All self-guided visits by summer groups must complete this Online Registration for Summer Self-guided Visits online form.

For questions, please call (314) 577-5185.

Summer Self-guided Visits

  • 2 weeks advance registration
  • Ages 6-12
  • Self-guided Visit ideas

  • * Required fields

    Please note that picnicking on Garden grounds is prohibited. Please arrange for lunch at another location.


    List 3 dates in order of preference. (Date Format = mm/dd/yyyy)

    Required Chaperone Ratio:
    1 adult per 5 students

    Shaw's Satchels

    Enhance your Self-guided visit by reserving a Shaw's Satchel at the time of your reservation. A Shaw's Satchel includes age-appropriate activities which lead students to explore and discover the many plants that are grown in the botanical garden. Satchels are:

    • Issued to each group upon arrival and collected at departure.
    • One Shaw's Satchel is issued for every ten students and their accompanying chaperones.
    • Group size maximum is 100 students.
    • Fee: $5 per satchel (free for organizations located in St. Louis City and St. Louis County). RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
    • You may download the corresponding teacher’s guides.

    You may download a Garden map and lesson plans. Please note that general information is available at the Ticket Counter on the day of your visit.

    Children’s Garden Visit

    Check the box below for a Children’s Garden visit. All school groups must pre-register their Children’s Garden visit to receive special admission rate of $3 per child for children ages 3 to 12 years. School groups are required to have 1 adult chaperone per 5 students.

    Garden of Glass

    Check the box below for a Garden of Glass: The Art of Craig Mitchell Smith visit in the Climatron©. All groups must pre-register their Garden of Glass visit to receive special admission rate for $4 per child. Groups are required to have 1 adult chaperone per 5 children.