At the Missouri Botanical Garden, we strive to provide teachers and students with activities and field trip options that are as innovative as our grounds are beautiful! Featuring inquiry-based hands-on activities, knowledgeable instructors and fascinating plants, a field trip to the Missouri Botanical Garden is an educational experience your students will remember for a lifetime!

We want to make you aware of some current guidelines as you consider a School Program on-site field trip, which are available Tuesdays–Fridays (the Garden is closed on Mondays). Effective April 1, 2022, the Missouri Botanical Garden has lifted education capacity restrictions and no longer requires students to wear masks.

Construction of the new Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden is continuing throughout the summer of 2022. Student drop off locations have been adjusted during this time; please view and share the printable Bus Parking Instructions map prior to your arrival. Additionally, in the spring of 2022, the west parking lot at the Garden's main entrance will be closed to visitor parking from March 21 through the end of May. If needed.please use the Garden's overflow lots at the intersection of Shaw Blvd. and South Vandeventer Avenue. A free round-trip shuttle service is available from the west overflow lot Tuesday–Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To learn more about the new visitor center, please view the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center Announcement.

For general questions regarding your day of program operations, please contact the School Programs team via email at


Field Trips & Outreach

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Garden Classes
Dig deep and learn about plants, soil and ecosystems using interactive activities, stories and hands-on explorations! Learn more
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Self-guided Visits
Design your own class experience at the Garden!
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Virtual Programming
We've modified programming to meet your needs!
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Outreach Programs
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Teacher Professional Development

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Sustainability in Schools

Students with landfill model The Garden's EarthWays Center offers PK–12 school programs and classroom visits centering on wise resource use, including waste reduction and recycling, pollutants and energy consumption. Professional development opportunities for teachers and support to integrate sustainability and environmental literacy to colleges and universities are also available. Learn more

PlantLab Student Scientists

Announcing a NEW program: PlantLab Student Scientists

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  • Practice STEM skills that can tackle real-world environmental challenges
  • Connect with field professionals in plant science, horticulture, conservation, education, and sustainability
  • Develop stronger self-identities as critical thinkers and creative problem-solvers
  • Spark interest in careers that can lead to a more sustainable future
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Top 10 Ways to Explore your Neighborhood

Use all of your senses to view your neighborhood through wonder and to experience the natural world around you just outside your door. Our sensing organs help us to send information to our brains to help us understand the world around us.

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Learn at Our Other Sites

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


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No-cost Outdoor Learning Experience

Teacher with students at LREC Visit the Garden's Litzsinger Road Ecology Center with your class and learn how partnering with us will improve your skills as an outdoor place-based educator.
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Holding an Event?

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Holding an Event?

Whether your event is a STEM night, a career fair, a professional development day or a conference, our educators can create and customize an experience for your audience.
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