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To request a Self-Guided Youth Group Visit or Mr. Smarty Plants Learning Stations, please  fill out the form below.  After we receive the information, we will contact you within three (3) business days to finalize the details of your informative, fun-filled visit.

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Contact Information

Contact Name *
Best time to contact *
E-mail Address *
School Phone Number *
Cell Phone *
(Number to reach you on the day of the visit)
Fax

Please select the following options.

Mr. Smarty Plants Stations (K - 2nd Grade)

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Mr. Smarty Plants Stations (3rd - 5th Grade)

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Field Study Trip (for teachers trained in Exploring the Native Plant World Curriculum)

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Self-Guided Visit

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Mr. SMARTY PLANTS STATIONS (K - 2nd Grade)

Mr. Smarty Plants Stations for K-2nd Grade are available on Tuesdays starting at 9:30 a.m. in the fall and spring. Station visits are approximately two hours long and include five stations:   three hands -on learning stations, one scavenger hunt station and one snack/break station. Activity lessons are TEKS aligned. There is a maximum of 60 and minimum of 30 students per visit. The maximum limit on group size is to ensure a high quality educational experience. Availability is limited. Please check availability on the calendar and submit your request.

Station 1 – Scavenger Hunt (Self-Guided, General)
In the Family Garden at the edge of the Play Lawn, there will be a box at the Savannah Meadow trail entrance that will have a scavenger hunt, clipboards and pencils in it. Staying in the Play Lawn area students will complete the Scavenger Hunt and will observe more closely the features in and around the Play Lawn area.

Station 2 – Rock N’ Water (Geology)

Students will use rocks and water to explore, observe, describe, and compare rocks by size, shape, texture, and color. Students will also compare the properties of solids and liquids by conducting a descriptive investigation to learn how water changes the appearance of rocks, water moves through rocks and how rocks are used in the surrounding garden areas.

 

Station 3 – Bathroom Break and Snack in the Cedar Elm Outdoor Classroom (Self-Guided, General)

Students will take time for a break in the Cedar Elm Outdoor Classroom.  The teacher/chaperone may use this time to discuss expectations of the visit.  The small group will need to stay in the area of the Cedar Elm Outdoor Classroom.

 

Station 4 – Plant Parts (Plant Structures & Function)
Students explore the function of different plant structures and observe how these parts may take different forms depending on their environment. This activity will focus on roots, stems, leaves and flowers. Students will be divided into groups and will find plant flowers (food makers) and stems (water carriers) in the gardens.  They will also observe different leaf types (i.e. long & narrow, thick, broad, smooth, etc.) and what they have in common and what makes them different.

Station 5 – Who’s Been Here? (Plant/Insect Interactions)

Students will explore a natural area to discover the how insects use plants for food and shelter. They will look for evidence on the plants from insects. They will describe and classify the evidence they find. Hand lenses will be used to observe the plants as they look for evidence. ×

Mr. SMARTY PLANTS STATIONS (3rd-5th Grade)

Mr. Smarty Plants Stations for 3rd-5th are available on Thursdays starting at 9:30 a.m. in the fall and spring. Station visits are approximately two hours long and include five learning stations:  three hands -on learning stations, one scavenger hunt station and one snack/break station.   Activity lessons are TEKS aligned. There is a maximum of 60 and minimum of 30 students per visit. The maximum limit on group size is to ensure a high quality educational experience. Availability is limited. Please check availability on the calendar and submit your request.

Station 1 – Scavenger Hunt (Self-Guided, General)

In the Family Garden at the edge of the Play Lawn, there will be a box at the Savannah Meadow trail entrance that will have a scavenger hunt, clipboards and pencils in it.  Staying in the Play Lawn area students will complete the Scavenger Hunt and will observe more closely the features in and around the Play Lawn area.

Station 2 – Rock N’ Water (Geology)

The students will use the Watering Holes feature to explore, observe, describe and compare rocks by various characteristics.  Students will also use water as a means of exploring and observing the effects of runoff.  They will also learn about the aquifers in the Austin area.

