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Guided Field Trip Programs

Guided programs are led by trained facilitators who will present hands-on activities aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards that focus on the plants and habitats found at the Garden. We also guarantee an indoor lunch space for your group.

Guided Programs cost $120 per class. Programs for grades K to 12 have a maximum of 30 students per class, and preK programs have a maximum of 25 students. Chaperone-to-student ratios depend on grade level with a maximum of eight chaperones per class. Available dates vary with the program.

Guided Field Trips are 60 minutes long unless otherwise noted. For 60-minute programs, you will be scheduled at either 10 or 11:30 a.m.  The 90-minute programs run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This allows your group time to explore the rest of the Garden and to take advantage of tram tours and exhibitions when in season.

Homeschool Groups
We welcome you to register for field trips to the Garden. If your homeschool group includes a range of ages, please review our complete program descriptions and select a program that best matches your group’s grade level and knowledge base.

Guided Programs 2016-17 Schedule

Fall 9/13 – 11/11/2016

PreK – K

Discovering Plants

Science with Your Senses

Grades 1 – 2

Surprising Seeds

The Wonders of Worms and Soil

Grades 3 – 5

Flower Lab

Pondering the Prairie (90 minutes; through 10/21)

Grades 6 – 8

Pondering the Prairie (90 minutes; through 10/21)

Lake Investigations (90 minutes; through 10/21)

Grades 9 – 12

Water Quality Field Study (90 minutes; through 10/21)

Biodiversity Field Study (90 minutes; through 10/21)

Winter 11/28 – 12/21/2016

PreK – K

Trees and Trains

Grades 1 – 2

Trees and Trains

The Wonders of Worms and Soil

Grades 3 – 5

Flower Lab

Tree Detectives (90 minutes)

Grades 6 – 8

Plant Propagation (90 minutes)

Photosynthesis Lab (90 minutes)

Grades 9 – 12

Ecosystems and Adaptations (90 minutes)

Photosynthesis Lab (90 minutes)

Orchid Show 2/13 – 3/26/2017

PreK – K

Outrageous Orchids: Sensational Explorers (90 minutes)

Grades 1 – 2

Outrageous Orchids: Plant Parts Investigation (90 minutes)

Grades 3 – 5

Outrageous Orchids: Plant Parts Investigation (90 minutes)

Grades 6 – 8

Outrageous Orchids: Peculiar Pollinators (90 minutes)

Grades 9 – 12

Outrageous Orchids: The Mighty Rainforest (90 minutes)

Early Spring 3/14 – 4/19/2017

PreK – K

Discovering Plants

Nature's Needs

Grades 1 – 2

Surprising Seeds

Nature's Needs

Grades 3 – 5

Flower Lab

Tree Detectives (90 minutes)

Grades 6 – 8

Plant Propagation (90 minutes)

Photosynthesis Lab (90 minutes)

Grades 9 – 12

Ecosystems and Adaptations (90 minutes)

Photosynthesis Lab (90 minutes)

Spring 4/24 – 6/2/2017

PreK – K

Discovering Plants

Science with Your Senses

Grades 1 – 2

Butterflies and Bumblebees

Water Bugs

Grades 3 – 5

Partners in Pollination

Mighty Macros

Grades 6 – 8

Plant Propagation (90 minutes)

Lake Investigations (90 minutes)

Grades 9 – 12

Water Quality Field Study (90 minutes)

Biodiversity Field Study (90 minutes)