Book a field trip to NBG!

Schedule your class, daycare, or summer camp to complete a self-guided or guided learning adventure during your next visit to Norfolk Botanical Garden! All of our activities are Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) aligned, and are a great way to introduce students and children of all ages to nature.

These programs are also great resources for homeschool families!

To schedule a field trip, please email the following information to youthed@nbgs.org:
  • Your name and the name of your organization/school.
  • Your organization/school information – address, phone number, email.
  • Reservation date and time preferences.
  • The name of the program you would like to complete (see programs below).
  • The number of students, teachers, and chaperones planning to attend (see pricing below).

Note: All field trips must be scheduled at least two weeks before the intended visit date. Pre-registration is required. Walk-up registration is not permitted.

Guided Field Trip Pricing:

  • WITHOUT TRAM RIDE: $14/student.
  • WITH TRAM RIDE: $15/student.
  • $12/Adult Chaperone and Sibling Tag-Alongs. This is a reduced rate from regular Garden admission.
  • Free – School/Organization staff and teachers.
  • NBG Members may use their Garden membership to chaperone field trip programs.

Self-Guided Field Trip Pricing:

  • $12/student. Includes access to the public tram.
  • $12/Adult Chaperone and Sibling Tag-Alongs. This is a reduced rate from regular Garden admission.
  • Free – School/Organization staff and teachers.
  • NBG Members may use their Garden membership to chaperone field trip programs.

Self-Guided Field Trip Program Descriptions

The following hands-on learning experiences will be offered throughout summer and fall 2021!

Plant and Insect Pals

Review the parts of a plant and lifecycle of a butterfly, and then plant seeds to start your own herb garden. Recommended for Grades K-2.

Weather Watchers & Plant Pals

Review concepts relating to weather, seasonal changes, and plants as natural resources. Recommended for Grades 1-3.

Nature in Action

Visit the Tropical Display House to learn about plant adaptations, review the classifications of animals in the Garden, and then play our interactive food web game. Recommended for Grades 3-5.

Art to Save the Sea!

Go an adventure through our Washed Ashore summer exhibit to see incredible installations sculpted from plastics removed from the ocean. This program includes a visit to our Butterfly House! Recommended for all ages.

Guided Field Trip Program Descriptions

The following hands-on learning experiences will be offered throughout summer and fall 2021!

WOW ABCs

Take a sensory tour of the WOW Children’s Garden, practice your map skills, and then plant sunflower seeds to take home. Recommended for Grades Pre-K-1.

Flowers, Friends, Creepers, & Croakers

Review the lifecycles of frogs, flowers, and butterflies! Recommended for Grades 1-2.

Nature in Action

Review plant and animal adaptations, the anatomy of a flower, photosynthesis, and then play our interactive food web game. Recommended for Grades 3-5.

Art to Save the Sea! (June-October Only)

Go an adventure through our Washed Ashore summer exhibit to see incredible installations sculpted from plastics removed from the ocean. Recommended for all ages.

ADDITIONAL BOOKING INFORMATION

  • Participants are asked to pay by check, credit card, or cash upon arrival at the Garden. Checks should be made payable to Norfolk Botanical Garden. If paying with cash, please have exact change.
  • Upon arrival, a staff member will greet you in the main lot, and assist with submitting payment.
  • All activities are outdoors. Please remember to wear appropriate clothing for walking and weather conditions. In extreme weather conditions, outdoor programs can be rescheduled.
  • All visits must be pre-scheduled before visiting the Garden. Please provide the Garden with 24 hour notice of cancellations.
  • Picnics are permitted in the Garden. We recommend you plan for a “picnic-blanket” style lunch on any grassy area.
  • Adult chaperones are responsible for students’ behavior, any disciplinary actions, and/or first aid required during their visit.
Please bring a refillable container for use at the cold, filtered-water refilling stations located throughout the Garden.  MORE INFO
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