School Programs

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School programs

UPDATE: Guided school programs are not available until Fall 2021. Self-guided tours can be scheduled on Thursdays and Fridays.

About Powell Gardens’ Guided School Programs

Powell Gardens offers a variety of themed program options for youth in grades K-5. Each guided program is 90 minutes and incorporates field journals, nature investigations, science skills, and nature games. These standards-based school programs are designed to supplement science content covered in the classroom with fun and engaging learning activities. Once the school program is finished, spend the day touring the other garden areas and nature trailAmple space is available for each group to enjoy lunch before or after programs.

 Guided programs must be reserved at least two weeks in advance of the desired date and are scheduled weekdays at 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.  These programs require a group minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 80 students per time slot. Larger school groups may be divided into two programs and will be scheduled in back-to-back time slots. Teachers, staff, and chaperones receive free admission.  

*An adult to student ratio of at least 1:10 is highly encouraged but no more than one adult for every five students is permitted.  Exceptions apply.  

The Booking Process

To reserve a guided school program, please request a program and date using the online reservation system. You will be asked to select the program start time, the number of children attending, and the type of program. The email address provided will be used to provide updates leading up to the program. All programs are 90 minutes in length and begin at the time you select in the reservation system. Please select a start time of either 9:30 AM or 10:00 AM for the morning session or either 12:30 PM or 1:00 PM for the afternoon session. Groups may enjoy the Gardens before or after the 90-minute guided program is completed.   

Please be prepared to provide credit card payment information, but the card will not be charged until after the program is completed. Groups may also bring a check the day of the event in lieu of using the credit card on file.  

Guided Program Fees

Students – $8
Chaperones/Teachers/Staff – Free


*All program requests are considered tentative until confirmed via email. 

About Self-Guided School Visits

Schools wanting to bring a group of students to the Gardens, and are not reserving a guided program, are expected to schedule a self-guided visit by filling in the self-guided visit form. The number of school groups in the Gardens is closely managed because group spaces are limitedSchool teachers and staff receive free admission and space is provided to store lunch bags for the day.  

Self-Guided Visit Fees 

Students – $4
Teachers/Staff – Free
Parents – $10


*All reservation requests are considered tentative until confirmed via email.

The Booking Process 

To reserve a self-guided group visit, please complete the group visit request form. Please select a preferred and alternate date and time, provide the number of attendees, and include your contact information. Payment will be accepted the day of arrival.  

2021-2022 Guided School Program Options