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Minnesota Field Trips with Kids

Activity Planning

Homeschool Adventures
The purpose of the group is to plan field trips and outings around the Twin Cities area. There’s no attendance or participation requirements, but the more people participate, the better it will work.

Fine Arts

Minnesota Orchestra There are several affordable ways for families to experience the sights and sounds of the Minnesota Orchestra in its home at Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

Stages Theatre Company
Through a variety of options, home school groups in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota can participate in performance-based workshops or explore non-theatre curriculum in a dramatic way. 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343. Call the group sales manager at (952) 979-1119 for more information.


History

Betsy & Tacy’s House Tours & Gift Shop
Visit historic homes featured in the Betsy-Tacy book series March – December. Mankato, MN 56002–0094. (507) 345–9777.

“North
by Mary Lethert Wingerd
Mary Lethert Wingerd unlocks the complex origins of the state—origins that have often been ignored in favor of legend and a far more benign narrative of immigration, settlement, and cultural exchange. Moving from the earliest years of contact between Europeans and the indigenous peoples of the western Great Lakes region to the era of French and British influence during the fur trade and beyond, Wingerd charts how for two centuries prior to official statehood Native people and Europeans in the region maintained a hesitant, largely cobeneficial relationship. Founded on intermarriage, kinship, and trade between the two parties, this racially hybridized society was a meeting point for cultural and economic exchange until the western expansion of American capitalism and violation of treaties by the U.S. government during the 1850s wore sharply at this tremulous bond, ultimately leading to what Wingerd calls Minnesota’s Civil War.

Natural Areas

Three Rivers Park District
A natural resources-based park system located in the suburban Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Lots of outdoor activities.


Tamarack Nature Center
White Bear Lake. Classes to meet the needs of Homeschool students. These classes are typically two hours in length and develop concepts and skills in science, social studies, art and recreation. Most classes include a range of activities to accommodate mixed-age groups typical of the homeschools that visit Tamarack. 651-407-5350.

Natural History

Bell Museum of Natural History
On the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. New facility being built, so address may change. 10 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, (612) 624-7083

Dodge Nature Center
Where people can learn about and experience nature and in so doing, become stewards of the environment. 365 Marie Avenue West, West St. Paul 55118, 651-455-4531

The Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County
Provides interpretation of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship, Hopperstad Stave Church Replica, Red River Valley Exhibition and hosts traveling exhibits in 7,000 sq. feet of temporary exhibition space. 202 1st Avenue North (street address), P.O. Box 157, Moorhead, MN 56561-0157, (218) 233-5604

Programs

Roselawn Stables
The Home School Day Camp program, exclusively for home school students, is now held only in the summer. Located in St. Francis, MN.

Science

Headwaters Science Center
Offers over 50 exhibits, and a collection of over 40 live animal species that are available for touching and holding. 413 Beltrami Avenue (street address), P.O. Box 1176, Bemidji, MN 56619, (218) 751-1110

Science Museum of Minnesota
Offers a good number of special homeschool programs. Register online now. 120 West Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102 (651) 221-9444)

The Works Technology Discovery Center
Open on Saturdays (Thursday – Saturday in the summer.)  Groups of 15+ can schedule visits Monday – Friday.  We offer special homeschool days once a month during the school year and intensive, project based summer camps and winter classes. 5701 Normandale Road, Edina, Minnesota, 55424. (952) 848-4848.

Minnesota Homeschooling Associations, Events, Laws, and Social Networks

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