Station 3- Bathroom Break and Snack in the Woodland Garden (Self-Guided, General)

Students will take time for a break in the Woodland Garden.  The teacher/chaperone may use this time to discuss expectations of the visit.  The small group will need to stay in the area of the Woodland Garden during this station time.

Station 4 - Seed Balls (Plant Growth Requirements & Conservation)

Students make seed balls with native plant seeds to learn about what plants need to survive and to share and grow native plants in their community.

Station 5- The Perfect Fit (Pollination)

Students use pollinator pal wands to observe pollinators at work and understand the association with the plants they visit. Flower colors and shapes are explored in relation to how they attract specific types of pollinators.

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Field Study Trips

An Exploring the Native Plant World curriculum-trained teacher may bring up to 30 students on a Field Study Trip (FST) at reduced admission rates. A minimum of one FST trained teacher is required per 30 students and a maximum of 60 students is recommended per trip. If it has been two or more years since you have visited the Center, we do encourage teachers to make a planning visit prior to your school visit or take a virtual tour.

For additional resources, visit our Teacher Resources page and Youth Activities page.

Please note that Field Study Trip Teacher Training Workshops are no longer offered.

ADMISSION RATE:

$ 2.00 per student (FST teachers and chaperones receive free admission).

Payment is due no later than the day of the visit. Teacher or group leader to collect all fees in advance for students and chaperones. Please present one payment to admissions upon arrival if not paid in advance.

Please review the Exploring the Native Plant World curriculum activities prior to your visit. ×

Self-Guided Visit

During a Self-Guided Visit an education staff member or docent will meet students, teachers and chaperones at the Archway to the Courtyard. After a brief introduction and review of the expectations at the Wildflower Center the group is free to tour the gardens on their own. Get ideas for tailoring your visit with our Teacher Resources, Youth Activities and Family Garden Explore pages. Please note that if requesting a Saturday or Sunday Self-Guided Visit, staff and docents are not available to meet groups. ×

When would you like to visit?

Please submit one request per visit date.

Self-guided youth group visits may be scheduled Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 4:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mr. Smarty Plants Learning Stations are scheduled Tuesday and Thursday and begin at 9:30 a.m. in the fall and spring. Please note that staff is not available to meet groups on Saturdays and Sundays.

Requests scheduled based on space availability. Groups are scheduled for 90 minute - 2 hour time slots. Allow time for group entry, payment and parking. Please check our availability on the calendar below, before selecting your visit date.

Calendar Key:
Scheduled Self-Guided Visits
Mr. Smarty Plants Stations

  Date of Visit Arrival Time Departure Time
1st Choice *
2nd Choice *

If using the picnic areas, will they be before or after your visit? Before After

Please note that designated picnic areas are only available on a first come, first served basis.

Group Information

Group Name *
Street Address *
City *
State *
Zip *
Group Type *
School District (If applicable)
County

Who's Coming

We encourage group reservations of 15 to 80 people.

Grade Level

Total # Students *

# of Classes/Groups

# of Teachers *

# of Chaperones *
(In Addition to Teachers)

To help us accommodate your group, please note if you have students with special needs and describe needs below:

Have you brought a youth group to the Wildflower Center before?
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Youth Group Visit Information

Scheduling

In order to receive a discounted rate, all pre-school groups, school groups, home school groups, scout groups, faith based groups, after-care and summer programs must schedule a visit by filling out and submitting our Youth Group Visit Request Form. Please click on the Request Form tab above to access the Youth Group Visit Request Form.

Youth Group Visits - Austin, Texas - Wildflower Center

Self-Guided Visits

Self-guided visits for pre-k to high school groups at a discounted rate. This includes Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, homeschool groups, after-care and summer programs, day cares, faith based groups, and pre-schools. All groups will receive a brief greeting from a Wildflower Center representative upon arrival. After the greeting the group is welcome to explore the grounds on their own.

Get ideas for tailoring your visit with our Teacher Resources and Youth Activities. Sneak a peek at our site by taking a virtual tour.

