The North Carolina Botanical Garden offers a variety of hands-on field trips for school groups. Guided programs are designed to connect students to plants and natural science through positive outdoor learning experiences. Field trips align with the Common Core and Essential Standards and are led by staff and trained Garden Guide volunteers.


We will be offering in-person school field trips at reduced capacity this FALL 2021 and SPRING 2022. Registration is online only and begins August 26. See below for field trip program options and links to complete the online request form.


Fall 2021 Season: September 21 – November 18, 2021
Spring 2022 Season: March 22 – May 20, 2022
The Garden is closed on Mondays and state holidays.


  • Field trips take place entirely outdoors.
  • Group size is limited to 30 students. Maximum of 6 chaperones total. Minimum of 1 chaperone per 5 students.
  • Physical distancing will be encouraged when possible.
  • FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED OF ALL PARTICIPANTS, regardless of vaccination status, for the duration of the program.


We welcome self-guided groups throughout the year on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no fee; however, we do require registration so that we can coordinate your visit with our program schedule. Group size is limited to 30 total participants. All participants must follow our current COVID-19 visitor safety guidelines. If you would like to book a self-guided visit, please complete the request form at least one (1) week before you plan to visit.


QUESTIONS? Please contact Lauren Greene at
Pre-K - Kindergarten (ages 4-6)

Sense-ational Nature

We experience nature best when we use our senses! Young children will explore the sights, sounds, feels, and smells of the Garden through activity stations and a sensory walk.
NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development: Goal CD-1, Goal CD-14, Goal CD-15.
Length: 1 hour
Fee: $3.00 per student
Max group size: 30
K - 1st grade

Flora Explorers

What do plants need to live? Students will explore the Garden in search of the basic structure and function of plant parts — from roots to leaves — and how they help the plant to survive.
NC Essential Standards for Science: K.L.1.2, 1.L.1.1, 1.L.1.2, 1.L.1.3
Length: 1 hour
Fee: $3.00 per student
Max group size: 30
3rd grade

From the Mountains to the Coast

Walk with us from the mountains to the coast as we explore the different geographic regions of North Carolina in our habitat gardens. Learn how differences in soils and environmental factors may help shape the plant communities we see across the state, from the rich diversity of our Piedmont and Mountain forests to the amazing adaptations of insect-eating plants of the Coastal Plain.
NC Essential Standards for Science: 3.L.2.1, 3.L.2.2, 3.L.2.3, 3.L.2.4
Length: 1.5 hours
Fee: $4.00 per student
Max group size: 30
Ages 4 & up

Garden Walk

Enjoy a walk through the Garden with a focus on seasonal plant and animal highlights, native habitats, and our conservation mission.
Length: 1 hour
Fee: $3.00 per student
Max group size: 30



Please see field trip descriptions above for cost per student. There is no charge for teachers/chaperones. The minimum fee is $30 per program.


Please see field trip descriptions above for maximum group size per program. We cannot offer field trips for groups of less than 5 students. PLEASE NOTE: The Garden can accommodate up to 30 students per day this FALL 2021 and SPRING 2022. If you would like to bring more than 30 students, you will need to request an additional program on another date.


We require one adult chaperone for every 5 students. A maximum of 6 chaperones per program are permitted. We cannot accommodate siblings.


In an effort to reach public schools that are most in need, we offer a limited number of partial fee waivers for Title I schools. To request a fee waiver, contact Lauren Greene at


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.


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 Lauren Greene at or 919-962-2887 to cancel. If your program is cancelled by the Garden or due to weather, we will make every effort to reschedule your group or refund your fee.