Two-hour guided field trips are designed to meet the standards and objectives of the Utah State Core Curriculum at each grade level, focusing on hands-on activities that are sure to thrill students of all ages.
Field trips run September 1st through October 20th and April 1st through June 10th. All classes are held rain or shine, and are led by either a Red Butte staff member or trained volunteer.
Pre- and post-visit classroom activities are mailed to every school approximately two weeks before the field trip: these materials are designed to help connect the classroom with the field trip experience.
Public and Charter schools receive guided field trips free of charge with advanced registration. Private and home-schools pay $3.00 per student with advanced registration. Field trip size is limited to 60 students; 1 adult is required for every 10 students. Additional chaperones may enter free of charge, but chaperones that bring additional siblings will be required to pay full admission, as they are a distraction to our educators. Reservations are required for all school groups. Call 801-581-7230 to speak with Sara Sorensen or email email@example.com to make reservations.
Note that GUIDED GARDEN TOURS can be arranged for non-school groups.
Students explore the Garden using their five senses. This 90-minute lesson will excite our youngest adventurers.
Students explore plant parts with hands-on activities at discovery stations throughout the Garden. Activities include: dissecting a lima bean, dissecting a flower, and observing all plant parts in a variety of settings.
Students learn about the life cycle of plants, including pollination, seed dispersal, and plant development with hands-on activities throughout the Garden.
Put on your hiking shoes! Students learn about the adaptations of native plants and animals, as well as interrelationships that occur in the Natural Area of the Garden. This two-mile hike/tour in the foothills of Salt Lake City includes searching for animal signs and learning about habitats and ecosystems.
Student naturalists will hone in on concepts introduced in third grade, such as ecosystems, habitats, and interrelationships. Additionally, students will explore and identify native plants and animals while hiking through Red Butte Garden's Natural Area.
5th and 6th Grade
On a self-guided tour, students can explore Red Butte Garden under the supervision of their teachers and chaperoning adults.
Secondary School Programs
Self-guided tours allow teachers to bring their students up to discover the beauty and wonder of the Garden.
Using maps of the Garden, students and teachers can chart their own exploratory adventure through Red Butte Garden. Fridays only during school programs months (see above).
Reservations are required for all field trips.
Call 801-581-7230 to speak with Sara Sorensen or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
In Your Classroom (Title One Schools)
Red Butte Garden offers Title One schools a Garden staff member to teach both the pre-visit and post-visit activity in the classroom. When you schedule your field trip to the Garden, please mention that you are a Title One school.
Teachers have told us that this program has dramatically increased the level of understanding during the field experience at the Garden and in meeting core curriculum requirements. To get this program started in your classroom or to give us feedback, please contact the education department.
Title One Field Class Program School Programs 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108