take-home planting project!” - 2nd grade teacher, Dayton Elementary, Dayton


summer field trips home school field trips self guided tours CALL 952-443-1422 for summer field trip tour info

summer & home school field trips • self guided tours

summer field trips J une 10-August 15 Looking for a hands-on Arboretum trip in the summer for your group of children pre-k-6th grade? Summer Guided Adventures were designed for you. Perfect for daycare, scout, summer school, neighborhood groups who want an engaging, guided learning experience during their visit to the Arboretum. Each Guided Adventure lasts one hour, and can accommodate groups of 10-50 children. Complete details are available online at Group registrations are made by phone only: 952-443-1422.

home school field trips Whether you are part of a Home School group looking to enrich your science education through a hands-on field trip or you are an individual home school family with students who are fascinated by the plant world, we have programming options for you. Home school groups of 12 or more can register for any of the field trip offerings that are available to schools at the regular student rate of $5/student which includes Arboretum admission for each family. For individual home school students, the Arboretum hosts Home School Day events. Each event features a different topic and is presented to individual home school students who have registered online.

Self Guided Tours Extend the learning of an Arboretum field trip 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 self-guided tour in advance with the Teacher Pass on Page 3 of this guide.

Green Dis c overy B ackpack G RADES P re 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 : $ 2 5 per B a c kpa c k rental

Includes Teacher’s Guide

Visit to get all the details about 2013-14 Home School Day offerings. 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 firstserved basis. School groups are responsible for making sure all trash and leftover lunch is put in its place. Indoor lunchrooms may be reserved for field trip groups visiting the Arboretum November-April. Reservations should be made at the time of field trip reservation to insure lunchroom availability. Rental fee for winter lunchroom use is $10/class.


y o u r bog a d ventu re Follow Green Heron Trail for a unique “walk on the water” experience on the Bog Boardwalk. Use our NEW self-guide “Your Bog Adventure” to frame each activity and set the stage for discoveries and curiosity to emerge along the half-mile walk. Pick up your copy at the Visitor Center when you arrive.

scholarships reservations ope n August 20 • CALL 952-443-1422

Field trip Sch olarsh ips :

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.

Bu s Sch olarsh ips :

scholarships • scholarships • scholarships • 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.

Plantmobile S c holars hips :

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 field trip 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 firstcome, first-served basis while funds last. Limit one Bus Scholarship per school, per year.

Partnersh ip for G rowing Sc ience: Fiel d trip Year

The Urban School Partnership offers a full year immersion in the Arboretum’s hands-on science field trip programming for each grade level, as well as a one day professional development experience for the school staff. The Field Trip Year Partnership covers tuition and transportation costs for three Arboretum field trip 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.

T he M innesota Harvest B u s S c holars hip :

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 Minnesota Harvest description on page 7. 15


S ch o o l S e rv i c e s

3675 Arboretum Drive Chaska, MN 55318

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Arboretum Field Trip Guide 2013-14