Elementary School Field Trips

Now accepting reservations for the 2023-24 school year. Programs are available between September 18, 2023, and May 31, 2024, subject to seasonal availability. We offer a limited number of free Discovery Programs for Title I – Schoolwide schools, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The Garden will not have Butterflies LIVE! in 2024 or 2025. This is due to an expansion of the Conservatory which will result in a year-round butterfly house and additional displays and gardens. We look forward to bringing you these wonderful improvements. If you would like Butterflies LIVE! to be part of your field trip experience this year, plan to visit prior to October 10, 2023.

The Nature of the Powhatan program is on hiatus this year as we build new Social Studies connected programming and re-examine how we are sharing the culture and stories of the indigenous peoples with our visitors. Keep your eyes out for new revamped Social Studies programming next school year!

Discovery Programs

Availability and Pricing:

  • Hour-long programs are offered Monday-Friday at 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:45 a.m.
  • Three programs are available during each time slot for up to 25 students per program.
  • The cost is $10 per student; the minimum group charge is $100; payment is due on the day of your visit.
  • One adult per five students is admitted free to allow for designated chaperones and teachers.
  • Additional adults should pay Garden Admission and are welcome to enjoy the Garden on their own during the guided program time. Please limit the number of adults accompanying each guided program to five, including teachers. Additional adults can accompany their child before and after the guided program.
  • Programs take place outdoors, rain or shine. Please have everyone dress for the weather.

To register, contact our Youth Program Logistics Coordinator, Laura Lee Folman, at [email protected] or 804.262.9887 x322 with the following:

  1. Your name, email address, and phone number, contact person’s information (if it is someone other than yourself)
  2. Your school’s name and mailing address
  3. Which program topic you would like
  4. Grade level(s) of students
  5. The number of classes you would like to bring
  6. The total number of students who will attend
  7. Your top three choices of program dates in order of preference (please include the program time(s) you prefer as well)
Garden Explorers | Kindergarten       

Available Sept – May

Tree Traits | K – 2nd Grade

Available Sept – May

Small Sprouts to Garden Giants | 1st Grade

Available Sept Oct & Mar May

Plants, What Good Are They? | 2nd Grade

Available Sept Oct & Mar May

Go with the Flow | 2nd – 3rd Grade

Available Sept – May

Inquiry into Nature | 3rd – 5th Grade

Available Sept – May

Tallying Up Trees | 3rd – 5th Grade

Available Sept Oct & Mar May

Watershed Wonders | 4th – 5th Grade

Available Sept – May

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