Want to get hands-on plant science into your home-school curriculum? Consider an Arboretum learning experience!

Homeschool: Frequently asked questions

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Can I bring a child outside of the suggested age range?

Yes! The Arboretum Field Trips educators set the content and materials based on current school standards and grade levels. You know your homeschool student best, and are welcome to register for programs that aligns with their interests and level. Note that Arboretum Educators cannot tailor program content on the spot to different ages.

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.

Can I drop my child off and not attend with them?

No. Homeschool Days are designed for students to participate together with their adult educator. Plan to attend together your student.

Can I reserve a private Field Trip only for members of my homeschool group?

Sure! Groups of 12 or more homeschool students can register as a group for a Private Field Trip! Browse and register for any available Field Trip. A minimum of 12 paid participants is required for a private group Field Trip or Plantmobile booking. Payment is due in advance by lump sum.

How do I enter past the main gatehouse for the program without paying a gate fee?

Once you register and check out online, you will receive (2) confirmation emails. One has a barcode ticket that you need to bring with you to the Arboretum. The gatehouse will scan your ticket for admission. Please mention the name of the program you are here for, and that your barcode ticket includes student+adult educator admission. You can then proceed to the Learning Center for your program!

Student with an apple on an Arb Field Trip, photo IgorKisselev/shutterstock

Homeschool Day: Apple Harvest (Grades 1-6)

Date: Friday, Sept. 29, 1-2:15 p.m.

$15 member/$18 non-member

Pumpkins field trip, photo by Vienna Volante, APS

Homeschool Day: It’s a Pumpkin’s Life (Grades 1 - 3)

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 12:15-2:15 p.m.

$15 member/$18 non-member

Green Grocery Field Trip, photo by Vianna Volante, APS

Homeschool Day: Green Grocery “Did You Eat a Plant Today?” (Grades 1-3)

Date: Friday, Dec. 8, 12:15-2:15 p.m.

$15 member/$18 non-member

Plants and their Habitats Field Trip, photo by Vienna Volante, Arboretum Photographer's Society.

Homeschool Day: Plants and Their Habitats (Grades 2-6)

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 12:15-2:15 p.m.

$15 member/$18 non-member

Honey bee on purple flower

Homeschool Day: Pollination Investigation (Grades 2 - 6)

Date: Thursday, May 23, 1:15-2:30 p.m.

$15 member/$18 non-member

Ready, Set, Grow Field Trip at the Arboretum, Photo by Ausf/Shutterstock

Homeschool Day: Ready, Set, Grow! (Grades PreK-1)

Tuesday, May 28, 1-2:15 p.m.

$15 member/$18 non-member


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