Ralya 4th graders spent three separate days at the MSU 4-H Children's Gardens for a field trip focused on plant structures. Students participated in a variety of activities including growing lettuce, learning how plants protect themselves, and how bees and other pollinators help with the reproduction of plants. They even learned how to extract DNA from strawberries and then made observations of what the DNA looked like under a microscope. Students not only explored the children's gardens but the annual and perennial gardens and the tree arboretum. Since the field trip spanned three weeks, they were able to see the changes in plants throughout the fall season.