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Botanical Field Trips & Outreach

Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The Botanical Conservatory’s education staff serves thousands of students each year through on- and off-site visits for public, parochial, private and home schools. Teachers can choose the standards-based curriculum that best meets their students’ needs. Our outreach program also helps teachers meet state science standards and engage students in active learning. Conservatory visits let you collect temperature and humidity readings for a biome study, find food plants in the desert and jungle, explore plant patterns with art students, or choose from a variety of other activities, depending on the age and focus of the group. We can also travel to your school, providing classroom or assembly-style presentations.

Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. A minimum of ten students is required to book a lab, but self-guiding visit lessons are available for groups of any size.

For more information, call (260) 427-6445.

Calling all school teachers.  Are you planning two field trips in one day? Feeling overwhelmed? Click here to make it easier by checking out our new 2forU program!

Our environmental tours meet Indiana Academic Standards

Teachers, please check out the following:
Download an Off-Site Program Flier now!
Off-Site Programs Science Standards Correlations

Youth Education Tours

Youth Education Tour Chart listing Tour Options

Tour Curriculum:

Plant Private Eye
Plant Puzzlers
Butterflies (seasonal)
Operation Observation
Compost Lab
Flower Power Lab
Biome Lab

Click here for our Group Visit Planner ~ for more information about planning a visit, plus our policies and expectations.  Questions? Comments? Ready to schedule a program?  Contact: Missy A'Hearn, 260-427-6445.

Educational Outreach Programs

Botanical Conservatory goes to School September-March Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Enjoy the popular educational programs of the Conservatory from the convenience of your own classroom, scout troop or home school co-op. Each program has been designed to comply with Indiana State Educational Standards while providing a fun and educational experience.

The current programs are:

Compost Lab (2nd-3rd grades)
Flower Power (3rd-12th grades)
Operation Observation (4th-12th grades) 

$3/student (minimum 10) plus travel expenses based on zone: $15 Fort Wayne, $45 Allen County, $90 DeKalb County and similar, $135 Steuben County and similar.

For more information, call 427-6445.  

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Discovery Corner

Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Daily in the Discovery Corner
Our young visitors are encouraged to visit the Discovery Corner behind Woody the Talking Tree where they’ll find stories and activities relating to a monthly theme: 

October-Red, Yellow, and Orange
November-Margaret Wise Brown
December-Snow Days
January-Children's Poetry
February-Fairy Tales

Our materials are safe and suitable for kids in pre-K through 1st grade. Adults are encouraged to read aloud to their young learners and explore ideas together. The Discovery Corner is free with general admission; pre-registration is not required.

Garden Preschool: Winter Fun

Come  explore the wonder of winter! Children will discover winter through hands-on, garden-related activities side by side with their parent or other adult. This two-session class teaches both how to explore nature with fresh eyes. Each week will be a new adventure! Master Gardener Kay Musgrave has years of experience working with children in natural settings. Ages 3-5. An adult must participate (no registration required) for the duration of the class with their child. Registration deadline: January 30. Min. 5. Max. 10.

Code              Dates     Day     Time
127100-A1     2/6-2/13 Tu 10-11 am
# Sessions/Fee: 2/$12
Member or Volunteer Fee: $10
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Photo credit: The Papers Inc.


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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-6440


Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
Closed: Mondays, New Years Day, Christmas Day


Adults $5
Children (ages 3-17) $3
Age 2 and under Free