Preparing for Your Field Trip

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a public garden and part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We are an outdoor living museum made up of native plant gardens and nature trails, which provide habitat for a variety of wildlife. To ensure that your visit is a great experience, please follow the guidelines and expectations outlined below.


  • Student nametags are always helpful.
  • Please divide your students into groups of 10 students or less prior to your arrival. Assign chaperones to each group. We can serve a maximum of 5 groups at a time.
  • Remind students and chaperones that the program will take place entirely outdoors. Please dress for the weather, wear closed-toed shoes, and be prepared for an active, outdoor walk.
  • Remember to bring any medications for students with medical conditions (e.g. allergies, asthma, etc.)
  • Please let us know in advance if there are any limitations with mobility or need for special accommodations.
  • Review Garden Guidelines with students and chaperones.


  • Students must be under direct adult supervision at all times.
  • A minimum of one adult chaperone per 5 children is required. A maximum of 12 chaperones per group, including teachers, is permitted. We cannot accommodate siblings.
  • We expect chaperones to actively engage in the program, manage group behavior, and assist the program leader as needed.
  • Limit cell phone use to emergencies ONLY.


  • The Garden is located at 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.
  • Buses can drop off students at the passenger drop-off area, then park in one of the designated bus parking spaces. Please see Garden Map.
  • Chaperones accompanying the group are strongly encouraged to ride the bus or carpool, as parking is limited and cannot be reserved.


  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled start time. Late arrival may result in a shortened program or possible cancellation.
  • If you are running 15 minutes or more late on the day of your program, or are unable to attend, please call Mike Dunn, Natural Science Educator, at (919) 962-2887. If you do not call and cancel your program, we will bill you the full program fee.
  • Please meet staff and Garden Guides, our trained docents, at the gazebo (see Garden Map). We will review rules and other important information and then divide your students into their pre-assigned groups for the program.
  • Group restrooms are available in the Education Center.
  • Please do not gather in the buildings or breezeways to avoid disrupting other Garden programs/events.


  • Groups are welcome to eat lunch in the picnic area located at the center of the parking lot (see Garden Map). There are 12 tables available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please dispose of all trash and recycling in the bins provided.
  • Please note that we do not have an indoor area for groups to eat or a place to store lunches during the program.


  • Programs take place entirely outdoors in all but severe weather. Staff will contact you between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. the day of your trip should the forecast look unfavorable. We will make every attempt to reschedule your group, but we cannot guarantee that a date will be available. If not, we will refund you any fees in full.


  • Teachers and chaperones are responsible for the conduct of their groups. Students must be under direct adult supervision at all times.
  • Cooperate with Garden Guides and follow directions.
  • Guides always lead the way when outdoors.
  • Students should use quiet or "inside voices". Encourage everyone in your group to listen for the many natural sounds in the Garden.
  • Walking feet only.
  • Garden beds are for plants, not feet! Stay on pathways to protect plants and animals.
  • No picking or collecting. Please leave all flowers, leaves, seeds, sticks, rocks, and animals as you find them so that everyone can enjoy them. The Garden is their home.
  • We share the garden and nature trails with wild animals. Please be aware of your surroundings and respect their space.
  • Respect program materials and equipment, facilities, and yourself.
  • Do not climb, hang, or swing on trees, buildings, or sculpture.

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