Garden Classes
Boy looking at soil through a microscopeGarden classes represent our signature field trip experiences for school groups visiting the Garden! Led by our Educators, your students will get their hands dirty learning how plants work, the important roles they play in our environment, and the many ways in which we use plants every day. Each program is designed to engage students with inquiry-based, hands-on experiences and content that is standards-aligned to represent a seamless addition to your existing curriculum.

Garden Classes are available Tuesdays–Fridays. Please note that the Children’s Garden is currently closed and that groups cannot have lunch on-site. Before scheduling, please review all group size and mask requirements on the School Programs page.

Guided Experiences—Students can enjoy a guided tour through the Missouri Botanical Garden, where our Educators will reinforce how plants work and how we use them every day with examples. Students can take pots and plants back to school to pot and bring home!

PlantLab Investigations are programs designed with students grades 3–8 in mind. These 1-hour programs are conducted in outside on-site and offer students an opportunity to 'dig deeper' into plant science, learning how plants adapt to different environments, how plants and pollinators interact with each other, fruit formation and more. Each student will leave with a take-home project.

Multidisciplinary Programs are designed for Middle School teams seeking to meet objectives across various core subjects. Activities rooted in science, math, literacy and social studies are brought together to provide students with a comprehensive educational experience. These programs run 2.5 hours and participating students create a desktop garden to bring home.

Read more about each of our Garden Class offerings by clicking on the class title in the list below:

Heaps of Seeds (K–2—September and October only!)

Grades K–2
September–October
Duration: 2 hours

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  Dandelion seed headFrom acorns to zinnia seeds, the beginnings of a plant are found in an amazing diversity of shapes and sizes. Students will discover that stored inside every seed are all the parts of a plant. They will explore the Garden in search of seeds that travel by wind, water and wildlife. Each student will plant basil seeds to take home and observe.

A Seasonal Snapshot (K–2)

Grades K–2
September–December & February–May
Duration: 2 hours

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  Apples on treeWhat season is it? How do you know? Through seasonal storyboards, students will observe the life cycle of an apple tree. Out in the Garden, students will practice their observation skills as they compare and contrast the current season with other times of year. Each student will plant seeds of the sensitive plant to take home.

Tops & Bottoms (K–2)

Grades K–2
September–December, February–May
Duration: 2 hours

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  OnionsWhat do we grow in the Garden? Tops, bottoms and middles! In this class, based on Janet Stevens’ book Tops & Bottoms, students identify and compare the physical structures of edible plants. Students will learn about the variety of plant parts we eat during their visit through the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, viewing fruits and vegetables growing. Each student will plant seeds from an edible plant to take home.

Rainforest Rendezvous (3–5)

Grades 3–5
September–December & February–May
Duration: 2 hours

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  Plants inside Climatron
Escape to the Climatron® to learn how plants cope with over 80 inches of rain each year and compete for light in a dense forest. Giant leaves, climbing vines and epiphytes are just a few of the features of the rainforest your students will observe as they research the ways in which this productive biome is unique and important. They’ll become knowledgeable about rainforest products. Each student will plant a tropical house plant to take home.

Foodology (3–5)

Grades 3–5
September–December & February–May

Duration: 2 hours


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  VegetablesHow much of our food can be traced to plants? All of it! In this class, students will explore the history and science of agriculture and food production. Along the way, they'll learn about the origins of our familiar food plants, contributions made by scientists like George Washington Carver, and ecological considerations like pollination and soil ecology.

Botanical Engineering (3–12)

Grades 312
September–December and February
May
Duration: 2 hours

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  ClimatronSurvival for plants often means finding innovative ways to overcome challenges in the environment! In this fascinating class, we'll first explore the adaptations that plants have devised that enable them to survive in some of our planet's most extremeenvironments. Then we'll venture into the Garden for a look at the solutions humans have devised to replicate these environments so that these plants can survive in St. Louis.

MULTIDISCIPLINARY: Asian Gardens: Science and Culture (6–8)

Grades 6–8
September–December & February–May Duration: 2.5 Hours

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Download post-visit home connection.
Download GLEs.

 Please call 314-577-5815 to register for this program.

  Bridge in Chinese GardenExplore Far East Asia in this integrated curriculum course! Students will discuss similarities and differences between the Chinese and Japanese cultures. As they visit the Margaret Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden (Chinese Garden) and Seiwa-en (Japanese Garden), they will grasp the underlying philosophies that influenced each Garden’s design and the traditions surrounding them. Connections to ecology surface as they stop by the koi or moss garden. They will try their hand at an abacus, and make additional connections across Social Studies, Fine Arts and Literacy. Students will assemble a Zen ‘Dry Garden’ to take home.

Lessons in our China Educator's Guide complement this class.

PLANTLAB: Botany and Biodiversity (3–8) - NEW!

Grades 3–8
September–December & February–May

Capacity: 30 students

Duration: 50 minutes

Please call 314-577-5185 to register for this program.

  SurvivorCarl Linneaus once said, “If the names are unknown,
knowledge...also perishes.” Since 1859, the Missouri
Botanical Garden has served as a world leader in the fundamental science of discovering, classifying, and naming plant species from all around the world. This hands–on session will provide students with a taste of the real world work our researchers do, from collection
and classification to identification and nomenclature.

PLANTLAB: Ecology and Engineering (3–8) - NEW!

Grades 3–8
September–October & March–May

Capacity: 30 students

Duration: 1 hour

Please call 314-577-5185 to register for this program.

  Bee on clover blossomAn understanding the interconnectedness of the natural world is vital if we are going to tackle big challenges like climate change and conservation. In this class, students will explore the interdependence between flowering plants and their pollinators, underscoring how this simple relationship affects not just the organisms involved, but the ecology of their local habitats and human quality of life.

PLANTLAB: Plants and People (3–8) - NEW!

Grades 38
September–December
Duration: 2 hours

Capacity: 30 students

Please call 314-577-5185 to register for this program.

  Students sawing woodPlants provide humankind with our most basic resources—food, medicines, fiber, building materials, and a range of other economically valuable products and essential services. This hands-on program gives students an opportunity to explore of the traditional uses of plants as well as glimpse some of the ways in which plants can be used in the future to address environmental and economic concerns.
 
Scheduling and Pricing for Garden Classes

All Garden Classes (including Guided Experience classes, Multidisciplinary classes and Plant Lab programs) are offered September–December and February–May.  Classes must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. 

Registration for Fall 2020 begins July 20, 2020. Registration for Spring 2021 begins November 16, 2020.

Guided Experience classes may be requested online by following the link below.

See available dates and/or register online

To request a Plant Lab or Multidisciplinary class, please email schoolprograms@mobot.org or call (314) 577-5185.

Fees for Garden Classes:
Guided Experience & Multidisciplinary Classes 
 
Standard Class (up to 30 students and 6 adults): $180
Large Class (up to 60 students and 12 adults): $360
PlantLab Investigations  (up to 30 students and 6 adults):
$120

Please note that as a thank-you for the Zoo Museum District’s financial support of the Missouri Botanical Garden, schools located in St. Louis City and County receive a 50 percent discount on all class fees.

Chaperones:
One chaperone is required for every five students who attend. You may bring additional chaperones, but additional adults will be admitted at the normal admission price.  Teachers must pay for all 'extra' chaperones prior to their visit, or have an invoice for chaperone admission sent to the school after the visit.

Scholarships are available. Download a school scholarship form.

 


Climatron® is a registered servicemark of the Missouri Botanical Garden.