Middle/High School programs

Your students will enjoy these 90-minute interactive experiences that combine garden exploration with hands on experiments and activities. Available throughout the year. 

Fee: $5 per student
Teachers are free; chaperones $5 each.
Programs do not include admission to My Big Backyard.

Basic Botany

  • Investigate our diverse garden flora and fauna to get an in-depth look at the field of botany. 
  • Discover flower anatomy, make observations and hypotheses on pollination.
  • Visualize the process of photosynthesis and unlock the pigments of plants.
  • Learn plant reproduction and propagation methods.
  • Understand monocots and dicots with a dissection and scavenger hunt.

Notable Tree Tour

  • Journey through our Level IV Certified Arboretum to discover what makes these trees so “notable."
  • Learn interesting history and unique tree facts.
  • Be guided through techniques they can use to identify our featured trees.
  • Use a dichotomous key.

Water: The Wonders of the Wet World! 

  • Dive into a watery world with fun activities to “wet” students’ curiosity. 
  • Walk through the water cycle.
  • Investigate pond ecology while dip netting.
  • Understand the effects of water quality on aquatic life through a macroinvertebrate limbo game.
  • Create a pond souvenir.

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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