School Tours


The Garden offers teachers and students the opportunity to experience firsthand one of the most diverse plant collections in the country.

Because there is too much to see during one visit, each tour focuses on specific areas of interest.

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.

Register a Tour

  • 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: $9
  • Adult Chaperones: Free (one for every eight students)
  • Additional Chaperones: $9

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

Flower Hour
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.

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

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

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: $7
  • Adult Chaperones: Free (one for every eight students)
  • Additional Chaperones: $7

Grades K-2 Garden Adventure Pack
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

Grades 3-5 Garden Adventure Pack
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

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. In 2013, discover amazing plants from the African rainforests.

The lectures are free and open to students in grades 6 - 12. After the lecture, participating classes are also invited to take a self-guided tour of the Garden.

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