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.
Available throughout the month of February
Take your students on a “sweet” field trip! Did you know that every piece of candy comes from plants? From tree sap to bark, and even seaweed, we’ll explore the plant origins of some of their favorite treats! 90 minute seasonal program. Grades 2-6. $6 per student
90 minute seasonal program.
Grades 2-6. $6 per student.
Students will enjoy the Garden in FULL BLOOM at this festival! Stations throughout the Garden will feature hands on activities and discovery stations. Become a part of the Amazing Flower Story, Pollination Puppet Show, and Butterfly Life Cycle play. Each student will plant a spring blooming flower and learn what each of its parts do! Stay after for a Spring Picnic in the Garden!
April 3-6. 10:00-12:00.
Grades K-2. $6 per student.
Rain dates April 9-10.
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 ostrich, and even taste fish eggs! As a special spring treat they’ll color eggs using natural plant dyes, and “plant” a basket. 90 minute seasonal program.
Grades K-4. $6 per student.
Rain date April 2.
African tribal masks, Vietnamese Non’ la hats, and Indian Rangoli showcase each areas unique use of local plants. Students will get a real “taste” of their travels at each station. After your worldwide trip, enjoy live entertainment from Ekpe’s International Music! During this program foreign language, geography, history and plant science are all accentuated. Teachers can access an online guide that introduces students to the celebrated countries and activities.
April 24-27 & April 30-May 4 9:30-12:30
Grades 2-6. $6 per student.
Rain dates May 7-8.
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.
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The natural world is the classroom for your students at the Memphis Botanic Garden!
Charges for programs include an instructor to lead your group, supplies for exciting take-home projects, Garden admission, and a chance to picnic in our Pine Grove (tables are first come, first served, so you may want to bring blankets.)
We have a minimum registration of 15 students for all programs, excluding educational events/festivals. You may schedule a program for fewer students, but you will be expected to pay for 15.
We require a $75 deposit for all programs, due two weeks before the program date. The remaining balance is due on the day of your program.
Checks should be written for the number of students who actually come that day and made payable to Memphis Botanic Garden. Cash and credit cards are also accepted.
We must be notified of cancellations or considerable changes in number of students at least 2 weeks before your scheduled program.
To cancel, please call 901-636-4126 & email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are registered for a tour and decide not to come due to inclement weather, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can notify instructors. We will be happy to reschedule your visit for the next available date that your students can enjoy the Garden, or we can refund your deposit if you can't work out an alternative date.
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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.
We are located at:
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)