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Youth Visit Faqs

General

  • Are guided youth tours offered?
  • What if I have never been to the Wildflower Center before?
  • What if I am not able to tour the site prior to my group's visit date?
  • How long are the main garden trails?
  • Are there picnic areas?
  • What kind of curriculum resources and activities are available to help plan my youth group visit?
  • What other activities are available for children at the Wildflower Center?
  • What's in bloom at the Wildflower Center?
  • When are the Bluebonnets in bloom?
  • Will there be someone to meet our group?
  • Should we arrive early?

Rates & Payment

  • What are the admission rates for self-guided youth group visits?
  • Do parents need to pay?
  • Can adults pay separately from the group?
  • If my child is four years old or younger can they get in free?
  • Do I still have to pay if I am a Wildflower Center member?
  • Are there additional discounts or comps for Title I schools?
  • When is the payment due?
  • What methods of payment are accepted?

Group Scheduling

  • Are youth groups other than school groups able to be scheduled?
  • How many people can be scheduled for a youth group visit?
  • What if I have a large group of 60 or more people?
  • What if we can't stagger our arrival time?
  • What is the recommended chaperone to student ratio?
  • What if I need to reschedule our group's visit?
  • Is there a Cancellation or No-Show Policy?

Rules & Expectations

  • What are the ground rules and expectations?

Field Study Trips

  • What are Field Study Trips (FST)?
  • Is Field Study Trip Training still offered?
  • How many FST trained teachers are required per visit?
  • What if we only have one FST trained teacher? Will they need to train the other attending teachers?
  • What are the admission rates for Field Study Trips?

General

Are guided youth tours offered?
No, all visits are Self- Guided.

What if I have never been to the Wildflower Center before?
If you have never visited the Wildflower Center or it has been awhile since your last visit, we recommend that you and the co-leaders come tour the site before your scheduled visit. It will help you plan and prepare for a successful trip.

What if I am not able to tour the site prior to my group’s visit date?
Then we suggest you take a virtual tour of our site by using the INTERACTIVE MAP on our website http://www.wildflower.org/map/. Under the VISIT tab you can get detailed information about our gardens, trails, facilities and exhibits. You can also take an AUDIO TOUR http://www.wildflower.org/podcasts/ and a VIDEO TOUR http://www.wildflower.org/vtour/.

How long are the main garden trails?
There are about 800 feet of main garden trails. There are also natural area trails that include a 1/4-mile woodland trail, a ½-mile savanna meadow trail, the ¼-mile John Barr trail, and a 1-mile Restoration Research trail. Please refer to the INTERACTIVE MAP to help plan your trip www.wildflower.org/map/.

Are there picnic areas?
Yes, there are several designated picnic areas available for lunch and snacks. We ask that groups clean up the area before leaving. Please go to the interactive map to see the designated picnic areas http://www.wildflower.org/map/.

What kind of curriculum resources and activities are available to help plan my youth group visit?
Our Exploring the Native Plant World curriculum www.wildflower.org/teachers/ for grades pre-k through sixth is now available online. It integrates sciences and the liberal arts and builds on students' knowledge as they progress through the elementary grades. It addresses different learning styles, is grade specific, and can be used during any season. Youth Activities http://www.wildflower.org/youthactivities/ are also available for download.

What other activities are available for children at the Wildflower Center?
The Little House http://www.wildflower.org/architecture/?id=littlehouse is the perfect place for little visitors. Children can color, read, play with puzzles, do a puppet show, go on a scavenger hunt and more. There is even a special little door for kids to make their grand entrance. Please limit group size to 10 children at a time.

The Ann and O.J. Weber Butterfly Garden http://www.wildflower.org/gardens/?id=butterfly is a must see for kids and adults of all ages. This open air butterfly garden has more than 350 different species of butterfly attracting native plants. See caterpillars and their chrysalises in the insectary and watch adult butterflies emerge in the eclosion boxes. Learn about how to provide water for butterflies and find out what “puddling” is all about.

What’s in bloom at the Wildflower Center?
To find out what is blooming check out the BLOOM TIMES www.wildflower.org/collections/collection.php?collection=TX_central

When are the Bluebonnets in bloom?
Bluebonnets here at the center start to bloom in early March and continue blooming through late April to early May. In the Spring you can check the Bluebonnet Cam to see their progress www.wildflower.org/bbcam/.

