School Group Visits
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Terrarium Ecosystem Program
The San Antonio Botanical Garden offers the Terrarium Ecosystem Program for elementary grades 1-5. Children will get an age appropriate, TEKS-based lesson and build a terrarium to keep. The Terrarium Ecosystem Program is approximately 45 minutes in length. Terrarium Ecosystem Programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Programs are available from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on weekdays during the school year. Our Terrarium Program has a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 180 children daily. Program fee is $9 per child (3-17 y.o.), Adult admission is $11. Adults do not build a terrarium.
Early Childhood Life Cycle Program
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Students are invited to visit the Garden and engage in an interactive, TEKS based, program about Life Cycles! During this hands-on field trip, students travel to stations and act out the life stages of a butterfly, learn about the growth process of plants, and plant a seed to take home and observe its growth. One station is teacher led (advance information is sent to the teacher). The Life Cycles Program is approximately 45 minutes in length. Programs are available from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on weekdays during the school year. This program has a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 60 children daily. Program fee is $9 per child, adult admission is $11.
Conservatory Tour NEW!
Take a guided tour of plants of the world in the Lucille Halsell Conservatory! Our Conservatory Tour for children is a TEKS-based visit to deserts, rainforests, tropical regions, and more in five unique rooms. Each tour is approximately 45 minutes in length and geared for grades 1-8. The Conservatory Tour must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and are available from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on weekdays during the school year. This tour has a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 60 children daily. Tour fee is $7 per child (3-17 y.o.), adult admission is $11.
CHEF (Culinary Health Education for Families) Cooking Workshop NEW!
During this TEKS-based program students will have the opportunity to create 2 CHEF recipes, which will highlight ingredients from our Culinary Garden. In addition to cooking their own snacks, they will get a short tour of the Culinary Garden and print-outs to take home of the recipes made that day. Cooking workshops are ninety minutes long and are available from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on weekdays during the school year. This program . This program designed for grades PreK -12th, has a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 children daily.
Program fee is $12 per child, adult admission is $11.
CHEF (Culinary Health Education for Families) Garden Tour & Tasting NEW!
This TEKS-based field trip includes rotations with a live cooking demonstration, a tasting of a CHEF recipe in our outdoor CHEF Teaching Kitchen, a tour of our Culinary Garden, and a self-guided scavenger hunt through the conservatory. Students will receive a lesson on the basic CHEF principles: Cook Well, Eat Well, Live Well to promote cooking at home and healthy eating, while also emphasizing the importance of plants in our lives. Programs are approximately forty minutes long (depending on the size of the group) and are available from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on weekdays during the school year. This program designed for grades PreK -12th, has a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 60 children daily.
Program fee is $9 per child, adult admission is $11.
Another option for visiting school groups is a Self-Guided Visit. Guests are encouraged to tour our 38 acres at their own pace. We offer curriculum online (see below), 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. Your group must be 15 persons or more to receive the group visit rate. Fee is $5 per child (3-17 years), students (with ID) $10, adults $11 for groups of 15 or more.
The San Antonio Botanical Garden is proud to offer bus reimbursement assistance for public schools of up to $150. The application will be emailed with your visit confirmation. Applications without a confirmed visit date cannot be processed. There are no discounts on the group admission rates.
Bus reimbursement assistance has been generously funded by H-E-B.
Additional funds are available to Title 1 Schools only who meet specific criteria. Learn more here
Scheduling a School Group Visit
Groups of 15 people or more are eligible for a group admission rate. Please fill out the fields below and hit submit, 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.
YOU SHOULD RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION LETTER WITHIN 48 HOURS (CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER). WHEN YOU RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION LETTER, WE HAVE YOU SCHEDULED FOR A VISIT. IF YOU CANNOT COME, PLEASE LET US KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Timothy Roan at 210 536-1412.
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