Youth Trips to the Garden

We love hosting tours, field trips, and a variety of other visits to the Knoxville Botanical Gardens. We work with all ages, toddlers and up, and do our best to customize a visit experience based on your group’s interests, mobility, and age, as well as the best what’s happening in the garden seasonally.

Registration for Field Trips to the Gardens is currently closed until we reopen for Spring 2023. If you would like to be notified when our spring availability goes live, please contact our education coordinator at kelly@knoxgarden.org

Here’s how to request a trip:

  1. Read about our options and regular procedures for youth visits (below).
  2. Then, fill out our youth visit request form. We will do our best to accommodate your preferred visit date, but you can also view our field trip availability calendar at the bottom of this page before you request a date to find out if it is available.

If you would like to discuss a visit outside of our standard field trip times, activities, or head count, please directly contact Kelly Sauskojus, our education coordinator, at kelly@knoxgarden.org.

Guided Garden Tour 

Your garden tour will begin at the Visitor Center, where your group will learn about the history of the Howell Family Nursery and the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum. From there, you will use all of your senses to explore our Rose Garden, Secret Garden, the Bamboo Forest, and several other garden spaces, according to the season. You will also get a stop at our Center for Urban Agriculture, to visit our Every Child Outdoors vegetable and herb garden and our chickens.

Duration: 60 minutes 

Capacity: 45

Cost: $150 per group

Garden Field Trip

An official field trip to the Botanical Gardens combines a tour of the grounds with at least two hands-on activities, all oriented around a theme that you choose (see below for a list of typical themes we offer).

We will begin with a tour of the grounds, where your group will learn about the history of the Howell Family Nursery and the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum. From there, you will use all of your senses to explore our Rose Garden, Secret Garden, the Bamboo Forest, and several other garden spaces, according to the season. You will also get a stop at our Center for Urban Agriculture, to visit our Every Child Outdoors vegetable and herb garden and our chickens.

From there, your group will experience at least two hands-on activities in the Center for Urban Agriculture. Depending on the season and what’s happening in the garden right now, your group will usually get to plant or harvest vegetables in our Every Child Outdoors Eco-Garden, and have a hands-on educational workshop. 

Duration: 2 hours

Capacity: 10-20, with at least 1 chaperone per every 10 students

Cost: $40 + $5 per student

Past Field Trip Activities (subject to change based on season and age): Plant Parts, Compost Critters, Seed Dissection, Planting Seeds, Harvesting Vegetables

FAQ

Where should we meet? For the start of your field trip, your whole group will meet us up at the Visitor Center parking lot, located at 2743 Wimpole Ave. Particularly if any members of your group are driving themselves separately, please make sure that they know to come to this address and to arrive about 10-15 minutes early so that we can start promptly.

What happens if it rains? Since almost all of your visit will take place outside in the gardens, we will have to cancel or reschedule a field trip if there is lightning in the forecast, for safety reasons. If it is just sprinkling or raining a little, you can make the call for your group, but we don’t mind getting a little wet! We will get in touch with you a day or two in advance if it looks like rain to discuss a backup plan.

What should we wear or bring? In summer and early fall in Knoxville, the weather can be quite hot. Visitors are advised to schedule field trips early in the morning and to prepare with sunscreen, appropriate clothing, and bottled water. 

Where are the bathrooms? Groups are advised that the Botanical Gardens is located in a historic family home, and so there is only one bathroom up at the Visitor Center. Additional bathrooms, a total of four stalls, are available down at the Center for Urban Agriculture, about halfway through your tour or field trip.

How should we submit payment? We do not require a deposit, and we generally find it easiest for groups to just bring a check made out to the Knoxville Botanical Gardens to the grounds on the day of the event. However, you are also welcome to pay by cash or card on the day of your visit, or to mail a check in advance.

Can we eat lunch on the grounds? You are welcome to extend your visit by eating a picnic lunch on the grounds, at no cost. We have limited options for picnic tables, but we have ample shaded and sunny lawns.

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