Field Trip Programs

We can’t wait to take you and your students on an adventure like no other!

Fantastic Foliage

K-2nd grades
2-hour program
Offered September - December
$8.00 per student

Discover the beauty of Fall as a guide takes you through an autumn adventure. Your students will investigate why leaves don’t absorb water. They’ll discover why leaves change color and find out how herbs spice the foods we eat. Each student will make a colorful leaf rubbing to take home.
AL Science Standards: K.6.3, 1.4.2, 1.4.3, 1.8.4, 2.5.1, 2.5.2, photosynthesis

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Seeds Everywhere

K-3rd grades
90-minute program
$7.00 per student

Exploding seedpods, rolling gumballs and whirly-twirly helicopters! Bet your students didn’t realize that engineering started with Mother Nature. Sign your class up to discover the physics behind seeds and nuts; they’ll have a blast!
AL Science Standards: K.6, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4.2, 2.4, 3.7.1, 3.7.3


K-4th grades
Two-Hour program through first week in October
$8.00 per student
Spring dates available!

From egg to caterpillar, through chrysalis and finally to butterfly, we'll show your students amazing butterfly transformations as well as discuss the migration of the Monarch! We'll explore a pond habitat by trying to catch fish and tadpoles at our aquatic garden* and discover the beauty of the natural world while walking down our Nature Trail.
AL Science Standards: K.6, 1.4.1, 1.4.2, 2.6.2, 3.7.1, 4.5.1, 4.5.2

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Branching Out
2nd-4th grades
Two-hour program
$8.00 per student

Trees are what it’s all about in this program that gets your students investigating these important resources. We’ll teach your children how to classify different trees, explain the different parts of a tree and how they all work together, the interdependence of trees and animals, and look for the different ways that trees can be damaged.
AL. Science Standards: 2.5, 3.3, 3.7.1, 3.7.3, 3.7.4, 3.7.5, 3.7.7, 4.5

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Garden Walk-Throughs
All ages
Self-Guided  $6.00 per student
Docent Guided  $7.00 per student

All Programs

  • Groups are welcome to stay after their program is completed and tour the garden on their own. Please inform us when you make your reservation if you wish to stay longer.
  • Groups must have a minimum of 10 children.
  • Areas available for picnic lunch upon request.
  • Call the Education Department, 256-837-4104, for further information



Please Note:

  • Wear comfortable shoes - open toed shoes are not recommended.
  • You may be walking one mile or more.
  • Please leave the Garden as you found it or better.
  • Think of the Nature Center as a museum, please look with your eyes, not your hands.
  • The animals are not pets, they do not like to be picked up.
  • Sorry, siblings are not allowed on guided field trips.
To register, please call 256-837-4104 or