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!
Terrarium Ecosystem Program
The San Antonio Botanical Garden offers a Terrarium Ecosystem Program for elementary grades 1-5. Children will get an age appropriate, TEKS-based lesson and build a terrarium to keep. 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. Our Terrarium Program has a maximum of 130 children daily.
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.
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 Funding
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 210-536-1412 for more information and reservations. * indicates a required field. Form will not be submitted if required fields are left empty.
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
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 2016
Flying Wild Teacher Training Workshop Thursday, August 11, 9am-4pm. Fee: $40
- Classroom teachers or environmental educators? FLYING WILD offers a whole school approach to environmental education using birds as a focus.
- Educators learn how to conduct WILD lessons and participate in hands-on activities from the included Educator’s Guide- activities that teach language arts, social science, math, and basic science as well as offering community outreach and service learning applications.
- FLYING WILD is targeted for middle school audience, but it is widely adaptable for elementary through adult education. The curriculum meets national education standards
- Formal educators receive 6 CEU credits.