Summer Self-guided Visits

Group of kids at bird statueThis summer, come explore the Missouri Botanical Garden with your group on your own! We offer a variety of tools to help you design a visit that makes the most of what the Garden has to offer.

Self-guided groups MUST pre-register.

Fees for Self-guided Visits:

Organizations within St. Louis City and County (ZMD):
Students in grades PK–12: free
Adult chaperones (1 for every 5 students): free
Additional chaperones: regular admission

Organizations outside of St. Louis City and County:
Students in grades PK–8: free
Students in grades 9–12: $6 per student
Adult chaperones (1 for every 5 students): free
Additional chaperones: regular admission

Please be aware that all summer groups must bring at least one adult for every five students in attendance, and that students aged 16 and under should be chaperoned by an adult at all times.

Download a Garden map designed for school groups

REGISTER for a summer Self-guided Visit


Shaw's Satchels

Enhance your summer self-guided visit by reserving a Shaw’s Satchel at the time of your reservation. Shaw’s Satchels provide leaders with all of the materials needed to complete several age-appropriate explorations throughout the Garden.

Each satchel contains a leader guide and enough materials for up to 10 students.

Cost:  $5 per satchel*

Current offerings include:

Grades K–2:   In the Garden (download Teacher’s Guide)
Grades 3–5:   Horticulture (download Teacher’s Guide)
Grades 3–5:   Tree Trek (download Teacher’s Guide)

Satchels will be available for pickup at the entry gate when you arrive and may be returned there when you leave. Please be aware that supplies are limited, and reservations must be made before your visit.

*Schools within St. Louis City and County may check satchels out free of charge thanks to the generous support of the Zoo-Museum District!

REGISTER for a Self-guided Visit and reserve Shaw's Satchels


Visit the Children's Garden

Children's Garden Logo The Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden offers a wide array of hands-on exploration and play-centered learning opportunities! Your students can explore a Missouri wetland with Lewis and Clark, investigate a cave and pilot a steamboat with Mark Twain, pretend to keep shop in a settlement town with Daniel Boone, or discover the parts of plants and their role in an ecosystem with Henry Shaw!

Open:  9 a.m.–4 p.m., April–October
Admission:  $3 per pre-registered child, all accompanying adult chaperones admitted free of charge. Membership discounts do not apply to groups of any kind.

Learn more about the Children's Garden

Leaders planning to visit the Children's Garden should keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Admission fees are due on the day of your visit at the Ticket Fort in front of the Children's Garden. Please note that there are no scholarships available to cover Children's Garden admission fees at this time.

  • Summer Groups MUST register their visit at least two weeks in advance of their planned visit. Registered groups receive the discounted rate of $3 per child. Unregistered groups will not receive the discounted rate but will instead be charged $5 per child.

  • To ensure the safety of all Children's Garden visitors, children should be under the supervision of adult chaperones at all times. Leaders are encouraged to assign students to specific adults before entering the play area. 1 adult chaperone per 5 children is required in the Children's Garden.

  • Capacity is limited. Registering early is advised. Unregistered groups run the risk of being turned away on very busy days.

REGISTER for a Children's Garden visit (Self-guided Visit)



Climatron Wondering where to go when you arrive? Consider the following, identified as favorites by many of our visiting teachers and students:

Enrich your students’ knowledge of tropical ecosystems with a walk through a lush lowland rainforest

Japanese Garden
This 14-acre garden incorporates a lake, waterfalls,  islands and numerous bridges.

Kemper Center for Home Gardening
Explore 23 display gardens including a native plant meadow and a vegetable garden

Victorian District
Featuring Tower Grove House, our popular hedge maze and the Piper Observatory

These are just a few of the many gardens and conservatories available for your class to visit during your field trip.

Learn about our other gardens and conservatories

Visit Tower Grove House

Tower Grove HouseTower Grove House, once Henry Shaw's country home, offers students a glimpse into our past! The house has been restored and staged using many of Henry Shaw's personal effects, and displays throughout provide information about the Missouri Botanical Garden's earliest years.

Teachers should plan to divide their classes into groups of 5 to 10 students chaperoned by at least one adult during their tour. 

Tower Grove House is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and no preregistration is required. Tower Grove House is closed January through March.

Learn more

Summer Groups: Visit Our Other Sites!

Butterfly House logo   Shaw Nature Reserve logo

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