EXPLORE & LEARN

For Educators

Field Trips & School Programs

Nature is your classroom at the Memphis Botanic Garden! In an age when virtual reality is rapidly replacing real experiences, children need to breathe fresh air and play in green spaces more than ever. Your students will connect with the natural world as they participate in hands-on, outdoor learning at the Garden or in an outreach program on your own campus. Learn more and request your next field trip below.

Virtual Programs

Take a virtual trip to the Garden from your own classroom. Our virtual programs help teachers use nature and plants to supplement your curriculum. We encourage you to step outside your classroom and into nature’s classroom, no matter where you’re teaching from! Scroll down to learn more!

Field Trips & School Programs

Nature is your classroom at the Memphis Botanic Garden!

These exciting programs will complement your curriculum with hands-on-activities and Garden exploration all led by trained nature facilitators. Your students will connect with the natural world as they participate in hands-on, outdoor learning at the Garden.

The Education Department at Memphis Botanic Garden has taken great care to incorporate your teaching objectives into all of our tours and special programs. In addition to plant science, the Memphis Botanic Garden offers hands-on programs on world ecosystems, multicultural studies, historical uses of plants, art in nature, environmental issues, and more. All classes include exciting and educational activities that make your students’ visit one they won’t soon forget.

If you have any questions, please reach out to one of our Education Coordinators at 901-636-4126 or email education@membg.org.

For optimal viewing on a mobile device, click here for the interactive catalog.

Virtual Programs

Garden to Grocery

In a generous partnership with Sprouts Healthy Community Foundation, the Memphis Botanic Garden has produced four videos educating both children and adults about the idea of Garden to Grocery.

O.A.K. | Outdoor Activities for Kids
Outdoor Activities for Kids is a collection of videos that will help teachers use nature to supplement your curriculum.

Field Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! You are welcome to stay after your program and have lunch in our Hardwood Picnic Grove.

My Big Backyard admission is not included in all programs. Please see the Educator’s Guide for more information.

To register, fill out the online Program Request Form above.

We have a minimum registration of 15 students for all programs, excluding educational events/festivals. You may schedule a program for fewer students, but you will be required to pay for 15.

We require a $75 deposit for all programs, due two weeks before the program date. The remaining balance is due on the day of your program.
We accept credit cards, checks, and cash.

Checks should be made payable to Memphis Botanic Garden.

If you need to cancel we must be notified of cancellations or considerable changes in the number of students at least 2 weeks before your scheduled program.

To cancel or reschedule due to inclement weather, please email kristen.zemaitis@memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4126

Entry location may vary for programs or special events; details will be provided when you confirm, please relay this information to all teachers and parents.

In order to accommodate as many groups as possible, our programs must operate on a set time schedule. For larger groups, we ask that you arrive a few minutes early for unloading and class organization.

Please be on time! Programs may have to be cut short for groups arriving late.

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