The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks reaches thousands of students annually through special outreach programs in local schools. Each spring, more than 2,000 students celebrate Earth Day at the Garden with activities exploring conservation and Earth stewardship. In the fall, students from schools around the Ozarks come to the Garden for Butterfly Days, where they learn about the role of pollinators through hands-on activities.
BGO also offers school field trips. At the Garden, a school field trip is an educational science adventure through the themed gardens. Staff or volunteers teach lessons on a variety of subjects including life cycles, pollination, ecosystems, native plants, watershed, and other science or garden related subjects. Specific subjects can be indicated when scheduling a trip or information can be more generalized.
- School Field Trips are $80 per class. (Ask about our low-income discount if you think your school might qualify!)
- Preferably paid in advance by a school credit card or school check.
- If paying in cash the day of the visit, please have one adult pay the full amount to the office volunteer. If you need an invoice, please request it in advance.
- Teachers and chaperones do not have to pay if they are assisting a group of students.
- Tours last approximately one hour or can be extended for two hours.
- Adults must chaperone school and youth groups.
- Preschool groups should have one adult for every five children.
- One adult per 10 students is suggested for older children.
- Reservations required at least two weeks in advance.
If you have recommendations for curriculum units that we can develop to support your field trips, please let us know.
You may schedule school tours by calling or emailing Roslyn Imrie, Education Coordinator at 479.750.2620 ext. 23 or firstname.lastname@example.org