The Tucson Botanical Gardens’ diverse plant life provides an ideal platform for strengthening connections between school curricula and the natural world.


Field Trips

Self-guided visits to the Gardens are scheduled year-round. Independently explore our 17 themed gardens during your trip. Discounted rates are available. Please read field trip guidelines carefully.

Click here to learn more or request a youth group field trip. (Preschool through high school, including home school groups)

Click here to learn more about or request a college group rate. (Post-secondary educational institutions like a community college or university)

Click here to learn more about or request a community group rate. (Scouting groups, clubs, societies, etc.)


Discovery Tours


The Tucson Botanical Gardens is now offering 45-minute interactive discovery tours based on national and state standards and guided by Gardens staff! Each tour can accommodate a group between 10 to 30 students and costs an extra $2 per person. Click here for more details!


Teacher Resources

Teachers, group leaders, and families can complement their visit with the following resources.  Click the title of each activity to view a PDF.

Children’s Field Journal: Pick-up a map of the Gardens made just for kids and families during your next visit.  The map highlights some of our favorite areas for children and includes prompts to encourage more careful observation in each garden.  Bring a pencil/pen to fill in and personalize your map.


Butterfly Magic Emergence Kit + Lessons: Bring the field trip experience to your classroom with a kit that helps students understand the life cycle of a butterfly.  If you would like to purchase a resource kit ($20), please email


Teacher Science Lessons for Gardens: Before and after your field trip to the Gardens, explore butterfly ecology with these lessons designed to meet Arizona State Science Standards for Kindergarten through 2nd grade.



Youth Horticulture Club


The Youth Horticulture Club is a service-learning opportunity for high school students seeking graduation credit or apprenticeship and mentoring experiences. Joining our Youth Horticulture Club allows students to learn about biology related careers, to engage in horticulture activities and to learn indigenous methods of farming and agriculture. The club is responsible for cultivating a native crops garden, organizing educational meetings with community horticulture experts and engaging in multi-generational dialogue about gardening techniques and careers.  Students democratically govern themselves through a teen governance board. We will work with each student to meet his or her individual needs and school requirements.

Please contact Katie Rogerson at to learn more and to apply to participate.


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