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School Group Programs

Visiting school or daycare groups will benefit from a rich learning experience that can supplement classroom curricula and state learning standards. Depending on your group’s age range and time of visit, we offer two scheduling options. K-5 school groups can elect to participate in a paid guided program through one of our Explorer School Programs. Groups that do not fall within this age range or cannot attend during our available program times can schedule a self-guided visit of the outdoor gardens and/or Bolz Conservatory. See the options below to determine what fits your group’s needs.

Explorer School Program - Guided Visit

Join Olbrich’s knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff and volunteers as they introduce your students to plants through hands-on, inquiry-based activities that support the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards and the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Science Curricula Scope and Sequence. This program is geared towards K-5 students and designed to meet the academic needs of you and your students. This type of visit may be scheduled on the designated dates and times listed below.

 

Group Size, Fees, and Chaperones

Maximum group size is 50 students. Each Explorer School Program is $2.50 per student with a $50 minimum charge per session. One adult chaperone per 8 students is required, and these adults are admitted free. Each additional adult chaperone will be admitted at the $2.50 student rate. A non-refundable $50 deposit per session is due upon registering.

Chaperones play an important role in creating a positive and safe learning experience for the entire group. Please distribute a copy of How to be a Chaperone to each chaperone before your field trip, and follow the guidelines while you are visiting Olbrich Botanical Gardens with your group.

How to be a Chaperone (PDF)

Registration

Contact Education Registrar Kai Stanecki at kstanecki@cityofmadison.com to request a program session. Be prepared with three date and time options for your group, grade level(s), expected number of students and chaperones, and method of payment. A non-refundable $50 deposit per session is due upon registering. Additional program information will be forwarded after your confirmed registration. Program times on designated dates are 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Need help getting here?

Nature Net offers bus funding reimbursement through the Nature Express program. Check out http://www.naturenet.com/express.html for more information.

moreSchool and Daycare Group Etiquette

Please share and review this garden etiquette with your group and chaperones before visiting Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

Ecology Explorer 2016

Grades K-5

October 4 ,5, 6 & 11, 12, 13 & 25, 26, 27

November 1, 2, 3 & 8, 9, 10

Explore the relationship between plants and animals. Investigate various habitats during a guided tour through the Outdoor Gardens and learn about food chains, the water cycle, and habitats at guided learning stations indoors. Program times on designated dates are 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Program Summary & Standards Correlation (PDF)

“The children loved the indoor program with the 3 stations! I wanted to let you know that on the 3rd grade state WKCE test they took the week after being at Olbrich that they had test questions on the water cycle! I think they all aced it.” - K-4th grade teacher

Ecology Explorer

Tropical Explorer 2017

Grades K-3

January 31

February 1, 2 & 7, 8, 9 & 14, 15, 16 & 21, 22, 23 & 28

Discover the fascinating world of the tropical rainforest habitat. Participate in a guided tour through the Bolz Conservatory and engage in guided learning stations that highlight the unique features of a tropical rainforest habitat. Tropical Explorer does not include a tour of the outdoor gardens. Program times on designated dates are 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Program Summary & Standards Correlation (PDF)

“My students were completely engaged. I was so impressed with the subject matter and the hands on materials.” - 1st grade teacher

Tropical Explorer

Botany Explorer 2017

Grades K-3

April 18, 19, 20 & 25, 26, 27

May 2, 3, 4 & 9, 10, 11 & 16, 17, 18 & 23, 24, 25 & 30, 31

Investigate the diverse world of plants. Discover the parts of plants and plant adaptations at guided learning stations and participate in a guided tour of the Bolz Conservatory. Botany Explorer does not include a tour of the outdoor gardens. Program times on designated dates are 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Program Summary & Standards Correlation (PDF)

“It is one of the best field trips I have taken my students on. Very well organized and fits our curriculum perfectly. Thank you.” - 2nd grade teacher

Botany Explorer

Self-Guided School Group Visits

Scheduled self-guided visits are available for school or daycare groups that do not fall within the K-5 grade level range, are unable to fit in our scheduled Explorer school group programs or would rather tour the Outdoor Gardens or Bolz Conservatory on their own. Your group can explore at your own pace while learning about the tropical Bolz Conservatory or Olbrich's outdoor gardens. This type of visit may be scheduled Monday through Friday throughout the year between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

 

Group Size

Groups with 10-80 people must call ahead to schedule a self-guided visit. Groups with more than 80 people must schedule separate visits to meet the min / max group size requirements. Groups visiting the Bolz Conservatory may be asked to divide into smaller groups and rotate during their visit. Groups with fewer than 10 people do not need to make a reservation.

 

Fees

There is no fee for visiting the outdoor gardens however donations are gratefully accepted. Groups scheduling a visit to the Bolz Conservatory are charged a $2 fee per person ages 6 and up. Cash or check payments are accepted upon arrival.

 

Chaperones

For groups with children ages 4 and under, we require one adult chaperone for every six students (1:6 ratio is required). For groups with children ages 5 and older, we require one adult chaperone for every eight students (1:8 ratio is required). These adults are admitted free. Each additional adult chaperone will be admitted at the $2.00 student rate.

Chaperones play an important role in creating a positive and safe learning experience for the entire group. Please distribute a copy of How to be a Chaperone to each chaperone before your field trip, and follow the guidelines while you are visiting Olbrich Botanical Gardens with your group.

How to be a Chaperone (PDF)

Registration
Contact Education Registrar Kai Stanecki at kstanecki@cityofmadison.com to request a reservation.

 

moreSchool and Daycare Group Etiquette

Please share and review this garden etiquette with your group and chaperones before visiting Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

 


Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
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