Student Tours & Programs
“I am so excited that my school got another grant to come to your wonderful program on the rainforest again! We came last year and loved it!“
— Megan Schmidt, First Grade Teacher, Heritage Trails Elementary
Many educational programs are available at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Some of these are new, some are tried and true. We hope you find something (or several things) that are a great fit for your students!
Available for booking at 10am every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday throughout the school year. Each program lasts 2 hours. Must schedule at least 14 days in advance.
RAINFOREST ECOLOGY ACTIVITY PROGRAM (REAP)
Students explore the tropics as they learn about the layers and animals of the rainforest and the products that come from it. The program concentrates on specific themes in biology and ecology while employing a hands-on, inquiry-based approach. Classes are geared toward second through fourth grade, but can accommodate any elementary level.
PLANTS WE EAT
Students learn the parts of the plant and which part their favorite foods come from in this fun, interactive program. Basic plant anatomy as well as familiar and exotic plants are discussed. Students will have a blast searching for some of the plants discussed in our conservatory. Geared towards Kindergarten to 2nd grade, but adaptable to any elementary level.
TOUR WITH A GARDEN GUIDE
No time for an ecology class? No problem. Schools are always invited to tour the Crystal Bridge and learn about the plant life with a Garden Guide. During a tour you’ll explore two vastly different ecosystems and learn about the plants that thrive in each of them.
Available Monday through Friday. 30 minutes to 1 hour. Must schedule at least 14 days in advance. Grades 5-12.
Lead your own adventure! Pick up a self-guided tour brochure and lead an exploration past towering palms, behind crashing waterfalls and along winding paths.
Available anytime, Monday through Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sundays 11am to 5pm. Advance notice for groups larger than 15 people is recommended to ensure availability.
GUIDED SCAVENGER HUNT
Students embark on a scavenger hunt for rainforest plants that feed either people or animals. After the scavenger hunt students take an abbreviated tour of our desert and rainforest habitats.
Available Monday through Friday. 30 minutes to 1 hour. Must schedule at least 14 days in advance. Grades Pre-K to 4.
This rentable pack will lead your students on a self-guided adventure full of scavenger hunts, games, and fun facts. Packs contain a variety of activity pages that help your group interact with the many learning hot-spots in our Children’s Garden. They’ll get to take home a coloring sheet and their very own Adventure Badge.
Available for booking Monday—Saturday from 9am-4pm, Sun: 11am-4pm. Must schedule at least 14 days in advance.
The below pricing reflects group rate and includes admission to the Crystal Bridge Conservatory. For every 10 kids you bring, 2 adults receive free admission.
- School Program
- REAP and Plants We Eat: $6.50 (plus tax)
- Guided Tour
- Adults/seniors/students/active military: $7 (plus tax)
- Children (4-12): $5 (plus tax)
- Self-Guided Tour
- No additional fee besides admission
- Guided Scavenger Hunt: $5 (plus tax)
- Adventure Packs
- Rentable backpack to use in our Children’s Garden. Pack contains multiple activity sheets and tools to help kids learn about nature in a hands on way.
- Does not include admission to the Crystal Bridge Conservatory.
- Members: $2 (plus tax)
- Nonmembers: $3 (plus tax)
To book your tour fill out our Group Visit Request Form. Once it’s submitted, you will be contacted to complete your booking. Due to the heavy request volume, please allow 3-5 business days for a response.
Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to hopefully answer any further inquiries you have about group tours or school programs.
For other questions call Lily Christman, Youth and School Program’s Coordinator, at (405) 445-5162 or email firstname.lastname@example.org