Educational Events

Throughout the school year, Memphis Botanic Garden offers your students a chance to learn in a fun festival setting. All programs are correlated to state learning standards. Activities take place on the Garden grounds, and groups can participate at their own pace. We can accommodate a limited amount of students each day, so make your reservations early!

Select one of the links to the right for educators' resources and available programs, or click for for a printable guide.

Teachers are free; chaperones $5 each.

These programs do not include admission to My Big Backyard.

Nature’s Candy Store

Take your students on a ‘SWEET’ field trip! Did you know that every piece of candy comes from plants? From tree sap to tree bark, and even seaweed, we’ll explore the plant origins of some of their favorite treats! This event is part of the worldwide celebration of the 100th Birthday of Roald Dahl.

September 14-16

10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Grades 2-6

Rainforest Adventure 
Bring your students out for an adventure under the “canopy”—the rainforest canopy that is! Explore our unique collection of tropical plants as you travel on a safari through our conservatory. Find out what rainforest plants make products we use everyday and learn amazing adaptations of rainforest animals. 

September 21-23

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Grades 3-6

$6 per student

Incredible Insects 
Sponsored by Wright Medical

Your students will discover that these crawlies are not so creepy after all! Buzz, and flitter your way through fun educational crafts and activities designed to meet science standards. Students will fly, wiggle, and dance to an insect anatomy song, hop into the Insect Olympics, and fly into the life cycle with a matching game. Other stations include forest floor exploration and pond water sampling. Take-home crafts include magnifier decorating and beetle magnets. 

October 4-7

10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. 

Grades K-4

$6 per student


Harvest Festival

Treat your class to some old-fashioned fun in the Garden. Enjoy harvest crafts & activities, including pumpkin painting, cider making, and bat buddies. Discovery stations teach fun facts about fruits, vegetables, flowers, and seeds. Students will also enjoy some harvest fun while jumping into a candy-filled haystack and picnicking with some old time pickin’ and grinnin’!

October 19-21 and 24-28 and 31st

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Grades K-4

$6 per student

Fall Colors: Trees of Tennessee 

Visit the Garden when the trees are at their peak of fall color. Students will learn what makes the beautiful colors, “build” a tree, go on a seed scavenger hunt, and take home their own seedling!

Available throughout the month of November 

Grades 2-6

$6 per student

Holidays Around the World
Learn how children all over the world celebrate the holiday season. Experience Posada, Hanukkah, and Diwali by making piñatas, diya, and dreidels. 

Available throughout the month of December

90-minute seasonal program 

Grades K-4

$6 per student

Spring Festival of Flowers

School groups visiting during this festival can enjoy hundreds of spring-flowering plants and trees. Stations throughout the Garden will feature discovery activities and take-home crafts. Your students will become part of the learning in The Amazing Flower Story, Butterfly Life Cycle, and Pollination Puppet Show with colorful costumes and props. Other stations include a flower planting, outdoor games, and a walk through our Wildflower Woodland.


March 21-24 & March 27-31
Rain Dates April 3 - 4

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Grades K-2

$6 per student





See what hatches from eggs in Spring besides baby chicks! A garden tour focuses on all kinds of animals that lay eggs, from insects to amphibians. Students observe a variety of bird eggs, from hummingbird to emu, and even taste fish eggs! As a special Spring treat, they’ll color eggs using natural, plant-made dyes, and “plant” a basket.

April 3-13

Grades K-4

$6 per student




World of Plants: An International Children’s Festival
Sponsored by Macy’s


Integrate social studies, history, and plant science with a field trip around the world! Your students will “travel” to Africa, Asia, India, Europe, and the Americas, where they will take part in activities that demonstrate how different cultures use plants in their daily lives. Students visit five global tents and participate in 15 different hands-on activities, including making tribal masks from African plants,decorating Vietnamese rice hats, creating Indian Rangoli, and taking an Italian pasta quiz. After your journey around the world, enjoy live entertainment while picnicking. Ekpe’s International Music brings the world’s music to you using exotic folk musical instruments like the African Drum. Music, foreign language, and geography are accentuated during this fascinating performance. Teachers will have access to an online guide that introduces students to the celebrated countries and activities.


April 25-28 and May 1-5


9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Grades 2-6

$6 per student


Teachers click here for a printable guide that introduces students to the World of Plants celebrated countries and activities.





Please complete the form below to request one of these programs.

This form is a REQUEST only.

Once this request is submitted, our program coordinator will email you a confirmation and request for deposit. Your field trip will be finalized upon payment of deposit. 

If you have questions, please contact:

Kristen Zemaitis



Gina Harris

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Central Daylight Time Hours:
9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Central Standard Time (Winter) Hours:
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Adults $10.00
Seniors (62 & over) $8.00
Children (2-12) $5.00
Children (under 2) FREE
Members FREE
* Handicapped Accessible

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We are located at:
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)

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