preK-12 Education

An ideal setting for a living outdoor laboratory.

The Saint John’s Outdoor University preK-12th grade environmental education program strives to improve environmental literacy and emotional connectedness to the natural world through hands-on and age-appropriate field trips.

Our educational programs annually serve over 8,000 public, private, and home school preK-12 students through on-site field experiences and in-class curricula. Outdoor field trips visit the Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum, which encompasses over 2,500 acres of land in Central Minnesota and includes prairie, wetlands, forest, and oak savanna habitats.

Field Trip Request Forms Teacher Forms Distance Learning Resources

crossing the boardwalk

maple tree tapping

earthworms investigation

Unique Advantages of Our Program


Field Trips at Saint John’s Outdoor University

Please contact [email protected]  for more information or to schedule a class.