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.
All Grades: Mini-Hike. The 30 minute mini-hike will take place in the areas of the Arboretum not covered in the field trip portion. These areas may include the greenhouse, the pond, the herb garden, and the trails connecting these areas. Mini-hikes are tailored individually for each group.
Preschool / Kindergarten: The Five-Alive Senses. Students are led through the Arboretum grounds where they explore all of their five senses. Highlights include listening to the frogs and birds by the pond, smelling plants in the Herb Garden, and feeling different types of conifers on the woodland path.
Grade 1: Life in the Trees. This program introduces students to the concept of habitat and explores the relationships between Abert squirrels, birds, insects, and Ponderosa pine trees. Students spend their time in the forest looking for clues about animal-plant interactions taking place above them and right beneath their feet.
Grade 2: Riparian Rascals. Students learn about and compare the different stages in the development of a Western chorus frog and a dragonfly/damselfly. They spend their time at the pond investigating the lives of these creatures, playing games, and looking for signs of life in the pond.
Grade 3: Water Bug Naturalist. Students learn about the importance of riparian areas to plants and wildlife in Arizona as well as the adaptations needed for living in the water. They explore and identify aquatic invertebrates in the Arboretum's riparian areas. They will share their findings with classmates and will have the opportunity to use a micro-camera.
Grade 4: Hardy Adaptations. Students find out how plants are able to thrive in our arid, high-elevation ecosystem. They will identify the characteristics of plants and trees that help them survive the elements. This program includes hands-on activities that help build observation skills and promote critical thinking about the plant world. A trip to the greenhouse will further assist in learning about plant adaptations.
Grade 5: Fifth Grade Foresters. Students will learn about forest health and will be able to recognize indicators of healthy and unhealthy forests. Students will be asked to be foresters for a day, and in doing so, they will evaluate certain sections of the forest and offer solutions about how to improve the health of the forest.
Grade 6-8: Climate Change. Students will learn the facts about climate change and conduct their own research into its long-term effects and ways to help mitigate and adapt to our changing world. Each program is aligned to state standards and each grade has its own hands-on activity.
High School Programs: Please contact the Public Programs Manager for information.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS AT THE ARBORETUM AT FLAGSTAFF, PLEASE CONTACT OUR PUBLIC PROGRAMS MANAGER – COREEN WALSH, AT:
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