Garden Classes
Boy looking at soil through a microscopeGarden Classes represent our signature field trip experiences for school groups visiting the Garden! Led by our Educators, your students will get their hands dirty learning how plants work, the important roles they play in our environment, and the many ways in which we use plants every day.  Each program is designed to engage students with inquiry-based, hands-on experiences and content that is standards-aligned to represent a seamless addition to your existing curriculum.

Garden Classes combine an indoor experience with a guided tour for a complete two-hour educational experience! Students begin with an introductory program in the Jordan Education Wing, where they will experience relevant content through storytelling, group-participation activities and hands-on experiences. Students then enjoy a guided tour through the Missouri Botanical Garden, where our Educators will reinforce the content introduced in the classroom with examples. Each student will also pot a plant of their own to bring home!

PlantLab Investigations are programs designed with students grades 3-8 in mind. These 1-hour programs are conducted in our hands-on PlantLab facility, and offer students an opportunity to 'dig deeper' into plant science, learning how plants adapt to different environments, how plants and pollinators interact with each other, fruit formation and more. Each student will leave with a take-home project.

Multidisciplinary Programs are designed for Middle School teams seeking to meet objectives across various core subjects. Activities rooted in science, math, literacy and social studies are brought together to provide students with a comprehensive educational experience. These programs run 2.5 hours and participating students create a desktop garden to bring home.

Read more about each of our Garden Class offerings by clicking on the class title in the list below:

Scheduling and Pricing for Garden Classes

All Garden Classes (including Combination classes, Multidisciplinary classes and Plant Lab programs) are offered September–December and February–May.  Classes must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. 

Registration for Fall 2019 begins July 15, 2019. Registration for Spring 2020 begins November 4, 2019.

Combination Classes may be requested online by following the link below.

See available dates and/or register online

To request a Plant Lab or Multidisciplinary class, please email or call (314) 577-5185.

Fees for Garden Classes:
Combination & Multidisciplinary Classes 
Standard Class (up to 30 students and 6 adults): $180
Large Class (up to 60 students and 12 adults): $360
PlantLab Investigations  (up to 30 students and 6 adults):

Please note that as a thank-you for the Zoo Museum District’s financial support of the Missouri Botanical Garden, schools located in St. Louis City and County receive a 50 percent discount on all class fees.

One chaperone is required for every five students who attend. You may bring additional chaperones, but additional adults will be admitted at the normal admission price.  Teachers may either pay for all 'extra' chaperones at the gate in one transaction, or have an invoice for chaperone admission sent to the school after the visit.

Scholarships are available. Download a school scholarship form.


Climatron® is a registered servicemark of the Missouri Botanical Garden. 

Visit the Children's Garden

Consider visiting the Children's Garden when your Garden Class or Guided Tour is over! This engaging playspace offers wonderful opportunities for hands-on exploration and fun!

Available April through October for students ages 3–12. Cost is $3 per student.

Schools should indicate their intent to visit the Children's Garden when they register for their Class or Tour.

Learn more about the Children's Garden


Learn at Our Other Sites!

Butterfly House logo   Shaw Nature Reserve logo

Check out field trip opportunities at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri or the Shaw Nature Reserve located in Gray Summit!


Canopy Climb for Schools at Shaw Nature Reserve

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Join us for a full-day field trip that combines a guided forest ecology program and an unforgettable climbing experience!
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