School Programs & Field Trips
Special Opportunity
Educator Appreciation Event
Thursday, August 19, 2021; 5:30–7:30 p.m.

As a token of our appreciation for ALL you do, educators PreK through Higher Ed. are invited to a special evening to stroll through the Garden, listen to live music and view our current exhibit, Origami After Hours.

School administrators, faculty, staff and home school parents/educators are all welcome. Come out and enjoy the Garden after hours, as well as engage with our Missouri Botanical Garden instructors. Garden educators will be available onsite to offer fresh ways to connect students with plant science and provide information about our multi-site programs for students, teachers and schools.

Registration is required to receive two complimentary admission tickets to Origami After Hours. Additional tickets can be purchased separately through the online event ticket portal.

Register for two complimentary admission tickets


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). At this time, there is a limit on group sizes to no more than 10 individuals in total. In accordance with CDC guidelines, unvaccinated visitors must wear a mask while visiting. Visitors cannot have lunch on-site. Instead, you may choose to enjoy lunch in Tower Grove Park as an alternate location.

Construction of the new Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden is continuing through 2021. We will adjust the student drop off and pick up locations. As preparation for your school program visit, please view and share the printable Bus Parking Instructions map. 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 at (314) 577-5185 or via email at


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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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
Let us bring the Garden to you! Learn more
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

Holding an Event?

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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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Learn at Our Other Sites

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Litzsinger Road Ecology Center

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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