The Tucson Botanical Gardens offers a rich environment for learning opportunities for children. Find out more about youth programs, special events and teacher resources.



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

Teacher Workshop

Tuesday, Oct. 11
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join the Tucson Botanical Gardens for a hands-on workshop for teachers. This workshop will help you make the most of your next class field trip to the gardens.  You’ll become familiar with the plant collections at the gardens, receive standards-based classroom activities and take home demonstrative materials. While activities are designed with kindergarten through third graders in mind, all teacher are welcome to attend.  Lunch will be provided. Click here to register.

Field Trips

Self-guided visits to the Gardens are scheduled year round. Independently explore our 17 themed gardens during your trip, including add-ons such as Garden Explorer Plant Packs and our very own Butterfly Magic. Please read field trip guidelines carefully. For more information and make your reservation, click here.

Teacher Resources

Teachers, group leaders, and families can complement their visit with the following resources.

Butterfly Kits: Bring the field trip experience to your classroom with a kit that helps students understand the life cycle of a butterfly (includes live Gulf fritillary larvae!).

Making a Seed Magnet: Mexicans have long recognized the beauty inherent in natural and botanical objects such as seeds (Seed Craft Description). Decorate a magnet to showcase beautiful seeds in your home.

Sunflower Activity: Sunflowers have been a favorite plant in Mexico for centuries. These instructions will help you grow them at home.

Chili Pepper Activity: create one of Tucson’s favorite foods, chili peppers, with this simple activity. Also, there are some excellent chili pepper recipes if this craft makes you hungry!



Please contact Ashley Pedersen at with any outreach program requests. We have limited capacity to fulfill requests for outreach programs, but will make our best effort to accommodate you when we are available.