School Field Trip Programs & Children’s Group Tours

Contact: Hannah Lee, Youth Programs Coordinator
Telephone: (757) 441-5830 x461
Email: hannah.lee@nbgs.org
To schedule a school field trip or children’s group tour please email the following information to YouthEd@nbgs.org :
  • Your reservation date and time preferences.
  • The name of the program you would like to reserve.
  • The number of students, teachers and parent chaperones planning to attend.
  • Your complete contact information.

School Tours May-June 2016

Cost: Guided School Program with Tram
Includes admission to Garden, tram tour from WOW to Visitor Center and a 45-minute guided tour in Children’s Garden (see specific grade level pages for tour and SOL information)
  • $9/student K-8 (school employees admitted for free during field trip).
  • $9/person for adult chaperones (chaperones with Garden Memberships may chaperone the trip free of charge). Chaperones are not guaranteed space on the school tour tram, but will have access to public trams throughout their visit.
 Cost: Guided School Program WITHOUT Tram
Includes admission to Garden and a 45-minute guided tour in Children’s Garden (see specific grade level pages for tour and SOL information)
  • $7/student K-8 (school employees admitted for free during field trip).
  • $9/person for adult chaperones (chaperones with Garden Memberships may chaperone the trip free of charge).

Cost: SELF-Guided School Program (recommended for grades 6-12)
Includes admission to Garden and full tram tour of the Garden. Self-guided groups may visit the Children’s Garden after 12:30PM.

  • $8/student K-8 (school employees admitted for free during field trip).
  • $9/person for adult chaperones (chaperones with Garden Memberships may chaperone the trip free of charge). Chaperones are not guaranteed space on the school tour tram, but will have access to public trams throughout their visit.

Availability: Mondays-Fridays
60 students/2 classes max per time slot
Guided tour times: 9:45AM, 10:45AM & 11:45AM
Self-guided tour times: Arrivals beginning at 11AM

Minimum number of students for Guided Programs: 12 

Guided School Field Trip Programs: Pre-K & Kindergarten

Guided School Field Trip Programs: First Grade

Guided School Field Trip Programs: Second Grade

Guided School Field Trip Programs: Third Grade

Guided School Field Trip Programs: Fourth – Sixth Grade

Summer Self-Guided Field Trips

Summer Self-Guided Children’s Visit for day cares, day camps and all other youth-related groups

  • Self-guided Children’s Tour Reservations are available June-August 2016 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings with arrival times of 9:30AM, 11:30AM or 1:30PM.  Reservations must be booked at least three business-days in advance of arrival date and are subject to availability.
  • Cost: $8 discounted admission rate per person (ages 3+). Advanced reservations required.
  • Includes admission to the garden, two hours of access to the WOW Children’s Garden (specific time given at time of booking) and access to the Public Tram Tours (first-come, first-serve).
  • School/Camp employees are admitted free of charge. Parents/additional chaperones cost $9/person.
  • Minimum fee of $96 (12 children) required to qualify for group rate.

 

Summer Guided Children’s Education Tour

  • Guided Summer Children’s Education Tour Reservations are available June-August 2016 on Monday-Friday mornings at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 AM.  Reservations must be booked at least three business-days in advance of arrival date and are subject to availability.
  • Cost: $12/person (ages 3+). Advanced reservations required.
  • Includes admission to the garden, access to the WOW Children’s Garden, a container garden with weird plant seeds for each child, and a one-hour guided tour. Groups also enjoy access to our Public Tram tours (first-come, first-serve).
  • School/Camp employees are admitted free of charge. Parent/additional chaperones cost $9/person. Minimum fee of $180 (15 children) required to qualify for guided group reservation.

Add-on for Summer Guided Children’s Education Tour:

Book a classroom in the WOW Children’s Garden for two hours, to have your own space to access the World of Wonders Children’s Garden (Monday-Friday based on availability). Classroom capacity is 35 people. 

Cost: $150/ 2-hour rental in addition to Group Rate or Guided Tour fees.

 

Summer Outreach Programs (June-August)

Can’t make it out the garden? Then let the Garden come to you with our Suitcase Science outreach programs. Choose from our Plants 101 Pre-k program or our Know Your Niche 3rd-4th grade program, schedule a visit, and let one of our Garden Teachers lead an SOL based program designed to complement your curriculum. $100 per class (maximum 25 students), $80 for each additional class on the same day. Limit 2 classes per day with same program. During the summer, Outreach Programs are available June-August only and will be scheduled on Mondays between 10AM-3PM. To book a summer educational outreach program please contact Louise.Bowling@nbgs.org.

 

Know Before You Go:

Cancellations If you need to cancel a field trip you must notify the Registrar at 441-5830 x311 as soon as possible. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Inclement Weather

  • Guided Garden Tours are conducted outdoors rain or shine.
  • In extreme weather conditions, tours can be rescheduled with no penalty if another date is available. Call the Group Sales Coordinator office at (757) 441-5830 x 311 should you need to reschedule. Please dress appropriately in closed-toed shoes and jackets/raincoats if necessary.

Arrival

  • Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled tour in case there is a line at the tollbooth. If you arrive to the Garden later than your scheduled start time, your guided portion will be shortened.
  • Bus parking is in the back left corner of the parking lot. Please direct your bus drivers to park and unload the students in this location. Do not unload in front of the Baker Hall Visitor Center.

Lunch

  • We recommend the airport berm overlooking the Norfolk International Airport for a “picnic blanket style” lunch. Bring something for your students to sit on and trash bags to pack out your trash.
  • Due to its size and location, the Picnic Shelter is not available for school groups.

Visit Tips

  • The maximum number of students per guided group is 30. If you have more than 30 students in your class, it may be necessary to split classes. Classes smaller than 15 may be combined for the guided tour.
  • Should you need to leave earlier than previously planned notify your garden teacher upon arrival.
  • Groups are not permitted to visit the Children’s Garden before 12:30PM unless they are on a scheduled guided tour.

Rates & Payment Information

  • Teachers and bus drivers receive complimentary admission.
  • Finalized group numbers must be submitted to the Garden 48 hours before your visit. Payment for this number of students is required. No refunds will be given for confirmed students who do not attend the program.
  • Memberships may not be applied towards student fees for school tours. Garden members chaperoning school tours will not be charged admission. Non-member chaperones pay the chaperone admission rate at the gate.
  • Payment can be made with a credit card, check, or cash the day of your field trip.
  • Make checks payable to NBGS. If using cash, please have the amount collected prior to your arrival. Payment will be collected at the Tollbooth located at the entrance to the garden.
  • If most/all of your group will arrive by individual cars instead of bus please notify the registrar at the time of booking.

Teacher Resources: Handouts and flyers that teachers may download and use in the classroom. Click here to learn more. For more information contact the Youth Education Coordinator by phone 757 441-5830 x461 or by email Louise.Bowling@nbgs.org

Classroom Educator Visits: Bring your classroom teachers, volunteers and administrators to the Garden to prepare for lessons for your classroom. Your visit includes reduced admission, a pre-visit telephone consultation with a member of our Youth Education department and on-site orientation. Cost: $6/Educator. Pre-registration required.

Boat tours for Educators: $150 fee reserves a guided boat tour highlighting the plants and wildlife around Lake Whitehurst. Reserve up to 23 seats on a private boat tour (2 boats available for groups-for a maximum of 46 seats). Guests can also purchase tickets individually for the public boat tour on a first come basis. See visitor center for public boat tour schedule and ticket pricing.