Homeschool

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!


Honey bee on purple flower

Homeschool Day: Pollination Investigation (Grades 2 - 6)

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)

Sold out, waitlist available.

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

$15 member/$18 non-member

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

Homeschool Day: Apple Harvest (Grades 1-6)

Thursday, Sept. 19, 1-2:15 p.m.

$15 member/$35 non-member

Teacher in forest with students

Homeschool Day: Fall in the Forest Field Trip at the Arb (Grades PreK-1)

Friday, Oct. 11, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

$15 member/$35 non-member

Pumpkins field trip, photo by Vienna Volante, APS

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

Thursday, Oct. 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

$15 member/$35 non-member

Green Grocery Field Trip, photo by Vianna Volante, APS

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

Monday, Dec. 9, 12:15-2:15 p.m.

$15 member/$35 non-member

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

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

Monday, April 18, 2025 9:30-10:45 a.m.

$15 member/$35 non-member


 

Helpful information - Education

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Cancellations & Exchanges for educational programs

Cancellation policy

Review the cancellation policies prior to purchasing a class.

Waitlist

Waitlist form

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

Member purchasing policy

Can Members register accompanying Non-member participants for Educational programs at the discounted member rate?

Yes. Arboretum Education policy is that Members may purchase a class or camp on behalf of an accompanying Non-member at the discounted Member price as long as they are registering and paying for at least one spot for themselves. Members must Sign in, enter the total number of Member-price tickets for all participants they are purchasing for, and then complete each participant’s name and prompted information at the checkout screen. The transaction must be completed at the same time as the Member's registration(s). This policy applies only to Arboretum Education programs and classes, and is not applicable to other Arboretum purchases like Events or Admission Tickets.

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