Preparing for Your Field Trip

Once you've scheduled a field trip to the North Carolina Botanical Garden, there are a few things to do to prepare for your visit.

General Notes About Your Visit

All of our programs are outdoor programs and last 60 minutes. Participants should dress for the weather and be aware that mosquitoes can be a problem.

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled start time. If you arrive late, we may need to cut the program short to remain on schedule.
  • Have your students pre-assigned to groups prior to your arrival. Guidelines on how to divide your group are found in the “About Your Program” section below.
  • You will meet your guides at the gazebo at the scheduled start time. Please see the Parking Map for the location of the gazebo.
  • Picnic tables are available on a first come, first served basis. Please see the Parking Map for the location of the picnic area.
  • Do not climb on any sculpture.

About Your Program

The links below give specific information about our on-site programs, including: Required group sizes, curriculum alignment, and pre-visit and extension activities.

Parking and Directions

For directions to the Garden, click on the map at the right of this page, or visit our Getting Here page. Buses can drop off the students at the passenger drop-off area, and then park in one of the designated bus parking spaces. Please see the Parking Map for the location of the drop off area and bus parking. Parents accompanying the group are strongly encouraged to ride the bus or carpool, as parking is limited and cannot be reserved.


Invoices must be paid two (2) weeks before your program date. We reserve the right to offer your date(s) to other groups if payment is not received. We accept cash, check or credit card payments. If paying by credit card, please call the Scheduling Coordinator at 919-962-2887. Checks should be made payable to NCBG and mailed to:

North Carolina Botanical Garden
c/o Natural Science Educator
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB 3375
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


A minimum one (1) week notice in writing is required for a refund. Groups that do not cancel will be billed the full program(s) fee. Please contact the Scheduling Coordinator at 919-962-2887. If the program is cancelled due to weather, we will make every effort to reschedule it, or give you a refund.

Updated on February 10, 2017 at 01:31:48 pm.