Scheduling a Youth Field Trip:
- Youth groups are Pre-K through High School and include Home School groups. Click here for college group rates.
- Self-guided youth groups: Make the most of your trip with these Teacher Resources
- Guided Discovery Tours: Youth groups can choose from one of the following add-ons to help facilitate the Gardens experience!
- A Sensory Celebration (K-2nd grade): Give your students a tactile, holistic nature immersion in our shady gardens. Students will participate in a sensory walk through the gardens as they explore the sights, sounds, smells, feel, and taste of the plants and landscape. Beginning in the herb garden and exploring the patios as well as the pollinator garden, students will end up at Café Botanica and enjoy a patio snack made from TBG-grown herbs and spices.
- Plants & Pollinators (3rd-5th grade): Do your students squeal with delight – or fear – whenever they encounter a tiny animal? Learn about the five “B’s” of pollination: bees, beetles, bats, birds, and butterflies. Find out the role of white-winged doves and lesser long-nosed bats in saguaro propagation and search for mesquite beetles in the trees. This tour will take us seasonally through areas where flowers are in bloom and to the Gardens’ Tohono O’odham path. We will end this tour at the entrance to the butterfly greenhouse.
- Trees of Life (6th-8th grade): Leave the textbook taxonomy for later and instead immerse your students in the natural environment. Walk under the canopies of our giant shade trees and learn all about tree classification systems, how they grow, reproduce, and adapt. Students will learn about gymnosperms, angiosperms, deciduous, coniferous, native, and invasive species. We will explore the visible and invisible lives of trees, circuiting most of the
Gardens to do so.
- Agriculture Then & Now (9th-12th grade): Have you been looking for a lesson that will leave your students understanding the social nature of science? On this cultural tour, traditional farming methods and crops will be explored, alongside modern systems designed to harness rainfall and increase productivity in sustainable ways. We will talk about flood irrigation, rain tanks, companion planting, garden design and construction and companion animals (i.e. pollinators) for agriculture. The tour will include the Kitchen Courtyard, Native American Crops Garden, and Tohono O’odham Path.
- Guided explorations are available on Monday, Thursday and Fridays, based on staff availability.
- Guided explorations must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance; we often fill up months ahead, so please register as early as possible.
- We are sorry, but we cannot accommodate groups larger than 30.
- You must provide one chaperone for every five students and the minimum number of participants is 10 (8 children and 2 adults).
- Each add-on includes an addt’l fee of $2.00 per person.
- Guided explorations are designed for the appropriate age category. Please only sign your group up for the theme corresponding with your age group.
- Payment for Field Trip: Make Payment Post Field Trip either with a Purchase Order, Invoice, Credit Card or Check.
- Arrangements will be made at booking.
- Full admission rates will be charged to individuals who pay separately.
- We require 1 chaperone for every 5 children.
- The per person rate applies to all children and adults in the group. Additional adults over chaperone requirement will be charged full admission price.
- Please request your field trip at least 4 weeks in advance.
- Group visits and tours are not allowed during the evening or during special events.
- Group rates exclude all other discounts: such as, but not limited to; Chase Cards, 2 for 1 coupons, Tucson Passport or hotel rack cards.
- Please review the Teacher + Chaperone Responsibilities Revised Sept 2019 before your trip.
*Price Change Effective Fall Season 2019
|Gardens Only||Gardens and Butterfly Magic (75 max)||Gardens and Butterfly Magic Oversize (76+)|
|Year round: $4.00 pp||October – February: $5.00 pp
March – May: $6.00 pp
|October – February: $6.00 pp
March – May: $7.00 pp