Group Visits & Teacher Training

educators-1The San Antonio Botanical Garden has many opportunities for schools and teachers. We offer Terrarium Ecosystem program visits and self-guided tours. The Garden also offers opportunities for teachers to earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. Scroll down for more information!

Terrarium Ecosystem Program

The San Antonio Botanical Garden, in partnership with the Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners, offers a Terrarium Ecosystem Program for elementary grades 1-5. Children will get an age appropriate, TEKS-based lesson, build a terrarium to keep, and a tour of our Conservatory. Terrarium Ecosystem Programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Programs are available from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm on weekdays during the school year. Fee is $8 per child, $9 per adult for groups of 15 or more. Limit 60 children per day. For groups larger than 60, we modify the program by eliminating the Conservatory tour. Our modified Terrarium Program has a maximum of 130 children daily.

Self-Guided Visit

Another option for visiting groups is a Self-Guided Visit. Guests are encouraged to tour our 38 acres at their own pace. We offer curriculum online, and educators with a booked reservation may preview the Garden ahead of their visit to optimize their experience and familiarize themselves with areas they wish to explore with their group. Fee is $4 per child (3-13 years), students (with ID) $8, adults $9 for groups of 15 or more.

Financial Assistance

There are a number of options for financial assistance for schools from the San Antonio area, including mini-grants and bus funds reimbursement. There are no discounts on the group admission rates.
Field Trip Assistance for Schools
Application for Bus Transportation Reimbursement

Scheduling a Visit

Groups of 15 people or more are eligible for a group rate. Please fill out the following form or email the completed Group Visit Request below to programregistrar@sabot.org or call 207-3278 for more information and reservations.

  • Please note: We will do our best to schedule your first choice of date & time, but visitation is limited. If none of your choices are available, Garden staff will contact you about alternative dates.

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    (Groups must be a minimum of 15 people to receive the group admission rate) Children $4.00; Adults $9.00; Students, Seniors and active duty Military $8.00

Garden Curricula

The San Antonio Botanical Garden provides FREE downloadable, TEKS-based curricula for use in the classroom and at the Garden. (The curriculum requires Adobe™ Acrobat Reader 5.0)

Pollinators and Flowers (Grades K-5)
Introduction to Plants and Water (Grades K-3)
Plants and Water Journal
Plants and Water Worksheet 1
Plants and Water Worksheet 2a
Plants and Water Worksheet 2b, 2c
Terrific Trees Teacher’s Guide (Grades 3-5)

Resources for Teachers

Get ready for the Nature Connects Exhibit with LEGO® Catalogs & Guides. Our thanks to the San Antonio Public Library for creating this collection!

Junior Naturalist Booklet
Exploring the Formal Gardens
Exploring the Texas Native Trail
Exploring the Conservatory
Ethnobotany Along the Texas Native Trail
Click here to play Botanical Bingo (Grades PreK-2)
Click here to play Bird Bingo (Grades PreK-2)

Teacher Training and Educator Events for 2015

To register, please click on the links below or contact programregistrar@sabot.org or Timothy Roan at timothy.roan@sanantonio.gov or 210-207-3278.

Project WILD Workshop

Saturday, February 21 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students. Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet. K-12 curriculum and activity guide are included. Limit 30. $35 per person. 6 CPEs. Click here to register.

Rainforest Maze Evening for Educators

Thursday, March 19 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Our Spring installation in the Garden will be focusing on the importance of rainforests. We will have an interactive maze designed to highlight the diversity of this important ecological area. our Evening for Educators class will preview the installation, and provide sample activities to take back to the classroom. Limit 30. FREE. Click here to register.