K-12 Tours & Campus Visits


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Get up close and personal with our scientific labs and cutting-edge technology on an interactive tour.

K-12 Tours & Campus Visits

Campus tours of Swenson College’s active learning, laboratory and outdoor classrooms are a unique opportunity for K-12 students to experience science in a meaningful way.

Tour dates are limited so schedule a Science and Engineering campus visit now.

2016-2017 School Year Tour Dates (Elementary and Middle School Age Levels):

Our 2016-2017 tour cycle is complete.  Thanks for visiting and watch this page for upcoming tour dates.

On tour dates: Arrival will be between 8:30 AM and 9:15 AM. At 9:15, students will disperse to the various tour locations throughout campus and tours will begin promptly at 9:30.  The tours will end at 12:30 PM in the afternoon.    School groups are welcome to bring a lunch and eat on campus.

Tour dates are limited to the first 5 school groups registered (approximately 20-30 students per school group.)  Please complete the online registration form to sign up for a STEM Campus Tour.  Tour content will be primarily geared toward elementary and middle school level students.  

For high-level student tours and content a more personalized tour may be available.  For additional tour information call 218-726-7409 or email scsek12@d.umn.edu.  Other campus locations are available for tours on a limited basis.  

Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium

UMD's Planetarium offers interactive stargazing shows and amazing educational films for any age in it's full dome theater. Shows are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Non-profit groups can also schedule a visit for a discounted rate and the venue is available for private events and parties.

UMD Greenhouse/Botany Tours

The Department of Biology's greenhouses are the core support facilities for plants used in our instructional laboratories and research programs.  The year-round warmth and beauty of our greenhouse attracts many visitors from around campus and the Duluth community to learn about native and exotic plants, rearing techniques, and to obtain a respite from the northern Minnesota weather. 

Greenhouse tours are free to the community and are offered Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 3 PM (last tour scheduled at 2 PM).  Greenhouse tours should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.  Tour registration forms are available online.  The greenhouse can accommodate up to 20 individuals per tour group.

  • Learn about the diversity of plants and flowers
  • Learn about edible plants
  • Learn about medicinal properties of some plants
  • Learn the various parts of a plant and how plants work
  • Learn basic propagation techniques (i.e. taking cuttings, planting seeds, transplanting)

To schedule your UMD Greenhouse tour simply fill out our online registration form.  For more information about the UMD Greenhouse or to customize your tour, contact Greenhouse Manager, Matthew Jahnke (mjahnke@d.umn.edu) or call 218-726-7258.

Directions to the Greenhouse

From Woodland Avenue: Enter the UMD campus from College Street. Take the first right on University Drive. Parking can be found at meters along the perimeter of Lot A and Lot B. The "Lower Greenhouse" is located in the courtyard near the entrance to the School of Medicine adjacent to Lot A.