Scout Group Field Trips
When you make a group reservation for your Boy or Girl Scout troop, you receive discounted admission. The Wildflower Center has backpacks filled with materials, tools and activities to earn badges available free with advanced registration.
We hope to offer virtual field trips this fall. Please check back.
Flowers Scout Pack – For Junior Girl Scouts (4th and 5th grade, ages 9 to 11)
There’s more to flowers than just good looks; without flowers, plants could not make seeds! This kit has activities to help fulfill the requirements for the Junior Girl Scout Flowers Legacy Badge.
Trees Scout Pack – For Girl Scout Cadettes (6th to 8th grade; ages 11 to 14) or Webelos Scouts (4th grade or 10 years old)
Help Scouts to learn to identify plants and trees and how the differ. This kit has activities to help fulfill the requirements for the Girl Scouts Cadette Trees Legacy Badge or the Webelos Scout Into the Woods Badge.
Outdoor Art Marker Scout Pack – For Daisy Girl Scouts (kindergarten and 1st grade, ages 5 to 7)
Explore the outdoors and use what you see and hear to make different kinds of art projects. This kit has activities to help fulfill the requirements for the Daisy Outdoor Art Maker Girl Scout Badge.
Bug Scout Pack – For Brownie Girl Scouts (2nd and 3rd grade, ages 7 to 9)
Explore the world of bugs and learn more about these little creatures that do so much. This kit has activities to help fulfill the requirements for the Brownie Bug Girl Scout Badge.
Fur, Feathers, and Ferns Scout Pack – For Bear Scouts (3rd grade, ages 8 and 9)
Bears will explore the outdoor world of mammals, birds, plants and more! This kit has activities to help fulfill the requirements for the Fur, Feathers and Ferns Bear Badge.
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.
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.
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.
Please review the Weapons Policy here.
Contact education coordinator Julie Graham at [email protected] or 512.232.0249.