The San Antonio Botanical Garden offers a variety of exciting learning adventures for students of all ages. All programs are TEKS-based, active and age-appropriate, so you can feel confident as an educator in choosing a Botanical Garden experience to enrich your class curriculum.
The Terrarium Ecosystem Program is a 45-minute experience designed for elementary grades 1-5. During the session, children will get an age-appropriate, TEKS-based lesson and build a terrarium. The Terrarium program is available from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on weekdays during the school year and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. A minimum of 15 and a maximum of 180 children may attend daily. The program fee is $9 per student (3-17 years of age) and adult admission is $11. Please note that adults do not build a terrarium.
Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are invited to visit the Botanical Garden and enjoy an interactive, TEKS based program about Life Cycles. During this hands-on field trip, students travel to variety of stations: acting out the life stages of a butterfly, learning about the growth process of plants and planting a seed to take home and observe its growth. One station is teacher-led (teachers receive information in advance). The Life Cycles Program is approximately 45 minutes in length and is available from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on weekdays during the school year. This program has a minimum participation of 15 children and a maximum of 60 daily. Program fee is $9 per child and adult admission is $11.
Take a guided tour of plants from around the world in the Lucile Halsell Conservatory. The Conservatory Tour for children is a TEKS-based visit to deserts, rainforests, tropical regions and more, housed in five unique rooms. Each tour is approximately 45 minutes long and geared for grades 1-8. A Conservatory Tour must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and is available from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 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 student (3-17 years of age) and adult admission is $11.
During this TEKS-based learning experience, students will have the opportunity to create two CHEF recipes, which highlight ingredients from the Botanical Garden’s Zachry Culinary Garden. In addition to cooking their own snacks, students will get a short tour of the Culinary Garden and printouts of the recipes they made that day. Cooking workshops are 90 minutes long and are available from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on weekdays during the school year. This program is designed for grades PreK -12th, has a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 25 children daily. Program fee is $12 per student and adult admission is $11.
This TEKS-based field trip includes rotations with a live cooking demonstration, a tasting of a CHEF recipe in the Botanical Garden’s outdoor CHEF Teaching Kitchen, a tour of the Zachry Culinary Garden, and a self-guided scavenger hunt through the Lucile Halsell Conservatory. Following the basic CHEF principles — Cook Well, Eat Well, Live Well — students will receive a lesson that promotes cooking at home and healthy eating, while also emphasizing the importance of plants in their lives. Programs are approximately 40 minutes long (depending on group size and are available from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on weekdays during the school year). This program is designed for grades PreK -12th, has a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 60 children daily. Program fee is $9 per student and adult admission is $11.
Why should traditional schools have all the fun? On the Botanical Garden’s Homeschool Days, children ages 5-18 are invited to explore the fascinating world of plants with hands-on learning activities. This two-hour program includes separate sessions designed for ages 5-11 and ages 12-18. A self-guided curriculum-based activity will also be available.
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Another option for visiting school groups is a Self-Guided Visit. Guests are encouraged to tour the Botanical Garden’s 38 acres at their own pace. An online curriculum is available and educators with a booked reservation may preview the Botanical Garden ahead of their group’s visit to optimize the experience and familiarize themselves with areas they wish to explore. Your group must have 15 persons or more to receive the group visit rate. Fee is $5 per child (3-17 years), students (with ID) $10 and adults $11.
The San Antonio Botanical Garden is proud to offer bus reimbursement assistance for public schools of up to $150. The application will be emailed along with your visit confirmation. Please note, applications without a confirmed visit date cannot be processed.
Additional funds are available to Title 1 Schools who meet specific criteria.
Financial assistance has been generously funded by H-E-B and Valero.
The Botanical Garden ask that you help keep your students safe and the Botanical Garden beautiful. Please download the Group Guidelines and share them with your staff and chaperones prior to visiting.
Groups of 15 people or more are eligible to receive a group admission rate. Once you submit the form, you should receive a confirmation letter within 48 hours (please check your spam folder). Receiving this letter means that the Botanical Garden has you officially scheduled for a visit. If your plans change and you must cancel or reschedule your time at the Botanical Garden, please contact Alexis Phelps at [email protected] or 210.536.1434.
The Botanical Garden provides free downloadable, TEKS-based curricula for use in both the classroom and at the Botanical Garden.