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 welcome all school-age learners and invite you to request a guided visit led by Missouri Botanical Garden educators and volunteers or a self-guided visit, which allows you to lead your own students through the Garden. You may also request a virtual school tour where Missouri Botanical Garden instructors join your classroom online for a live experience with plants.

As availability is limited, we recommend that programs be reserved as far in advance as possible. For questions about programming or an existing program scheduled, email or call (314) 577-5185.

Please view and share the printable Bus Parking Instructions map prior to your arrival. Parents and chaperones arriving when the parking lot is full should use the free parking at the overflow lots at the corner of Shaw Boulevard and Vandeventer.

Download a Garden map for school groups. 

Learn more about the new Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center.


Field Trips & Outreach

Students explore soil

Garden Classes

Dig deep and learn about plants, soil and ecosystems using interactive activities, stories and hands-on explorations! Learn more

Girls looking into aquarium

Self-guided Visits

Design your own class experience at the Garden! Learn more

Sunflower with bee

Virtual Programming

We've modified programming to meet your needs! Learn more

Students investigate plant parts

Outreach Programs

Let us bring the Garden to you!
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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

Learn more 

Teacher Professional Development

Teachers planting seeds during a workshopTeachers, we have learning opportunities for you, too! Sign up for one of our workshops.


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


Holding an Event?

Instructor teaching kids about butterfliesWhether 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.
Complete and submit a request form to learn more.


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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