Please Note:

  • Minimum of 8 students.
  • Maximum of 175 students.

Mr. Smarty Plants Stations

Now scheduling Spring 2017 dates.  

The Mr. Smarty Plants Stations are offered only in the fall and spring.

They are thematic stations that are aligned to the TEKS. The Mr. Smarty Plants Stations are NOT offered during the summer.

Spring dates: March 21, 2017 through May 25, 2017 – We are almost full!

  • Kinder-2nd - Tuesdays, 9:30am - 11:30am
  • 3rd-5th - Thursdays, 9:30am - 11:30am

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Minimum of 30 students
  • Maximum of 60 students
  • If your group has over 60 students, you will need to visit on two separate occasions for the Mr. Smarty Plants visit

Please check the Mr. Smarty Plants Stations box on the request form for more details and to indicate the stations as your preference.

Guided Youth Visits

Small Group Guided Visits for youth are available. The recommended ages are Kindergarten through 5th grade. The guided program will include:

  • A welcome by a Wildflower Center representative.
  • A guided habitat walk exploring the Family Garden and the Central Gardens with specific stops by the Wetland Pond, Woodland trail, and Desert Garden.
  • A TEKS aligned student activity conducted during the habitat walk.
  • Offered on Wednesdays only

Please Note:

  • Minimum of 5 students.
  • Maximum of 15 students.
  • Small group guided visits can be scheduled anytime between 9:30am-3:30pm.

For Scouts

Scout BackpacksWe have two backpacks that can be checked out for scouts.
  • The Flowers Kit has activities to help fulfill the requirements for the Junior Girl Scout Flowers Legacy Badge.
  • The Tree/Forester Kit helps fulfills the requirements for the Cadette Girl Scout Trees Legacy Badge.  It also helps Cub Scouts meet the requirements for their Into the Woods badge. Scout Packs need to be reserved. To reserve a scout pack, please specify which scout pack you would like to reserve in the section toward the end of the Request Form that asks about accommodating your group. For any questions about scout packs please contact Julie Graham at jgraham@wildflower.org.

Recommended Chaperone-To-Student Ratio

  • One (1) chaperone per twelve (12) middle to high school students
  • One (1) chaperone per five (5) pre-k to elementary school students

NEW Admission Rates beginning September 1st, 2016

  • $3 per person, Self-Guided visit, pre-K - elementary grade levels; admission fee is per student, chaperone and teacher.
  • $5 per person, Mr. Smarty Plants Learning Stations K-5th grades, admission fee is per student, chaperone and teacher.
  • $4 per person, Self-Guided visit middle to high school grade levels; admission fee is per student, chaperone and teacher.

Payment Instructions

  • Payment is due no later than the day of the visit. Teacher or group leader to collect all fees in advance for students and chaperones. Please present one payment to admissions upon arrival if not paid in advance.
  • If individuals pay separately from the group, they will be charged the full admission price.
  • Children that are four years old or younger will be charged the group admission price if they are included in the youth group.
  • Adults that are Wildflower Center members will be charged the group admission price if they are included in the youth group.
  • Group minimum is 10 people.
  • For Title I schools, there is a $1.00 discount.

Bus Option for Title I Schools

If you are a Title I school and securing a bus is preventing you from visiting, consider the Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus from Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center.  It is a full sized bus that can be rented for a significantly reduced price. 

Things To Do

Discover all the fun and interesting things to do and see while visiting the Wildflower Center with your youth group. Take a look at all the activities.

Picnic areas

Designated picnic areas are available for lunch and snacks.  Please note these areas on the Interactive Map. We do not reserve picnic areas. They are on a first come, first served basis. Please be sure to clean up the picnic areas before leaving.

New for 2016-2017 school year.  Youth Groups are no longer allowed to dispose of lunch trash on site.  All trash generated from youth group lunches must be packed up and removed by the group.  The Wildflower Center would like to encourage all school groups to generate as little trash as possible during their visit.

Map

Please review the Wildflower Center map prior to your visit to become familiar with the site and amenities.

Questions

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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