Group Visits & Teacher Training
The 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!
Scheduling a Visit:
San Antonio Botanical Garden Group Policies and Procedures
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to make advance reservations?
Yes. Please complete the group visit request form and send it to email@example.com. For a Terrarium Ecosystem program or a guided adult tour, you must make reservations at least two weeks in advance of your visit.
How long will it take to see the Garden?
Most groups spend 1-2 hours exploring the Garden’s 38-acres. It is a self-guided visit so you are welcome to spend as much time in the Garden as you like. The Garden is open every day from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
What kinds of programs do you offer for groups?
Curriculum units are available for self-guided tours. In addition to our free curriculum units, school groups with a minimum of 15 students in grades 1-5 can participate in the Terrarium Ecosystem program for a program fee of $8.00 per student. Docent-led guided tours are available for adult groups. We require one guide per twenty guests. $50/guide in addition to admission fees.
What kind of financial assistance do you offer schools?
The San Antonio Botanical Garden Society has funds for transportation reimbursement for schools from the San Antonio area. There are no discounts on the group admission rates.
Field Trip Assistance for Schools
Application for Bus Transportation Reimbursement
What are the rules for visiting the Botanical Garden?
We ask that you help us keep your students safe and our Garden beautiful. Please download our Group Guidelines and share them with your staff and chaperones.
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, including a tour of the 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. Limit 60 per day.
Garden Curricula & Teacher Resources:
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)
Our Homeschool classes are offered in a menu style, allowing groups to customize the date, time and lesson they are interested in. Homeschool classes can be scheduled two weeks in advance from 9-1pm, Mon.-Fri. Minumum number of students is 15, with a maximum of 30. A fee of $8 per student includes Garden admission. Most classes run approximately 2 hours.
To schedule a class, complete a visit request and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elementary Grades (1-4)
A. Life Cycles
Explore the life cycles of plants, insects, and animals with a TEKS based lesson and activities
B. Plant Adaptations: Deserts
Extreme temperatures, little water; How do they do it? Examine the ways plants (and some animals) have overcome extremes to flourish…
All things are related! Take a look at relationships between plants and animals and how together they benefit everyone!
Middle Grades (5-8)
D. Levels of Organization in Living Things
From Atoms to Planets! Take a TEKS based lesson on the way living things are organized.
E. Marvelous Mendel!
Examine the contributions to genetics from Gregor Mendel, monk and botanist. Explore genetics and Punnett squares.
F. Relations in a Food Web
How does energy flow in a food web? Heterotrophs? Autotrophs? A TEKS based lesson on food chains and food webs.
High School Grades (9-12)
G. Organization and Function of Plant Cells
Explore the vast microscopic world of plant cells and know their organization and function. Experiment with osmosis and learn how plant cells transport water across their cellular membrane.
H. Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
Study the cellular processes of plants and know how plants covert light energy into chemical energy (Glucose). Then get your lab coats on and test the use of glucose in cellular respiration.
I. Plant Anatomy and Reproduction
Examine the internal and external structure of plant tissues and organs and relate these structures to function and ecological adaptation. Dissect the reproductive organs of plants and learn how they reproduce and fruit.
J. Plant Taxonomy
Define taxonomy and recognize the importance of a standardized taxonomic system to the scientific community. Explore the classification of all living things including plants and learn how to identify plants in the Garden using a dichotomous key.
K. Plant Ecology
Create an extensive ecosystem in a bottle and know that interdependence and interactions occur within an environmental system. Interpret relationships, analyze the flow of matter and energy, and observe how environmental change can impact an ecosystem.
Educator Events for 2014
Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks
Thursday, September 4 from 6-8 pm
Educators are invited to preview our new Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibit with 27 sculptures, including a bison, butterfly, moth orchid, and fox hunting a rabbit. Discover how nature is interconnected, just like the nearly 500,000 LEGO bricks used to build these larger-than-life displays. FREE. Full – please call to be placed on wait list. 210-207-3270.
Flying WILD Workshop
Saturday, November 15 from 9 am – 4 pm
Help reconnect city kids with nature while building science and literacy skills. Flying WILD materials provide interactive, interdisciplinary, standards-based activities to help students understand the importance of migratory birds and their conservation. Limit 30. FREE (A $25 value). 6 CPEs. Click here to register.