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Grade 1 Snackin' on Plants

Boerner Botanical Gardens

All Milwaukee Public Schools first grade students will attend Boerner Botanical Gardens: Milwaukee County's Living Museum. A plant science program educator will lead students through a firsthand experience with plants. Students will discover that the foods they eat every day are actually different parts of plants, and they will sample various plants such as carrots, celery, peas, and broccoli!

Visitation Date

Schools will be scheduled for a specific date. Date assignments will be sent directly to school principals via Smartsheet for confirmation prior to the Learning Journey. This Learning Journey takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from September through June.

Students per Visitation Day

Prior to arrival at Boerner, students should be put into assigned groups of approximately 15-18 students. Each group will be assigned a plant science program educator. It is the teacher's responsibility to have an adult chaperone for each group. Students should be dressed according to weather conditions. Food allergies should be reported to the program staff prior to the Learning Journey.

Length of Visit

All programming is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. (10:00 a.m. for late schools). All schools should plan to eat lunch on the premises. Buses are scheduled for departure from Boerner at 12:00 p.m. (12:30 p.m. for late schools). Note: Plan accordingly for an approximately 30-minute bus ride.

Cost to Schools

This Learning Journey is provided free to all MPS first grade students. Student admission costs and programming as well as teacher and chaperone admissions will be paid by MPS Central Services. Transportation will be paid for and arranged on the schools' behalf by MPS Central Services. Transportation details will be sent to teachers and principals via Smartsheet. Schools cannot charge students for busing.

Bus Information

Transportation will be arranged and paid for by MPS Central Services on the schools' behalf. Transportation details will be sent to teachers and principals via Smartsheet. Schools cannot charge students for busing. Questions regarding transportation or requests for special accommodations, such as wheelchair or walker needs, should be directed to Mary Grant, CAO planning assistant, at

School Responsibility

All students are expected to participate. Teachers will need to obtain field trip permission slips for this Learning Journey. Teachers are expected to use all curriculum materials in preparation for their Learning Journey.

MPS Foundation


Michelle Wade
Social Studies Manager
Phone: 414-475-8090

Mary E. Grant
CAO Planning Assistant III/Learning Journeys
Phone: 414-475-8614

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