Scheduling & Planning Your Visit
Have Questions?

Information documents for visiting school groups are available for download below:

Policies and Procedures
Bus Directions and Parking
Chaperone Guidelines
Garden Map for School Groups

The list below includes all of our most frequently asked questions. You may browse them by subject or use the search box to search for specific information.

What is the Zoo-Museum District (ZMD)? Why do schools in St. Louis City and St. Louis County receive a discount?What field trip options are currently being offered?Do I need to call ahead to schedule my group, or can we just come to the Garden?How does a "Garden Class" differ from a "Guided Tour"?When does field trip registration open?When does registration for outreaches open?Are Garden Classes and Guided Tours standards-based?How far in advance should I schedule my field trip?How do I schedule a field trip at the Garden?On what days and at what times are Garden Classes and Guided Tours available?Our Garden Class group consists of more than 60 students. What should we do?What is the difference between a 'Standard' class and a 'Large' class?We want a Garden Class or Guided Tour, but none of the available dates will work for my class. Do you have a waiting list?How many chaperones should I plan to bring?What if I want to bring additional chaperones?What would you suggest we plan to do during a self-guided visit?What is a 'Shaw's Satchel'?Do we have to preregister to visit the Children's Garden?How do I register my class to visit the Children's Garden?How far in advance would I need to schedule an outreach program?How do I schedule an outreach program?Do I need to stay in the classroom during our outreach program?How early can an outreach program start? How many programs can be scheduled during one visit?When are field trip fees due?What payment methods can I use to pay for my program fees?Are scholarships available?What if it rains or snows on the day of our field trip?One or more of the adults in our group has a Garden Membership. Can Membership benefits be applied to our program fees?What if I cannot pay my field trip fees on time?I've submitted my request. Should I assume we're registered?We need to cancel our field trip or outreach program. What should we do?What do adult chaperones need to know when they come?Can the Garden provide field trip transportation for my school group?What information should I provide to my bus driver?Can we eat lunch at the Garden?What should I do to prepare my students for our field trip?Where do we check in when we arrive?What happens if we arrive late?What do I need to bring with me on the day we visit?What is your policy regarding refunds?
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Learn at Our Other Sites

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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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