Will there be someone to meet our group?
During the work week (Tues-Fri) a staff person or education docent will meet your group at the drop off area by the front cistern. They will welcome the group and provide a short overview of the rules and expectations for youth groups. If your group visit is on a weekend day (Sat/Sun) there will not be anyone to meet your group upon arrival.

Should we arrive early?
Yes, please plan to arrive early enough to allow time for admission and parking. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before your scheduled visit time.

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Rates & Payment

What are the admission rates for self-guided youth group visits?                 

    * $2 per person, pre-k to 6th grade; admission fee is per student, chaperone, and teacher.
    * $5 per person, middle to high school; admission fee is per student, chaperone, and teacher.

Do parents need to pay?
Parents accompanying the group are considered chaperones and pay the same rate as the teachers. They also have the responsibility of looking after the children at all times and helping make the visit a success.

Can admission be paid separately from the group?
If admission for youth or adults is paid separately from the group, they will be charged the full admission price.

If my child is four years old or younger, can they get in free?
Children that are four years old or younger will be charged the group admission price if they are included in the youth group.

Do I still have to pay if I am a Wildflower Center member?
Adults and children that are Wildflower Center members will be charged the group admission price if they are included in the youth group.

Are there additional discounts or comps for Title I schools?
No, there are no additional discounts or comps for Title I schools.

When is the payment due?
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.

What methods of payment are accepted?
Payment can be made by cash, check, or credit card. 

Please make checks payable to:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center/Educational Group Visit

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Group Scheduling

Are youth groups other than school groups able to be scheduled?
Yes, other youth group such as Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, homeschool groups, after-care and summer programs, faith based groups, and pre-schools are welcome to request a youth group visit. The group leader will need to complete the Youth Group Visit Request form and submit it on line. The same rules and fees apply as for school groups.

How many people can be scheduled for a youth group visit?
We schedule groups of 15-80 people which include youth and adult chaperones. An average group ratio is 50 youth and 10 adults.

Typically, there are youth groups from other organizations on the grounds at the same time, especially during the Fall and Spring seasons.  There are also adult groups, college/university groups and the general public visiting as well.  Please keep this in mind when deciding how many people to include in your group.

What if I have a large group of 60 or more people?
If it is a large group, we recommend that you divide it into two smaller groups.

For example, the first group of 35+ could visit from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and the second group could visit from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What if we can’t stagger our arrival time?
Then we recommend that you subdivide the group into even smaller groups with one leader and one chaperone per group. The groups can start on different parts of the trail to avoid congestion and interference with other visitors.

What is the recommended chaperone to student ratio?
The recommended chaperone to student ratio is: 

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

What if I need to reschedule our group's visit?
If you must reschedule or make changes, please contact us as soon as possible and preferably no later than ten (10) business days before your scheduled visit.

Is there a Cancellation or No-Show Policy?
Yes, cancellations should be made no less than ten (10) business days before the reserved date to avoid the $30.00 cancellation fee. Groups that do not show up for the reserved date will be assessed a $30.00 No-Show fee. Fee must be paid within thirty (30) days of cancellation or no-show date.

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Rules & Expectations

What are the ground rules and expectations?

To ensure an enjoyable group visit, please observe the following:

  • Teachers and chaperones must supervise and manage students at all times.
  • Walk on paths to prevent injury to people and damage to plants or animals.
  • Please do not pick the flowers.
  • Closed toe shoes are recommended.
  • Use designated picnic areas for lunch and snacks. Please clean up area before leaving.
  • Please do not go in the store or cafe with youth groups.
  • HAVE FUN!

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Field Study Trips

What are Field Study Trips (FST)?
Field Study Trips are only available to teachers who were trained on how to use the Exploring Your Native Plant World Curriculum. This training taught them how to plan and lead their own field study trips that incorporate activities and lessons from the curriculum.

Is Field Study Trip Training still offered?

No, Field Study Trip Training is no longer offered and currently there are no plans to offer it in the future.  However, the Exploring Your Native Plant World Curriculum is now available online http://www.wildflower.org/teachers/.

How many FST trained teachers are required per visit?
A minimum of one FST trained teacher is required per 30 students and a maximum of 60 students is recommended per trip.

What if we only have one FST trained teacher? Will they need to train the other attending teachers?
All teachers should be familiar with the curriculum activities in order to teach the children during the field trip. We suggest the FST teacher give the group a summary training or a set of instructions on how to do the activities.

What are the admission rates for Field Study Trips?
* $ 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.

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