The Outdoors is Our Classroom!

Academic field trip programs blend the benefits of outdoor education and inquiry-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education while meeting North Carolina Essential Standards.

Time spent with Arboretum educators is time on task. Lessons incorporate curriculum goals and integrate hands-on field experiences. All programs serve as an excellent means to introduce and reinforce topics in a dynamic and enriching way.

New for Fall 2021: Invite the Arboretum to your Schoolyard!

Please note: we are suspending on-site field trip programs through December, 2021. However, we are taking our programs on the road and visiting schools within Western North Carolina. These allow us to bring the Arboretum to your schoolyard or outdoor learning space with lessons that are aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

To inquire and/or schedule a visit by Arboretum Educators to your school please complete this form.

Additional details include:

  • Price: $75.00 per classroom, per lesson. No charge for travel.
  • Availability: Tuesdays, from October 5 to November 16.
  • Capacity: We can accommodate up to 6 classrooms per day.
  • Program Length: One hour.
  • Topics: Amazing Arthropods, Wildlife Adventures, Think Like a Scientist, Down and Dirty with Soil. See the table below under our field trip information for details including grade level and descriptions.


Field Trips

We are not accepting on-site, guided field trips at the Arboretum for the remainder of 2021. Scheduling for Spring Field Trips will open early in 2022. Please check back for more details.

Group Size Limit: Groups are limited to 100* participants maximum for daily field trips. Students will be in smaller learning groups of 20 students maximum, a parent chaperone(s) and a teacher, and 2 Arboretum Staff Members.

*If a group of 61-100 attends in a single day, their programming options will only be 1 guided program and self-guided time, then switching after lunch.

Groups of 15-60 can schedule two guided programs in a day.

Program Times: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Participants Visit Fee Lunch Fee Program Fee Total Cost Total Cost/ Person
15-25  $65.00 $10.00 $100.00 $175.00 $11.67 to $7.00
26-50 $65.00 $10.00 $200.00 $275.00 $10.57 to $5.50
51-75 $95.00 $30.00 $300.00 $425.00 $8.33 to $5.66
76-100 $95.00 $30.00 $400.00 $525.00 $6.90 to $5.25


Program Title

Grade Level

  K 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Amazing Arthropods X       X X      
Down and Dirty with Soil   X   X          
Geocaching & Team Building       X X X X X X
Wonders of Weather     X            
Wet and Wild     X            
Wildlife Adventures X X     X        
More than Metamorphosis     X            


To schedule a self-guided program this fall, 2021, contact our Guest Services at