The Arboretum is a wonderful learning environment for students of all ages.
We offer theme-specific and self-guided tours for students in preschool through high school.
Field Trips are Back!
School is back, and we are ready for fall field trips that engage students with placed-based learning opportunities and encourage discovery in the natural world. Our field trips bring students into 200 acres of green space at The Arboretum, including the greenhouses, gardens, pond, and forests, and are aligned with Arizona k – 5 science standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.
Field trips are available April 15 – October 31.
Docent-led school programs last approximately 1.5-2 hours, including a 1 hour grade-specific program and an optional mini-hike around The Arb.
Your group is welcome to enjoy lunch in our picnic area before or after your program.
Docent-led Programs cost $5.00 per student. One adult per 6 students will be free. Additional adults are $4.00 each.
Self-Guided School Tours cost $3.00 per student and include instructional materials for your independent use.
If you are interested in scheduling a field trip, please fill out the Field Trip Request Form
or contact our Education Programs Manager, Helena.Murray@thearb.org.
Detailed Descriptions of our Fall 2021 Field Trip Programs
Optional Mini-Hike can be included with your field trip. The 30-45 minute mini-hike will take place in the areas of The Arb not covered in your field trip program.
Grade-Specific Programs: 45-60 minutes
Preschool / Kindergarten: The Five-Alive Senses
Students will be led through The Arb grounds where they will practice using all five senses and discover the ways our senses can be used to explore nature. Highlights include listening to frogs and birds by the pond, smelling plants in the Herb Garden, and feeling different types of conifers on the woodland path.
1st Grade: Our Homes in the Forest
This program introduces students to the concept of habitat by relating their homes to animal homes. Students learn that animals need a place to live, food to eat, and water to drink – just like we do! We specifically explore the relationships between Abert’s squirrels, birds, insects, and ponderosa pines as we make our way through the forest.
2nd Grade: Life Cycles on the Colorado Plateau
Students will learn about and compare the different stages in the development of a Western Chorus Frog and a Dragonfly/Damselfly as well as other seasonal plants and animals. They will spend time investigating organisms found in The Arb pond and work together to identify the life cycle stage of each critter discovered.
3rd Grade: Animal Needs and Adaptations
Students will learn about the importance of riparian areas to plants and wildlife in Arizona as well as the adaptations needed for living in water at different stages of life. They will explore, identify, and share their findings about aquatic invertebrates in The Arb’s riparian areas with classmates.
4th Grade: Plant Superheroes
Plant superheroes don’t always wear capes! What would happen if we had no plants? Students discover why we need plants and how plants are able to thrive in our arid, high-elevation ecosystem. Students engage in hands-on activities that help build observation skills and promote critical thinking about the plant world and its amazing adaptations.
5th Grade: Foresters/Forest Investigators
Students will learn about forest ecology and will be able to recognize indicators of healthy and unhealthy forests in our fire-adapted ecosystem. Students will become foresters for a day. Practicing science skills, students evaluate sections of the forest and offer solutions for improving forest health.
Grades 6-12: Service-Learning Program
We have seasonal opportunities available for students to make a difference and get their hands dirty! Send an email to Helena.Murray@thearb.org to enquire about possible opportunities.
Arb Field Trip Programming is Supported by the Arizona Community Foundation.
Fund a Bus
Help get kids out of the classroom and into nature!
A bus trip to The Arboretum can cost over $100 for FUSD schools, and more for schools further away. Teachers/students have to pay for field trip travel.
The Arb has initiated a campaign to make our standards-based, experiential programs available to more local youth. You can help by making a donation today.