School Tours

The Garden offers teachers and students the opportunity to experience firsthand one of the most diverse plant collections in the country. Each school tour focuses on specific areas of interest.

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School Tours Guidelines

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Guided Tours

Guided Tours of the Atlanta Botanical Garden are available to groups who choose to have a docent lead tour that correlates with their grade level and curriculum.

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  • Available Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance
  • Minimum group size: 10
  • Maximum group size: 50
  • Group must include one chaperone for every eight children
  • Tours last 1 to 1 1/4 hour; include time to assemble before and after
  • Students: $10
  • Adult Chaperones: Free (one for every eight students)
  • Additional Chaperones: $10

Flower Hour (Preschoolers)
Enjoy a garden story and a short walk in the Outdoor Gardens. Flower Hour is the ideal experience for young sprouts with short legs and short attention spans.

General Tour (Grades 7 – 12)
Students will be introduced to the outstanding features of the Outdoor Gardens and the Fuqua Conservatory.

Productive Plants (Grades K – 8)
Discover the incredible ways plants impact our everyday lives from food to medicine to shelter. Students will learn about locally grown produce when they encounter seasonal fruits and vegetables in the luscious Edible Garden. Then, they will travel to tropical rainforest and desert environments in the Fuqua Conservatory to see important exotic plants such as chocolate, vanilla, rattan and aloe.

Download Productive Plants Pre- and Post-Visit Activities

Roots, Fruits and Seeds (Grades K – 2)
This Children’s Garden tour focuses on how plants provide for other living creatures. Students will explore the close relationship plants have with butterflies, bees and people. Each group will walk through the life cycle of a butterfly, visit a Creek Indian house, observe growing vegetables and more. (Georgia Performance Standards: SKL2.c, SKCS1.a, SKCS4.a, SKCS4.c, S1L1.a, S1L1.c, S1CS1.a, S1CS4.a, S1CS4.c, S2L1.a, S2L1.d, SS2H2.a, SS2H2.b, S2CS1.a, S2CS4.b, S2CS4.d)

Download Roots, Fruits and Seeds Pre- and Post-Visit Activities

Plant Diversity (Grades K – 3)
While most plants have similar parts, each species’ vary in function and appearance according to their environment. During this tour, students will discuss plant adaptations as they explore the Outdoor Gardens and the Fuqua Conservatory – particularly the rainforest, desert and southeastern bog gardens. (Georgia Performance Standards: SKL2.b, SKL2.c, SKCS1.a, SKCS4.c, S1L1.a, S1L1.c, S1CS1.a, S1CS4.c, S2L1.a, S2CS1.a, S2CS4.d, S3L1.b, S3L1.d, C3CS1)

Download Plant Diversity Pre- and Post-Visit Activities

Plants Around the World (Grades 4 – 7)
Students will visit the outdoor gardens and the conservatories as they investigate biomes and habitats. Their explorations will include the desert, rainforest and bog gardens and will emphasize biogeography and plant adaptations. (Georgia Performance Standards: S4L1.c, S4L2.a, S4L2.b, S4CS1, S5CS1, S6CS1, S7L4.e S7L5.a, S7CS5.a, S7CS1)

Download Plants Around the World Pre- and Post-Visit Activities

Self-Guided Tours

Self-Guided Tours may choose to explore the Outdoor Gardens, the Fuqua Conservatory or the Children’s Garden without a guide. Download Garden Adventure Pack Instructions below to help elementary students self-guide through the Garden.

Register a Tour

  • Available Tuesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance
  • Minimum group size: 10
  • Maximum group size: 125
  • Group must include one chaperone for every eight children
  • Students: $8
  • Adult Chaperones: Free (one for every eight students)
  • Additional Chaperones: $8

Garden Adventure Pack (Grades K - 2)
Explore the life cycles of plants and frogs and discover that a botanical garden is home to many kinds of plants from around the world.

Download the K-2 Garden Scavenger Hunt Instructions

Download the K-2 Garden Adventure Pack Instructions

Garden Adventure Pack (Grades 3 - 5)
Compare and contrast rainforest and desert habitats and learn about wetland and amphibian conservation at the Garden.

Download the 3-5 Garden Scavenger Hunt Instructions

Download the 3-5 Garden Adventure Pack Instructions

Educator Day

Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Calling all educators! Enjoy a free day of exploration in the Garden, and discover why the Garden is a fabulous place to bring students and have fun. Marvel at the beautiful summer blooms, stroll the Kendeda Canopy Walk, listen to frog calls in the Fuqua Conservatory, watch a cooking demonstration in the Outdoor Kitchen and more.

Present a current school ID, verification of educator status or homeschool declaration of intent AND a state-issued ID. Parking not included.

Free Calhoun Lecture

Every other year, the Garden offers a special opportunity for teachers to supplement their life science curriculum with presentations by leading horticulurists, explorers, and researchers. The next lecture takes place in 2017.

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