Learning Stations Field Trip

K – 2nd Grade

Young boy at the Wildflower CenterOur Learning Stations program provides your students with fun, enriching experiences learning about plants, wildlife and ecology while exploring the gardens. Stations are tailored to educational level and set up around the Wildflower Center gardens, providing students with ample opportunity to learn and explore our natural world.

Station visits are approximately two hours long and include five stations (see below for station descriptions). Lessons are TEKS aligned.

We hope to offer virtual field trips this fall. Please check back.

About the Learning Stations

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

At this station students will explore the Family Garden’s Play Lawn and surrounding gardens in search of answers to the scavenger hunt questions. Skills used at this station include observation, counting and writing.

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 – 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 also observe different types of leaves (i.e. long & narrow, thick, broad, smooth, etc.) and what they have in common and what makes them different.

Station 4 – 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.

Station 5 – Habitat Observation Walk (Habitats & Plant Communities)

Students search out habitats of native plants to see how different habitats support a variety of different plants. They will explore riparian, woodland/forest, savanna, and desert habitats.

Before You Arrive
  • Please break your class into 5 equal groups prior to your arrival at the Wildflower Center.
  • Identify each group as a number from 1 to 5.
  • We love to call your students by name. Please provide students with nametags including their group number.
  • Assign chaperones and teachers to each of the groups.
  • Chaperones and group leaders will lead their group from one station to the next. A map will be provided.
  • Please ask all chaperones to silence their cellphones.
  • The Scavenger Hunt station may not be staffed by Wildflower Center volunteers. In that case, chaperones and teachers are asked to lead their students through the activity.
Additional Information & Policies

Drop Off & Parking

The bus passenger drop-off area is in front of the Admissions Kiosk. Buses may unload and load passengers in this zone. Buses should proceed to the bus parking area near the parking lot exit or to La Crosse Avenue for parking.

Running early or later? Please let us know by calling 512.232.0100 (press 8 to speak with someone).


Please check in at the Admissions Kiosk. All remaining fees are payable at the kiosk via cash, check or credit card. Only one payment is accepted per group. Any additional payments are charged full-price admission.

Garden Etiquette 

Please review the Garden Etiquette rules before you arrive and communicate those to your leaders and students.


Teachers and chaperones are required for all visits. The recommended chaperone to student ratio is:

  • One chaperone per five pre-K to elementary school students
  • One chaperone per 12 middle to high school students

Additional chaperones may join the group at the general admission fee. All school and youth group reservations must be paid in one payment to qualify for the group rate. Payments are final and non-refundable. Coupons and member benefits (free admission) do not apply to group visits.

Food & Picnics

There are two designated areas with one in the parking area and one in the gardens. Tables, inside and outside, for the Wildflower Café are for restaurant customers only. Picnic areas are first come, first served. All trash generated from school lunches and picnics 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.

Cancellation and No-show Policy

Cancellations should be made no less than ten business days before the reserved date to avoid the $30 cancellation fee. Groups that do not show up for the reserved date will be assessed a $30 no-show fee. Fee must be paid within 30 days of cancellation or no-show date.


If you must reschedule or make changes, please contact us as soon as possible and preferably no later than 10 business days before your scheduled visit. Trips canceled due to weather can be rescheduled depending upon available dates.

Rain Policy

Field trips may be canceled due to weather by either the Wildflower Center or school staff. Generally field trips are held as scheduled as long as the weather is free of thunder, lightning, and heavy rains.  f it should be raining on the day of your scheduled visit, here are our guidelines: As long as it is only drizzling and there is no thunder and lightning, come on out. Bring rain ponchos and have a great time. Schools should check the radar and use their own discretion whether they want to go ahead and visit.

Please call 512.232.0100 (press 8 to speak with someone) and let us know if you decide to not visit due to rain.

Weapons Policy

Please review the Weapons Policy here.



Contact education coordinator Julie Graham at [email protected] or 512.232.0249.

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Teacher Resources

Our “Exploring the Native Plant World” curriculum provides instructors with materials to use at the Wildflower Center, in the classroom and anywhere.

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Bus Scholarships

Scholarships for bus transportation to the Wildflower Center are available for the 2018-2019 school year. Priorities for the busing scholarships are given to Title I schools and schools that utilize the Roadrunner Outdoor Adventure Bus.

Apply for the Scholarship »

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Teacher Resources

Use our “Exploring the Native Plant World” curriculum on-site or anywhere

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Youth Programs

Classes and programs designed especially for children

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Discovery Packs

Looking for a backpack full of fun? Check one out from our Admissions Kiosk