Two-hour guided field classes are designed to meet the standards and objectives of the Utah State Core Curriculum at each grade level, focusing on hands-on activities that will engage and delight students of all ages. All classes are held rain or shine, and are led by either a Red Butte Garden Education Staff member or a trained Education Volunteer.
Self-guided field classes are offered on Fridays during the school year
To request a self-guided field class, please fill out this form.
Reservations are required for all field trips
We require one adult chaperone for every 7 students. Students, teachers, and chaperones in Public and Charter schools within the 1:7 adult to student ratio are admitted free of charge. Chaperones exceeding the 1:7 adult to student ratio are admitted at a reduced entrance fee of $13.00 per person.
Private school and home school students are admitted at a group rate of $6.00 per student. Adults and chaperones within the required 1:7 adult to student ratio are admitted free of charge. Chaperones exceeding the 1:7 ratio are admitted at a reduced entrance fee of $13.00 per person.
Note that GUIDED GARDEN TOURS can be arranged for non-school groups. MORE INFO
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 Field Class curriculum is currently under development. At this time students can take a Self-Guided tour to explore Red Butte Garden under the supervision of their teachers and chaperoning adults.
Self-guided tours allow teachers to bring their students up to discover the beauty and wonder of the Garden.
Red Butte Garden offers Title 1 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 1 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 Red Butte Garden Education Department.
Title 1 Field Class Program, School Programs, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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).